Nicet Level 3 Tips
Nicet Level 3 Tips
1) Download the calculator that you will use on the exam from the testing website or purchase the calculator and practice with it. Nicet encourages this on the website, but if you are not familiar with the calculator it can throw you for a loop when dealing with exponents, etc. The calculator they have on the Pearson Vue website is a TI 30XS which was very different from my TI 36.
2) Read each question carefully. Pick out the main points, and throw out the needless information.
3) Study up on Storage Commodity and get familiar with NFPA 13, the charts,sections, and annex. Half the battle is being able to find the section that applies in a timely manner.
4) Study up on making adjustments to densities based on rack storage height and calculating interpolation between densities.
5) Study up on making adjustments to design areas based on ceiling height, dry system, sloped ceilings, etc.
6) Have a firm grasp on sizing fire pumps based for sprinkler systems and standpipe systems.
7) Calculate break tanks and water storage tanks.
8) Use process of elimination. Some of the answers are obviously not correct. Eliminate the wrong ones and you have a higher percentage of getting the answer correct even if you don't know the real answer.
9) If you get to a question you can't figure out, mark your best guess and flag for review. If you have time left go back and spend the time to answer the question. DO NOT LEAVE A QUESTION BLANK BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER! You may have to sacrifice a question or two to complete the test, especially if it is your first time taking it but don't forget to answer all of the questions 25% chance of getting it right (or more if you can eliminate some).
10) Know basic calculation that you should know already. There was no calculating of a loop on my exam - not sure if this was on others or not.
11) Have a study routine and good study material. I used NFSA: Layout, Detail, and Hydraulic Calculations of Sprinkler Systems, (1) Fire Tech course for the hydraulic test, Pat Brock's Fire Protection Hydraulic and Water Supply Analysis, (1) Nicet Practice test, and ALOT of NFPA reading.
Hope this helps. Someone said in a previous post that it takes perseverance - and this is a true statement. The biggest issue I have is that you don't really know what you are struggling with if you fail the test. Just have to reevaluate and keep trying. Sometimes it just takes more work experience to get it down.