Our Technician class ended last night with the administration of exams. It was a mixed bag of results. At the beginning of the class, we had eleven students. Two of the students were actually licensed during our last class and were attending this class as a refresher in addition to home study in preparation for taking the General class exam.
One student decided to take the exam a few weeks ago and passed. Another student had to temporarily move up to Massachusetts because of a family issue and is going to take the test up there. Three students couldn't make it last night and are coming to our normal, monthly VE session, the next of which will be on Saturday, April 14th. One was away competing in a track and field event. I'm not sure what he plans to do about the exam.
So that left five students to take their exams last night. Four took the Technician and one took the General. Three passed their Technician test and the one student upgraded to General. The one who did not pass was crushed. I am sorry to say. However, the good news is that a local hospital has had some employees engage in a self study course. They are holding a one day review and exam session this coming Friday. Our candidate was made aware of that; and I am fairly sure she is going to attend. I think with a little more review and pin pointed study; that she will be successful in getting her license. It's not that she doesn't know the material, I think she's just one of those people for whom taking tests is difficult. During our classes she was always quick to answer practice questions correctly. Put a test paper in front of her and the pressure mounts. Unfortunately, that is a situation many of us face.
All our students who took the Tech exam and passed, also took the General exam. We tell them that it is normal for most new Techs who have not studied for the General to get about 50% of the answers correct. One of our new Techs missed his General by one question! He will also be coming back on April 14th and I'm sure he'll pass with flying colors.
It will be interesting to see the results from this Friday and April 14th. It's always our goal as instructors that everyone who attends our classes walks away with their ticket. I hope that holds true.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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