July 6, 2015
It just seems a little strange that the 18 certs I have, 12 of them I had to pass an ICC exam of which I have had no trouble. I have taken this P3 Exam 4 times without a passing grade and studied all the material that ICC has provided and used ICC's graphs to re-emphasize where I'm lacking. So go figure.
June 24, 2015
However, another content area may have 12 questions and if he misses just one this will be much higher on the diagnostics. So, that tells me if I miss 1 or 2 questions from a certain content area that only offers 3 questions I fail the test.
Ken, the exam is scored as a whole, not by each content area, so the total number of questions you answer correctly on the exam will determine if you fail or pass. The note about the diagnostic bars is that areas with few questions in which you performed really well will show a full bar. Those areas with only a few questions where you perform more poorly will show a short bar. We want to make sure that people recognize that several full bars may only add up to a handful of questions, compared to the total number of questions on this exam.
Please let me know if I've helped clarify or have just muddied the waters.
July 6, 2015
I also studied the A117..1-2009 and the 2015 IFGC when taking the P3 exam. I just couldn't figure out when I failed the first couple of exams and then studied what the graphs showed deficient. I did well in but, was deficient in what I did well in the first 2 times. I got a response from the "Program Staff" and it is as follows; Staff has reviewed his results via each content area and verified the accuracy. He should use the diagnostics as a GUIDE in conjunction with the content outline found in the catalog. For example, for some content areas there are only a few questions. If he misses just one, then the percentile mark will be very low. However, another content area may have 12 questions and if he misses just one this will be much higher on the diagnostics. So, that tells me if I miss 1 or 2 questions from a certain content area that only offers 3 questions I fail the test.
June 24, 2015
Hi, all -
Please make sure that you reference the applicable content outline for the P3 exam, as it contains not only exactly what's on the exam, but also the books that the exam questions come from. There are three references on this exam, and if you're studying only one of them, you'll be missing crucial content.
You can search for the P3 content outline on this page.
Best of luck to you, and please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have questions.
Director, Assessment Center
March 21, 2016
want to take the p3 plumbing plan exam, what book to BRING, IRC, IPC OR THE IBC ?
July 6, 2015
I'm wondering if anybody else is having the same problem I'm having with this exam. I've taken it 4 times without a passing score. To give a little history; I took the 2015 P2 Comm. Plumbing Inspectors exam in April of 2018, passed on the first try, I then studied the 2015 IPC for 6 weeks and sat for the 2015 P3 Plumbing Plans Examiner exam and failed with a 63. So, I then purchased the 2015 IPC flash cards, studied them along with my IPC code book. I studied what "ICC"s graph show I lacked knowledge in. I then sat for the 2015 P3 exam and failed it again with a 68. I got a graph to show what I needed to study for. I decided to continue to study the 2015 IPC, flash cards and get out my 2015 IRC and sit for the 2015 P2 Residential Plumbing Inspectors exam. I passed this test first try in December 2018. I then decided to continue with the studying of the 2015 IPC. I obtained a 2015 ICC IPC study guide. So, now I have the 2015 IPC, the 2015 IPC flash cards and a 2015 IPC study guide. I sat for the P3 exam a third time April 2019 and failed with a 70. I looked at the graph provided by ICC. This time what I did well in I failed and what I did poor in I passed. So I studied what I was lacking knowledge in and decided to take it "ONE WEEK" later. I just finished the P3 exam May 4th, 2019 and failed with a 70. This time the graph was pretty much even. What's going on ?