June 24, 2015
December 31, 2015
I wanted to post a follow-up in case others have the same questions that I did.
I did take the PRONTO exam, and it couldn't have been an easier process. (Though the test was a challenge!)
Michelle, you were correct. I just used the book and the tabs to find the info that I needed and it was fine. I didn't have to glue or tape or staple the tabs to the book.
I didn't need any scratch paper, digital or otherwise. I can't remember off the top of my head if I needed the calculator, but if I did it was just for one or two questions. Most of the "technical" questions required knowing how to read the various tables in the code book.
I will definitely consider the PRONTO option for further certifications that I am pursuing. And I like that it is available 24 hours a day and didn't require a pre-scheduled appointment. (Although sometimes having a deadline does help motivate me to study.) Overall it was a great experience and I will definitely recommend it to my colleagues.
June 24, 2015
Hi - I can answer a couple of your questions, although I'll definitely follow this thread to see what type of feedback you receive from recent PRONTO testers.
As far as the tabs issue, as long as you're not moving them around during the exam, you should be OK. The proctors understand that these are open-book exams and that you'll be flipping through the books, but I'd discourage pulling off tabs and changing their position.
You should not need any scratch paper or writing instruments - there's actually both a calculator and "scratch pad" built into the exam, such that you can take notes and do any calculations directly on-screen. No need for additional materials, so your desk should be pretty clear.
Please follow up either here or with me directly if you take an exam - we really want to hear from test-takers who are taking the leap into PRONTO. Your feedback helps us improve our systems, and our relationship with our proctors.
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December 31, 2015
I am wondering if anyone has taken any of these exams using the new PRONTO service? What has your experience been like?
I currently hold the commercial inspector (B-2) and plans examiner (B-3) certifications (I took these tests with the 2009 IBC), and I am looking to take the 2015 Residential Inspector (R-1) exam with the 2015 IRC.
My first two exams were taken at the same PearsonVUE center. I had a different experience each time, using the exact same code book that I had self-tabbed. I had used the Post-It writable tabs (and marketed as "repositionable") at the advice of several coworkers, saying that is what they had used with no issues. For the first exam, the gal gave them a quick tug and they stayed in place, and all was well. For the second exam, they had me sit in the lobby for about 30 minutes prior to the test and gave me the option to either tape or staple each tab into "permanent" place. (Which I am grateful that they didn't flat-out turn me away and at least let me do that in their lobby.)
So I'm wondering how the online proctor will test the tabs? If I need to sit here and tape/glue/staple each tab in to place, I will gladly do so prior to the test. But I also don't want to waste my time if it's not needed.
I'm also wondering if we are allowed to have a piece of paper and a pencil to use for scratch? It's not listed in the approved materials, yet a calculator is. I only recall a handful of practice questions requiring any math, but it would be nice to have scratch paper if it may be needed.
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