April 16, 2018
I just failed the structural steel welding plans reading exam twice in the same week.
first time I got a 68 out of 75 needed to pass. Second time I got a 71. So I improved by one question but the problem was it was the exact same test. Same questions, same answers. I’m glad I improved by one but I don’t want to take the exact same test again since I clearly don’t know why I’m answering wrong.
does anyone have any advice or does anyone know how often they update the test questions? I’d much rather take a completely different test.
December 7, 2016
Yesterday I took 86 FIREPROOFING Certification exam. I scored 71 marks as against 75 to pass. Experience for so called digitally scanned PLAN SET were terrible and horribly and detailing in plans were at least 60 years old that is not used in present time. There were around 10 questions from such PLAN SET OF 3 PLANS IN EACH QUESTIONS. That means the average time per question is approximately 3 minuets. Scrolling of plans were such slow for up and down and side to side as this I was using in MS DOS COMPUTERS way back in 1986. I didn’t expected from ICC. Please come back to physical plan system to save interest in ICC.
April 21, 2015
Just took Welding Inspector Plans exam, 2nd time FAILED, seems to be an experiment, Is not user friendly, Looking at plans through a keyhole, Terrible experience, BRING BACK PAPER PLANS
June 24, 2015
All - I welcome you to send comments about your testing experience (yes, even about the digital plans) directly to me via email, as I don't always check the Forum as often as perhaps I should. That way, I can individually address your concerns and see what action should be taken on our end.
Thanks for your help -
Director - Assessment Center
December 23, 2017
Just took Reinforced Concrete 47P. What a joke! $139 down the drain because ICC needed some guinea pigs to test out the new system. Test me on my knowledge. Don't handicap me with a poorly designed program that saved you some money. Give me a set of plans. I know how to use those. Your Soviet era program you got REAL cheap from a guy your cousin knows ain't cutting it. I hope more people DO complain. If they're going to impose this system that is faulty, I hope they see their folly and reimburse those who need re-test till they get their act together. Thanks ICC. Glad you guys saved money cuz I sure didn't!
August 21, 2017
AWS D1.1 6.1.6
Items to be Furnished to the Inspector. The Inspector shall be furnished complete detailed drawings showing the size, length, type, and location of all welds to be made. The Inspector shall also be furnished the por- tion of the contract documents that describes material and quality requirements for the products to be fabricated or erected, or both. ICC will say: complete detailed drawings ...... "Well come on you don't enjoy digital plans thru a key hole"? Besides sending out paper plans to a 100 testing sights was costing us...... I'll never depend on digital for my complete work, they should make it optional before testing as a step of mercy
February 9, 2016
I have taken 5 ICC exams. The first 4 were with paper plans. The most recent (S2 Welding) was with the new digital plans. The new system is extremely difficult to use. On my first 4 tests with paper plans, I was able to finish with plenty of time remaining. The new digital format is very time consuming to navigate and I barley had time to answer all of the questions.
Without zooming way in, the plans are unreadable. If you do zoom in, you are unable to follow gridlines to a given location because you can only see a small portion of the plan on the acreen. If you try and change the zoom while looking at a certain area of the plan, you are returned to the main question screen and then have to re-search for the location you were previously viewing.
The other issue is you can no longer decide how to split up the time for code and plans. You are given 2 hours for code and 1.5 for plans.
The process of registering for tests is also more confusing and complicated with the new system.
Thankfully I passed this exam. I spoke with the woman at the test center and she said many people are complaining about the digital plans and struggling with them. She suggested I let ICC know.......
August 3, 2017
ANYONE WHO THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA SHOULD BE FIRED!!!!
I wish I could have witnessed that meeting...
How can we make more people fail our tests?
...we should handcuff the testers so they can only type on the keyboard with their foreheads...
...great idea lets hear another...
...blindfold the testers...
...YES...Let's give them oversized plans and then make them illegible at 100% zoom, but give them 5 more powerful ways to zoom into a much smaller area and then they have spend 5 minutes navigating around one page and by the time they scroll through this asinine mess of confusion they won't know which way is up!
I volunteered to gain some ICC special inspection certifications as they were needed for my engineering office. I've passed 2 ICC plans tests on the 1st attempt within the last 6 months and I have to say that after jumping through the hoops of earning 2 college degrees and various other certifications, I will not be taking any more ICC tests until they get their head out of the mud. I prepared for this test in the same manner as I had for the previous 2 tests and 30-40 minutes in...I couldn't take anymore. Whether it is blatant sabotage, incompetency, or pushing a political agenda...ICC should be ashamed.
As I was informed by the assessment center, I just couldn't comprehend how to use the zoom function. It's too bad my years of training and experience using imaging software like AutoCAD and ArcView/Info couldn't prepare me for zoom function on this 1.5hr ICC exam.
BTW, I'm not bitter because I failed a test, heck, I didn't even look at 80% of the questions. This test failed me.
I'm well prepared to take a plans test with physical paper plans, but I will NOT put myself through the torture of multiple failed attempts of this seriously flawed test.
January 19, 2018
This is the absolute worst way to take an exam over plans on the computer. you have to turn your zoom to 200% just to be able to read the details on the plans. This is manual button you're going to have to turn off and on multiple times, and then you're going to have to hunt for the button to close the 200% window. this is going to eating up your time. Whoever wrote the programming for this software should be fired.