September 18, 2017
I just took the plans module a couple weeks ago. It was rough. I failed it. The graphics are crappy at best, you have to use the scroll bars to move around, and you have to x out to adjust the zoom to be able to see what your looking at. It's a strange way to do things. All that stuff eats up so much time. Im taking the plans module again this Saturday 12/15/18. I keep trying to find a way to prepair for this test but there doesn't seem to be a way to self study. I'm already an inspector and quite proficient at reading plans but these digital ones got me. I was able to pass the code section with ease and aced the ACI tests. At least this time I know what to expect for the plans.
December 8, 2017
This has to be the worst joke ever played on someone trying to pass this. This test is garbage! If I am spending $139 on a PLANS test then give me PLANS!
February 9, 2016
Use the notepad and pen they give you. 4 questions to ask about a specific location or have lots of specifics, write down the location and key points of the question on the notepad. That way you will not have to go back and forth between the plans and the question.
Also, spend a lot of time on the tutorial at the beginning of the test. It will not prepare you for how hard it is to follow grid lines, but it will give you a chance to try out the zoom and learn how to move the pages around.
Best way to discribe the digital plans would be to imagine trying to look at a set of plans on Windows 3.1...... You cannot use the scroll wheel on the mouse. You must click the up down left or right arrows to move the page. To zoom you must click on a toolbar and change the percentage of zoom. Be warned that changing the zoom while you were reviewing a plan returned you back to the question screen after you change the zoom.
March 29, 2018
if some of you have done recently reinforced concrete plans exam with pearson vue please share the way you did it. it is not a matter of knowing or not how to read plans. it is about how to handle that software.
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