Monday, June 3rd USCG License Examinations Period begins for the Class of 2024, Deck and Engine

How come licenses are so late nowadays.? Used to be right after Spring Break. Barely get to enjoy the free gangway.
 
How come licenses are so late nowadays.? Used to be right after Spring Break. Barely get to enjoy the free gangway.
They have been this late for as long as my mid there so unsure. But what interesting this year is there is nearly 2 weeks between exams and graduation - giving more time for retake one or all exams.
 
They have been this late for as long as my mid there so unsure. But what interesting this year is there is nearly 2 weeks between exams and graduation - giving more time for retake one or all exams.
Back in caveman times it was right after Spring Break. We'd have free gangway for a whole 2 months before graduation. I think I had 3 classes and no engineering classes. We were literally FWE.
 
Back in caveman times it was right after Spring Break. We'd have free gangway for a whole 2 months before graduation. I think I had 3 classes and no engineering classes. We were literally FWE.
I think they would prefer it then to be honest like the state maritime schools! 😏
 
This year marks 50 years since the Coast Guard introduced the multiple choice license exam. Prior to 1974 all the exams were essay format.
 
word from my 2024 daughter is that the Engineer exam this morning had a 50% pass rate. If true, then that is not a good look on the school.
Yes, I heard the same thing. Also heard it wasn't because of lack of effort. Here's hoping this afternoon's exam goes better for them.
 
word from my 2024 daughter is that the Engineer exam this morning had a 50% pass rate. If true, then that is not a good look on the school.
50% pass rate seems awful low, especially if you look at how engineers have historically done on 3rds. Sounds to me like it might be an issue with the exam itself. Possibly bad questions..
 
So I have a son at KP and one at SUNY. I know the SUNY December exams a bunch of SUNY engineers failed because of changes to the exam as it relates to LNG. People at SUNY were not happy. Hopefully, this is not still the same issue and KP was up to speed on the changes of the exam. The big question in December was did the Coast Guard communicate the changes and SUNY not address them or did the Coast Guard keep the schools in the dark about the changes.
 
Pathetic!
Isn't it multiple choice? Mass Maritime puts out a book that has all the questions and answers the CG could ever ask. All we had to do was study that book over Spring Break. It was the Pony of Ponies. The CG exams were probably the easiest tests I took all 4 yrs at KP.
 
Isn't it multiple choice? Mass Maritime puts out a book that has all the questions and answers the CG could ever ask. All we had to do was study that book over Spring Break. It was the Pony of Ponies. The CG exams were probably the easiest tests I took all 4 yrs at KP.
Unfortunately, the past couple of years, the Coast Guard has seen fit to add a high number of new questions that were not in any of the banks of questions the mids had seen, been exposed to in sea year or been studying.
 
This situation happened with the deck exams a few years ago, leading to a high failure rate. Looks like this may be the year for engine exam updates and challenges. There is time for re-takes before graduation, but I am sure the stress levels are high.
 
So I have a son at KP and one at SUNY. I know the SUNY December exams a bunch of SUNY engineers failed because of changes to the exam as it relates to LNG. People at SUNY were not happy. Hopefully, this is not still the same issue and KP was up to speed on the changes of the exam. The big question in December was did the Coast Guard communicate the changes and SUNY not address them or did the Coast Guard keep the schools in the dark about the changes.
I wonder if this has to do with the relatively new [2021] IGF code [International Safety Code for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels] endorsement for the MMD. More ships are being built or retro-fitted to burn gases or other low flash point fuels; as of April 2022 there are 20 under US flag.. It's just a guess, but maybe the Coasties are adding LNG gas fuel questions on the engineers exam to justify putting a Basic IGF code endorsement on their MMD.
 
Bell Ringing is this Thursday..if one passes all 7 sections. When are the retakes offered for those who failed 2 or less of the sections? Thursday afternoon, Friday…the following week?

Sounds like less than half the class will be ringing the bell then. Not a good look at all.
 
Bell Ringing is this Thursday..if one passes all 7 sections. When are the retakes offered for those who failed 2 or less of the sections? Thursday afternoon, Friday…the following week?

Sounds like less than half the class will be ringing the bell then. Not a good look at all.
Another personal tradition hijacked by the helicopter parents. Used to just run out to the bell when the proctor told you that you passed. Now they have this twinkletoed ceremony so the parents can see it live streamed.
 
Bell Ringing is this Thursday..if one passes all 7 sections. When are the retakes offered for those who failed 2 or less of the sections? Thursday afternoon, Friday…the following week?

Sounds like less than half the class will be ringing the bell then. Not a good look at all.
Friday for 2 or less. From what I understand following week to do all parts over again.
 
Another personal tradition hijacked by the helicopter parents. Used to just run out to the bell when the proctor told you that you passed. Now they have this twinkletoed ceremony so the parents can see it live streamed.
What could potentially be worse is that actually some parents will come to campus to watch it live. I would hate to put that kind of pressure on my midshipman making travel plans. I would be thrilled to see him on the video stream, but he should be doing that for himself and to celebrate with his classmates not for a video production.
 
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