I just recieved an approval to test from the USCG NMC
and was surprised to see the exam criteria for 100 Ton Near Coastal Master has changed. Rules of the Road is now 50 questions instead of 30, there is an additional 20 question deck general section, and chart plotting is now 20 questions with a 90 percent requirment rather than 70.
I was able to look up some of the new question through a friends Lapware account and they are way more difficult than anything that is in the old exams. The new deck section is all about cargo storage and stability; with question requiring actually calculating changes to center of gravity and other formulas that I've never head of being in the 100 ton tests. The charting section is not only longer with a high passing grade but it you have to be able to calculate range at which lights and other aids would be visible given a certain eye height as well as be able to make current and tide calculations.
If you go to the new exam guidlines on the NMC
website you'll see that the 100 ton exams are now identical to the 200 ton exams (its a large PDF doc, scroll down to page 88 for the requirements):
Does anyone know anything about this? Are the private maritime course and test centers going to have to adjust their standards now as well? I can't find anyother information on this anywhere on the web.
Its kind of bizarre. I thought I was prepaired to test on my own without paying twelve hundred bucks for a class until I got the letter telling me I'll have to take seven modules instead of four. I've got a buddy who just finished a two week 100 Ton class at Maritime Institute in San Diego and he was tested according to the old standards and material. I can't help feel like I'm getting the deep d for trying to test on my own.
Incidentally, does anyone have any suggestions for study materials for the 200 ton exam?