Boating license revolution. The theory exam will be quizzed starting July 15

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licenseThe theory part of the boating license exam both within and beyond 12 miles from next July 15 will be in the form of quizzes, like the one for the car license, and no longer oral. We asked the La Spezia Port Authority, which confirmed this change, which follows a circular issued on April 4, 2014 by the Genoa Maritime Directorate. This news relates to the La Spezia and Genoa Captaincies; the examination method will be the same throughout the country.


NEW THEORY TEST HOW EXAM CHANGES



The ParmaVela school website has studied the Genoa Coast Guard’s circular in depth and outlined the new formula for the theory exam within and beyond 12 miles.


WITHIN 12 MILES
In the first phase the candidate must demonstrate as a priority to be able to read the geographic coordiante of a point on the nautical chart as well as to know the essentials of estimating navigation, the coordinate system according to the Mercator projection, the calculation of the range in relation to engine power and the remaining amount of fuel. A maximum time of fifteen minutes is allowed for the conduct of the test. The test is passed if the proposed exercise is correctly performed and solved, in which case the candidate enters the next stage. A candidate who fails the test is judged unfit and is excluded from the examination.

The second stage consists of solving the basic questionnaire, administered through examination forms, consisting of twenty questions; each question has three answer alternatives of which only one is correct. A maximum time of thirty minutes is allowed for the performance of the test. A maximum number of three errors are allowed for passing: in this case the candidate enters the practical test. With the fourth error, the candidate is judged unsuitable and is excluded from the examination. An answer not given is counted as an incorrect answer. The correct answer is indicated by clearly placing an X in the space provided. Next to the answer given according to whether it is correct or incorrect, the Examiner respectively affixes a “Yes” or a ” No.”




BEYOND 12 MILES



The first phase consists of administering the usual charting problem (La Spezia) or three charting exercises (Genoa). A maximum time of sixty minutes is allowed. The test is passed ifthe charting problem in La Spezia is correctly performed or if all the exercises proposed in Genoa are answered and performed: in which case the candidate enters the next stage. A candidate who fails the test is excluded from the examination.

The second stage consists of solving in a questionnaire in which the answer deemed correct is indicated by clearly placing an X in the space provided.

In case the holder already holds a license within 12 miles from the coast (command qualification within 12 miles from the coast), the supplementary theory-only examination consists of the resolution of the Supplementary questionnaire, administered by means of cards, articulated on thirteen questions dealing with the materialnot included in the examination syllabus provided by qualification held; each question has three answer alternatives of which only one is correct. A maximum time of twenty minutes is allowed for the conduct of the test. A maximum number of two errors are allowed for passing: in this case the candidate enters the practical test.

In the case of candidate NON-license holder within 12 miles of coastline (command qualification within 12 miles from the coast), the supplementary theory-only examination consists of solving the basic and supplementary questionnaire, administered through ballots, articulated on the total of thirty-three questions questions covering the subjects included in the scheduled examination program; each question presents three response alternatives of which only one is correct. A maximum time of fifty minutes is allowed for the conduct of the test. A maximum number of three errors in the basic questionnaire and two errors in the supplementary questionnaire are allowed for passing: in this case the candidate enters the practical test. With the fourth error in the basic questionnaire or the third in the supplementary questionnaire, the candidate is ineligible and excluded from the examination

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