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IE Pass Rate

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by EmmaDuffy, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. EmmaDuffy

    EmmaDuffy Angel Fish

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    Hi all,

    I'm starting my IDC in April and in preparation I'm going through my Encyclopaedia and the Diving Knowledge Workbook.

    As I understand, the IE comprises of 12 questions in each of the 5 sections as well as 50 on PADI S&P's. Could someone please advise on the pass rate? I think I saw somewhere that it was 75% - currently looking at 74% personally at the moment and want to gauge how far off I am!

    TIA
     
  2. oly5050user

    oly5050user Dive Travel Professional

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    It's all up to you on how you score. Some course directors I have worked with as an IDC staff instructor see 100% pass rates as common place. The IE examiner wants you to pass. The standards procedures exam is open book.
     
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  3. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    There was a standards violation by two candidates in my IE. They passed.
     
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  4. FlyinV

    FlyinV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  5. pconsidine

    pconsidine ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    75 is passing score but most course directors will push you to score in 90's and they will tell you if they think you are not ready to proceed to IE. Don't worry about scores just read as much as you can especially 2018 Instructor Manual and do as many practice exams as possible.
     
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  6. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    Remember. The pass rate is 75% for EACH of the 5 sections. So you could pass 4 and fail 1 section thus fail the exam. As there are only 12 questions per section you don’t have a great margin for error.

    Do the test papers to figure your weaknesses and practice the RDP & table questions

    I saw people fail my IE because they failed the theory
     
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  7. EmmaDuffy

    EmmaDuffy Angel Fish

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    Thank you everyone. I did my Divemaster over 2 years ago, since then my head has been filled up with work stuff and a lot of the dive theory has been shoved into a box into the dark corners of my brain! I just wanted to start benchmarking where I was.

    Thanks for access to your blog FlyinV, I was thinking of doing something similar myself...being not such a young pup myself! I swear, it gets harder to recall and retain information as I get older!

    I've got another 7 weeks until I start the IDC so plenty of time to revise and of course, get my skills back up to 4's and 5's.

    Thanks again everyone for your guidance x
     
  8. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

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    Do you mean the IE made a standards violation or the student made a standards violation? Seems to me that while the course is going on you're a student and part of that learning process could involve making mistakes. The IE could make a standards violation in that context but the student is still in training and therefore not yet certified as an instructor.

    The question is if those mistakes were addressed or not. From the sound of it you don't believe they were. Could you elaborate on what happened?

    R..
     
  9. Diver0001

    Diver0001 Instructor, Scuba

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    In my IE the shop where I was working sent 5 students (I believe). One made a mistake during the OW portion and failed. Another failed to pass the written exam. Of all of the candidates who took that IE I would say probably 10% didn't make the cut during their first IE.

    My experience at the the IE was that any mistake that could have put students in danger was grounds for being bounced. For example one of the guys who got bounced did a 5pts descent and failed to see that one of the students had his mask on his forehead. He failed on the spot and was sent out of the water.

    I don't remember why the instructor from our shop bounced. It was something minor but the IE in charge had a zero tolerance policy for mistakes.

    After repeats (3 or 6 weeks later) both of the people from the shop where I came from passed.

    R..
     
  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    Rob,

    During the surface scuba kit removal and replacement, some of the candidates didn't have snorkels in their mouths, part of the requirement.

    My advice for skills demonstrations is to use this as a model:
    (not sure why it doesn't play at the beginning. Tried to force it but it doesn't work).

    Also, for problems, always pause and think. Signal the "student" to stop, indicate "think" (index finger to the forehead), and then correct. Don't be too fast.
     

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