In this module, you shall learn about:
⇒ How To Apply For API 510 Exam,
⇒ What You Shall Expect on Exam Day,
⇒ Exam Time Management and
⇒ Exam Tips.
In this module, you shall learn about:
⇒ How To Apply For API 510 Exam,
⇒ What You Shall Expect on Exam Day,
⇒ Exam Time Management and
⇒ Exam Tips.
Periodically; a question writing session is conducted. Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) or individuals who specialize in pressure vessels, write questions from specific sections of the Code. Each question is checked by three other SME’s.
This validation exercise checks two items;
1- Is the question written clearly?
2- Does the question cover knowledge that is important to a vessel inspector?
These questions then go into a question data-bank.
Presently there are over 1000 questions in the API data-bank and are grouped by topics. This means, if you fail, the sets of repeat exam questions would be different.
For each examination, 170 questions are selected, out of which only 140 are scored. The remaining 30 questions are pretest questions and not scored. These are experimental questions.
Out of 170 questions, 110 are closed-book questions and 60 are open-book questions.
You have only a limited amount of time to study, so you need to invest your time wisely, that is, obviously, you should spend your study time where you can get the MAXIMUM return!
Approximately half of the test questions are directly from API 510. So that’s your priority! For every hour spent studying the other publications, spend 2 hours studying API 510.
There will be about 60 – 75 test questions directly from API 510. API 510 is 60 pages long, which means an average of more than one exam question per page.
The remaining 70-90 questions will come from some 2000 pages contained in the other documents. That’s only 1 question for every 20 pages.
If you thoroughly understand API 510 and don’t even look at the other publications , chances are you could pass the test. (we are not recommending this approach!), but remember, almost half of API exam comes straight from API 510 Inspection Code.
Time is your limited resource. Your learning efficiency will increase by having a plan and be focussed. Why spend hundreds of hours studying haphazardly when you could learn just as much or even more with 50 – 60 hours of organized study plan.
Our e-learning course with a 24/7 access and online support helps you manage your time as well as focussing on key subjects in an organized and effective manner.
The plan can be based on 12 weeks of preparation with 5-6 study hours each week. This plan will allow you to study at a steady pace whenever you want and wherever you want.
Your learning and satisfaction will significantly increase with this disciplined approach that could also also fit into with your daily schedule.
Do not wait and cram the week prior to the exam. You may be still be lucky to pass the exam, but you will soon forget what little you have learned.
Preparing for a certification exams is a great opportunity to increase your inspection knowledge and skills and significantly enhance your career.
Make the most of it by subscribing to our e-learning course where the level of detail is proportional to the number of expected exam question and where you shall learn about the concepts and knowledge of codes and recommend practices and how to apply them as an authorized inspector.
When the candidate is required to refer to the diagrams or formulas or tables or graphs and curves from the Codes, it will always be an “open-book” question.
All calculation oriented questions will normally be “open-book” type.
The Code Information which is not short and crisp, (for example, large paragraphs, several descriptive statements clubbed together) will normally be asked in “open-book” part. Here the participant is expected not to remember the information but should know where to find it in the body of the Code.
The questions asked in closed book part are straight forward statements directly taken form Code without much of the modifications and therefore are easy to answer.
Pay special attention to relevant figures, charts and table footnotes.
To answer open-book questions, you only need to know where to find the answer in the code and therefore tabbing of Code pages, highlighting the paragraphs or adding explanatory notes is useful and time saving.
We shall highlight the important pages of codes during each module. During calculation type of sample and mock exams, you shall also see the code pages that are frequented.
Please note that it is very important to also work with the PDF version of the codes and RPs as it is quite different when you go through a hard copy of a code than when you go through the PDF format.
You should get used to navigating through the PDF version as this is the medium you have to work through during the examination.
Please remember that study of API 510 code has to be “thorough” and total, while study of ASME Sec. VIII Div.1, ASME Sec. IX and ASME Sec. V should be such that it can cover the topics mentioned in the “Body of Knowledge”.
Our E-leaning course not only completely covers the body of knowledge, but also designed to elaborate or brief the topics depending on number of questions you may expect from a particular section. This is to ensure that you are focused more on topics that have higher number of questions.
We recommend the following three phases of study:
1- If you are about a month away from examination, read all the Codes at least once and concentrate on highlighted text in the Codes.
2- If you are about two weeks away from the exam, concentrate on highlighted text as well as the mock examinations provided.
3- In the last week of preparation, focus on Flash Card and highlighted text from the codes and RP.
Try to complete the closed-book part of the exam (110 questions) within 2 to 2 ½ hours, against the allotted 2.75 hours and use the remaining 15-30 minutes to review any flagged off questions ensuring that all questions are answered.
Open-book part (60 questions) takes a little longer and may require all the 3.75 hours that are allocated depending how fast you can find the relevant topic within the reference documents, but keep a tab on time; that is, maintain a healthy speed of questions answered versus time remaining. For closed book part, You should answer minimum 16 questions per hour.
Always keep a tab of the clock on the right hand top corner of the computer screen. It show the remaining time versus number of questions attempted.
For closed book, you have an average of 1.5 minutes per question while for open book, you have 3.75 minutes per question on average.
This means you should answer 40 questions per hour for open book part and some 16 questions for closed book part as a minimum, even less, if you leave your desk for using the toilet, drinking water, or wish to review the flagged off questions at the end.
It is always better to complete each part 15-30 minutes earlier using the time left to review the flagged off questions, ensuring that all questions are answered to the best of your knowledge and also taking care of few nasty questions.
You may start from Question No.1 and proceed. If after 1 hour, you feel that you are maintaining the speed (40 questions per hour for closed book and 16 questions for open book), that is fine.
If, however, you are behind the target progress rate, start jumping the questions, for example, start attempting those short questions that you can answer quicker. Flag off or mark questions whose answer you do not know, to be reviewed at the end.
Then, at the end, start reviewing flagged off or marked questions by clicking ‘’review marked questions’’ tab and start solving them using your “feel” factor. Go on like this until say the last remaining 5-10 minutes.
If there are still some questions where you have no clue at all, just mark the answer at random. This may give you few lucky points. Attempt all questions since there is no negative marking.
Before the clock stops, make absolutely sure that you have answered all the questions. If you press the ‘’review all’’ button, you can also see whether you have answered all the questions or not. The exam stops automatically once you ran out of time.
Note: This section is more suitable for those candidates who have opted for our blended course, that is, combined e-learning plus our 5 days classroom training or webinar.
The API Body of Knowledge covers a broad spectrum of knowledge which many inspectors might not be exposed on a regular basis.
Our classroom course is intensive covering welding, NDT, WPS, Codes, damage mechanism, Inspection of pressure vessel and relief valves, explanation of important terms, exam tips and time management, as well as solving sample questions and Q & A sessions, all within 5 days.
So, we expect that you have gone through the e-learning course well enough and have gained the minimum level of knowledge but with a few glitches. The aim is to bring the candidates into an acceptable level of knowledge, so he/she can pass the examination. You paid a lot of money, and we would also like high exam pass rates for the sake of our reputation and business.
Remember, nobody can become an inspector by just a few days of classroom training, but we believe, if you have studied the e-learning lessons, then, 5-day classroom training is enough to cover the topics and debug any doubts you may have.
The current e-learning is worth 50-60 hour of study depending on your past experience and knowledge. Solving the mock questions and exams can take another 20 hours.
Important tip: Analyze the areas of knowledge you are already competent and then make a list of your weak areas.
As long as your weak areas are not part of ‘’high scoring area’’, you are safe; otherwise, you need to build up your strength on those areas to an acceptable level.
We have designed the mock questions in such a way to complement your knowledge and be in line with the actual exam questions. The mock exams are timed and there are provisions to flag off the questions. you can also see the time remaining versus number of questions answered. This is to create an API exam environment.
When solving the mock or sample review questions, you need to understand the underlying reason behind the right answer, while also trying to understand why other answers are wrong.
This would help you immensely during the real exam by avoiding mistakes and trick questions. We have explained the reason for each correct answer, whenever needed.
Remember, API wants you to choose the “BEST” answer, therefore, even, if you think, there are two correct answers, you should choose the one that is best answers the question in your opinion.
Study the e-learning regularly. Do not leave it until the day before the class and then cram for hours – it rarely works!!
Everyone is different – but the more prepared you are, the easier the class to follow, and finally the easier to pass the exam.
Make notes on areas you may face difficulty with and be prepared to raise them during the classroom training. We are here to help.
Please note that, we shall be running a very tight schedule during classroom training. So, in order to cover the entire body of knowledge and as a token of respect to your fellow trainees, we expect the candidates to be specific and concise with their Questions. Our classroom training is not a brainstorming or story telling session.
Please note that You can also always chat with us or send feedback/questions during e-learning before as well as during and after the classroom training.
Everybody learns in their own way; so, adopt a style that suits you best.
Frequent short study periods are better than long intensive sessions. Our mobile version could be particularly helpful when you can study on the move as well.
As per Effectivity Sheet for API-510 exam, there are 4 codes (API 510 code & ASME Codes V, VIII & IX) and 5 Recommended Practices (RP) plus PCC-2 have been prescribed for examination.
However, all of them are not equally important and therefore, do not require equal emphasis.
About 50% of questions are asked from inspection code (API 510) plus inspection practice (API 572) while the rest contribute to the remaining 50% marks which are some 2000 pages.
Our course depth of coverage is commensurate with number of expected questions.
Below, you can see the approximate number of questions versus codes & RPs.
|Code & RP||Approximate Percentage %|
|API 510 Code & API RP 572||50-55|
|ASME Sec. Vlll Div.1||10-12|
|ASME Sec IX & API RP 577||10-12|
|ASME Sec. V||10-12|
|API RP 571||5-6|
|API RP 576||3-4|
|API RP 578||2-3|
API 510 Pressure Vessel inspector is one of the three core API certificates.
The other two are API 570 – Piping Inspector and API 653 – Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector.
These core certifications have some common reference documents between themselves, namely, API 571, API 576, API 577, API 578 as well as ASME Sec V, and ASME Sec IX.
Approximately 30% of questions for all three core certifications are derived from above ASME Codes and API RPs.
Most of the inspectors intend to get at least these 3 core certifications, So, it makes sense that once you have passed one of them, you may go for other two as well; since you have already covered roughly one third of the other two examinations.
All API examinations including API 510 are held 3 times a year and each exam window is 3 weeks long.
The exam windows for API 510 for the year 2023 are: January 6 – 27; May 12 – June 2 and September 8 – 29.
The pass rate for API 510 is currently between 55%- 60%.
Prometric is subcontracted by API to hold the computer-based examinations. After registering and getting the API approval, you can book an exam date at your selected Prometric test center.
Prometric operates a test center network composed of thousands of sites in 160 countries. You can also choose “Remote Proctoring” option where you can attend the exam from the comfort of your home or office.
The deadline to get the API authorization email is 2.5 months prior to the selected test window. For exam schedule and application deadline, please visit:
To get the API approval attending API 510 examination, you need to file the application form by registering with API ICP (please use below link for registration):
Then, upload your qualification; provide two references and pay the fees ($940 if your company is not an API member or $730 if your company is an API member).
Unfortunately, API does not grant individual membership. You can only avail the reduced fee if your company is an API member.
The minimum qualification requirements for API 510 Pressure Vessel inspector certification is based on the combination of education and experience related to pressure vessels.
This experience must have been acquired within the last 10 years.
Prior to submitting an application, please use the Qualification/Experience table to determine if you qualify to take the API 510 exam.
The minimum experience required MUST be documented on your application.
|Education||Years of Experience||Experience Required|
|BS or higher in engineering or technology||1 year||Supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510|
|2-year degree or certificate in engineering or technology||2 years||Design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection of pressure vessels, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510|
|High school diploma or equivalent||3 years||Design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection of pressure vessels, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510|
|No formal education||5 or more years||Design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection of pressure vessels, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510|
API shall verify your claimed experience by sending a link to your two references via email.
This link opens up a questionnaire listing your experience in various fields you have claimed and your references need to verify them.
It is recommended to brief your references so they know which inspection fields and for how long you have claimed the experience for.
If possible, sit with your references when they are responding to API experience verification email just to make sure, they have responded correctly.
This would avoid any discrepancy that may result from your claimed experience against their verification.
It only takes a minute or two to respond as a reference.
Please note that, during registration with API, you are required to select one of the available ‘’3 weeks time window’’.
Once the time window selected, you cannot change it which means you can only sit for the exam within the selected ‘’3 week window’’ unless you decide to reschedule and pay the fee (300 $) which is as good as failing the exam.
Remember, if you do not attend the exam within the allocated 3 weeks window for any reason whatsoever such a: being absent or no show up at the exam date, failing to book a slot; non availability of slot in your preferred test canter and failing to book an available slot in another test center is as good as failing the exam itself.
In this situation, you need to request a reschedule (the same way as if you fail the exam) and pay USD 300 $ rescheduling fee.
The deadline to get your application approved prior to your selected test window is around 2.5 months.
If your approval happens at the last minute you might not be able to find a suitable available date or worse, you might not be able to get a seat at your favorite test center within the allocated ‘’3 week window’’ while the next available test center may be hundreds of miles away or even in another country.
This is because Prometric has only 3000 test center offered for API exams across the globe.
Hence, it is recommended that you register; get the API approval (called API Exam Authorization Notice email) and specifically book the prometric test center roughly 4 months prior to your scheduled exam; that is; do not choose the next immediate test window but recommend choosing the one that is 4 months away.
This is especially important for core API 510 exam being a day long exam. For non-core API exams, there is normally a good chance of getting the convenient test location and date at the next available test window.
There are some 3000 Prometric testing centers worldwide to choose from.
All Prometric testing centers operate on the first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, API cannot promise that you will be able to obtain a seat at your preferred location.
Schedule your exam immediately after receiving your Exam Authorization Notice email from API. If the seat is not available, try a different date, or another location.
You can now select remote proctoring where you can attend the exam from the comfort of your home or office.
You can change the exam location and date (still within the allocated 3 weeks window) up to 30 days before the exam free of charge and between 5-29 days for a fee of USD 70 $ subject to availability. For API core exams (API 510, 570, 653) being a day long test, it is hardly possible to change the time and location.
API gives each candidate 12 consecutive months to pass an exam beginning from the first scheduled test window. This means you can attempt an exam for a maximum of 4 consecutive times.
If you do not pass the exam within a year from your first selected exam window for any reason such as: failing the exam, fail to schedule the exam with Prometric, no show at the exam date, etc., you have to apply all over again & pay the full fee (940 $).
IMPORTANT: Schedule your exam with your closest Prometric test center as soon as you receive the API authorization.
One of our trainees received his ‘’API Exam Authorization Notice’’ for API 510 seven months before the selected test window; but attempted to book a place with Prometric only two months before the test window.
As a result, his closest Prometric center (London) was already full, so, he had to fly to Amsterdam Prometric test center to attend the exam. Therefore, it is strongly recommend that you book your place as soon as you receive the API authorization notice.
Remember, API 510 is a full day exam, so booking your favorite exam date and location may not be possible if you are late.
Prometric booking is on the first come first served basis.
IMPORTANT: Be at the Prometric test center at least half an hour before the exam scheduled time
API 510 is a day-long exam and normally starts at 8.30 am.
Make sure you reach the Prometric test center at least half an hour before the scheduled time. If you reach the test center 15 minutes after that, they may refuse to admit you.
You will be required to present one valid, unexpired and original government-issued photo ID with a signature, such as a driver’s license, passport, national ID or military ID. In cases where a primary government-issued photo ID does not have a signature, a second ID with signature must be presented. The identification must be in Latin characters.
Prior to letting you to sit for the exam; Prometric employees shall check your valid government photographic ID, ask you to sign in; check you with a metal detector; ask you to turn up your sleeves and trousers; check your pockets; look at your reading glasses to ensure it does not have any camera/video recording device and ask you a security question (Date Of Birth, email address).
You cannot carry anything with you except a bottle of water. No ornaments are allowed except a wedding ring. Prometric shall supply you with a couple of green color A4 size papers and a pencil for taking notes plus a simple calculator.
If you don’t produce a valid government ID card at the Prometric test center, you shall be refused entry and it is treated as a ‘’no show up’’ which is as good as failing the exam. Also, make sure your government issued photo ID (driving license, passport) is VALID (not expired).
During API 653 exam, one of our candidate’s driving license was expired and he was refused entry although he returned half an hour later with a valid passport but by that time it was too late, Prometric said. As a result, he had to pay the rescheduling fee (USD 300 $) and appear for the exam 6 months later. It is recommended to check your photo ID to ensure it is valid.
As plan B, try carrying even two valid photo ID. It is simply not worth it to be refused at the exam center for an ID issue after all the time, effort and money you have spent.
Prior to the examination, you shall be given the key to a locker to keep your belongings. You are not allowed to use the locker until you have completed the exam. However, you are allowed to use the locker during the 45 minutes break.
There is a tutorial prior to exam and it explains how the bottoms work. You can also find the tutorial via the below link which is an exact replica of the tutorial you shall see before the exam:
You can end the tutorial session earlier whenever you feel comfortable enough working with the icons. The exam would automatically start after the 10 minutes allocated time for tutorial or if you end it earlier. The icons are simple and user friendly.
Remember that you can flag off those questions you are not sure of so you can return back to them during the remaining time.
You can also right click on selected answers to eliminate them if you are confident that they are definitely the wrong answers. This will narrow down the possible right answers and therefore increases you chance of getting the right answer.
You can either review all the questions once again or review the flagged off questions or review incomplete questions (questions you have not attempted) by clicking on respective tabs during any remaining time left.
The exam ends automatically when the remaining time showing on the right hand corner of the screen goes to zero.
The pass mark is roughly 70% (Minimum 400 on a scale of Maximum 500) for all the API examinations as API uses scaled grading to standardize the degree of difficulty for all the exams.
No negative marking is applied, therefore, make sur you have answered all the question to the best of your knowledge.
At the end, click the ‘’Review all’’ button and peruse through the list to ensure that you have not left any question unanswered.
You can also check ‘’review incomplete questions’’ to ensure there is nothing on the list, that is, no question left unanswered.
API core examinations contain two parts (Closed & Open Book).
First, you would answer the closed book part (2 hours 45 minutes for some 110 questions).
After that, you have a maximum of 45 minutes break when you can leave the building and also use the locker.
After the break, you would start the second part (open book) and need to answer some 60 question within 3.75 hours of allocated time using the reference documents in PDF format available on the computer screen.
The ‘’word search’’ is disabled so you should know which document and also which section you should look for each question.
In subsequent modules, we shall explain how you could navigate between documents to find the right answer, chart or formulae you need to solve an open book exam question.
Remember that the open book or second part of the API core examinations automatically starts after the 45 minutes break or if you start the second part sooner by pressing the ‘end the break’ button.
This means you should start your second part of examination (open book part) no later than 45 minutes after completing the first part in order not to lose any time.
Try to report to the examination center around 5 minutes before the end of the 45 minutes break to allow for time spent going through the security check and sign in.
Remember, the second part (open book) automatically starts after the 45 minutes break even though you are not at your desk.
During API 570 examinations, one of our candidates went for lunch and returned half an hour late. By the time, he started his second part of the exam; he was already some 30 minutes short of the allocated 3.75 hours because after the 45 minute break, the time for second part of the test (closed book) keeps running regardless of whether you are at your desk or not.
Remember, if you need to leave the examination room for say, using the toilet or drinking water, you need to take your ID with you, report to the security outside the examination room and sign out. On return, you shall go through the same initial security check and sign in. During all this time, the clock is running.
Remember, your exam is not concluded until your time is up or when you press the ‘end exam’ button (which asks for confirmation to ensure that you have not pressed it accidentally).
You can also see the list of attempted and non attempted questions by pressing the ‘’review all’’ button. This would ensure that you have not left a question unanswered. You can see the remaining time at the upper right hand corner of the screen. There are a few good tutorials in the API ICP (Individual Certification Program) website.
The allocated time seems to be more than enough to answer all the questions as well as review them.
There are 170 questions in the core exams, of which only 140 are scored.
The remaining 30 are pre-test questions and not marked towards your score, meaning these pre-test questions do not affect your score whether you have answered them correctly or incorrectly. API does not tell you which ones these unscored questions are. API does not mark unscored questions, therefore, you have to answer all the 170 questions.
The reason for these non scored pre-test questions is that API frequently adds up new questions to their existing question bank.
API needs to ensure that these questions are not significantly challenged by the candidates and also answered by a reasonable number of people before adding them to their question bank as scored questions.
Immediately, after completion of the exam, you shall receive an email notifying you whether you have passed or failed. Your preliminary exam result may be a ’’preliminary pass’’ which is normally a pass; a ‘’Preliminary Marginal’’ which is too close to call or a ‘’Preliminary Not Pass’’ which is a fail.
You shall receive your confirmed score up to 8 weeks after the last day of the 3 weeks examination window, sometime sooner. It takes another 6-8 weeks to receive the certification and the wallet card if you have passed.
If you fail, you need to apply for rescheduling and pay USD 300 $. You shall receive the exam authorization approval email normally within 2-3 working days. You shall then book your seat with the Prometric as soon as possible.
API 510 certification is valid for a three-year term and cost USD 940 $ each.
After 3 years, you need to apply for recertification demonstrating that you still work as an API 510 inspector for 20% of the time. Recertification cost USD 730 $.
You may apply for recertification 90 days prior to the certification expiration date, and for a 90-day grace period after. If an application is not submitted by the end of the 90-day grace period, the certification will expire. A new application and the full fee must be submitted, and you will need to pass the full version of the examination in order to be recertified.
Late application fee for both new certification and recertification is 150 $.
API inspectors are required to take an on-line, open-book quiz every six years in order to recertify. Each quiz has 25 questions that address the changes in the relevant API codes over the past six years. You have a total of four hours to complete the quiz, and it may be paused or interrupted up to three times.
If you fail the quiz once, you will be able to take it again. If you fail the quiz a second time, you will not be able to recertify. You will need to submit a new application and take the full version of the exam to certify again.
Publications effectivity sheet is the list of applicable reference documents that you need to study for the exam. It also tells you which sections of each document are applicable. It can be revised from time to time when the codes and recommended practices or their addendum are revised and becomes applicable. Red color coded texts indicate a revision or a change from the previous Publication Effectivity Sheet.
Body of knowledge also list the reference codes and recommended practices (but without revision number) and elaborates on topics that a pressure vessel inspector needs to know giving examples. It shows what you are expected to know.
Our e-learning is particularly designed around the latest Publication Effectivity Sheet and Body of Knowledge.
Below please find a sample score sheet showing the maximum number of score you could achieve for each area. This should give you a fair idea of importance and weightage of each area of knowledge.
Content Area Max. Score
Exam tip 1
Thickness Calculations: Round to the third decimal place, and don’t round-up/down. The right answer will always be far from the wrong answers so as not to pose a problem.
Exam tip 2
Since both metric and British units are used; sometimes, the data are given in inches or foot but the multi choice answer is in mm or meter. So, be careful on unit conversion.
Exam tip 3
API Exam NEVER uses the following type of answers:
All of the above
Both A & B
None of the above
Exam tip 4
Use common sense. Reason it out!
It is likely a correct answer to a very easy question.
Exam tip 5
A lot of questions are derived from basics: definitions, meaning, scope, exclusions.
Exam tip 6
Try using the PDF copy of reference documents as much as possible when solving open book questions; it helps navigate through documents more easily during the exam.
Exam tip 7
Sitting for an exam can be stressful specially for such day long gruesome exam, so, try to sleep early the night before and stop reading on the exam day; just peruse the important parts of the reference documents or look at the figures and charts for around half an hour maximum. Let your brain rest. You need to be alert and full of energy to endure the day long core exam.
Exam tip 8
During the exam, you can increase your chances of choosing the correct answer by eliminating the obvious wrong answers.
To eliminate the wrong answers, hold the mouse on the answer you think is wrong and right click, it will cross it helping you to concentrate on the remaining possible answers.
You can challenge any question you may wish by writing on its comment sheet but please note that the clock keeps running so you shall be spending from your allocated time.
Exam tip 9
During practice sessions and the mock exams, try actually solving the calculation type of mock questions on the paper (not in your mind) even if it is a simple mathematical equation and looks easy.
Until you don’t practice solving the questions, you would not get the feel of it.
Practice also helps you solving the calculations a lot faster while avoid making silly mistakes during the exam.
Exam tip 10
Significant number of questions is aimed at verifying your comprehension of principles and theory, so try to understand the basics rather than simply memorizing the numbers as it would be of little help. Remember, API does not normally want you to memorize the numbers or formulas during the closed book examinations unless extensively used in the industry, is of everyday use or specifically mentioned in the body of knowledge. During the remaining modules, we shall show you which figures you may need to remember and shall highlight the potential practical type of questions (see sets of flash cards in module 11).
Exam tip 11
Some questions include irrelevant information that might look confusing. API wants to verify that you can differentiate between the relevant and non relevant information.
The trick is to understand the question (what is wanted) and then look at the relevant formula to find out what information is required to calculate the answer.
Make a quick list of known and unknown parameters dismissing the irrelevant information; then, simply use the formula to solve the equation.
Exam tip 12
Pay particular attention to charts, tables, figures, and also the footnotes within the reference books and try to understand the rationale.
We shall explain major tables, chart and figures and shall point out those important footnotes during our e-learning course and classroom training.
Exam tip 13
During open book examination, if you can’t find a topic within a code, look at the table of content, the list of figures or the list of tables, if you still can’t find it within 1-2 minutes; flag it off, make a note of question number on the paper and go to next question; there is high chance of encountering the topic when looking for other topics on subsequent questions; in which case you can go back to the flagged off question and solve it within seconds.
More exam tips are discussed during other modules and also the classroom trainings if you have opted for our blended package.
End of Module 1