The core examinations have open book and closed book parts (API 510, API 570, API 653, also API 1169).
Other exams (API 571, API 577, API 580, API SIFE, API SIRE) are entirely closed book.
The closed-book examination includes such questions which the
inspector is normally expected to know without referring to the Codes, that is , these questions are ";awareness level"; or ‘’practical’’ type of questions.
Whenever you find a very definitive or quantitative statement or fact in body of the Code, a closed book question may be expected on
it.Thus, the basic requirements of a code, specific DOs & DONTs statements, important quantified statements, important definitions and well-known inspection principles will constitute such questions.Where 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, (that is, 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 foot notes.To answer an open-book questions, you only needs to know where to
find the answer in the code and therefore tabbing of Code pages,
highlighting the paragraphs or additional explanatory notes in page margins is useful and time saving. We shall identify the important pages of codes during each module.
During calculation type of sample and mock exams, you shall notice 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.We have designed the mock questions in such a way to complement your knowledge and in line with actual exam questions. When solving the mock or sample review questions, you need to understand the underlying reason behind the right answer, and also try 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.