Just curious, why do you think I know “very little of the industry?”
Why do you think I haven’t done significant research on each of my questions before asking? I suspect you probably haven’t paid much attention to what my actual questions were, or the comments I made relating to the questions, because you probably should have noticed that I’m not so ignorant on any of the topics. I’m just ignorant on what InterNACHI expects me to answer on the exam questions when the study material shows conflicting answers.
Let’s take the “guard rail hand rail question” for example, as you did. Do you think my question was dumb or beneath you? Do you think the IRC or google was going to tell me what the correct answer would be on the exam when the study questions provided by InterNACHI couldn’t even tell me that? Can you explain to me how it’s possible to have a railing as is required for three “rises” without having a handrail which is not required for three “steps”? How would you answer that question on an exam? If you don’t think that needs clarification when studying for the exam then you probably don’t understand the question.
I may not actually be as ignorant as I pretend to be in this forum but I am very new to this forum, and new to InterNACHI so I don’t want to come across is a knowing anything until I am more comfortable inside the community. However, even if I did actually know everything there was to know about the industry, I can’t possibly know what is expected of me on the exam except for what I learn from InterNACHI. All I have to go on is the course material, the quiz questions from the material, the SOP and the 2100 practice questions. I’ve pretty much memorized all of that material and in the process I found several inconsistencies which may not be much of a concern for you as a licensed inspector but if you had to know what was expected on the exam then that’s different. This is to sort of clarification I can get from the IRC or google because the questions on the proctored exam are supposedly taken directly from the pool of questions I’m studying, not from IRC or google.
I also decided that I might as well post the questions for the benefit of many other students who might have the same questions and I was right about that because I’ve received many thanks from people who were similarly confused.
BTW, I wrote the proctored exam a couple days ago and aced it. My proctor told me that in the many years of proctoring these exams she’d never seen anyone score so high. It’s possible they dumbed down the exam just before I wrote them though, because I found it to be one of the easiest exams I’ve ever written. I finished in half the allotted time. But it could also be because I’ve spent so much time researching every questions and digging and asking for clarification. I was aiming for 100% regardless and I came damn close.
I still have lots of questions though and will probably continue to post them on the forum. You can ignore them if you think they are beneath you, but don’t assume I’m ignorant for asking questions that you think are easy. It’s possibly you might not actually have understood the question.