Hi. I am pleased to announce that I achieved a passing score on the API653 – Certification of inspectors – Aboveground Storage Tanks. My score was 118 over 152 questions, above the 108 needed in order to pass.
This is the evidence
This should be enough for you reader to know that you can pass your exam in the first try as I did, against all the predictions from my course instructor. He kept talking about the fact that the API 653 Certification program is the most difficult of all of the API programs, and how people has fallen short in 3 or 4 opportunities.
What I did in order to pass the exam? Well, I read the books well ahead, chose and wrote down the most questions and answers I could, and made the most out of the instruction imparted in the course. Regarding the Q&A´s, I revisited them regularly using an spaced repetition software called supermemo. I still have the files, some of which you can read now in my blog.
But more importantly, I really took advantage of the preparation course that was imparted to me in Cartagena. There, they teach you which subjects are definitely going to show up in the exam. You have to flag and highlight the important pages, as this is allowed.
My best score was in welding. I had previous experience, I must confess.
Regarding the info you need for the exam, now they are asking you to bring the original copy of the documents mentioned in the body of knowledge. They won´t accept copies, and they review your material.
That said, I will keep posting information for you to study and pass this important accomplishment. And you should know I am taking more certification exams soon. Thanks a lot.