Just finished my irrigators class

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by TexasFire221, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. TexasFire221

    TexasFire221 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 480

    This is by far going to be the hardest test I think I have ever taken. Im a firefighter/EMT and I was pretty convinced that was hard but seems like a walk in the park now. Any advice on how to study? Im making up some flash cards today and am just gonna do hydraulic calculations until I feel super comfortable with them.
  2. Lite Headed

    Lite Headed LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    Don't sweat it. They've dumbed down the test...I think the failure rate is now down to around 70% from 80%. :laugh: And you dont have to do the design in the test any longer either. When I took it in '84, you had to worry about whether there was going to be a drafting table available to finish the design on time.
    Seriously, I'd concentrate on the hydraulics and backflow sections of the test.
    Good luck!
  3. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,326

    Take the test forward and then backward.
    Memorize your formulas.
    Take the book with you and have it in your vehicle so you can go back and check on anything your not sure about during the lunch break.
    Good luck!
  4. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
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  5. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    I made a 95+ on all the sections... except backflow but I did pass the first time. I did not realize there was going to be so many specific questions about it and did not study at all for them. I guess I did not think they would ask so many questions about something that anyone can look up quickly in the real world.

    Be sure to go over all the details on installation, and the applications for all the backflow valves.

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    My understanding is the year I took the test was the hardest most difficult test ever. We had to memorize Dr Watkins book on turf irrigation as well as do an extensive design. College grads with master degrees flunked it.
    I passed it with flying colors and they've been dumbing it down ever since.
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  7. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,957

    Is there a online course anywhere?
  8. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    I am a college grad with a masters... And I was one question away from failing the backflow.

    If you do fail a part of the test you only have to re-take that portion. I think that is also a change. You do the design part of the test in the class now.
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  9. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Back when I took the test (although not as long ago as Pete - did you really have to turn in your slate and chalk at the end?), of the 79 people in the room I remember hearing at least 60 of them where in some process of re-testing due to earlier failures.

    Of the 19 left four of us passed the first time. Apparently the hang up was the design part which was then included during the exam process, which was the easiest for me.

    Actually the test wasn't difficult at all until my calculator crapped out and I had to long hand compute the hydraulics. However, bear in mind I have an undergraduate in Turfgrass Agronomy and a minor in Fluid Dynamics plus a completely different degree so taking an exam wasn't difficult for me - I had seen all of this stuff before in greater detail than the exam covered.

    I would suggest in order to prepare for the examination that you study the hydraulics, become familiar with computing friction loss/pressure variations then just take it slow and easy. However, I took the exam over eleven years ago, I am certain the exam has changed since then.

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    How did the demo derby go?
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