ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Training Center (NTC) has completed the transition to computer-based testing (CBT) for NICET Fire Alarm exams.
Previously, NICET required Level III test-takers to complete a written exam. The new CBT exam, which is more difficult than its predecessor, is now a single test that is pass/fail. To achieve Level III certification, fire alarm professionals must pass a separate assessment.
"One big difference those familiar with NICET will immediately notice is the lack of work elements," National Training Center (NTC) Vice President Bryan McLane says. "Work elements are specific areas of fire alarm knowledge that NICET tested candidates on. Certification at different levels required a certain number of work elements from different areas, and specific work elements for higher certification."
To help fire alarm technicians pass the exam, NTC has adjusted its training courses to address how one can best prepare and succeed on the new CBT NICET exam.
"We at NTC have extensively reviewed the differences between the new and old NICET exam," McLane says. "Our training is still applications based, progressive and fast paced, yet incorporates more studying and test taking strategies. Additionally, we go over the NICET application process, as this too has changed and has left many people in a quandary. Studying is a large part of being properly prepared for the exam, but knowing how to study is the difference between passing and failing."
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