We announced in November that we would shortly be introducing S1 examinations. Since then, members have been working to produce an S1 syllabus which was published to OBS mentors and ATC examiners two weeks ago, and the web team have worked their usual magic to set-up S1 examinations on the CT System.
S1 examinations will be introduced at 23:59z on Tuesday 31st March.
Until then, students will continue to progress through the current system, receiving a rating upgrade once mentors believe them to be ready. After then, mentors will instead recommend students to be forwarded for examination. Examiners will request rating upgrades for successful students.
In order to give current students the chance to progress through before Tuesday 31st March, we will not be holding another OBS_PT1 until late March/early April.
The theory exam (currently on Moodle) will move to the Central Training System.
Who will be conducting the exams?
Current ATC examiners, assisted by a team of S1-only examiners (drawn from current S2s+ with significant mentoring experience).
What will be the format of the exam?
They’ll be on SweatBox, using dedicated files available only to the examiners. Students will have around an hour of controlling followed by a debrief and questions. Examiners will assess holistically.
Will they be hard?
Yes, but no more so than exams at other levels. Our aim is to pass as many people as possible at as high a standard as reasonably possible - students will need to demonstrate that they have the skills necessary to control well during average network traffic conditions.
Will this slow down training?
Though we are working to minimise it, it’s likely that training and waiting times will increase slightly. We believe that this is a worthwhile trade-off to ensure that we’re providing the best training we can to all students.
What happens if I fail?
Examiners will provide comprehensive feedback and support to both students and instructors. The exact nature of the further training will depend on this feedback.
What if I’m a current student and I haven’t got my rating by March 31st?
You will need to take the exam.
Will I need to take the theory exam on the CT System if I completed the Moodle eLearning course before March 31st?
Yes. TGIs will be unable to forward students who have not completed the theory exam on the CT System.
Will the Edinburgh and Manchester eLearning courses remain in place?
Yes: students will still need to complete the relevant course for their assigned training position.
A massive thank you to @Ben Cook, @Daniel Crookes, and @Fergus Walsh in Training, and @Callum Axon and @Calum Towers in Web, who have poured hours of their time into getting everything together for this!
Any questions, please let us know!