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Topic: Basic Exam

2nd April 2015 at 9:06pm

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

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The exam board has decided to implement the ADM proposition to grant a credit if the candidate gets more than 75% in the 'Basic. The pass is 50% and the large majority pass so at least there will be some idea of the candidates abilities.
5th April 2015 at 12:08pm

Rob Cooke
Mendip

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Hi,

Maybe slightly off topic but as my question is about basic exam here I go.

I've now been going nearly a year and would like to take the basic exam.  I've found the application form and the sylabus but I can't find out when exams take place do I need to get my application in by a certain date?

Thanks for your help.

Rob
5th April 2015 at 1:01pm

Gerry Collins
Doncaster

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You need to get your form signed by an offical of your association eg secretary to verify that you have kept bees for at least a year.  Basic assessments are organised locally and need a minimum of a months notice. Held only during the active season with no assessments after 31st August.  They are held in an association apiary wherever possible and require the apiary manager in attendance. Generally 4 or 5 candidates are assessed on the same day by the appointed assessor (each assessment takes about an hour  but timed 90 minutes apart to give the assessor time to have a comfort break, complete the paperwork etc between candidates).
5th April 2015 at 2:46pm

Roger Patterson
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Wisborough Green

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Adding to what Gerry has said find out if your county has an Examination Secretary. That is the person who you should deal with, otherwise the Exam Board Secretary will have too much to deal with.

Before going much further I suggest you look at the syllabus and satisfy yourself you have learnt enough, in particular about diseases.

Roger Patterson.
5th April 2015 at 7:42pm

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

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Fortunately there's no set time - unlike the modules - so the assessment can usually be done at a mutually convenient time. They are generally relaxed affairs and shouldn't be anything to worry about provided you are reasonably competent. Most Norfolk assessements are done at the asociation apiary - as I am a long distance from it, I tend to do the occasional one at my home apiary for people nearby.

The association may have rules - such as don't bring in your own gloves - so it's worth checking before-hand.
11th April 2015 at 11:06pm

Rob Cooke
Mendip

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Thanks for that guys.

Rob
17th May 2015 at 4:50pm

Stuart Bowie
Carlisle

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Hi Rob,

I'm also getting ready to take the basic and can recommend doing the correspondence course as preparation. You are assigned a tutor and write answers in note form to twelve papers covering the syllabus. Although I knew some sections quite well I found the course helped me identify those topics where I needed more systematic work.

It's worth checking what you need on the day. People I know were not told in advance to bring frame components to make up and a large match box to collect a sample.

 

Good luck with the exam. General Husbandry next?!
12th August 2015 at 1:16pm

ToniD
United Kingdom

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Hi, I've been informed that I passed the Basic assessment. How do I find out if I was close to a credit or not?
14th August 2015 at 2:49pm

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

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ToniD. I have sent you a p.m. (private message).
7th September 2015 at 2:21pm

Diane Drinkwater
Manchester & District

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When should you be told you're passed? A friend took his about a month ago and hasn't heard anything yet!
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