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Dive master practice exam?

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by SentinelAce, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. SentinelAce

    SentinelAce Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
    I am horrible at taking tests. Other than studying the knowledge reviews how can I prepare to pass this test? What happens if I fail? Can I retake it?
  2. Scuba Scott

    Scuba Scott Instructor, Scuba ScubaBoard Supporter

    Study the knowledge reviews. You won't fail but in the unlikely event you do you can retake it.

    Have you addressed this concern with your instructor?
  3. shurite7

    shurite7 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: MT
    The knowledge review questions are designed to help you with the final exam. Good luck!!
  4. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    I haven't looked at the PADI DM course in ages, but if it uses the Learning Objectives and Quick Quiz the same as other courses, those will focus you exactly where you need to review.
  5. SentinelAce

    SentinelAce Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
    I was just wondering if there was a test I could take online to help pass.
  6. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Currently: Cozumel, from Canada
    The exams are very very similar to the practice questions. If you can get through the practice questions to a level you could explain why each answer is reasonable according to the text, you'll be very well prepared for the exam.

    I dislike exams due to my perfectionist tendencies and the disposition to get stuck in an over analyzing loop of second guessing myself.

    What helped me on the DM exam was remembering the purpose of knowing the material isn't for a grade or even passing, it's for comprehension and hopefully preparation for helping other divers too.

    There's an exam A and back up plan exam B if the score is too low on the first writing attempt.

    In direct answer to your question: Depending on your instructor, you could write exam A as practice intending to fail and then write exam B after you've mastered exam A. Otherwise I don't know of an ethical source for a DM practice exam.

    Enjoy the journey,
  7. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    Really, it is not a test. It is a chance to show off what you know. You can't really fail, you can only not-pass-it-yet. You keep doing it until you pass. Test results are either Pass, or Haven't Passed Yet. It is a head game. Take a deep breath and go for it.
  8. Bubble Junky

    Bubble Junky Course Director

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: In paradise...
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  9. SentinelAce

    SentinelAce Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
    Well I’ll need them for IDC, It was a tough course but I made it
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  10. lowflyer

    lowflyer Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: SW
    As per others, if you understand the reviews the test is easy, but make sure you know how to do the dive tables and eRDP forward and backward.

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