VA level 3 Test Mobius Institute

"Would you guys tell me how to perform well in test and pass with good marks."

Study from Books, Papers, and Internet and get practical experience from class lab sessions, personal testing, and actual problem solving. I cannot possibly know if you are ready for the Test or what your deficiencies are. Do you feel ready and confident? If not, you might still take the test and learn what you don't know! Failure is a method of learning!


Can I just also add that as part of your course registration (and thanks for choosing our course!) you can watch videos on-line of me teaching the course. You should take advantage of that. Watch them until it makes sense But really, I know some of the topics will be new to you, and we do have some cool new animations and simulations since I made those videos that make some of the topics easier to understand (you'll see them in the class), but the videos are the perfect way to get up to speed and get confident. Try the quizzes and worked examples to test your knowledge and ability.

And if you don't pass, use it as a learning exercise as Walt said. Keep learning with the videos, ask lots of questions, and you can try again later - you don't have to attend a course to re-take the exam.

Best of luck, and I hope you enjoy the process!




I've just replied to your post about the "old exam questions".

I guess the question in this thread and its answers would be more positive.

I would suggest the following:

1- Study your materials very well. Write your own notes, questions etc on the textbook so you can go back to them when you need. Ask questions during your course.

2- Use one calculator during your study and exam. Ensure you know and practice using the special functions like logerithic calculations (if they are included in your exam) and brackets.

3-  Know what will be given to you as an aid in the exam. Will you be given a formula sheet, graph papers, ruler etc? Bring with you what you could possibly need (but allowed).

4- Ensure you understand the terms used in the materials. Some terms may have similar meaning but the exam writers have an objective of differentiate between the examinees. One way of do so is using similar terms.

5- You may need to memorize some equations or shortcuts.

6- Ask for an exam version for the units you are familiar with (imperial or metric).

7- Based on your involvement with real vibration analysis, you may need to review the materials of the lower categories.

Good luck.


Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa 


Yes, each person, whether they pass or fail, will be given a guide to how they performed in each of the main topic areas. It is always important to understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie, whether you pass or fail.

The advice given by Ali Al-Shurafa is very good. Remember, the members of the technical committee who develop the questions are not trying to trick anyone. They are not trying to catch people out on subtle differences between terms.  Based on the "job description" and list of topics in ISO 18436-2, they are developing questions that a person at that level, Cat III for this discussion, should be able to answer in order to be able to do their job.

We provide sample questions (we call them worked examples because we show how to answer them) to help a person learn and to help them assess their level of knowledge.

And then we apply all kinds of sophisticated statistics to the answers given on the exam to ensure that questions are not too hard or easy, and the exam is fair.

I would love to tell you all about it if anyone was interested. But it is a part of the requirements to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17024.

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