May 9, 2017
Passed the CIH exam! First, I want to thank Rick for a wonderful class last fall in NC. In addition to taking the class in person, I also listened to the recordings over and over. At the gym, in the car, etc. When in doubt, listen to lectures. There were many, many questions where I had Rick's voice from the lectures playing in my head, telling me the answer because I practically remembered the lectures. The exam was tough! I thought I over prepared but was surprised how hard some questions were. Overall, the math was really easy. Bowen's math problems are very good prep for this test. However, there are not many math problems. The hard part were the wordy questions. I won't get into details but there were a handful of questions where they would say, "when doing or developing X, what would you do first, or which is the most important factor." Which are tough because you have to really think what is the best answer, and all 4 answers sound like they are important. The other tricky part was semi-detailed questions on the most random aspects of IH. Very hard to prepare for those. Most of those were either judgment calls or I just happened to have experience. Honestly, I thought a handful of questions were unfair... but those could have been the experimental ones for all I know. My best advice is to try not to remember facts as much as understand the concepts of what each rubric is all about. The Bowen course is a fantastic baseline. Use it as a guide and expand on the subjects it covers. The Fleeger guide helps some, the TLV booklet is crucial! Read it! and the Burgess book is also really good. If you can't get a copy, just Wikipedia search the industries and watch youtube videos. There is a lot of good content.