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Preparation suggestions for the PSIA Alpine Level 2 Written Exam?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi Everyone,

 

Late last year I attained my PSIA Alpine Level 1 Certification and and now beginning the long road towards attaining Level 2! I'll probably take the exam either next season, or if I'm not ready, the season after.

 

So far I've been doing a bunch of teaching at my home snow sports school (Levels 1 to 4), taking advantage of in-house clinics and plan to shadow Level 5 to 7 classes.

 

This season I also plan to complete my PSIA prerequisites and think I'll start with the online PSIA Alpine Level 2 Written Exam. I have the necessary education materials (Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors, Alpine Technical Manual, Adult Alpine Teaching

Handbook) and am in the process of re-reading all of them. I also have the Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing by Bob Barnes (awesome book!).
 
However, are there any other tips you could offer to prepare for the Alpine Level 2 Written Exam? Are there any other study materials that may come in useful? Is there a practice test available? Any tips offered would be greatly appreciated!
 
Thank you,
 
Dave.
post #2 of 7

Hi Dave, There is a practice exam and a study guide available on PSIA Eastern Division's website. Pay some attention to the references in the foot notes of the study guide for additional reading material. I'd recommend "Skiing Right" as an enjoyable to read reference, written in English instead of instructorese, that helped me tie together a lot of the concepts that are in the current training manuals.

post #3 of 7

I passed mine without any of the education materials, and only studied for a few hours if even, so I wouldn't be overly worried if I were you.  I mainly just looked at the various study guides online, especially the one that jimmy is talking about.  There was plenty of information online or available through fellow instructors.  Maybe also talk with some other instructors within your division about what to study and what not to.  Just take your time and you'll be fine.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks very much for your replies Jimmy & eastskier!

 

Is this the page your referring to: Alpine/AASI/Adaptive Online Exam Information ( http://www.psia-e.org/ed/alpine/online.htm )? Unfortunately, the page cannot be found when I click the link.

 

I will however take a look at the Skiing Right book!

 

Thanks again,

 

Dave.

post #5 of 7

This is the study guide for the online test, it includes sample questions.

http://www.psia-e.org/ed/alpine/AlpineStudyGuide.pdf

 

 

http://www.psia-e.org/ed/alpine/AlpineExamGuide.pdf

 

Good Luck!

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks very much Jimmy!

post #7 of 7

It's kind of like the written test for getting your first driving license.  

 

If in the manuals provided by PSIA there is anything with a numbered list (learning styles, Bloom's taxonomy, the elements in the Teaching Model, etc), memorize the list.  

Any question they could ask whose answer might use the words Balance, Rotary, Edging, and/or Pressure (BERP), memorize that.

Same goes for Duration, Intensity, Rate, and Timing (DIRT).  

Know something about the history of skiing and of PSIA.  Remember pivotal dates (numbers!)

The answers on this multiple guess test need to be non-arguable.  Just keep that in mind.  

 

If you study as if you were in college and the test matters, then you'll do fine. 

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