|Originally posted by Didelis_Skier:
SSH - Your experience closely matches what my friend told me. Thanks for posting. It will make his negative experience feel not so unique.
It was somewhat reassuring for me that none of the members of my teaching group passed both exams. One of us passed teaching (the last one to attempt, and he had caught on to the Examiner's style by then), the rest of us passed skiing. In watching what the one that passed teaching did, it was clear to me that my failure had nothing to do with what I knew or even the effectiveness of my approach, but that it wasn't the approach that the Examiner wanted (even though it was the approach that he said he wanted before I started!). But, that's another story.
Interestingly, one of the others that did not pass the teaching teaches at Copper. She took three MA classes per week for the winter, including the one led by our own Bob Barnes. She has been teaching for many years, and clearly knew what she was doing. But, as with me, he didn't like her approach (which was completely GCT) and he failed her as he did me. That gave me at least some reassurance that it wasn't all me or only me.
In my level II exam class of 10 in two sub-groups of 5 each, I believe that 3 passed. At least two who passed should not have passed the skiing application section, in my opinion (they were flailing in the off-piste). 2 of the 3 who passed were members of the ski school that employed the Examiner and had been in his clinics this year. The third could have passed level II in her sleep.