New 3rd Mate exams: Passing rates as low as 0%
This from GCaptian, which notes the group that represents the nation’s six state maritime academies has asked the Coast Guard Commandant for some insight on the current Chart Plot module of the U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate exams. Keep in mind something like 70 percent of the country’s unlimited tonnage/horsepower merchant marine officers hail from this six-pack of maritime academies.
Historically, cadets have passed the Chart Plot module at an acceptable rate and served the U.S. Merchant Marine with a high level of competency. However, following the introduction of new exams in 2021, passing rates have dropped dramatically. Recent results from five state maritime academies show passing rates as low as 0% at Maine Maritime Academy and only 19% at California State University Maritime Academy.
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