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Exam Day–What to Expect

All Exam Levels:

Arrive at area no later than 8AM or earlier if given specific directions to do so.  There will be a short informational meeting prior to breaking into groups. You do not need to wear your boots and outdoor gear at this time. There will be plenty of time for you to boot up and use the restrooms before you go out on snow.  You may feel some anxiety and/or excitement as you look about the room. Hey, this is normal and everyone else feels the same way, group leader too, so channel the energy for positive results!

You will break into groups and meet your group leader. He/She will outline the procedure for the day and any questions you have can be asked at this time. Your group leader will suggest a meeting place and a time and release you to get ready.

You will be assessed on your Skiing Proficiency, Teaching Ability, and Technical Knowledge each day (Day two only at Level 1) per the National Standards. For more information on the Teaching and Movement Analysis portions of your exam day, refer to the Alpine Certification Teaching and Movement Analysis Protocols Portal.

Your group leader may separate themselves from the group from time to time to take notes on various observations made throughout the day. If this happens, continue on and the group leader will catch up.

At the end of the last day of the Exam the results of the exam will be announced. There will be a short period after the results are released for you to ask any questions you may have of your group leader.

LEVEL 1

Your group leader will be with you for both days, and use this morning time on Day 1 to get to know you, measure your expectations, and help you adjust to this first-time exam situation.

Day one on snow will be set up as a clinic that will give every candidate the opportunity to ski and teach, working through various teaching assignments and benchmark skiing tasks, encouraging you to “show what you know.” Day one is a day designed to prepare you to be successful on Day two.

Day two on snow is the Exam Day. Indoors you will be given teaching assignments related to the previous day’s experience. The assignments, and the order of presentation, may be handed out in a number of ways: randomly, with candidates determining their own order, on paper/selected with a specific order pre-determined, or by other means. For skiing, your free runs, your performance of at least four Skiing Benchmarks, and your situational skiing (including both your demos while teaching, and how you ski during your peers’ teaching segments) will be evaluated. For teaching, you will each have approximately (typically) 20 minutes, the exact time to be determined by your group leader.

LEVEL 2

You will have a different group leader each day. Day one usually involves a bit more time indoors than days two and three. Time indoors will be used by the Examiner to measure your expectations, help you adjust to this new exam situation, and to clarify how the day will be organized, including the handing out of teaching assignments.

Skiing:

The group leader will evaluate the your skiing compared to the National Standard for Level 2. Your performance on free runs, at least four of the Skiing Benchmarks, and your situational skiing (including both your demos while teaching, and how you ski during your peers’ teaching segments) will be evaluated. Note that the conditions of the day may dictate an adjustment or variation from how you have trained or how a Benchmark has been described in our Education documents. If you are not clear or unsure on what is expected, ask for clarification so that everyone has a consistent perspective on performance expectations.

Teaching:

At this level, you will receive your assignments indoors at the beginning of the day, delivered to the group in any number of ways as determined by the group leader. An example might be to draw an assignment out of a hat. Once on snow, you will have a chairlift ride minimum to prepare for your assignment. Your teaching will be evaluated according to the National Standard for Level 2, showing your ability to introduce, refine, and/or adapt skiing movements. The typical teaching presentation time range is between 20-30 minutes and will be determined by the group leader.

LEVEL 3

You will have a different group leader each day. Day one usually involves a bit more time indoors than days two and three. Time indoors will be used by the Examiner to measure your expectations, help you adjust to this new exam situation, and to clarify how the day will be organized, including how teaching assignments may be assigned.

Skiing:

The group leader will evaluate the your skiing compared to the National Standard for Level 3. Your performance on free runs, at least four of the Skiing Benchmarks, and your situational skiing (including both your demos while teaching, and how you ski during your peers’ teaching segments) will be evaluated. Note that the conditions of the day may dictate an adjustment or variation from how you have trained or how a Benchmark has been described in our Education documents. If you are not clear or unsure on what is expected, ask for clarification so that everyone has a consistent perspective on performance expectations.

Teaching:

At this level, your teaching assignments will most likely evolve out of the day’s skiing. An example might be that after the group’s performance of a particular Benchmark, the group leader could ask a candidate to prepare a clinic—for the skiing level of the group—that shows your ability to affect a change in the group’s performance thru a specific option, ie: adjust the group’s performance based on a change in location or conditions (steeper or icier); adjust the group’s performance based on new tactical information (conditions/terrain features or goal of skiing faster, or slower).  Once on snow, you will have a chairlift ride minimum to prepare for your assignment. Your teaching will be evaluated according to the National Standard for Level 3, showing your ability to introduce, refine, and/or adapt skiing movements. The typical teaching presentation time range is between 20-30 minutes and will be determined by the group leader.