Code Clinic Pre-Course

The Code Clinic Pre-Course is designed to help students develop successful test-taking strategies based on the actual structure of AWS code book exams. Students learn about time management skills, benchmarking, highlighting, tabbing, question keywords, and other tools designed to help them quickly identify and locate the answers to test questions.

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Materials Access

Course: 30 days
Exam: 10 more days


Length & PDH / CEU

Approximately 10 hours
10 PDHs | 1 CEUs

course details

  • Who Should Take This Course
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Course Modules
  • Anyone seeking to prepare Certified Welding Inspector exam or an AWS endorsement exam
    • This student body may encompass many positions, including:
      • Welders
      • Welding engineers
      • Welding inspectors
      • Welding supervisors
      • Shop owners

Prior to taking this course, students should be familiar with basic welding processes and welding terminology. This prerequisite knowledge can be obtained by:

  • Taking the AWS Welding Fundamentals I online course
  • Obtaining and reading a copy of AWS A3.0 Standard Terms and Definitions

These courses teach students how to:

  • Use test-taking strategies during high-stress, time-sensitive, testing environments

Upon completion of the Code Clinic Pre-Course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the layout of the CWI exam
  • Identify the concepts covered by each portion of the exam
  • Detail all applicable testing parameters
  • Calculate pacing
  • Assess progress during an exam
  • Navigate a codebook effectively using the table of contents and index
  • Determine the appropriate navigational tool to use for a given application
  • Contextualize content based on keywords used in the question
  • Deconstruct prompts in order to fully understand what the question is asking
  • Employ successful test-taking strategies, like tabbing, highlighting, and benchmarking
  • Module 1 – Introduction
  • Module 2 – Understanding the Exam
  • Module 3 – Using Navigational Tools
  • Module 4 – Text, Tables, and Figures
  • Module 5 – Attacking the Question I
  • Module 6 – Attacking the Question II
  • Module 7 – Tabbing and Highlighting
  • Module 8 – Test-Taking Tips





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