June 25th, 2005


Parliamentary studies

Today's been largely spent with my nose buried in Robert's Rules of Order, the NAP study guide for the Registered Parliamentarian exam, and a second study guide written by the current president of NAP. The main study guide is a list of 1200 questions, 300 of which will be the actual test. The test will also have five quotes from the manual, which must be located in the open book and referenced by page and subject matter within 30 minutes.

The second study guide has a series of exercises designed to give practice on the research part of the test. I completed all of those exercises within 10 minutes, and most of them within 5. That one seems easy.

A passing grade on the multiple-choice part of the test is 85. So far, I've taken 300 of the 1200 questions cold, and missed 42 - for a grade of 86. If that is representative of the entire test, I'd pass if I took it today. That doesn't necessarily mean I would, since that's only 3/4 of the first of four multiple-choice sections, and I might not know the subject matter of the others as well. I'll find out for myself over the next few days. I'm using the questions I missed as subjects to study.

I've always done well on multiple choice tests. This one should be no different. Unfortunately, I won't be able to take the test, much less get the results, before the Texas VHF-FM Society meeting in August: they require 40 days lead time before the test, and 40 days from yesterday is the Thursday I fly down to Austin. I'll have to take it when I get back. I'll also need to find someone locally to supervise the test: they require that it be monitored by a Registered Parliamentarian, or if none is available, a librarian or community leader. The closest RP is in Jackson, 30 miles away (I suppose I could ask him); the next closest is in the Twin Cities. I need to talk to the folks at the library here and see if they'll perform that service.
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Damn Windows-centric vendors

In my studies, I'm using a nice zipper binder with a hole-punched copy of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised and a set of dividers, all designed to make finding things quick. NAP is selling a CD-ROM version...but it's only available in one proprietary format, with a program, FolioViews, to process it.

I'd love to get it in electronic form and run it on my laptop. There's no way in hell I'll ever run Windows again except for very limited demonstration purposes. Thus, this useful tool is, for me, useless.

Why are vendors still making things only Windows-specific? There are plenty of open standards out there these days. Hell, PDF works just fine. I'd even settle for a version for one of the Palm book readers, of which there are several (and they're pretty much compatible).

Grumble. Back to flipping pages...
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