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CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby r_gray » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:59 am

Another newbie question:

When I signed up for the CHL class, they emailed me and said to be prepared to take notes during this class. When we take the written exam, can we use our notes?

Usually I learn a lot more if I don't take notes. But if I knew I could read my notes during the test, I'll probably take a lot!

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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby longtooth » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:35 pm

You may not use your notes.
I dont know about your Instructor but in my class I tell the folks if they will listen I emphasize the things they will need to remember later.

I also then really emphasize the things they need to remember beyond the test. Those are the notes I want them to take. Dont sweat the test. DPS does not try to make it tricky so you will fail.

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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby r_gray » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:42 pm

longtooth wrote:You may not use your notes.
I dont know about your Instructor but in my class I tell the folks if they will listen I emphasize the things they will need to remember later.

I also then really emphasize the things they need to remember beyond the test. Those are the notes I want them to take. Dont sweat the test. DPS does not try to make it tricky so you will fail.


OK. It just seems like 8+ hours would have too much to remember.

Where are you located.???

Plano, TX. I'm going to the class from Dallas Concealed Carry.
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby longtooth » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:45 pm

8+ hrs is more than anyone can remember. That is why this board is SOOO important. Why I emphasize continuing education so strongly.

You will not remember everything. If your instructor is worth his/her salt they will too.
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby r_gray » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:58 pm

Thanks Longtooth!
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby Jumping Frog » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:35 pm

r_gray wrote:.... said to be prepared to take notes during this class. When we take the written exam, can we use our notes?

The exam is the least important reason to take notes. When you are trying to remember something the instructor said a year later, that is when the notes are useful.
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby urnoodle » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:17 pm

I took my CHL class in early December. I didn't take a single note the entire class, actually none of the students did. None of us got more than one question wrong on the exam and almost all of us received 100%. But as another poster mentioned, notes are the most significant after class when you sit down and start thinking about all the information the instructor gave you. In a few short weeks or months (if your unlucky with DPS), you will be legally able to carry concealed. That's when the magnitude of the responsibilty you will have for yourself and others sets in and you want to be prepared. That's when I started thinking about the details, did he say 300ft from a school zone or 300ft from a school building. Thats when I wished I had taken notes. I'm still waiting for my plastic and in the interim I've been reading the CHL-16 as well as getting feedback from the forum members, who have all been extremely helpful. I feel I am prepared and I will continue my learning going forward. So take notes or don't take notes but as the others have said don't discontinue your learning after you pass the exam.
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby v-rog » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:22 pm

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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby r_gray » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:24 am

Thanks you guys for some valuable feedback. Actually, after my initial post, I emailed the CHL instructor and asked him...and this guy said open notes are OK on the test.

Anyway, my mind is already plagued with "what-if's", both legally and morally. Like if someone tries to rob me with a knife...I don't think taking my wallet deserves death, but the guy sees me and knows that I could identify him, so there's a possibility or probability (?) he might slash me right after he gets my wallet. What do I do? Things like that...

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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby Crossfire » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:26 am

Try not to get all worked up before the class. Many of your questions will be answered there. Afterwards, you will probably have a whole different set of questions!
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby troglodyte » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:20 pm

I don't recall it being discussed at the instructor's class or in the code. I know for the instructor's test someone asked and they said no. I figure if it is good enough for the DPS then it's good enough for me.
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby Crossfire » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:37 pm

When we took our original instructor class back in... um, a long time ago, I DO remember that we were allowed to use our notes. So, I have done the same with our classes ever since. Why would you take notes if you weren't going to use them?

Actually, now that I think about it, I believe the DPS instructor read the entire test to us right before we took it. I don't go quite that far.
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby longtooth » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:40 pm

I am glad someone else does not do that. I tried it once & there were more Qs doing it that way than just reviewing the statements in the lecture that are relavent.
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby apostate » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:47 pm

Crossfire wrote:Why would you take notes if you weren't going to use them?

I thought the same thing about high school and college tests. ;-)
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Re: CHL exam...can we look at our notes?

Postby steve817 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:26 pm

r_gray wrote:Thanks you guys for some valuable feedback. Actually, after my initial post, I emailed the CHL instructor and asked him...and this guy said open notes are OK on the test.

Anyway, my mind is already plagued with "what-if's", both legally and morally. Like if someone tries to rob me with a knife...I don't think taking my wallet deserves death, but the guy sees me and knows that I could identify him, so there's a possibility or probability (?) he might slash me right after he gets my wallet. What do I do? Things like that...

Thanks again,
Robert


The exam is really not that big of a deal. Just read each question carefully before answering. I'd almost be willing to bet that I could have aced it without sitting through the course.
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