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Author Topic: AU's WIA Exam Service OVERPRICED  (Read 411 times)
VK5CQ
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« on: February 09, 2017, 07:28:31 PM »

ARRL VEC's cost-effectiveness is
reflected in its Exam Fee summary:

"The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2017 is $15.00.
(for one attempt at all three license elements)"

Come to Australia, & you'll find a very different World!

AU's WIA Examination Service has a long
Menu of Choices with NO effort to Simplify
leaving out only WIA's name (I've) put it
back in, double-spaced the list & added a
line before "Recognition of Prior Learning,"
etc.:

"[WIA] Examination Service
   Foundation assessment includes practical assessment age Adult - $70.00
   Foundation assessment includes practical assessment age Under 18 - $35.00

   Practical assessment taken alone - $65.00

   Standard or Advanced theory assessment - $70.00

   Regulations assessment - $70.00
--------------------------------
   RPL assessment - $100.00
   Issue replacement certificate - $10.00 "
--------------------------------

So, how much will your Ham Exam cost?
That's a Good Question! It isn't clear...!

Is the Foundation Class exam enough?
Or do you need to add $ 70 for Regulations?

Frankly, I'm not sure...

I'm pretty sure you'll need to add $65
for a Practical Assessment for that Class

At some point, you'll want to Upgrade
to Standard or Advanced Class or both.

One (1) line in that menu really means
you'll pay for 2 Theory Exams @ $70 EACH

Take 'em All in One Day:

$70 + $65 + $70 + $70 + $70 = $345 (Adult)

Youth can save ~10% & paying = $315 (<18)

Even ignoring the Low Aussie $ rate,
the difference is astounding!

WIA & ACMA have a Contract... I don't know
how much of WIA's Exam "takings" they keep.

Sale of the Foundation Class License manuals
& Exams are 2 income streams for WIA.

AFAIK, WIA's Contract with ACMA -doesn't- let
WIA use auto.creation of Exams, by random
selection of a right mix of questions to be made.

Exams must be printed, folded, stuck into envel-
opes & posted by WIA to Club or other Examin-
ers, unbundled, counted, & transported to Exam
venues, etc.

"Unnecessary Make-Work tasks, in an Internet Age"

How insulting to anyone who studies or has studied
Mathematics, that their field's pseudorandom gen-
erators ar ignored... to justify a higher Exam fee?

WIA has been publishing "rebuttals" to Criticisms
that it's seen on (Which?) "social media" - in the
form of "Fact Sheets" (There are 8, so far.)

Once reveals that there is a WIA procedure for a
storage income stream, another tells us about a
decision on how many paper (a.k.a. "dead tree")
copies of a book will be printed.

No one has seems to be calling for increasing the
WIA's Cost-Effectiveness, in all tasks.

Let me be the first to suggest that - in addition
to those paper copies of that book - that WIA
get with the Present of Publishing...

This goes for EVERYONE, who's organisation has
book(s) to publish:

+ Use an online publisher (I like "Pronoun.com")

to convert your book into eBook formats accept-
able to YourChoice of eBook vendors, from this
list:

+ Amazon Kindle
+ Apple iBooks
+ Barns & Noble
+ Google Play
+ Kobo

Most of AU's Hams may well prefer paper books,
but - if anyone wants an eBook - their purchase
can be part of a new income stream, which may
grow over time.

What'cha think?
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ONAIR
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Posts: 3252




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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2017, 05:42:18 PM »

ARRL VEC's cost-effectiveness is
reflected in its Exam Fee summary:

"The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2017 is $15.00.
(for one attempt at all three license elements)"

Come to Australia, & you'll find a very different World!

AU's WIA Examination Service has a long
Menu of Choices with NO effort to Simplify
leaving out only WIA's name (I've) put it
back in, double-spaced the list & added a
line before "Recognition of Prior Learning,"
etc.:

"[WIA] Examination Service
   Foundation assessment includes practical assessment age Adult - $70.00
   Foundation assessment includes practical assessment age Under 18 - $35.00

   Practical assessment taken alone - $65.00

   Standard or Advanced theory assessment - $70.00

   Regulations assessment - $70.00
--------------------------------
   RPL assessment - $100.00
   Issue replacement certificate - $10.00 "
--------------------------------

So, how much will your Ham Exam cost?
That's a Good Question! It isn't clear...!

Is the Foundation Class exam enough?
Or do you need to add $ 70 for Regulations?

Frankly, I'm not sure...

I'm pretty sure you'll need to add $65
for a Practical Assessment for that Class

At some point, you'll want to Upgrade
to Standard or Advanced Class or both.

One (1) line in that menu really means
you'll pay for 2 Theory Exams @ $70 EACH

Take 'em All in One Day:

$70 + $65 + $70 + $70 + $70 = $345 (Adult)

Youth can save ~10% & paying = $315 (<18)

Even ignoring the Low Aussie $ rate,
the difference is astounding!

WIA & ACMA have a Contract... I don't know
how much of WIA's Exam "takings" they keep.

Sale of the Foundation Class License manuals
& Exams are 2 income streams for WIA.

AFAIK, WIA's Contract with ACMA -doesn't- let
WIA use auto.creation of Exams, by random
selection of a right mix of questions to be made.

Exams must be printed, folded, stuck into envel-
opes & posted by WIA to Club or other Examin-
ers, unbundled, counted, & transported to Exam
venues, etc.

"Unnecessary Make-Work tasks, in an Internet Age"

How insulting to anyone who studies or has studied
Mathematics, that their field's pseudorandom gen-
erators ar ignored... to justify a higher Exam fee?

WIA has been publishing "rebuttals" to Criticisms
that it's seen on (Which?) "social media" - in the
form of "Fact Sheets" (There are 8, so far.)

Once reveals that there is a WIA procedure for a
storage income stream, another tells us about a
decision on how many paper (a.k.a. "dead tree")
copies of a book will be printed.

No one has seems to be calling for increasing the
WIA's Cost-Effectiveness, in all tasks.

Let me be the first to suggest that - in addition
to those paper copies of that book - that WIA
get with the Present of Publishing...

This goes for EVERYONE, who's organisation has
book(s) to publish:

+ Use an online publisher (I like "Pronoun.com")

to convert your book into eBook formats accept-
able to YourChoice of eBook vendors, from this
list:

+ Amazon Kindle
+ Apple iBooks
+ Barns & Noble
+ Google Play
+ Kobo

Most of AU's Hams may well prefer paper books,
but - if anyone wants an eBook - their purchase
can be part of a new income stream, which may
grow over time.

What'cha think?
   I think you should move to the US!!  (while you still can)  LOL!!!
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AA4HA
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 09:34:48 AM »

   I think you should move to the US!!  (while you still can)  LOL!!!
Nooooo! We would be overpopulated with Vegimite-eatin, budgie-smuggler wearin, two legged marsupials. <joke>

Unless it is the Essendon Bombers club; Then I will be happy.
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