The pass rate among candidates who have worked with a mentor during their test preparation is much higher than it is among candidates who have not done so. Mentors can help to develop a personalized test preparation plan and assess progress relative to the standards of both the performance test and the written test. They will tell their candidates what to expect during a test and when their skills and knowledge are sufficient for testing. You can find a mentor here. Do not be discouraged if you cannot find a mentor who lives close by. Modern video and communication technologies allow effective mentoring from afar.
The experience of the Performance Exam is more than the sum of the exam tasks. A Performance Pre-test is a simulated exam conducted by one or more MCIs who are familiar with how the exam is conducted and the performance standards required to pass. Pre-tests provide an opportunity for candidates to experience actual exam situations and to get detailed feedback on their performance and readiness to take the CI Exam. One or more positive pre-tests provide the most reliable indication of a candidate’s readiness to achieve CI Certification.
The core study materials for CI certification include the booklets The Essentials of Fly Casting and Observations on Teaching Fly Casting, which can be found here. The CI Study Guide (with a preparation DVD optional) is comprehensive and includes casting definitions, teaching, lesson plans, casting faults and corrections, equipment recommendations and more. The preparation video can also be viewed online by members of FFI. The CI Performance Test Evaluation Form with Tips for Preparation & Performance, which is available in several languages, provides invaluable insights into preparing for each task on the performance exam. Many of the Master Test Study Guide Articles are basic and appropriate for CI preparation. Of particular note among them is Bruce Richards’ 6-Step Teaching Method. Most of the Master Articles were first published in The Loop, which is a good source of useful information for exam preparation. The works of notable casting instructors are also valuable resources. A list of references for further study can be found in the CI Study Guide.
Answers to common questions about the CI Exam can be found here.