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Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Sorenson, foreground, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Tibbets take the first class petty officer examination March 2 at the Navy Club.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Sorenson, foreground, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Tibbets take the first class petty officer examination March 2 at the Navy Club. (David McKee / U.S. Navy)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Seventy-nine sailors stationed in South Korea took the recent Navy-wide advancement exams, according to a Navy news release.

The E-3s to E-5s — or seamen through petty officers second class — took the semi-annual examinations on March 2, 4 and 9, according to the release.

The 200-question test assesses knowledge of basic military requirements and individual specialties or ratings.

The score is one of four main criteria used to determine advancement, according to the release.

“A final multiple of total points is composed of the test score, evaluation average, points for awards and points for passing the test but not advancing,” according to the release.

While many factors are involved in a promotion, education services/test control officer Chief Petty Officer Sylvan Franklyn was quoted in the releases as saying “the test remains the bulk of the score.”

“That means taking the … books and studying,” he stated in the release.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kari Betancourt was taking the first class test for the sixth time.

“I print out the bibliography for the exam and then make a binder with all the references and then I go through each reference and try to summarize things to make practice questions to help me study,” Betancourt stated in the release.

Sailors will see the test results in June.

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