Gerry wrote:I also had an issue with the quality of the prints. Most were out of focus and not photographed 1:1. I'd say a good percentage of these prints wouldn't have made it to my desk because of the low quality and number of points. On my test the majority of prints were palms which, at least in my department, make up a small percentage of our id's.
Just a couple of comments Gerry, I am past Chair of the Cert Board. Your comments on the quality of the test (I am refering to the quality of the photography and not the latents themselves) concerns me. The quality control of the test is pretty good. If you received a test where the prints were out of focus, or not 1:1, you should have let your proctor know. The proctor would relay that information to the Secretary and a new test would be sent. I know this may cause some delay, but it would certainly be your right. Not to say it can't happen, but I have to say that I have proctored many exams and never once received a comment about poor photography.
The Cert. Board receives comments about the difficulty of the test, the desire to have prints verified, and that some prints are not representative of what is normally seen in their shop. However, the LP Cert. Test is test of excellence and not mere proficiency. The test was never proported to be an approximation of daily case work. I agree that most latent prints we see routinely are not as difficult as the test (thank God), most of us don't work under time pressure when it comes to identifying a print, and we should always verify our results. Unfortunately, when testing, this is not possible.