I am told the YPT on-line app is being changed repeatedly. Change, as always, is not the same as improvement
Apart from needing six tries to get into the application and complete all steps, the following problems appeared.
1. Policy 9 of 21 There is no basis to conclude that the small illustration excludes a second adult from being "on the trip or outing." Eventually, I guessed that is what the builder of the app was after (violation of the two-deep policy), even though there is no logical basis to select that answer. That answer was the least incorrect answer.
2. Policy 13 of 21 On the "logic" of 9 of 21, a correct answer is that the two-deep rule is violated. Only one possible adult appears in the illustration.
Since one of the figures shown as involved in cliff-climbing is wearing no safety gear and is bare-chested, a correct answer is that the Appropriate Attire policy is being violated, but the app does not accept that correct answer.
The builder of the app was looking for another answer - proper preparation for high adventure. That answer is less correct as one must assume facts not given to decide that proper preparation has not taken place. All the proper preparation in the world does not guarantee 100% proper performance.
3. Policy 14 of 21 This question exhibits the same error as 13 of 21. The same improperly attired figure is shown, but that answer is not accepted. Nor, on the "logic" of 9 of 21, will the App accept the answer that the Two-Deep rule is violated. Instead, one must answer that the policy implicated is proper youth leader training and supervision. The facts that would allow one to conclude that such a policy has been violated are absent. Indeed, none of the figures shows any evidence of holding a leadership position.
4. Policy 18 of 21 For the third time, we have a figure involved in cliff climbing with no safety gear and bare-chested. NOW the answer that the policy implicated is Appropriate Attire is accepted.
5. When moving to the next part of the app (at least using Explore and Windows), a black window "scoutnet.com" covers the screen. It must be closed to continue. This same error occurs at each move to a new part of the app.
6. When asked what to do when it seems apparent that a child is being physically abused at home, the only answer accepted is to contact the Scout Exec. According to BSA policy, as taught previously in the app, the correct answer is to contact the appropriate government agency AND the Scout Executive.
7. 4 of 5 The only answer accepted is based on the facts that: a) The Scout accused the SA of abuse; and b) the Scout broke down and admitted his accusation was false. However, neither of those dispositive facts was disclosed before an answer was required. One only learns those facts in the explanation language after one has answered.
8. I scored 100%, and should since I teach YPT and words were my profession. When I clicked the button to finish, the app disappeared without an opportunity to print out the paper validation required due to the failure to automate validation.
9. Told to go to MyScouting.org to get my certificate, I found that the "print" link supposedly present under Training Validation did not exist - at least for me. I use Chrome and Windows 7.
Programming can be challenging. Here, the challenge has defeated the BSA IT people.
I can't get a certificate. Not one of the three councils where I Scout will accept a screen shot of the Training Validation page showing I finished YPT. When we need more help, BSA is making it harder to help.
Anyone have an emoticon of rolling heads?.
Edited by TAHAWK, 12 May 2016 - 05:38 PM.