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USCG Exam Prep Guide

This guide provides resources to help prepare for the USCG Exam for both Deck and Engine.

USCG Exam Question Banks - Deck

These websites provide practice question banks for the USCG license exams.

Question banks that are free or have a free version:

Question banks that require payment:

Murphy's Deck Officer Study Guides

The Library has Murphy's Deck Officer Study Guides on the shelf for checkout and on Reserve for 2-hour library use. Volume 1 has 3rd and 2nd mate tables of questions broken into sub-questions, and tells you which exam you'll see them on. Licensed faculty tip: scan the tables (the Library has a scanner in the back corner), print them and keep a copy for notes as you study.

All Murphy's guides are located at the Help Desk in Reserves for 2-hours checkout. We have additional copies in the Main Stacks for semester-long checkout, Call No. VK405 .D43 volumes 1-7 (link to search in the catalog - look under Vol. 4 to see other volumes).

  • Vol.1: Deck General
  • Vol.2: Navigation General
  • Vol.3: Deck safety
  • Vol.4: Rules of Road
  • Vol.5: Navigation Problem
  • Vol.6: Deck Illustration Book (the Open Library has an online copy of vol. 6 for checkout)
  • Vol 7: Deck Officer Study Guide, Lifeboatmen

If you're looking for study materials not listed here, please ask in the Library!

USCG Exam Reference Resources - Deck

Deck examinations – No references may be used for any Rules of the Road module. The permitted references for other modules which are available in the Library include:

California State University Maritime Academy

Cal Maritime Library
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590 

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