Best Review Center and How It Should Look Like

by | Last updated Nov 24, 2023 | Career Guide, Education | 2 comments

Maritime Review Centers Overview

Today’s review centers are fully packed with seamen in their journey of passing MARINA’s National Assessment and Certification System for Seafarers (NACSS) or simply known as the Board Exam for seafarers. Every day, thousands of seafarers flock to every review center in the country.

Others are even looking for the right formula, the magic recipe, or that forbidden secret that will make their examination journey easy, successful, and well, with less effort.

The source? MARINA

But the truth is, every review center in the Philippines has the same sets of questionnaires. Maritime review centers in Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, Cagayan, and many other places share the same source. MARINA freely gives the questions used in their examination to the hundreds of review centers around the country including the top maritime review centers in the Philippines.

There may be a few new questions introduced every often but the idea or gist of those new ones can be answered given the right study course. So the “magic trick” that makes a successful review does not wholly come from the review center itself but also comes directly from you!

Secret Questions?

Sadly, some seafarers are still discreetly looking for MARINA’s exam leakage or those “secret questions” to make life easier. Others even pay huge sums of money to some “Ninja” who promised a sure pass technique if they buy these extra special MARINA questionnaires with answers hidden from the public eye.

It’s a whole lot of business out there fueled by greed and ignorance.

Hidden Reality in Plain Site

You can’t put the whole blame on them. That’s only the surface of what manifests from a chain of subtle cues every seafarer experiences during vacation. A seaman who wants to get their license is often bombarded with lots of training, paper works, and expenses. Every seafarer knows this.

Then comes the review. He usually gets up early in the morning and travels a few miles from home just to be on time for the review class to start. Then he goes home and faces the same heat and traffic again. It doesn’t matter if he sets his schedule in the morning or afternoon. He still has to leave his home and family for more than half of the day.

Oath taking ceremony of MARINA's board passers.
Image: MARINA FB Page.

Bitter Truth

Some seafarers who live in the provinces travel to the city and live there for months away from their loved ones. Their family time only lasts for weeks and then reality kicks in. Dad has to go back to Manila, Cebu, or Davao for his review. His three-month vacation could extend for five or more but most of it is spent outside the family.

Another concern is the financial budget. We all know that going to a review center shells a lot of moolah, right? Sustaining it for three months is not a problem. The real concern is your everyday expenses like vehicle fare, gas, food, boarding house, utilities, and your family’s budget too. You not only lose time but your money as well.

Soon, you realize that you have to go into debt to finance the rest of your “vacation.” But we shouldn’t call it that since a vacation should be stress-free. but that’s not really the case if you are a seaman. Such a disaster especially if nothing’s coming in and everything is going out from your pocket.

What Your Top Maritime Review Center Should Look Like

Those are the main reasons why seafarers want to have that quick solution for getting their licensure exams. It doesn’t really matter what your rank is because the same problem exists no matter how many bars you have.

So wouldn’t it be nice to have your review anywhere you want it to be? Whether on board or in the arms of your family, it would surely be of great comfort if you can browse thru MARINA exam questionnaires then and there. How about reviewing those questions at your own pace? Say you drive your wife to work, send your kids to school and the rest of the time will be your review time. Wouldn’t that be great?

Then you pick them up again, play with your children and have dinner together. Once your kids are asleep, you can go back to your review with the help and encouragement of your wife. Family and career are balanced!

Once you are confident, that’s the only time you fly to MARINA and take the exam. You can have more time with your family and review without getting into traffic and everyday hassles. Wouldn’t it be great to have such kind of maritime review center?

May the winds be in your favor.



    • Greur Bernal

      I can see better waters ahead for our fellow seamen!


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