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The BU Exams (available for free below) provide a complete, structured, well designed, and challenging "pool workout" you can use to develop and improve your game to reach the next level. They also provide an accurate assessment and rating of overall pool-playing ability. More information concerning the design of and rationale for the exams can be found on the BU Assessment Philosophy page.
Detailed instructions for taking the BU playing-ability exams, determining your BU rating, and earning a diploma can be found in the BU Exam Instructions document. The following video also provides an overview:
See more details and
watch Shane Van Boening take the exams
on the video demos page.
Exam I - Fundamentals
The first exam covers fundamentals including aiming, stroke, stop/follow/draw control, and cue ball position control. Here are the documents you need to complete the exam and track your progress over time:
Your score on Exam I determines which Exam II you take based on the following ranges:
|Exam I score||0-49||50-69||70-100|
Exam II - Skills
The second exam assesses important pool skills including aiming, position play, rail cut shots, safeties, kicks and banks, jump and masse shots, and the break. There are three different levels of Exam II (Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate). Your performance on Exam I places you into the appropriate Exam II. The difficulty level and number of available points increases with Exam level. Here are the documents you need to complete the exam and track your progress over time:
- Exam II - Bachelors level
- Exam II - Masters level
- Exam II - Doctorate level
- rectangle target template
- Excel spreadsheet file for automatic scoring and record keeping
- online webapp for automatic scoring and record keeping
Your BU score is the sum of the two exam scores (Exam I + Exam II). The score determines your rating and playing level according to the BU rating chart, which also provides comparisons to more-traditional rating and handicapping systems. Your BU score also determines if you have earned a pool diploma according to the following ranges:
If you qualify for a diploma, you can apply online and be officially recognized by the BU.
Step-by-step online video demonstrations are available to help guide you through the process and to show examples of the exams. A 3-DVD instructional video series is also available to provide advice and guidance concerning how to practice and learn strategies to help you achieve the highest BU rating and diploma possible.
Here are online videos providing overviews of each BU Exam:
Why You Should Practice the BU Playing-Ability Exams
- You will get better at pool in a smarter and faster way and raise your game to the next level.
- The examination process fully and impartially assesses your current rating and level of ability relative to others.
- The exam drills identify your areas of weakness.
- The exam drills can provide structure and purpose to your practice sessions by offering a complete and well-designed pool workout.
- You can use the exam and drill scores to monitor and assess your improvement over time.
- You can set a concrete goal for improvement by working toward a diploma.
- When you earn a diploma, you can frame and display it with pride (e.g., in your office or game room) to show off your enthusiasm and excellence.
- With a diploma, you will receive official recognition of your level of ability on the BU website (with your permission).
- A diploma is a credential you can use as the first step to becoming an instructor.