No Jon, there are no "Mandatory" questions since 1st July 2007, when the Canada Shipping Act 2001 and it's associated regulations came into force. Unfortunately, some Examiners haven't got the message and administer this "gauge glass" question before the Oral. If you fail soley on that question, ask for a Review, you are entitled to that.
From TP 2293, Examination of Seafarers: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp ... -77.htm#13
2.13 Request for review
Within five days of receiving the results of an examination, applicants may request a review by the examiner who marked it and a meeting with the examiner. For this purpose the applicant fills out the Request for Review form provided with the examination paper.
If, after meeting with the examiner, the applicant is still not satisfied, a formal written appeal may be submitted to the Director, Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage, Ottawa. The examination will then be marked independently by two reviewing examiners at Headquarters, neither of whom is the original examiner. An average of the two marks will be taken, and the Director will inform the applicant in writing of the result.
You can find the complete requirements for the 4th Class Examinations in section 29 of the TP. It does not mention a "mandatory pass" question. The requirements for 4th Class Motor and Steam are in section 147 of the Marine Personnel Regulations:http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/SOR-2007- ... 1-gb:s_144
There are no "mandatory pass" questions there, either, and no provision for a "God Complex" in either.
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