I suddenly find myself looking at some work in Montana. We have one person there, but I need to build up to being the backup guy.
Any tips on study material specific to this exam?
Of the 5 tests I've taken, it's probably the most well rounded test. It covers the general survey knowledge which should be fairly easy.
The last I heard, the pass rate is about 50% for first time test takers. The reason is montana has subdivision and platting defined in the state states. Give a good reading of the various laws on subdivision and platting and the types of surveys which are exempt from the subdivision and platting requirements. Also give the DEQ requirements relating to surveying a good review.
Pay attention to the time requirements for the different requirements. Their were a few questions relating to that.
It's not hard, but if you don't have any experience dealing with subdivision and platting in Montana, it would be beneficial to spend time reviewing for it.
Most out of staters pass the Idaho test and apply for reciprocity in Montana.
I've always said "If you have to study for it, you shouldn't be taking it."
The pdf from the above link lists all the reference material you will need.