CAPLS

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  1. I was only thanking him for helping to ensure that exam content was not discussed inappropriately, whether that was inadvertent or otherwise. It wasn't about you. It helps everyone.
  2. I understand how you arrive at your point of view. But you should want to look at the published statistics as every examinee should. It provides you with a more tangible picture than just one perspective or what a few say. The overall exam results over a period of time simply do not support the position that examinees don't have enough time to adequately complete the exam. i should add that it's been my experience, both personal and talking with so many examinees/licensees, that time during an exam is a direct correlation with how prepared the person is for the exam and being licensed. The more you believe that not enough time is allowed, odds are the less prepared you are for the exam. It's not a knock on you or any other person. It's an observation based on my experiences. Go back and look at your original post in this thread. You talk about not taking the time to read the book and only focus on answering the example problems. If your attempts at the exam are not successful based on the practice approach, try going back and reading what you skipped. Licensed previously or not, you may gain some additional knowledge that will help you and changing your practice approach likely will change your perspective during the next exam. You also mentioned that you spent too much time researching something in a book during the exam. Honestly speaking, if you need to refer to your books more than once or twice during the exam, you are likely not prepared to be there yet. Try to prepare your books to allow you to very quickly find any topic without spending unnecessary time. Lastly, I can't speak for the Arizona Board or your specific experience with them, but your statements about board members not caring about the application process is generally untrue.
  3. Ha ha. good one! Of course you do.
  4. With all due respect to the people on this forum (I am a licensee also), studies conducted by experts in the field of certification testing consistently show that licensees fail to properly be able to assess minimum competency in their own field of expertise. Now, I agree that we all know those that seem to not do a good job, but that's completely different. Again, and with all due respect, becoming licensed is not about the profession(s); it's not about whether people should be "part of the club"; It is entirely about practicing in accordance with the standard of care as it relates to the actual defined discipline of practice to protect the public..
  5. What about all the thousands of licensees that obtained licensure before a test was ever given?
  6. You're making a stretch that the exam will change to accommodate little or no experience. The exam is written based on the requirements for licensure, not to adjust for a certain candidate pool.
  7. And those statements or judgments must be based on a set of facts that support the position.
  8. Curious...why do you consider it backwards? Just because that is what you are used to? Or another reason? Licensees are supposed to be able to support their opinions with facts...what do you have to support your position? I'm interested in your opinion on the matter.
  9. I've mentioned this previously, but for those of you that would like to discuss their experiences with the California Civil exams, please wait until after the current exam administration window is completed and then only within the restrictions imposed by the examination rules. There is only a few more days left (ends 4/25) so I'm sure you can wait until then. It's disrespectful to others that are scheduled to sit and anxious about taking an exam. They have enough to think about at this point in time without hearing others perception that may unintentionally lead them astray.
  10. Ha, a money grab by the California board! If that was true, what makes you think the board would stop there? "Sure the percent you need to get correct is low,..." - yeah I suspect you don't really know this but just guessing. If you would refer to the statistics published by the board, more candidates are passing the two California Civil exams than ever before in history and the overall pass rate has steadily climbed in the years since CBT was implemented. Kind of counterintuitive to your observations.
  11. Candidates taking the California Civil - Survey Engineering exam should refer to the published test plan to have an idea on what will be tested on the exam: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/plan_civsurvey.pdf If there is content related to SMA, it will only be as that state law applies to the practice of civil engineering (i.e., design improvement plans, etc.). While ptatohed is being helpful (as always), the topics he mentioned in his last post are outside the authority of the licensed civil engineer and candidates will not be tested on anything that is outside the statutory authority. Stay within the test plan parameters.
  12. Refer to the references list and test plan specifications at: http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/refs.shtml Exam time is 8 hours long plus some additional time for a break.
  13. Generally speaking, yes. To be an SE in California, you are required to be licensed as a Civil Engineer first. And structural engineering is considered a component of civil engineering in California.
  14. If you do not appear for your exam, the fee will be forfeited. Postponements are only allowed under very specific situations and should be detailed in the instructions on the Prometric web site and your authorization to test document.