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  1. Seismic I was pressed on time. I had decided that I am don't arrive at a solution in 3 minutes, I will move to the next question. On the very first question on the test, I stumbled. I spent 10 minutes on one question with no answer in sight. I almost gave up. I decided to stick to the 3 minute strategy and managed to complete the test with a few marked and few un-attempted questions, leaving one minute at the end to go back to one question to which I knew the solution method but my calculations were erroneous. I wouldn't recommend Hiner's course more than I would recommend EET's, but whichever you choose, in my opinion what matters are how strong your fundamentals are: - I tend to spend a lot of time on the first 50% of any coursebook / workbook. That's where the basics of the subject are. If you get them right, you will sail through the remaining 50% in a very short time. - I don't try to pin down each and every question in the book and I don't try to repeat them soon after having done them once. That way I don't tend to remember the question and its solution. If I do odd number questions one day, I do even number in the second sitting, and a random bunch the following week. - I felt that it was important to revise. - I felt that structural background at least took care of the preliminary structural analysis that is involved in some questions. However, if you do not have a structural background, I recommend spending 10-12 hours on reviewing some basic structural analysis strategies. If you are struggling or if you have some specific questions or need some references, feel free to PM me and we can talk through it in detail. - Practice tests: I took only two practice tests two days before the test. They were essentially a random selection of 55 practice questions. To my surprise, I scored 91% and 71% and the spread scared me initially. I spent a day reviewing my answers. The last two days of preparation was the most crucial part of the preparation. I thought I would share my experience here thinking it would be worth the time even if one of you benefited from it. Survey Survey was easier for me because in my undergraduate course, I had taken three surveying classes and the field work portion of those classes included everything under the umbrella from chain surveying to total station. It was topped by a project doing a survey of a 25 acre site for a real building project. However, if you haven't taken a surveying class, the test may seem to be difficult initially. I would suggest http://www.civilpesurveyingreview.com for those with some understanding of surveying basics and for the beginners, I would recommend adding a basic textbook to your preparation before going into a review course. Surveying is not difficult at all if you get the basics of it. Again, if you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to PM for in depth dialogue. Practice tests: Again, the most important part of the preparation is taking the practice tests. One thing you would want to understand is that it is not the number of resources you use for the test but instead the level of understanding you derive from one resource.
  2. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    Survey Survey was easier for me because in my undergraduate course, I had taken three surveying classes and the field work portion of those classes included everything under the umbrella from chain surveying to total station. It was topped by a project doing a survey of a 25 acre site for a real building project. However, if you haven't taken a surveying class, the test may seem to be difficult initially. I would suggest http://www.civilpesurveyingreview.com for those with some understanding of surveying basics and for the beginners, I would recommend adding a basic textbook to your preparation before going into a review course. Surveying is not difficult at all if you get the basics of it. Again, if you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to PM for in depth dialogue. Practice tests: Again, the most important part of the preparation is taking the practice tests. One thing you would want to understand is that it is not the number of resources you use for the test but instead the level of understanding you derive from one resource.
  3. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    Seismic I was pressed on time. I had decided that I am don't arrive at a solution in 3 minutes, I will move to the next question. On the very first question on the test, I stumbled. I spent 10 minutes on one question with no answer in sight. I almost gave up. I decided to stick to the 3 minute strategy and managed to complete the test with a few marked and few un-attempted questions, leaving one minute at the end to go back to one question to which I knew the solution method but my calculations were erroneous. I wouldn't recommend Hiner's course more than I would recommend EET's, but whichever you choose, in my opinion what matters are how strong your fundamentals are: - I tend to spend a lot of time on the first 50% of any coursebook / workbook. That's where the basics of the subject are. If you get them right, you will sail through the remaining 50% in a very short time. - I don't try to pin down each and every question in the book and I don't try to repeat them soon after having done them once. That way I don't tend to remember the question and its solution. If I do odd number questions one day, I do even number in the second sitting, and a random bunch the following week. - I felt that it was important to revise. - I felt that structural background at least took care of the preliminary structural analysis that is involved in some questions. However, if you do not have a structural background, I recommend spending 10-12 hours on reviewing some basic structural analysis strategies. If you are struggling or if you have some specific questions or need some references, feel free to PM me and we can talk through it in detail. - Practice tests: I took only two practice tests two days before the test. They were essentially a random selection of 55 practice questions. To my surprise, I scored 91% and 71% and the spread scared me initially. I spent a day reviewing my answers. The last two days of preparation was the most crucial part of the preparation. I thought I would share my experience here thinking it would be worth the time even if one of you benefitted from it.
  4. Post here if you passed

    California 8hr Civil-Structural / Seismic / Surveying PASS
  5. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    I passed all three on the first try too! YESSSSSS!!!!!!!
  6. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    Well, congrats for surveying and good luck for seismic!
  7. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    Congratulations to those who have passed! Still waiting......I turn around and looked back....still waiting....I got some snack from the pantry...still waiting....I munched on 6 oz of trail mix...still waiting.............
  8. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    Does it take longer for the email to reach Massachusetts?
  9. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    The license numbers don't seem to be updated yet.
  10. California Results

    It's on the board's website too.
  11. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    Did anyone here take a review course for seismic and surveying: which one?
  12. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    I wonder how does it take them two months to figure out the results for the computer based seismic and surveying tests.
  13. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    The password is in red but there are some bold fonts too. There's italics and capital letters. They even inserted a hyperlink. Sadly, none of that means anything.
  14. California State Specific Exams (Seismic & Survey)

    Just received the password email! It's coming!
  15. The price of a PE license prep board

    A $5 - $10 annual membership fee wouldn't be a bad idea. It is just the cost of one sandwich and soda. It is definitely a lot less than one would pay to a shrink to rant and rave about everything that's wrong with your engineering life or the cost of a monthly Netflix subscription which doesn't even have engineering humor. My donation will be in after the results too. I will feel better if I pass (fingers crossed).
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