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  1. I applied using comity and then had to take the two special tests in October 2016, that I managed to pass. I had submitted my fingerprints with my application but for some reason it did not get in the system. When I got my results, it showed that the Board was missing my fingerprints. I called the board and after a few tries was able to get in touch with someone around the beginning of January 2017 who was able to resolve the issue. She told me that I should expect my license number to appear around the end of January 2017. I hope this helps you to get a feel for the time line.
  2. You sound like... trying to play safe. Just a couple of pointers... if money is not a big issue, then enroll for the EET seismic course. Most of the stuff will be known to you because of your background, but the CBTs will provide some great practice. For surveying, I recommend the CSPER course for their CBTs. I had a strong background in roadway design and surveying, but the CBTs provided that extra that one needs to pass an exam. They will cost you around $1000 but if you are willing to put in about 200 hours combined studying those two courses, your should able to clear the exams. Good luck.
  3. As Ptatohed stated, check the Board's syllabus... some items have changed. The Board's Exec. Director had specifically stated that there will be no questions outside of the specified syllabus/test plan. Good luck.
  4. Did I read that last line correctly? Perhaps I am reading too much into this but it sure sounds a bit wacky!
  5. I believe the course definitely consists of 3 books. However, it is stretching a bit if you call the Codemaster stuff books... booklets maybe but not books. I beliee one of them consists of two pages and the longest one 6 or 8 pages. I have a couple of them and so I know. I just wanted fellow members know what they were buying and help them make informed decisions.
  6. I also think they don't have CBTs like EET to practice. A practice test book is offered instead. EET offers total of 5 practice tests and a number of mini tests also. The CBTs are of immense help to the test takers as it not only familiarizes the test taker with the system, but also teaches how to ration time. Overall, I think this course is overpriced for what it offers. However, everyone should examine carefully what are being offered and see what suits his/her need the best before choosing a course. Price should not be the only criteria.
  7. Best of luck. Don't be so hard on yourself... ptatohed is here for that
  8. I am sorry to hear about your predicament but from what I understand that NCEES does not allow reviews to protect the integrity of the tests. I don't know the mechanics but I am assuming that they are telling us the truth. Now, instead of fighting the system, when don't we come up with a way to prepare so that you can pass the exams. The PE exams are to prove minimum proficiency and hundreds of engineers pass the exams. You should be able to pass the exam if you stop seeing it as adversary and instead see it as an opportunity to step into the next level of your professional career. As you stated, You do land development. Even though it encompasses almost every Civil Engineering subject taught in school, which area do you work in most... geometrics... traffic... water resources? Or maybe just choose a subject that you were good in college and decide that it will be depth topic. I know of a number of engineers who have PEs in Civil and Electrical Engineering and and for some of them, their undegrad engineering degree was neither of those two subjects. So, it is all about what you can learn on the job and how you can use the opportunity to take the exams to move your career forward. If you haven't taken a course, it is time to bite the bullet and enroll for a course. My recommendation is to go with EET. I was their student, and recently took the CA Civil Special exams successfully. They will help you prepare for the exam, and also teach you test taking strategies. As much cliche as it sounds, test taking strategy needs to be learned and mastered for particular tests. The PE is no college exam, so the strategy is different. Go ahead and take some time off. Then start preparing with the help of a course. You will see that you will be able to add that PE moniker after your name soon after you take the test next time. Best of luck.
  9. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to the various questions. I wish other State Boards follow your example.
  10. I have for sale the Shahin Mansour's Surveying DVDs (I believe 10 DVDs) and the book that goes with them. I have viewed the DVDs once. The book has some light highlighting and writings. I will take payment via Paypal. The cost is $300 (OBO) + Shipping. I also have for sale Hiner's Seismic Manual. I bought it used and it is highlighted heavily but nothing unreadable. I ended up getting the EET course, so this one was not used by me. I have sample tests by Baradar but it is an older version. It will give you the feel of the questions that you should expect. The only difference will be the code used was old for this exams. You can still use most of the test sections for practice. I will throw it in for free. I will take payment via Paypal. The cost is $50 (OBO) + Shipping. Please contact me if you are interested. Thank you, Maji
  11. Banned for trying to ban others...
  12. I can sell you the book that I bough with the DVDs. I don't have pdf files, just the original DVDs and the book. I don't have any practice exams for surveying that I can sell. The book has highlighting and some writings in it. I did those while I was studying. They are not extensive though. I will take payment via Paypal. The cost is $300 + Shipping by Priority Mail.
  13. I had passed my nationwide Civil Eng. PE around 18 years ago. Moved to California recently and had to take the Seismic and Survey. I have worked in transportation related work and had taken classes in college, so had a background in survey. I have done Structural Dynamics in Grad school but Seismic is more about codes, and my classes were taken over 20 years ago. I started studying in full earnest from July for the October exam. I was so glad when I received the email notification from the CA Board stating that I had passed. Survey - I had the Mansour book and got Reza's workbook from someone here. Thanks to the benefactor. I also got the 120 solved problems from a coworker. I solved every problem I could lay my hand on and solved Reza's book twice. I still felt that time was my enemy and enrolled for the CSPER course mainly for the four CBT that they have. I solved them twice and that helped tremendously. Seismic - Enrolled in EET's course and I just can't stop saying good things about the course and the instructor. I had looked at Hiner's course, but the fact that he limits viewing hours, and just has one exam and that two can be attempted twice, turned me off. It looked more of a commercial enterprise than a educational institution with the students' well being in mind! I solved every problem in EET's course homework, workshop and mini tests twice. I then worked out the total five tests including the three CBTs as prescribed. I put in over 200 hours total over the July, August, September and October. Probably because my retention capabilities have reduced over the years, I needed extra studying. I felt I should be over prepared than under prepared and that is how I approached the exams. In each of the exams, I was able to answer over 45 questions out of the 55 with reasonable confidence of being correct. I made informed guesses on about 5 problems and guessed wildly 5 problems. It worked for me and I really learned Seismic Engineering and how to read/interpret the codes. I may have gotten by with studying less but I didn't want to take that chance. I have to give credit to my wife for standing beside me during these months. She was supportive and gave me just the right amount of nudge. My advice to the future test takers for the CA Civil Specific Exams are as follows: 1. Prepare to study about 80 hours for survey and 120 hours for seismic. 2. Get your hand on CBTs. The practice they offer pay off at the real exam. 3. If you have to get a course in Seismic, go for EET. Dr. Ibrahim is a great teacher and I have seen many over the years I have spent in universities. I am not exaggerating when I say he is in the top 1-2%. Good luck everyone.
  14. Nelson, As the original post is from 2012, the material may not be available. However, I have the DVDs and am willing to sell them to another test taker. Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you.
  15. It is indeed strange that the only posts are where they have replied to each other. However, give them the benefit of doubt and see. By the way Happy New Year to you and your family.