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  1. Goes to show how carefully one needs to approach the exam problems... the "A" answer is a "distractor"... something that many will choose because making a common mistake...
  2. Very tricky as usual... ptatohed is correct... I used 1+00, 2+00 and 3+00 instead of 3+15 for the last one. Great question!!
  3. Don't make me relive those days of punching numbers furiously... I got A, B, B...
  4. My company pays for the testing fees if you pass. If you do not, then you don't get reimbursed. They also pay for approved educational courses, up to $500 per year.
  5. For the Surveying and Seismic exams, you should get the notification about 6 weeks before the testing window. Good luck.
  6. Time Left: 17 days and 11 hours

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    As the title for the posting says, I have the DVDs and the book by Dr. Mansour for the California Civil Surveying Exam for sale. I watched the DVDs once but the book has some highlighting and marks. Overall, it is a clean set. Postage will be by Priority Mail, unless you want to pay extra. Please inbox me for details. Thank you, Maji


  7. I had an old copy of Baradar's sample exams and I took EET's course. I don't know how Baradar's latest version is, but the problems in the old version were more or less of the same difficulty level as the exam. However, I can tell you that during the real exam I felt that I was working on EET's practice exam! As ptatohed mentioned, if you can, practice both the tests from both the books, it can only help. Good luck.
  8. See if you can give the FE exam asap. If you cannot take it in CA, look at taking it in other states. Some states may allow you to take the FE exam even though you don't have an US degree. Truthfully, it is difficult for companies here to judge your experience based on just overseas education and work, so don't lose hope. Keep on trying and you will get rewarded. Best of luck.
  9. The exams are very code specific. I am not sure that the codes changed that much, but I still believe you are better off studying from the books that are based on the latest codes that are specified in the testing plans. Good luck.
  10. I guess good help is not cheap and cheap help is not good...
  11. This is just a general question for readers of this thread... if a person has worked as an EIT under a PE but then they had a fallout... can the PE really sign and seal a recommendation stating that the EIT's work was not satisfactory? This assumes that the EIT's work was satisfactory, but then they had a personality clash or a disagreement. I think it is making a false statement and then signing/sealing should make a PE face disciplinary action by the relevant State Board. If the EIT can prove other PEs (clients, ex coworkers etc.) that his work was satisfactory, then I believe the EIT should lodge a complaint with the State Board against his supervisory PE. Just my thoughts.
  12. I got that one from a coworker who had passed the PE a while back. The problems are not really close to the real exam in difficulty. All questions in the exam are not difficult, so in my opinion the easy questions in the exams are similar to the problems in that book. I believe Reza's workbook problems are closer to the real exam questions in terms of the range from easy to difficult.
  13. Thank you. Yes, my name showed up late Friday afternoon.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Did I read that last line correctly? Perhaps I am reading too much into this but it sure sounds a bit wacky!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Best of luck. Don't be so hard on yourself... ptatohed is here for that
  21. 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.
  22. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to the various questions. I wish other State Boards follow your example.
  23. 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
  24. Banned for trying to ban others...