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  1. Hi All. I've retaken the Civil PE Exam with the Geotech depth 3 times now. Every time I change my preparation and, after this last time, my test score did not improve. This leads me to believe I am making a common mistake I can't figure out. I have never been a great test taker, but I study hard, have multiple binders of problems, and never feel stressed on the exam (until my results come). In college, we could review exams to see where we are messing up. NCEES won't let anyone review their exam and, if you live in a certain seven states like me, you can't even have your exam manually re-scored. I was in an email correspondence with a member of the NCEES organization concerning changing policies to better assist those retaking the exam. They basically said I'm out of luck and closed the matter on me without addressing my concerns. Here's how I see it. 1. The diagnostics do little good at showing areas of improvement. I switch on doing good and bad on the same subjects with every exam. Also, I do not know if I am doing worse on computation problems or theory-based problems. That is important to me because one is solved through more problems and the other is solved with experience. What if NCEES provided a better break down of computation and theory-based problems on the diagnostics? 2. There needs to be a general civil option for the in-depth section. I worked as a Geotech for a year and a general civil for almost 3 years now. My firm is a land development firm and, thus, provides an overview of every civil discipline. I, therefore, am not obtaining the necessary in-depth professionalism the NCEES organizations says I should because my civil career is not one set discipline. When I asked why NCEES does not offer a general civil discipline, they refused to answer my question. What do you all think? I've taken the Geotech depth and even if I had stayed at my first firm, I would not be at the level of most of those questions that are asked. I think an extension of the morning exam should be offered for the afternoon as well to support all civil disciplines. The EIT exam offers a general option, why not the same for the PE exam? 3. By not reviewing the exam, I feel like I am going in blind with every test, hoping my new study preparation works better. I was told the questions are intellectual property. What about signing a document stating we won't share the questions with anyone else? All three exams I have taken have been completely different. I was told people who continue to fail are not making a change to their "material preparation." I strongly believe most people are like me and continue making significant changes each time they study for the exam, but are making mistakes they have no idea about. I need to see my mistakes to be able to adjust them. Reviewing the exam I guarantee would lead to me passing it. I am not sure if anyone has taken their concerns to NCEES or questioned about reviewing their exam. I know there are ranges of people from passing the first time to taking 5 tries to pass. I'm tired of spending the money and dealing with the headache and frustration wit re-taking this exam, especially when it seems like NCEES could assist better at providing us with the keys to success. Thoughts?
  2. Hi all, So I'm sadly reporting that I did not pass the civil PE structural depth exam this time. It was my second time taking it, first being in April of this year. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do for my third time around (I refuse to give up!). Here is my background for my first exam, followed by its diagnostic: I self-studied using the CERM, the CERM's accompanying practice problems, and NCEES practice exams. I probably spent somewhere around 150 or 200 hours studying, starting at the end of January and going through the first week of April. To start, I studied mostly on weekends for 6-8 hours Saturday and Sunday. Once I was one month out, I started studying 2-3 hours after work three or four work nights as well, usually taking Friday night off before hitting it again with the weekend schedule. I also had to peel off a few days on weekends to study for the CA state specific seismic and surveying exams. This was definitely detrimental to my time devoted to studying my depth. That can clearly be seen in the diagnostic, I think. April 2016 diagnostic: A little more background: walking out of the exam in the spring, I thought I had passed. When I got my results, I was pretty much at a loss as to how I had bombed the Design and Details of Structures: Component design and detailing section so atrociously. Though obviously, I was subpar in actually all of the afternoon (and many of the morning) sections. That particular section definitely stuck out to me the most. For October 2016, I decided I probably hadn't studied enough on my own, and definitely didn't focus enough on my depth topics. I decided to take the live online PPI Civil PE review course for a few different reasons. Firstly, I thought it might do me better to have more structure to my studying. Secondly, my coworker recommended it as he had taken this course (same instructor) and passed on his first try. Thirdly, I really liked the guarantee. As the course came to a close, I thought it had been good for the morning section, but rather lacking for the depth. I should have known that to begin with, as it is not advertised as being for the specific depths and instead devotes one or maybe two classes at most to each depth topic. Anyway, I completed all the homework and the PPI practice exam (and so fulfilled the requirements for the guarantee), did not divvy any time off of the state exams (I had passed seismic and decided to save studying for surveying until the week after the PE exam). I also worked additional PPI practice problems (120 solved problems, primarily in the structural depth) and NCEES practice exams again. I completed the NCEES practice exams in 4-hour chunks for morning and depth, to simulate the test itself. I thought I was pretty much as well-prepared for the PE exam as I could have reasonably been. This is my diagnostics report this time: \ As can be seen, overall, I did significantly worse (in terms of absolute scores) in the morning and 33% better in the afternoon. I much improved my score in the depth topic I bombed in April (though I still came up short), but this time suffered a rather crushing defeat in Analysis of Structures: Loads and load applications (which I had previously done much better in). I am noticeably supbar in the morning sections also, which is a little perplexing to me because I felt I studied them about as much as I did the first time around. Though, I do remember thinking the Hydraulics & Hydrology and Geometrics questions being more complicated compared to what they were in April. I ended up with a score of 45 this time, compared to 46 in April. I guess I'm just at a bit of a loss as to how to attack this exam for April 2017. I think I would like to do a review course again, but perhaps on demand this time. I am not tied to PPI because of the guarantee, as I don't know that it would prepare me significantly better by doing it again. I've read great things here about EET, but I don't know if I would then sign up for the breadth and depth both, just the breadth, or just the depth (though I think just the depth would be the least likely option). For materials, I feel I was pretty well covered... Having studied with the CERM, PPI practice problems, the PPI practice exam, PPI's Civil Engineering Solved Problems, and various other practice problems as well as the NCEES practice exams. To both exams, I brought with me the CERM, my study course notes, the PPI Structural Depth for the PE Exam Reference Manual, as well as various codes (basically all recommended codes besides OSHA, PCI, and AASHTO). Does anyone have any advice? When I compare my diagnostics, I basically just kind of see two different people taking the exam, and don't really know how to proceed. Thanks so much for any help you can provide! I really, really appreciate it. I am determined to pass in April 2017!
  3. Firstly, I copied this over from the Civil Engineering PE Exam: Structural forum, to see if anyone here has any advice. I wrote this last Thursday, and right now, I am thinking I will likely enroll in the EET breadth and depth courses, but would still love to hear anyone else's tips for passing this exam come April 2017. Hi all, So I'm sadly reporting that I did not pass the civil PE structural depth exam this time. It was my second time taking it, first being in April of this year. I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do for my third time around (I refuse to give up!). Here is my background for my first exam, followed by its diagnostic: I self-studied using the CERM, the CERM's accompanying practice problems, and NCEES practice exams. I probably spent somewhere around 150 or 200 hours studying, starting at the end of January and going through the first week of April. To start, I studied mostly on weekends for 6-8 hours Saturday and Sunday. Once I was one month out, I started studying 2-3 hours after work three or four work nights as well, usually taking Friday night off before hitting the books again with the weekend schedule. I also had to peel off a few days on weekends to study for the CA state specific seismic and surveying exams. This was definitely detrimental to my time devoted to studying my depth. That can clearly be seen in the diagnostic, I think. April 2016 diagnostic: A little more background: walking out of the exam in the spring, I thought I had passed. When I got my results, I was pretty much at a loss as to how I had bombed the Design and Details of Structures: Component design and detailing section so atrociously. Though obviously, I was subpar in actually all of the afternoon (and many of the morning) sections. That particular section definitely stuck out to me the most. For October 2016, I decided I probably hadn't studied enough on my own, and definitely didn't focus enough on my depth topics. I decided to take the live online PPI Civil PE review course for a few different reasons. Firstly, I thought it might do me better to have more structure to my studying. Secondly, my coworker recommended it as he had taken this course (same instructor) and passed on his first try. Thirdly, I really liked the guarantee. As the course came to a close, I thought it had been good for the morning section, but rather lacking for the depth. I should have known that to begin with, as it is not advertised as being for the specific depths and instead devotes one or maybe two classes at most to each depth topic. Anyway, I completed all the homework and the PPI practice exam (and so fulfilled the requirements for the guarantee), did not divvy any time off of the state exams (I had passed seismic and decided to save studying for surveying until the week after the PE exam). I also worked additional PPI practice problems (120 solved problems, primarily in the structural depth) and NCEES practice exams again. I completed the NCEES practice exams in 4-hour chunks for morning and depth, to simulate the test itself. I thought I was pretty much as well-prepared for the PE exam as I could have reasonably been. This is my diagnostics report this time: \ As can be seen, overall, I did significantly worse (in terms of absolute scores) in the morning and 33% better in the afternoon. I much improved my score in the depth topic I bombed in April (though I still came up short), but this time suffered a rather crushing defeat in Analysis of Structures: Loads and load applications (which I had previously done much better in). I am noticeably supbar in the morning sections also, which is a little perplexing to me because I felt I studied them about as much as I did the first time around. Though, I do remember thinking the Hydraulics & Hydrology and Geometrics questions being more complicated compared to what they were in April. I ended up with a score of 45 this time, compared to 46 in April. I guess I'm just at a bit of a loss as to how to attack this exam for April 2017. I think I would like to do a review course again, but perhaps on demand this time. I think having structured instruction is very helpful for me, as I'm not as good of a self-teacher/reviewer. I am not tied to PPI because of the guarantee, as I don't know that it would prepare me significantly better by doing it again. I've read great things here about EET, but I don't know if I would then sign up for the breadth and depth both, just the breadth, or just the depth (though I think just the depth would be the least likely option). For materials, I feel I was pretty well covered... Having studied with the CERM, PPI practice problems, the PPI practice exam, PPI's Civil Engineering Solved Problems, and various other practice problems as well as the NCEES practice exams. But I have heard great things about the EET binders that are provided to course takers. To both exams, I brought with me the CERM, my PPI course notes, the PPI Structural Depth for the PE Exam Reference Manual, as well as various codes (basically all recommended codes besides OSHA, PCI, and AASHTO). Does anyone have any advice? When I compare my diagnostics, I basically just kind of see two different people taking the exam, and don't really know how to proceed. Thanks so much for any help you can provide! I really, really appreciate it. I am determined to pass in April 2017!
  4. Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I am selling my PE exam prep materials for the Mechanical HVAC exam. These are the only materials I studied with and the only references I brought with me to the exam. Using only these, I passed the October 2016 exam on my first try! Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th edition by Lindeburg ($250) Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam, 13th edition by Lindeburg ($85) PE Mechanical Engineering: HVAC and Refrigeration Practice Exam by NCEES ($30) Six-Minute Solutions for Mechanical PE Exam HVAC and Refrigeration Problems, 2nd edition by Elder ($65) I bought these materials new and did not write in any of them - so they are in "like new" condition. I have photos ready to send, if interested. I will sell individually for prices listed (add $10 for shipping each) - or will sell as a set for $400, including shipping. Prices are firm and I prefer to use PayPal. I almost don't want to sell these because they remind me of my triumph over the behemoth that is the PE exam :-) but I know they could be helping someone else. Thanks, Ryan
  5. Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I am selling my PE exam prep materials for the Mechanical HVAC exam. These are the only materials I studied with and the only references I brought with me to the exam. Using only these, I passed the October 2016 exam on my first try! Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th edition by Lindeburg ($250) Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam, 13th edition by Lindeburg ($85) PE Mechanical Engineering: HVAC and Refrigeration Practice Exam by NCEES ($30) Six-Minute Solutions for Mechanical PE Exam HVAC and Refrigeration Problems, 2nd edition by Elder ($65) I bought these materials new and did not write in any of them - so they are in "like new" condition. I have photos ready to send, if interested. I will sell individually for prices listed (add $10 for shipping each) - or will sell as a set for $400, including shipping. Prices are firm and I prefer to use PayPal. I almost don't want to sell these because they remind me of my triumph over the behemoth that is the PE exam :-) but I know they could be helping someone else. Thanks, Ryan
  6. I am selling all of the following items together that I used for my test (Oct 2016) and I passed: PPI Practice Problems for Mechanical Engineering PE Exam (Condition: Like new) MERM (Condition: has my notes in it) 2016 ASHRAE HANDBOOK: HVAC Systems and Equipment I-P Edition (Condition: like new) 2007 ASHRAE HANDBOOK: HVAC Application I-P Edition (Condition: like new) 2002 ASHRAE HANDBOOK: Refrigeration I-P Edition (Condition: like new) 2005 ASHRAE HANDBOOK: Fundumentals I-P Edition (Condition: like new) 2016 ASHRAE Pocket Guide I-P Edition (Condition: New) Merm and ASHRAE Index Copy of Psychometric Charts + Thermodynamic Properties Charts NCEES Practice problems (all three mechanical engineering disciplines-older revisions) (Condition: copy) NCEES Practice problems Mechanical Systems and materials (Condition: good) NCEES Practice problems HVAC and Refrigeration (Condition: good) Six-Minute Solutions: Thermal and Fluid Systems Problems - Second Edition (Condition: good) Six-Minute Solutions: HVAC - Second Edition (Condition: good) All for $1700 plus shipping. I will through in a box, couple of approved calculators plus the clock I used for time keeping and during the exam if you need them. I also have a course material that helped me practice. I practiced all these for ~3 months part time (~15 hours a week) and I passed. I have no HVAC experience what so ever except a four story building that I designed in school. Thanks, Al email me if interested: alpeng1355@gmail.com PayPal accepted.
  7. I decided to take PE exam back in May 2016 , so went ahead and registered for it. Took the Chemical PE exam in October 2016; passed it and now want to sell some of the material I used for PE preparation: 1. NCEES PE Chemical Engineering Practice Exam This book is a must-read for all who want to take PE exam in Chemical Engineering. It contains 80 questions with comprehensive solutions. I personally read it twice; once skimmed through it when just started studying for PE, and the second time was a week before the actual PE exam when I tried to simulate the exam in a timely manner. I didn’t make any note or highlight in it except a few small notes to show where each section ends. For instance, the questions start with Thermodynamics Q101 to Q118, then Heat Transfer, Kinetics and so on; I wrote a two word note saying “Heat Transfer” on the margin next to Q119. Other than this, the book is clean and ready for a second person to read and go through the adventure of PE Chemical exam! 2. Practice Problems for the Chemical Engineering PE Exam, 7th Edition (By Michael Lindeburg) This book is the companion of "Chemical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam". It has great problems and is a must-read! I studied most of it; tried to answer all the questions in Thermodynamics, Mass Transfer, Heat Transfer, Kinetics and Fluid Mechanics. There are two more chapters for subjects of "Plant Design" and "Environmental" which I didn't get the time to go over them unfortunately. This book is clean, no highlight or note in it. 3. TI-36X Pro Calculator (This calculator is allowed in PE exam. I have another programmable calculator and don't use this anymore.) In addition to above items, I bought "Chemical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam", but I would like to keep it, as it contains a lot of good info and is good to have it in my office for future! If you are interested to buy these books, please contact me at "alan.hejrati@gmail.com". The price is negotiable. If you have any other question regarding the exam, I would be glad to bring some light!
  8. As the results start to roll in, I'd like to conduct a "curiosity poll" to see whether there's correlation between how you felt right after the exam, compared to whether you passed or not. I just thought it would be interesting. Since I am in California, the results are still pending and I'm very anxious to find out if I passed the 8 hour. I felt like I only had a 50/50 chance of passing so I have no idea whether I passed or not. In the meantime, feel free to participate in the poll (votes are anonymous) and see what everyone else thought about the test!
  9. Congrats to those who passed the October PE exam! I know Texas releases your actual score for the PE exam whether you pass or fail and I was told that 70 is the score needed to pass. Unfortunately, my progression for the last 3 exam attempts have been 64, 65 and now 69. Here's to hoping I can finally reach 70 next April. I wasn't sure if the 69 score relates to missing one or two questions. Anyone else dealing with barely not passing? Good luck to those who are on the trek of preparing for the April 2017 exam
  10. I just recently was informed that my PE application was denied because all of my engineering experience was under the supervision of consultant engineers rather than engineers that are technically my supervisor. I design timber frame structures and all of my work for the past 10+ years has been under the direct supervision of a licensed PE but the board stated that this experience was not considered a mentoring relationship which was the rational why my application was denied. I have a meeting with the board to discuss this next week and I need any thoughts or past experience that may help.
  11. Tell us which test you took and your AM/PM scores. No shame in failing. My motto is: I never lose, I either win or I learn.
  12. PE Exam results - OCT 2016 All, Just to let you know that PE Exam results are posted on NCEES. I got an email (Dec 8, 2016 @5pm) from 'NCEES' to notify me about results release. I checked my NCEES account and i have passed the PE Mechanical Exam. The breadth exam i took was Mechanical Systems and Materials. I hope you get the same result. Good luck!
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    Wanted to see how everyone felt about Saturday's PE Civil Exam. For me, it was rough in the afternoon (wre) but the morning felt like a breeze.
  14. 6 more days! Is everyone ready to get this over with? Stressed? How do you guys feel? I'm taking the electrical and electronics exam and have been studying for a while now, and some days I feel like I'm going to do well and some days I feel like I'm not ready! Anyone else have the feeling? Good luck to all!
  15. Who's taking the Civil-WRE next month? How is the studying going?
  16. Hello, I am re-taking the PE Transportation exam this October. Last time I took the exam in April, I missed by a few questions <5 mostly because I was not fully prepared for the afternoon conceptual questions – just as an example, looking in the MUTCD to answer “what is the color of a stop sign.” My question to past exam takers is: What is the most effect way to utilize the 30 days (120-150 hours) leading up the exam, in order to put yourself in the best position the pass? If you have the following review materials available: Notes form a former review class (School of PE, ASCE, etc), CERM, Lindberg Book of Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam, NCEES Practice exam, References: HCM, ASHTO Green Book, MUTCD, etc. I am interested in any and all opinions and I think the responses will not only benefit myself but for others taking the exam – There is a lot of material out there for those who start studying 3 months out, but not much for those who only have about 1-1.5 months. Thanks, Tom
  17. Anyone looking to sell the most recent NCEES Transportation Practice Exam? or any other Transpo resources? Thanks, Beej
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    Does anyone have the Construction Design Standards for the October Civil/Construction PE exam to sell? Thanks, Dave
  19. I know there aren't as many environmental engineers as compared to some of the other groups on here but I wanted to see how others who took the April 2016 Environmental PE Exam felt afterwards? I felt confident after the morning session but the afternoon session was not what I expected nor was it like the NCEES practice exam or what was hammered into my head during my School of PE review classes (so much focus on ideal gas law but hardly used on the exam).
  20. I am looking for suggestions from people who took PE Exam (Transportation) and can point me to the right direction. It turned out the only hard copy of Highway Capacity Manual I have is way outdated. I have a pdf, but I am not looking to print the entire HCM mainly because I will not be comfortable with in on the exam since I never use it. What topics or what chapters are a must of Transportation PE exam? My head is full and I cannot think straight. I tool PE exam last time, but don't recall anything specificly associated with HCM, so I am lost now. I am almost done with my AM portion and moving to PM now and want to make sure I have everything I need (hard copy) for the exam. Printing only applicable to PE Exam material will help me a lot, so your thought and help is greatly appreciated!
  21. My Question is, what is the correct way to calculate outdoor air load from ventilation. Problem 519 Givens: Qsens = 90,000 BTU/hr; Qlat = 40,000 BTU/hr; Supply air= 3,600 CFM @ 55 db. Room temp = 78degF db/ 45%rh; Outdoor air = 700cfm 92degF db/76degF wb. The problem ask for total load. I know you need to find the load from ventilation and add it to the other given loads. However, is it 4.5XcfmX (houtdoor air -hsupply)? Or is it 4.5XcfmX(houtdoor air - hroom air)? Problem 59 in the "Mechanical PE Sample Exam, 2nd Edition, by Michael Lindeburg says that OA from ventilation is equal to 4.5XcfmX (houtdoor air -hsupply). However problem 519 in the 2001 NCEES says it's the other.
  22. Hi all, Can you please help me identify the following equations? If you recognize the equation, can you help me locate the reference also? Is it in the MERM or some other reference? 6MS Thermal / Fluids 2nd Ed. - Problem # 67 - Theoretical adiabatic power - Pth = (k/k-1)*Q1*p1*[(p2/p1)^k-1/k - 1] 6MS Thermal / Fluids 2nd Ed. - Problem 71 - Equation to approx. time needed to increase boiler temperature - ln (Tg,in-T1/Tg,in-T2) = [m.dot*cp*(e^(UA/m.dot*cp-1)) / C * e^(UA/m.dot*cp-1))] * delta t Thanks for your time and help!
  23. For the transportation depth portion of the exam, do you really need every reference listed (There are like 10 on the NCEES website)? I have been doing practice problems and I seem to only be using the HCM, AASHTO Green Book, and the MUTCD. It obviously gets very expensive once you start purchasing reference materials. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  24. I am taking the PE exam in April and taking transportation for the depth section. Any recommendations on how to study for the depth? I have most of the references (except for the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual 2010) (Do I really need that one?). There are only so many example problems for transportation in the CERM, and most of the problems in the HCM are crazy long. I am not too worried about the breadth (I'm taking school of PE for this). Just more concerned how to prepare for the depth. Any tips would be much appreciated. Thanks! Chris
  25. Hi, I'm selling my exam prep books for the Mech PE exam (after taking the Oct 2015 exam). Thankfully I will never have to look at these books again! Here's a link to the ebay auction, grab yourself a bargain. http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/161963796184? Cheers and good luck future exam takers!