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How did you do on the April 2012 Exam

April 2012 PE Exam    82 members have voted

  1. 1. How did you do on the April 2012 PE Exam?

    • I nailed it!
      23
    • Not too bad
      54
    • Terrible
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Hi I was curious how everyone did on the April 2012 Exam.. so I set up a Linkedin poll...

http://www.linkedin....425.S.108304987

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Why don't you just make a poll here?

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Why don't you just make a poll here?

Good thinking, so I added it for him :D

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I feel GOOD!

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i definitely think the morning was the easier of the two.

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I think I nailed the construction test. And by "nailing it" I don't think I got a 90%+ but I defintely don't think I will be retaking the exam in October!!!

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This was my second time taking the exam (Civil-Transportation). Last time I sabotaged myself by not having the Roadside Design Guide and not being comfortable with all of my references. This time, I had all of my references in order (including the RSDG), everything tabbed well, and the afternoon was much smoother than last time. Add to that a morning performance that went very well, and I feel like this time I passed. However, I still reserve the possibility that I could fail. Anything could have happened.

But, if feelings mean anything, I feel tremendously better about this test than October 2011. It's not that it was even necessarily easier, but I was much better prepared this go 'round.

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PE power, morning was hard, afternoon was ok. I will keep my fingers crossed.... :beat:

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I thought the AM was extremely easy. The Construction PM was not bad at all. I had ample time to review my answers on both segments, and glad I did. Found one question on the AM that I mislabeled. Overall the exam was much easier than I anticipated. Looking forward to the results.

Jason

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This was my second time taking the exam (Civil-Transportation). Last time I sabotaged myself by not having the Roadside Design Guide and not being comfortable with all of my references. This time, I had all of my references in order (including the RSDG), everything tabbed well, and the afternoon was much smoother than last time. Add to that a morning performance that went very well, and I feel like this time I passed. However, I still reserve the possibility that I could fail. Anything could have happened. But, if feelings mean anything, I feel tremendously better about this test than October 2011. It's not that it was even necessarily easier, but I was much better prepared this go 'round.

Same here. I did so-so in the morning but I felt I did really well in the afternoon. I was much better prepared for the afternoon this time around and I was able to answer every question or at least come up with an answer. I really can't say that about the first time I took it.

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PE Civil Structural- AM if my gut feeling is right I think I got minimum of 30pts and in the after I only hope to get at least 25 pts to pass, overall its fair based on NCEES outline of topics covered for the exam, however, some questions in the PM nowhere could be found in any codes even if its referenced, the choices arent there.

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AM i can say, its doable but some topics I know Im weak specifically on Water Resources, Geotech. In the PM, the range of difficulty ranfes from medium and above, again some topics I have a hard time in GEotech, Economics and Bridge Engineering based on AASHTO, I do hope I made the cut off. Good luck all.

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MO - Mechanical, Thermal and Fluids Systems

I walked away from the exam feeling pretty damn good, so I'm trying to hold onto that. I know no once walks away feeling like they aced it. I also know that I could feel good about lots of problems that I made minor mistakes and got to an incorrect answer they were predicting. I finished both sections with time to go back and review my answers. There were only a couple in each section that I had to make an educated guess on. Luckily, I had enough time to investigate them fully and do the best I could.

Hoping that I'm not jinxing myself by saying that I feel pretty good about it...

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I feel like I was over prepared for the morning and adqueately prepared for the afternoon.

I am confindent I ace'd the morning. I walked out 30 minutes early, and I basically worked every problem twice- double checking calcs, answers, decisions, thought process, answer sheet bubbles, etc. I think I may have missed 2-3 problems at most.

Took afternoon geotech, felt like it was quite a bit tougher, but still think I did really well. I didn't leave early but still had time to double check my calcs, units, etc, on 37 of the 40 problems. May have Ace'd the afternoon as well (depnends on my 50/50 chance on some of the problems I narrowed down to 2 choices), but pretty confindent I didn't make below a B.

I'd bet money that I passed. I studied A LOT. Who the hell knows until I get final confirmation though... I could be completely out of my mind and arrived at many distractor answers...

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I took my Mechanical Thermal and Fluid, PE 3 times.

1st time -> Oct, 2009 (AM hard , PM easy) -> Fail

2nd time -> April, 2010 (AM easy, PM hard) -> Fail

3rd time -> Oct, 2010 (AM hard, PM easy) -> Pass

From this story that I predict that this time April, 2012 will be (AM easy, PM hard)

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I afraid to say "I nailed it". Last October I really nailed it, had only 9 unknown for the entire test. Everything was straight forwarded and clear. I failed it. :oops: Last Friday I had more unanswered questions (about 15 or less total). So, what my chances are? We'll know in 2 month :beat:

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I took ME - MD depth and I agree that that am was easier than the pm for me. I felt prepared for both with the exception of the HVAC problems in the am but I ran out of time in both sections and ended up having to straight up guess on ~ 10 in the am and ~ 12 in the pm. I feel confident on most of the ones that I answered but hope I didn't fall for the traps and make some dumb mistakes. I feel it could go either way depending on the cut score.

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I've posted this before for previous exam results because it is one of the more funny synopses I've read. Still makes me laugh after reading it again. Not sure if this will help any in terms of how you think you did on the exam but it is certainly worth a good laugh. Here were the poster's thoughts about the April 2011 exam:

EE - Power. "You sunk my battleship."

Preparation Time/Materials: 250 total hours. 5 textbooks, prep coursework notebook, 2 notebooks of graduate class material, calculators, snacks, rolling suitcase.

Money: ~$1,550.

General Observations: Arrived at my site 30 minutes prior to report time. Noticed that many others had literally libraries and libraries of books. Someone had a giant wagon with bungie cords holding all of the books together. Others just had a single piece of paper. Wild. I randomly started thinking of a national geographic special with narration by Morgan Freeman on PE test taking habits. I needed that laugh to clear my head.

AM Session: Felt the AM session was great. Only ended up with 6-7 that I didn't have a single solid answer or couldn't find it in my reference. I finished slightly early and checked only some of my work.

PM Session: Total unadulterated bloodbath. Couldn't seem to concentrate enough to find the equations I needed. Calculator was spitting out answers that were out of this world. Saw stuff that I barely covered in droves. About 2-3 hours into the afternoon, my brain felt like it had been through a dishwasher and I started hopping around from question to question. Not good. I will be lucky if I got a quarter to half right. I might as well have taken another discipline in the afternoon or gone to work. A monkey may have been able to do better.

Final Thoughts: As I left the exam area, I felt numb, dumb, and a little crushed. I felt like I blew the morning session out of the water. Then the PE got off a torpedo as I was heading to collect my stamp, promotion, and better life. I'm not very good at guessing and doing the math in my head all weekend I kept envisioning a percentage score in the upper 60s with an afternoon diagnostic that simply says "monkey". 6 months of neglecting my wife and family might be for nothing in the end except doing it all over again. I know the pass rate for repeaters is low, but what is the divorce rate?

Oh well. If I recall from a coworker, last years results were released in around 45-50 days following the exam. I think he got his in late May. We shall see. I guess the ultimate decision is now do I crack open another book....or another beer?

:lmao:

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Now you got me hooked and I want to know if he passed. That synopsis did make me LOL.

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Now you got me hooked and I want to know if he passed. That synopsis did make me LOL.

I believe he/she did actually pass.

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New member here, first post. I took the ME PE exam last week with the Machine Design afternoon depth section. I felt that the afternoon was much more difficult than the morning, although the morning had its share of conveniently incorrect answers. Luckily I got through the morning in about 3 hours so I spent the extra hour re-doing all the problems and actually caught a few dumb mistakes.

When I saw the first problem in my afternoon booklet I almost threw my pencil. When I found that I had to skip 4 of the first 10 problems due to having no effing idea how to do them, I almost threw my desk. I was able to collect myself and get through it, but I was down to the last 30 seconds of the exam and still had two or three where I had to put my best uneducated guess.

Now the waiting game! And for at least the next 3 weeks, I'll be cracking beers and not books. After 5 months of preparation for this exam, I'll allow myself that much. Oh how sweet it is to play video games again : )

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I agree with you about the first few ME MD problems. I think I actually skipped most of the first 10 and was happy to finally see some problems that looked familiar.

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Now you got me hooked and I want to know if he passed. That synopsis did make me LOL.

He forgot to mention the most important part of exam day...lunch.

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He forgot to mention the most important part of exam day...lunch.

It's funny you mentioned lunch. My exam was held in a large church sanctuary and when we arrived they told us that, per the church's rules, we were NOT permitted to have any food or drink inside the sanctuary (contrary to the NCEES test day guideline). So there we all were with our bite-size, non-distracting snacks in zip-lock baggies, instructed to leave all our food out in the lobby and therefore take a "bathroom break" any time we wanted (or more like needed) to get some food during the test. LOL as if the exam wasn't difficult enough already. Luckily the exam proctors were bold enough to bend the church's rules and allowed us to take our bottles of water into the room with us.

So back to your point about lunch: since I didn't want to waste any time taking "bathroom breaks" to eat snacks, and since I had eaten breakfast at 5:30 that morning, by the time our lunch break rolled around my stomach was tied in such a tight knot that I could barely choke down the poor excuse for a turkey sandwich that I had packed for myself. And by the time the afternoon session wrapped up I felt like I had just gotten off a 10 hour flight across 6 time zones while getting kicked in the appendix by an agitated kangaroo.

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...while getting kicked in the appendix by an agitated kangaroo.

I just literally spit food onto my keyboard.

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