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Civil- Construction. First time taker, I studied on my own and spent 3 months and logged around 150 hours. I didn't have to study much for the morning section because I passed my FE last year and I put in around 250 hours for that test.


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Civil - Construction...first time taker. Congrats to everyone!

It's been 15 years since I graduated, so I had to put in a little more time than the average test taker and ended up logging 361 hrs. Probably was a bit overkill, but decided to beastmode so I knew I wouldn't fail due to lack of effort or preparation.

I took an online review course though my alma mater and several practice exams. I started studying in earnest in December. Last two weeks did nothing but timed practice exams. Biggest thing that helped me was the online class and the NCEES practice exams.

I didnt feel the afternoon construction was any harder than the morning session. Ended both with about 15 mins left and just checked that I hadn't left any bubbles blank or had any other marking problems on the scantron.

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Passed PE-Industrial. I just prepared for 10 days before the exam date (one full week off from the work). But I took my FE last October and really prepared well for 2 months. I guess that helped and I was quiet confident that I have to just to revise all the topics.

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First attempt - Electrical Power - Passed!



I had just passed the FE exam in July 2014 after my 4th attempt (3rd attempt was in May 2014). I had studied for that exam for nearly 7 months (after being out of school for 6 years). So after getting the passing grade in July, I decided to keep the ball rolling and start studying for the PE in August 2014. So after 8.5 months of continuous studying... and probably over 500+ hours, I took the PE exam in April 2015. I was relieved to see I passed on my first attempt. I know it seems like a lot of studying, and possibly over-preparing, but after I took the exam, I was not very confident that I passed (I guess it was just part of my coping process in case I failed - prepare myself mentally for the worst). I was extremely motivated and determined. I basically had tunnel vision about this exam for a year and a half now. Thankfully I never got burned out on the studying and I felt it was very rewarding in learning new things in the process. I feel much more confident as an engineer now and look forward to see what the future holds as a PE.



Major props to this forum for guiding me in the right direction as to which review course was the best, and which books were worth it. I got a lot of great info from fellow members of this board. I'll share more details of my studying methods in the electrical sub-forum.


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First attempt - Electrical Power - Passed!

I had just passed the FE exam in July 2014 after my 4th attempt (3rd attempt was in May 2014). I had studied for that exam for nearly 7 months (after being out of school for 6 years). So after getting the passing grade in July, I decided to keep the ball rolling and start studying for the PE in August 2014. So after 8.5 months of continuous studying... and probably over 500+ hours, I took the PE exam in April 2015. I was relieved to see I passed on my first attempt. I know it seems like a lot of studying, and possibly over-preparing, but after I took the exam, I was not very confident that I passed (I guess it was just part of my coping process in case I failed - prepare myself mentally for the worst). I was extremely motivated and determined. I basically had tunnel vision about this exam for a year and a half now. Thankfully I never got burned out on the studying and I felt it was very rewarding in learning new things in the process. I feel much more confident as an engineer now and look forward to see what the future holds as a PE.

Major props to this forum for guiding me in the right direction as to which review course was the best, and which books were worth it. I got a lot of great info from fellow members of this board. I'll share more details of my studying methods in the electrical sub-forum.

Congratulations! For what it's worth I don't think you overstudied.

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Passed -transportation. It hasn't sink in yet,but I sure it will by this weekend.

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Congrats afraid!!


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Congratulations! For what it's worth I don't think you overstudied.

Thank you! I took much of your advice from your posts. I really appreciate your contribution to this board!

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Congratulations! For what it's worth I don't think you overstudied.

Thank you! I took much of your advice from your posts. I really appreciate your contribution to this board!
It's amazing what a little moral support can do for your self esteem during the test.

Congrats again!

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Passed.


Civil - Geotechnical , 1st time taker,



Would recommend these for future test takers, the red ones really helped on this exam.



1. Das: Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering


2. Das: Principles of Foundation Engineering


3. Foundation Analysis and Design ; Joseph Bowles


4. Hsai Feng: Foundation Engineering Handbook


5. Civil Engineering Reference Manual


6. NAVFAC


7. FHWA – GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING CIRCULAR NO. 6


8. 6 Minutes solutions


9. PE Geotechnical Practice Problems by PPI


10. NCEES Sample Exam



Thanks EB! :D


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I am in this club.



First try, Mechanical TFS, passed.



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First attempt - Electrical Power - Passed!

I had just passed the FE exam in July 2014 after my 4th attempt (3rd attempt was in May 2014). I had studied for that exam for nearly 7 months (after being out of school for 6 years). So after getting the passing grade in July, I decided to keep the ball rolling and start studying for the PE in August 2014. So after 8.5 months of continuous studying... and probably over 500+ hours, I took the PE exam in April 2015. I was relieved to see I passed on my first attempt. I know it seems like a lot of studying, and possibly over-preparing, but after I took the exam, I was not very confident that I passed (I guess it was just part of my coping process in case I failed - prepare myself mentally for the worst). I was extremely motivated and determined. I basically had tunnel vision about this exam for a year and a half now. Thankfully I never got burned out on the studying and I felt it was very rewarding in learning new things in the process. I feel much more confident as an engineer now and look forward to see what the future holds as a PE.

Major props to this forum for guiding me in the right direction as to which review course was the best, and which books were worth it. I got a lot of great info from fellow members of this board. I'll share more details of my studying methods in the electrical sub-forum.

Congrats...look at the bright side, you can still use some of the stuff you studied now :)

Welcome to the club fellow EE!

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Passed too. Electrical Power, first try. I figured I had a 50/50 chance of passing when I came out of the exam. Probably the toughest test I've ever studied for. I'm so happy I don't have to study for it again.



Thanks to this board for helping me kill time while waiting for the results. And congrats to all who passed! Those who didn't stick with it, you can do it!


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Passed - Civil/Transportation (1st attempt)



I'll say this now without fear of jinxing myself ..... that test was very easy, because I put the time in.



I took the EET AM/PM review courses. 90% of the exam came straight out of my class notes.



If you are on the fence about taking a review course, or which one to take, enroll in EET. Hands down, they made this exam EASY!!!



One last thing, and this was invaluable. Find someone (or 2 or 3 people) on here that are taking your test. Get their email and phone numbers, and use each other. I had an excellent network of fellow test takers that really helped with this thing. They may ask a question about something you may have never thought about, it will force you to find an answer. You also have someone to ask questions with, and to work problems with.


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Environmental first time. I'll post details in the environmental section but School of PEs course was the difference maker. $990 for early birds paid off. Weekday classes 7-10. Those notes were invaluable during the exam. The only thing I would change is taking the course a cycle ahead to give yourself time to do the problems. Working full time and night classes for 5 weeks was hard. But the class really narrowed down the scope for such a broad exam.

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Powed PE: Pass, second attempt. Yesssss

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Add another Pass to the list!



First try. PE, ME, Mechanical Systems and Materials



woohoo!


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I can't believe I can join this club! Civil Construction PE, first try! Thanks for keeping me sane during the waiting period! Congrats to everyone else!

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3rd time is the charm, I was told..Yes, I passed Civil with 83%- Water Resources & Environmental, Texas. EET helped me big time even I had taked Test Masters prior to that. EET (Especially Dr. Nazrul), All-in-one Goswami, All Previous NCEES exam books, David Cornwell (Environmental Engineering for PM). Good to luck to all, never give up ans study hard and consistently.


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I am so happy....Passed PE Power :)...second attempt...such a big relief...I can't thank people enough in this forum...I wouldnt have done it without this forum...Will share my thoughts on study prep in Power subforum in the next few weeks..


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Passed PE transportation first attempt. Studied only 75 days about 30 hours a week total studying and last 2 weeks only doing PM problems. School of PE materials are perfect and also test masters.

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I am really shocked I passed. I had nearly convinced myself I had failed.



I took Civil: water resources and studied as follows:



- 1-2 hours after work on weekdays, 5 hrs per day on weekends


- I used School of PE notes but did not attend courses - studied on my own.


- I think I'm the only one that felt this way, but the CERM was sorta useless to me. I maybe used it for 5 questions on the exam. I mainly used it for conversion factors/charts.


- I put a study binder together for each major topic. I split up the week into "courses" based on the Table of contents.


- I only started seriously studying in mid February.



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I am really shocked I passed. I had nearly convinced myself I had failed.

I took Civil: water resources and studied as follows:

- 1-2 hours after work on weekdays, 5 hrs per day on weekends

- I used School of PE notes but did not attend courses - studied on my own.

- I think I'm the only one that felt this way, but the CERM was sorta useless to me. I maybe used it for 5 questions on the exam. I mainly used it for conversion factors/charts.

- I put a study binder together for each major topic. I split up the week into "courses" based on the Table of contents.

- I only started seriously studying in mid February.

Hit enter too fast and couldnt find the edit button.

I took the full time for both parts of the exam and felt ok about the AM but really bad about the PM. It was a lot harder than I expected (even though I had the practice exam). I flat out guessed on 10 questions in the PM. I feel very very lucky!

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To echo what someone else said, I absolutely do not regret over-studying. I found myself at work seeing how all the different parts of Civil Engineering fit within the projects I was working on. Even though I don't do geotech, I could start seeing the problems we should be looking for under the surface. Same goes for the structural aspects of my projects, even though I do no structural engineering. I'm sure my brain will dump this information I don't use over the next year, but for now I feel like I'm a lot better of an engineer for putting in the extra work.


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