Taking the October 2011 Exam?
Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:09 PM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 01:43 PM
Have you set up a schedule yet? Got references? Started working problems?
Posted 15 June 2011 - 10:53 PM
Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:56 PM
Actually I started studying about 2 weeks ago following the ENVRM2 chapters. Even if I skipped the “Background and Support” chapters, I still have to study around two entire chapters a week until the exam (including reading specific references and doing practice problems) and I’m starting thinking this will be hard to achieve, especially for areas I never studied before (air pollution etc.)
What do you guys think?
Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:21 PM
I typically prepare it using a light vinegrette and a dollop of creme fraiche...
Good luck studying, if you have questions, fire away.
Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:21 PM
Going to start going through the ENVRM2 very soon and start drilling on that. I also got the NC DVDs and plan to start watching those on the weekends with beer in hand.
Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:37 PM
Posted 19 June 2011 - 11:59 PM
Posted 20 June 2011 - 04:07 PM
Welcome, ratomast! Don't let your years out of school prevent you from taking the exam. Just give yourself enough time to get back into studying/problem solving/exam taking mode. On the Civil with Water Res and Env, you will have to take the morning general (IIRC), which includes transportation, structural, geotech, etc.
Posted 21 June 2011 - 02:01 AM
Posted 21 June 2011 - 07:21 PM
I have similar qualifications, though not exactly...the first time I took the petroleum exam...the second time I took the environmental exam and got a pass. Go with what you practice in your job, and good luck!
Posted 22 June 2011 - 12:45 AM
I actually just got approved to take the exam a couple of weeks ago. So that is taken care of, now the hard part.
Posted 22 June 2011 - 12:47 AM
Thanks for the encouragement! I will need to acquire some of the study info and evaluate which is the best direction to go in. Any suggestions on study info?
Posted 22 June 2011 - 03:38 AM
Good luck! You can definitely do it in the amount of time you have left - I did.
Posted 22 June 2011 - 04:16 PM
I almost passed the exam this last time. The hardest parts have been the Wastewater and Air. I purchased the NC State DVD course and that helped me with learning WW and Air.
It's really about studying and knowing where to find the answer. I even taught myself a few problems the last time.
My most helpful books has been the Environmental Dictionary and ENVRM. I also borrow the Civil ENVRM and Haz Materials by Granger (I think.)
I recently purchased the 4th Edition Metclaf & Eddy WW book because the NC State DVD uses that book for WW. Since I need more help with WW I decided to purchase the book.
It's been recommended to have the NIOSH pocket guide (You can print it for free), and Environmental Law.
I started studying last weekend by skimming the E-Law book. Am going to get set up with the DVDs again and start reviewing.
Posted 06 July 2011 - 11:25 PM
Posted 07 July 2011 - 04:19 PM
Don't register for the exam until you get your approval letter...and check with your state board. They can probably give you some sort of timeline, and they generally are pretty friendly.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:01 PM
Posted 12 September 2011 - 02:14 AM
I could use some advice... I've started studying for the exam. I worked the problems in EERM for fluids, groundwater, hydrology, open channel flow (half or so), water treatment (ch 23-24), wastewater treatment (ch 25-26), and water distribution. I bought used NCSU review DVDs recently, and I've watched the wastewater sections and I'm about 1/2 way through the air videos. I've worked the wastewater example problems from NCSU. And I'm about 1/2 way through the air examples - I'll finish the other half when I watch the rest of the air videos.
My general concerns are: 1) I think I spent too much time fooling around with hydraulics since I don't know if the environmental PE exam is as in depth as the civil-water/environmental exam - and I'm not very good at that stuff. 2) I'm really slow at the problems. 3) There's still a lot of material left to cover, and I don't know how to prioritize my studies.
I've still got to cover:
Finish air review - are the Lindeburgh practice problems adequate?
Health & Safety
I've got the opportunity to attend a hydraulics/pump review by Test Masters through work this weekend - but is that really a good use of time? Are hydraulics/pumps really important for the enviro exam?
When is a good time to take a practice test?
Posted 12 September 2011 - 03:37 AM
I would start focusing on the air, haz waste, and health and safety stuff now, if I were you. You still have quite a bit of time, but I'd definitely start putting most of my effort on those areas now. It sounds like you've hit the hydraulics stuff hard enough now.
The EERM is not very useful for the haz waste/solid waste questions. It's not bad for reviewing air and health and safety, but you will want some supplemental references on haz waste. La Grega is always the recommended reference, but I've seen some others here who recommend Kuo (remediation calculations something?) - check some of the stickied threads on references and advice.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 02:22 PM
Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:20 PM
Some other thoughts:
Re: Air - I didn't work any problems in the EERM. If you can get your hands on the 101 Problems by Schneiter, the air questions in it are very thorough. I did find the slides from the NCSU DVDs very helpful on the air section during the exam.
Re: Solid Waste - Again, the 101 Problems were helpful. A solid reference is also a must. I used Integrated Solid Waste Management (Tchobanoglous) and Hazardous Waste Management (Lagrega).
Re: Health & Safety - The NCSU DVDs were helpful. Good references are key. A copy of the NIOSH Pocket Guide is recommended.
Re: Site Assessment & Remediation (new topic starting April 2011) - None of the study materials adequately address this in my opinion. Luckily it's what I do, but I could definitely see this being a big problem if you don't work in this field. My best advice here would be, again, get some good reference material and familiarize yourself with it. I recommend Practical Design Calculations for Groundwater and Soil Remediation (Kuo). Also have a good groundwater reference (like Applied Hydrogeology by Fetter). Also bring a copy of the Federal Drinking Water Standards.
Re: Practice tests - I started three weeks out. I had the Schneiter tests (3) and the one from NCEES. I did the first Schneiter one untimed in the weekday evenings just to get a feel for it. Then for the other 2, on the weekends I did morning session on Sat, afternoon session on Sun, timed. The Monday before the exam I did the NCEES one timed, just like the real thing. It was a brutal 3 weeks. Take the day before the exam off.
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