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  1. 12 points
    If it makes you feel any better, I've taken the exam 4 times and finally passed this time. My score breakdown for the previous exams are: Civil: Geotech: October 2017: 47/80 (AM: 27, PM: 20) April 2018: 46/80 (AM: 21, PM: 25) October 2018: 45/80 (AM: 25, PM: 20) Don't get discouraged (easier said than done, I know) but keep on going. Don't quit, just keep taking it until you pass!
  2. 10 points
    This feels right, maybe a 52-53. There was a cliffside forming around 49-51 from the reported failures. WRE reported a 54 from a coworker, and I know some people want to dismiss it out-of-hand, but I don't really agree with that approach and I think the 54 should be considered. With that said, I really want to caution people about focusing on the cut scores. I can understand this as an academic exercise, or an attempt to get a Pyrrhic victory, but it can't mean anything more than that. The cut score doesn't matter; you can see my thesis here. If anything, knowing the cut score for last session's test could hurt you in the next attempt. The NCEES diagnostic already shows you your relative strengths and weakness by subject area. You can actually use that information that to help focus your studying for the next attempt. But, how would knowing this sessions cut score help you? I'm not asking rhetorically, I want to know why you think it will help? The cut score doesn't guide you on what subject to study. Perhaps you could to make the argument it provides guidance on the intensity of the studying for the next attempt? Okay great, except that if you got a 49 and you think that the cut score was only at 51, then you might not put as much effort into studying for the next exam as you should, maybe just a 'few' more hours than the last time. That's the wrong approach! The cut score changes with every exam in every session. You can't plan for the last war, you have to plan for the next one. You need to study for the next exam as if the cut score is 80/80, not low 50's. Planning for the low 50s is how you get to repeat this whole dreaded exercise yet another time. the "you" in the above isn't directed at anyone in particular.
  3. 9 points
    I passed Both Vertical and Lateral on my first TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. 7 points
    Just wanted to say congratulations to all of the people that passed the PE and SE exams recently. Way to go!
  5. 6 points
  6. 6 points
    this is BS, thread is closed until Friday
  7. 6 points
    Because its about 5 months away and reading posts by you annoy me so I stay in the other sub-forums. People can and do pass without this forum so it really doesn't matter that there aren't any posts here so your subtle shame-y worded post is unnecessary.
  8. 5 points
    Passed both first try. This test sucks so bad, very sorry to those that failed.
  9. 5 points
    Can someone react at my post please? I got 0 reaction point. T.T If you do it, your pass chance is increased because you are being a good man/woman!
  10. 5 points
    Showed up on time and got the work done. During the duration of the job, not once did he rob or rape me. 5 stars!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  11. 5 points
    Not only is it Friday, it's my last day at my current job. That means a lot of time shaking hands and wishing everyone the best and very little time actually working. And then:
  12. 5 points
    Happy 9th birthday to Ursala and Annie! Yesterday was their b-day. Can't wait to pick them up from the sitter's tonight. They're big vanilla Frostee fans.
  13. 5 points
    I meant to log in earlier. I truly appreciate your help EB folks, especially @RBHeadge PE I passed Electrical, Power. The advice I got here really helped me. I will definitely give back.
  14. 5 points
    Hello friends, I was a regular consumer of this forum and despite the TROLLS, I thank all the participants for the good information posted here, that helped me pass the PE exam last April 2019 In contribution, I would like to give my own impressions of the PE exam and give you my advices as far as how to get prepared for this task. First and foremost, passing the PE exam is a tough process and requires LOTS of study time and sacrifice. If you really want this, I recommend you well establish your priorities and whatever can deviate your attention and focus from the exam, should be temporally removed from your life style. NO COURSE, NO BOOK, NOTHING WILL GUARANTEE YOU PASS THE EXAM. IT DEPENDS ON YOU!!! If you don’t give it all and put enough effort on it, failing the exam is MOST LIKELY to occur. Even though, don’t feel discourage if you fail, this exam is like no other, and lots of people don’t have the same luck of passing on the first try. The winning strategy here to not give up. ** With that being said, see below my advices, sorted by importance level: 1) Establish your strategy from the very beginning. Define what are your strongest areas and plan your study time accordingly to tackle the areas you are most likely to fail. I suggest you plan yourself to finish everything 2-4 weeks before the exam, so you have plenty of time to recap and review your weak areas, difficult questions, etc. 2) Organization is KEY, and the PE exam is sometimes more about TIME MANAGEMENT than knowledge. So, during your preparation, be consequent with the materials you use. Don’t buy or print materials to have them on the corner and rather use them. Make sure all your materials are tabbed and highlighted. Group them by category, use tabs, index or any method that can help you locate each section the fastest possible; Cross-Reference is key. Every minute you save during the exam is glory. In my case, I created a MAIN INDEX, where I referenced all the materials I had. That was my best friend during the exam. I placed that index at the back of my cheat sheet. 3) Have all the formulas grouped by topic, in one binder so you can easily find them without opening multiples books. I SUGGEST YOU PREPARE YOUR CHEAT-SHEET AHEAD OF TIME so you can edit it and add more stuff 4) Make sure you find the right materials for YOU. There are different books out there for each topic, but it depends on your personal taste. Do your research and try to find the book that better fit your necessities. 5) MASTER your calculator. Don’t make the mistake of bringing a calculator to the exam that you didn’t use before or you are not familiar with. Consider that the back of the calculator will be taken away from you, so I will suggest you write that info somewhere else. UNIT CONVERSIONS are often used during the exam. 6) Don’t spend time solving easy questions, unless there is nothing else available. I remember solving questions from books like Spin up, which are far from the exam type of questions. Write down the questions you found challenging and remember to review them multiple times the last two weeks. 7) Practice here is fundamental, so the more problems you solve, the more likely you are to pass the exam. Try to sole as many DIFFERENT QUESTIONS as possible. The people who prepare the exam are MASTERS on presenting questions in a way you never saw before. 😎 DON’T spend yoo much time on areas that are not the MEAT of the exam. Remember that there are areas like Protection and Code that have the higher number of questions. This means don’t go beyond the limits on areas like VFDs, ladder logic etc… Use wisely your time to reinforce the strongest areas. One thing that helped me A LOT was mastering the NEC. 9) However, remember all questions are graded the same, so there is no point on being a beast in "Protection" or "Rotating Machines" and then being an ignorant in other areas. I found out that typically, the questions from the easiest areas are the weirdest and trickiest. 10) Last, during the exam day, follow your strategy, this was mine but again, define yours: a) First round: only solve the questions that are familiar to you, and then flag the questions you want to leave for either the second or third round. In my case, I left all code questions, and all problems that required me to review my materials for the 2nd round. b) Second round: Solve all code questions at the same time, including NESC, NEC, ANSI, whatever…Remember to use the index and your tabs rather than randomly passing pages. Then try to solve the questions that requires more of your analysis but are not completely odd to you. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH WEIRD QUESTIONS AT THIS MOMENT. Also, leave the questions for later if you find yourself stuck. REMEMBER…Time Management!! c) Third round: At this moment, you should have done at least 50% of the questions, but it should be more than that, so now is the time to review your work quickly before moving ON. I didn't review my work the first time I took the PE and that caused me the FAIL NOTICE. To facilitate the review process, make sure you leave some clues on how you solved each question in first place, so you don’t have to double-analyze each question. Another mistake of mine the first time was solving questions without leaving clear notes. d) Fourth round: Now is the time to attack the weird questions, usually the tricky questions require reading more than once, so careful with the reading. Also try to solve any question you were not able to solve in the rounds before. Don’t make the mistake of finishing earlier, spend all the time you have trying to find the answer to the questions you have left. If you got lucky and solved all questions, then start reviewing over and over. IS NEVER ENOUGH. ** Now, I will give you the list of materials I used the most on the exam day, SORTED BY IMPORTANCE LEVEL: 1) Personal Cheat Sheet with all formulas, and Index with cross-references (NEXT TO ME DURING THE ENTIRE EXAM, USED IT 100%) 2) NEC (I don’t list the others because most of the questions are from the NEC except a few of them from the NESC and other code books) 3) Printed notes from the course I took, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (https://www.electricalpereview.com/) 4) Electrical Engineer's Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam - Graffeo (GREAT BOOK, ONE OF MY FAVORITES. HOWEVER, IT CANNOT BE USED AS THE ONLY REFERENCE; SOME AREAS ARE POORLY COVERED i.e. Power Electronics, Protective Relays…) 5) Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems - Theodore Wildi (GREAT FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINES SECTION, a MUST have) 6) Printed Materials (WELL ORGANIZED/TABBED BINDERS WITH USEFUL INFO IS A LIFE SAVER) 7) Power System Analysis and Design - Duncan Glover (ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR TRANSFORMERS AND PROTECTION SECTION) 😎 Protective Relaying by Blackburn (GREAT IN-DEEP MATERIAL for PROTECTION TOPIC) 9) Power Electronics Devices, Circuits, and Applications - Muhammad H. Rashid (VERY EXTENSIVE BOOK FOR POWER ELECTRONICS) ONLY USE IT AS REQUIRED, THERE IS NO NEED OF READING THE ENTIRE BOOK. I hope this can help future exam takers on their way to success. And remember, work hard and you will see the results. GOOD LUCK!
  15. 5 points
    We have run a giveaway in the past. This year we have lowered our prices and upped the discount given on EB to give a greater amount of people a better discount. We were only getting half of the states in our giveaway, so we thought this was a better deal for more people.
  16. 4 points
    Looking to see the costs to practice Engineering in various States. I piggy back on an existing list of 50 States so you get a free geographical and civic lesson as well. Fill out the information that you have in doc below. Thanks! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iWh7acsVzMQ3VevSo7XzdZQ3VQ5M190Zl_9OkiXj9Nk/edit?usp=sharing
  17. 4 points
    @TehMightyEngineer The following items are what I've gained from study of this exam: Gravity - absolutely nothing but I've been designing for around 14 years now. More if you count side work during graduate school. Lateral - I learned a few things. First, I specifically learned special seismic detailing after paying out the ass for it as nobody in the southeast uses it. Second, I've learned that the older I get, the worse I am at these shitty licensure exams as I've never came close to failing an exam before in my life and I've now failed this one (4) fucking times. Third, I can't tell what most of the problems on that report are but I remember pulling everything from the cold formed framing directly out of the AISI and somehow that was still marked as incorrect (I missed 15 more problems than I anticipated on the morning section, something isn't right there. I'm concerned I may have screwed my bubbling up because of the bridge problems I skipped, I'll never know though, because fuck NCEES.), I don't trust my licensing organizations, the state board, or the NCEES themselves anymore and I will harbor a FUCKING hatred of all of these fucking fuckers for the rest of my fucking career. Fourth, GA is retarded for accepting this test as the only means of licensure for a glorified fucking house designer (myself). Fifth, this has made me ponder why it is easier and easier to become a contractor while code requirements on engineers are getting more stringent. Sixth, this has made me wonder why the fuck I became an engineer in the first place as I believe I've been caught in the middle of something I should've been grandfathered in on, FUCK NCEES again and the GA board. Seventh, why keep changing the damn codes? This is getting fucking ridiculous all of you fucking fuck code changing fuckers. We aren't having failures from the older codes. FUCK. Eighth, I now wonder why the boards keep adopting these new codes and why any state would make this test their only route to licensure when they aren't even a seismic state. Ninth, I hate NCEES 3000. Tenth, I hate the GA board ∞. Eleventh, I now know how to make infinity on the keyboard (ALT + 236). Twelfth, engineers don't make enough money to go through this horse shit so the fucking boards had better be careful, otherwise they aren't going to have any fucking engineers. Thirteenth, how in the absolute fucking fucktardation can you fail someone on a God Damn competency exam when they absolutely fucking showed that they were competent with written problems? That's a rhetorical question. FUCK. Last, I think I'm going to become a God Damn contractor as they make twice as much as engineers and they can apparently eat fucking paint chips while doing so because those fuckers are stupid.
  18. 4 points
    Hey guys, It is finally over, The LORD is truelly on my side. I have passed this exam and it is finished. God bless you all. Please message me if you need any help...
  19. 4 points
    FYI, for anyone who is interested, going back the last 8 SE exams 100% of the time the results are released to the respective State Boards on either a Thursday, Friday or Monday. For the April exam it’s been as follows: April ‘18 - Thursday 06/14 April ‘17 - Friday 06/09 April ‘16 - Friday 06/10 April ‘15 - Thursday 06/11 Stands to reason that based on a pretty darn consistent performance history we should be getting results back today or tomorrow.
  20. 4 points
    Let the dust settle. If you have an engineering degree, I don't believe there is such a thing as NOT being able to pass. Your approach needs tweaking, from an emotional standpoint or technical. I don't know how the Mechanical PE is structured, but there is always a way. I took Dr. Tom's for civil. Didn't work for me either. But let me say this, when I mastered the material, and this was before I officially passed the exam. I went back to each binder I had previously studied and found that in fact the material was there. And it was just as clear as other current material I was using for the exam when I actually passed it. I'm not saying this is your case, but I'm saying chill out and just float in the water a bit. The answers are in front of you and it may be you just forgot to figure which ones are definitely NOT the right answer. When you do, the odds improve greatly in your favor. Hope this helps and I do not think you should give up. PE in my opinion is the ultimate status for design engineering. If its what you do, you'll get it.
  21. 4 points
    Letting the kids pee outside is usually only appreciated by us Dads... but I always thought it was funny as hell:) In other news my middle child turned 18 today!
  22. 4 points
    ^^ I've always wondered why it's socially acceptable in our predominantly Christian country to combine our foulest expletive with the Savior's name. It's especially surprising in the wake of otherwise very tactful posts on both sides of the argument dealing with the subject of Christianity.
  23. 4 points
    There you have it. I am inevitable.
  24. 4 points
    That’s funny...trolling doesn’t usually start until a few weeks before the exam.
  25. 4 points
    The power exam is super easy so test takers don't really need to study.
  26. 4 points
    We recently adopted Beau's big brother. They are both about 3.5 yrs old and hate birds. Took a couple weeks for them to figure who the boss is, but they get along great now.
  27. 4 points
    You should have all the codes that the test references, NCEES Publishes this info. The SE Structural Engineering Reference Manual (SERM) is a must-have for the gravity portion. It will be helpful but definitely needs to be supplemented for the Lateral. I find Breyer's book on Wood design to be an excellent guide to the design of buildings. It covers force transfer and wood design. Starting with this book, you could build steel and concrete concepts. The SERM recommends 300 hours of study. So ~60 hours a month, 12 hours a week. NCEES Publishes sample tests. I found it useful, others have different opinions. I would recommend a study course. Other's who have taken them will chime in. I took the NCSEA's review course. I would not recommend it for someone who is not already familiar with the basic concepts. What is the drive for pursuing the SE? Seems to be a curious case.
  28. 4 points
    Ok everyone. First, you probably didn't even know you needed this. Second, you're welcome... @tj_PE @cal91 this one is for you guys. Adderall is a helluva drug. I see that beam, does it make L over one-eighty? I see it creepin', oh yeah it’s deflecting real slow We could probly’ fix it with some cabling and a King pos’ (post) Yeah, I bet that would make it meet design co’ (code) Oh no, here comes the proctor Walking back to watch me Tab that, NDS chapter four Tab that, ACI and more Tab that, 'till you get sore Tab that, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Tab that, live loads on the floor Tab that, diaphragm chord Tab that, 'till you get sore Tab that, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Up real early, ready to go test now Pull up in the parking lot shoving my biscuit down Examinees got their suitcases packed now Steel beam bearing on a grout pack now! It’s temperature loaded and oh god I don’t know how!?! (ooh) I see it expand and contract now I can’t find tha’ chapter, I’ll just have to put my best guess down Next one’s NDS, at least I’ve read that now! I see beams creepin', oh they’re deflecting real slow We could probly’ fix em with some cabling and a King pos’ Yeah, I bet that would make em meet design co’ Oh no, here comes the proctor Walking back to watch me Tab that, Lateral Force Tab that, Omega and more Tab that, 'till you get sore Tab that, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Tab that, Construction type 4 Tab that, Masonry anchor (long o) Tab that, 'till you get sore Tab that, oh-oooh Ooh, another OCB frame there They better hang on when I throw this seismic on Superscript code exception and then increase it Past its SDC limit Euler, Bernoulli, and Newton’s laws The way they interact determines bearing walls Better check both orthogonals Tryin' to hold my pee back through my drawers Hands up, hope the proctor saw Creeps up behind me, she's like "YOU'RE -" I'm like, "Yeah, I know, let's cut to the chase" I gotta hit the head then get back to my place Plus from the restroom to the test room, it's like a mile away Testing center’s like a palace, shall I say Now I'm in the index trying to think of that equation’s name Flipping through the words, but they all look the same! I see beams creepin', oh they’re deflecting real slow We could probly’ fix em with some cabling and a King pos’ Yeah, I bet that would make em meet design co’ Oh no, here comes the proctor I hope my watch don't beep Tab that, interaction, of course Tab that, buckling and more Tab that, 'till you get sore Tab that, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Tab that, point load over a door Tab that, connections to supports Tab that, 'till you get sore Tab that, oh-oooh A big truck is rollin' right across the midspan Bridge is checked for fatigue combinations Girders just a bowin’, big truck a rollin' Soon I'll be through after finishing this problem on masonry Oh lord, I need a minimum of three! NCEES please pass me C’mon now, I wanna be an SE! I see beams creepin', oh they’re deflecting real slow We could probly’ fix em with some cabling and a King pos’ Yeah, I bet that would make em meet design co’ Oh no, here comes the proctor Walking back to watch me Tab that, confined concrete core Tab that, Risk Category 4 Tab that, 'till you get sore Tab that, oh-oooh Tab that, even when you’re bored Tab that, then tab some more Tab that, 'till you get sore Tab that, oh-oooh
  29. 4 points
    I passed my exam on my second attempt. I attribute my exam failure on the first attempt to being unorganized, nervousness, and procrastination. I learned my lessons from my failure and adjusted. This is the best advice I can give to those of you who are studying for the upcoming PE exam: If you have a hard time motivating yourself to study, take a live webinar review course that forces you to attend at certain times. Get good at taking an exam. Take as many timed exams in a mock-exam environment as you can. Be set up as closely to exam day as possible - use a pencil and bubble sheet. Do not look at the material beforehand. Build your own “Quick Reference Guide” binder. I put together my own reference guide that contained material from all the outlined test material. I also had a section for conversions. Each section had a summary of formulas and hand written step by step outlines on how to do certain types of problems. Have all the specified references and flag important chapters or pages. Don’t over flag or you’ll never find what you’re looking for because there’s too many flags. If you’ve borrowed material from your colleagues, remake the flags, bookmarks, or notes in your own hand writing. It’s a lot easier to read your own handwriting when you’re under the gun. If you are taking a review course, do all the practice problems. Seriously. I took EET Structural and there’s hundreds of practice problems. I. Did. Them. All. If your review material didn’t come with or have good indexes, make your own. If the pages weren’t numbered, number them yourself. It’s hard not to be nervous when you take a big exam, especially when you want to pass and not feel like a failure in your office. Do your best not to worry what people will think about you if you fail. If you fail, you will adjust and overcome. Buy a seat cushion for your exam day chair. Seriously. You will thank me. While taking the exam, if you’re stuck on a question or find yourself endlessly flipping around looking for answers, skip it. That question will be in the back of your mind while you continue and it will probably eventually come to you. I wasted way too much of my exam time flipping around trying to find something.
  30. 4 points
    Good info or useless info? If those who failed knew the cut score would they have passed? If anyone who failed wasn't aiming for 100% they deserved to fail.
  31. 4 points
    Results did come, just not very early this morning.... and I passed! Such a huge relief. I agree with the others that there is a good bit of qualitative, worth reading up on. I used the PPi Lindeburg reference manual for reading and worked a lot of problems from PPi and from the NCEES practice test. I used the CBT handbook as much as possible, and assumed that if complex equations needed for some of those practice problems were not in the handbook, I would not be expected to memorize them. I'd say that was true. Definitely need to know how the equations in the handbook are used, of course, and know _all_ the sections of that handbook pretty well. It's all you have, after all! The overall format of taking the CBT was full of picky things, like turning out your pockets, removing your eyeglasses, etc, etc. Kind of unpleasant and made me nervous that I would do something wrong. But the room was very quiet, the computer worked fine, and the dry-erase pen and pad was Ok. I didn't like having to return my work if I ran out of space in order to get a new pad... so my suggestion for that is to number your work and if you want to return to a problem before you get to the end (of the first or second 40 question section), you can do that -- because you'll lose your original pad when you request a new one. My pen did start to dry out, and the new one was much better, so don't hesitate to ask for what you need! I had enough time, using my scheduled break at around noon after the first 40 questions. I took one unscheduled break in the middle of each section. You cannot take in a watch, but there is a countdown timer on the test. Good luck everyone!!
  32. 4 points
    Try Zach Stone Course...best course out there BY FAR. I took it after failing my first time. No regrets, one of the best investments of my life. Good Luck!
  33. 4 points
    Maybe OP took it in Mississippi and is still waiting for results? lol
  34. 4 points
    there's lots of threads related to this. it's referred to here as the cut score, and it's entirely worthless speculation based on people who failed willing to share their scores.
  35. 4 points
    Til next time! It's been a pleasure, spammers!
  36. 4 points
  37. 4 points
    @monty01 Yes, I passed on the 2nd attempt. Relieved.
  38. 4 points
  39. 4 points
    I wrote my evaluator an email, This is what she said: Good Afternoon, You do not need to take any further action. License numbers are automatically issued bi-weekly for all eligible applicants who have passed all required exams and fulfilled the Livescan/Fingerprint requirement. Once all qualifications are met, the Systems Analyst completes the verification process and your license number will be issued. Your PE license number should appear in ‘License Lookup’ on the CA Board’s website. http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/consumers/lic_lookup.shtml Your wall certificate will be mailed to you in approximately 4 to 6 weeks. You will also receive a plastic pocket ID card in the mail in approximately 12 weeks. If your contact information has changed since you submitted your application, complete the address change form located on the Board’s website: https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/bpelsg/address_change.php
  40. 3 points
    TX is out. Passed lateral second try. Done with the Tests!!
  41. 3 points
    As the Russians say "who benefits" when the pass rate is so low? So I think you hit the nail on the head. The other rather obvious tell is that NCEES provides no useful information on your failing score, and no way to improve on what was missed previously. This is a deliberate, Machiavellian decision that has obvious benefits from a business perspective. At least their new headquarters is nearing completion though. I like to feel like I played a part in financing that haha.
  42. 3 points
    I appreciate all your words fellow engineers @fyrfytr310 @civilrobot @MSD @Mr. Zane @cvanwy02 @PowerStroke79_PE, much respect to you all.
  43. 3 points
    Yeah, no. I'm done after this too. I'm also putting SE after my name despite the fact GA does not recognize SE's because they deny PE licensure reciprocity to anyone practicing building design without having the new 16 hour exam (The old SE exams are grandfathered). I also may start my own organization and add SDESSE to my credentials (Super Duper Extra Special Structural Engineer) or maybe even ASS Provider (Accredited Structural Services). ASS Provider certification will definitely be an elite group of engineers held to the highest standard. Edit: Now that I think of it, ASS Provider would go well with PMP certification (Project Management Professional). It's only a matter of time.
  44. 3 points
    FutureSE, I think it goes without saying that any publications you write MUST include your "Tab That" remix in the foreword. It's reveals a type of genius we don't see often among structural engineers.
  45. 3 points
    well, it WAS referred to as a small unit..
  46. 3 points
    Hi All ! After lurking for the past ten months, I decided to signup as a new member of this board especially after learning that I passed the NCEES PE (electronic, control, communication) a short while ago. I took FE last Oct 2018 and got my EIT certificate in Dec 2018. After that I geared up preparing for FE for this past April 2019. Fearful that I would fail so I have to study harder since I have been out of school for much too long. It is too embarrassing to say how long. If I have to take the test again, I would definitely fail since I forgot all of it the very next day after the exam. When I took the FE (CBT), I knew for sure that I passed coming out of the exam room because I knew then that only a few problems I could have answered incorrectly, but not when it came to PE exam. I was depressed since I came out of the PE exam feeling uncertain of several problems although I did not think my answers were wrong more than 10 or 15. In the worst case, maybe 20. Everyone there were much younger and much smarter so if somebody would fail it had to be the older guy which is me, I thought. Now it is all behind me and I can reach my personal goal of being in the club and to honor the profession that is providing for my family all these years. Congratulation to those who passed and not to give up for those who did not pass yet. Thanks
  47. 3 points
  48. 3 points
    As I have said it in my other posts, I still can't believe I have passed my Civil Transportation PE first time. I would like to thank everyone here for making the otherwise miserable PE exam experience actually a lot of fun and engagement. Without the trolling and info sharing I think I would have given up just looking at the PE exam specifications. So here I am to share my study journey with pictures and actual link to my Google Sheet (edited for public viewing). Note that each one of us has different methods of study, below is just what I have done that worked for myself. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IKiRuyXLC9LwfqalY6FywyjEEm7O52uuHNdCmf3k5bY/ Week 0-1 - Planning + Untimed Diagnostic Exam I started off a few days before Feburary 18 creating this spreadsheet myself, which I also had a similar spreadsheet back in 2017 when I planned for my first ever half-marathon that I practiced for 3 months and finished 2:18:10. Anyways. The reason I started this late was waiting for my company to confirm that I could be reimbursed for study materials, which turned out that they couldn't. Our local Minnesota NSPE chapter offered a virtual PPI course (live webinar + recorded access) with local engineering legends that began mid-January. When I subscribed to their course in early-February, I didn't even know about EngineerBoards. In my opinion, PPI course refreshed my mind for general concepts, but a lot of details would still need to be discovered through CERM and actually doing practice problems. The PPI course had a schedule with suggested pre-webinar homework. I didn't really do a lot but mainly focusing on the problems I got wrong on my "diagnostic" practice exam (see spreadsheet's "Practice exam 1 NCEES AM". Week 2-5 - PPI Course As you can see my weaknesses are on Means & Methods, Soil Mechanics, Materials, and Structural, I spent my efforts trying to bring those up to at least get a few more correct and less guesses. But after around a month of studying, my second AM practice exam on Week 6 (Civil Pe Practice AM Version B), I only improved from 24 to 26. On my 2A pivot table, factoring in improving from my silly mistakes, I predicted I will get 28 on AM. After 2 weeks, I quickly recognized my AM wasn't going to get any better, but I would have more chances on PM. I did not do any diagnostics and go right into the PPI webinars and notes. At that point I still did not have any official manual references yet so I stuck with the course and work on problems on CERM and CETR. Week 6 - Doing Practice Problems + Timed 8-hour Practice Exam I was able to borrow 4 main references from the library finally on Week 6, and went right to the 6-minute transpo book doing every single problem with the references (Green Book, HCM 6th ed, Roadside Design Guide, MUTCD, HSM draft version found online). By the end of week 6, I did a 8-hour timed practice exam (Civil Pe Practice AM Version B + NCEES Practice Exam PM only) and scored 26/29 = 54. Week 7 - Reviewing Wrong Problems + Setting Exam Strategy So my focus last week was to only brushing up my points of failure and try to improve them. Another I did was to really breaking up the Exam Specifications NCEES provided to us. I figured the official NCEES practice exam problems were in order of the Specifications, but the other practice exams were not. Since I am taking it first-time I didn't know what to expect. I decided that I would use the first few minutes of both AM and PM to flip through the entire exam and mark all questions with order numbers according to my pivot table 2A for AM (I also have a similar table for PM but I actually marked it on the actual specifications I printed out beforehand). On the actual exam, I roughly spent 3:30 on 30 AM problems and 3:15 on 25 PM problems according to my order. The remaining 15-30 minutes for the rest of the problems I struggled with, I gussed around 5 questions for each AM/PM with elimination, and the remaining ones (5 AM, 10 PM) putting all bets on a single letter choice (as the correct ABCD answers are equal = 10 each). I also used the same guessing strategy for my FE paper exam and it also worked. Reflection Looking back, if I would have done it differently, I would have started a month earlier and allow myself more time to work on practice problems and take one more practice exam to be sure. But in the end, it's all about the combination of exam strategy (plan) with actual tactics (action) that worked out. As Sun Tzu said in book The Art of War, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” The local MnSPE board also offered "power" snacks during lunch. Kudos to them and their sponsors.
  49. 3 points
    FE - October 2012 (Pass) SE - April 2018 (Fail) PE - October 2018 (Fail) PE - April 2019 (Pass)
  50. 3 points
    I failed last October and signed up immediately, the day I found out, for the April Exam which I passed. MDM for both. Here is what I did differently: 1. Started studying that day (when I got my results) with the goal of hitting 300 hours total before the test. (I was mostlikely at 300 to 350 but I stopped counting in February) 2. I purchased several new practice problem books, and then worked through them all. 3. I read textbooks. 1.5 hours everyday (Taking the light rail) plus 2 to 3 hours of problems. 4. I tabbed as I went along. 5. I focused on 4 resources (MERM, Mechanical design book, materials book, and machinist handbook) so that I could navigate it with out much effort. I brought about 10 books in total, but only if the others had a table I thought I needed. During the test, I only opened books I focused on. 6. I made notes of what I needed to brush up on, tables I used and stuff I needed to go back to before the test and then went back to it the weeks leading up to the test. 7. I took a day off occasionally. Really, when I received my diagnostic I took an honest look at my study habits before the failed test and determined that I tried to get away with doing the bare minimum of effort. I spent so much time studying the second time around that by the end I couldn't come up with something I needed to look at. It is safe to say I was burnt out. I think doing it again was the way to go. It can be done! Hope this helps!


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