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  1. 10 points
    I got the news I passed today! Holy relief.
  2. 9 points
    You will begin to despise Justin Stine more and more each time you login.
  3. 5 points
    Sat through the test three times.....None of which was more fun than the last. Hopefully this is the last one.
  4. 5 points
    Despite knowing the results are not posted yet, I couldn't help myself logging into MyNCEES today. This wait time blows.
  5. 5 points
    New baby at our house!
  6. 4 points
    MY TIMELINE: 3/18 Passed last Required exam 3/29 License Number was issued 3/31 my name appeared on DCA website 4/12 received my temporary paper pocket ID 4/20 received my paper wall certificate 4/22 received my congratulation e-mail
  7. 4 points
    I could never go vegan for the reason of cheese.
  8. 4 points
    First post as a supporting member. SPAM
  9. 4 points
    Thank you all for the kind words! I’m so happy to have this chapter over, I literally felt a weight lift off my shoulders to see “Pass” in bright green on my computer screen. I’m going to give quite a bit of info on my journey to passing, in hopes that these tips will help you all pass too! I want to start by saying that this wasn’t my first attempt. I took the pencil/paper PE in October, the last time it would ever be offered. I felt like it was now or never – if open book wasn’t an option anymore there’s no way I would ever pass! I NEEDED to pass before the exam changed to CBT. I’m going to detail both attempts, so if you just want to know about the CBT exam, skip to “Take 2” Take 1: I started studying for the October 2018 exam in May. The first time opening a book to review problems I almost threw up. In my head: “What is °R?! Did I learn that in school?? Do I seriously need to Google something about the first problem I’m looking at? OHHH Rankine! I completely forgot that was a measurement of temperature.. What’s the conversion? Is Rankine USCS or SI units?” My head was sure to explode. I felt I had forgotten everything I learned from college. I knew after that moment that I was going to need a refresher course – but which one to take? Per the recommendation of a friend I chose School of PE. School of PE guarantees that you pass the exam using their course, and if you don’t pass (and watched every minute of all the videos) you can retake the course again, free of charge. I knew my office would reimburse me for the online class once I passed so this seemed like a no-brainer to me. I did the On Demand option so I could have the flexibility to do the review course on my schedule. I didn’t love lectures in college so trying to do them at home was no easy feat. I started studying on the couch but realized I wasn’t paying enough attention and ended up moving to the dining room to free myself of home distractions. Even working in the quiet dining room I felt the review was tedious at times, I found myself scrolling through my phone during boring parts of the review and not paying full attention on the key concepts. I was determined to get through all of the lectures to ensure that I could retake the course if I didn’t pass, but I blew through it as fast as I could so that I could start working on problems. I had bought the PPI package that contained practice problem booklets, an NCEES practice exam, 2 PPI practice exams, and a Casio calculator. A lot of the problems offered through PPI seemed really complicated and I didn’t feel confident they were similar to the NCEES exam. The PPI Practice exams, however, I felt were similar to what I had seen in the NCEES practice tests, so I mostly used the practice exams for studying. I was worried about my timing per problem because I was never a fast test taker in college, so most of my studying consisted of taking 4 hour practice exams, grading them, and reviewing what I got wrong. I think the first practice exam I took I got a 35% or so, which really scared me. However, I would always score better on my next exam which made me feel more confident. I didn’t take the time to re-review the problems later on, so I think a lot of times I would see the solution for the problem, say “okay I know how to do that now,” and then I’d forget the knowledge the next day because I didn’t take the time to practice it enough. I over-tabbed EVERYTHING to prepare for exam day. I wanted to be able to find the information I needed as fast as I could. I even created index sheets to show where I could find a specific problems I had practiced so that I could easily just “plug and chug” based on how the practice problem was. I feel I spent wayyyyy too much time doing this. I wasn’t really learning the material, I was just going through the motions and creating references to find things easily so that the book could do the work for me. During the October exam I brought in dozens of binders/books during exam day and I may have used 3. I searched and searched and SEARCHED through material, panicking the whole way. My first pass through I think I had over half the problems left blank. I walked away from the morning session and cried in the car. It wasn’t pretty. My confidence was low, but I was also determined. I went back in, took a deep breath, and felt I finished the afternoon as strong as I could. The waiting game sucked for the results, but my gut told me I didn’t pass so I wasn’t in a huge rush. Inevitably, I didn’t end up passing and although I wasn’t surprised, I was still absolutely crushed. Studying for that long sucks the life out of you, and to know I had to jump back in was devastating. I wanted my life back! I signed up for the CBT exam the same day I got my failing results. I was determined to get this over with as fast as possible. I notified School of PE that I failed and got my course renewed. Take 2: I started back on studying after the holidays were over. The first thing I did was all of the School of PE practice problems that the instructors provided that I didn’t do from the last time. This was a good refresher for all the different kinds of problems I could come across. All of my studying was done in the dining room with the door shut and my cellphone was in another room. I was not going to be distracted by texts/social media anymore. I purchased the updated NCEES practice exam which was to reflect CBT questions. I was very frustrated to see that the majority of the problems on this practice exam were exactly what were on the last practice exam I purchased, with the exception of about 5 problems. Nonetheless, I made the best of it and practiced these problems until the methods for solving were basically engrained into my head. I used only the NCEES Reference Handbook for studying. I made sure I knew where to find equations and what words I had to use to “CTRL-F” to get to the answers. For example, you can’t type “hydraulic elements” to get to the chart, you need to type “hydraulic-elements”. I took notes on what kind of conversion factors and equations weren’t found in the handbook and made sure I learned them by heart. Some examples: 2.31 ft/psi, ideal gas laws using Cppm, equivalent sound pressure level equations, etc. I also purchased the PPI practice exams that were updated to reflect CBT format (https://ppi2pass.com/pe-environmental-practice-exams-peenpx.html). There are 2 full exams provided in this booklet. I ran these as 4 hour practice exams once again, and reviewed all the material I got wrong. I was able to complete these practice exams within 4 hours using only the NCEES Handbook and my scores were much better – I think the first one I took I got a 75%. My confidence was up, and I was feeling really good. I slowly started to realize that CBT might work to my advantage, because instead of tirelessly searching through reference materials to get to an answer, I only had one handbook to work from. I got to the equations much quicker so I could solve the problems faster. With that being said, the handbook is rarely helpful for qualitative questions. Qualitative questions are ones that apparently we’re just supposed to know the answer to. But again, instead of spending 25 minutes searching to find an answer, it was forcing me to make my best guess, saving me time to work on the problems I could solve using the manual. One of the practice exams I ran I used a dry erase board to simulate similar conditions to the testing environment. I got a terrible headache and hated every second, but I’m glad I tried it out like that. You will be provided a laminate booklet with I think 5 pages front and back and a fine tip dry erase marker that doesn’t smudge too bad. I was very worried this was going to be a struggle but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated. The day of the exam I finished both parts in less than 4 hours and felt I had plenty of time to focus on each problem. I felt the questions were very straightforward as long as you knew exactly what they were asking. They definitely still had trick questions and similar answers were options so it was important for me to take the time to make sure I was answering the question correctly. There were still a lot of qualitative questions which I was upset about, I’m definitely better at the math than the theory behind it, but a couple of the questions were very easy and obvious which was nice! I left the first 4 hours feeling like I could conquer the world. I ate my lunch, went for a walk, took a few deep breaths, and went back in to crush the second half. The second half I started strong but after a while (as expected) my head hurt from staring at the computer and my back was sore from sitting in the chair. I managed to finish out somewhat strong but I was mentally exhausted when it was all over. Everyone thinks it sounds so nice to only wait 7-10 days for the results, but to me I found it to be a worse torture because I never got the chance to forget about the exam. When I had to wait 10 weeks I left all my worries at the door because I knew I wouldn’t have them for a long time. I was second guessing myself and the answers I came up with. I was googling ones I struggled on. I wasn’t sleeping and I was refreshing the website every day. Overall I’m glad I only had to wait for a week, but just know it’s not as nice as it sounds, haha. I ended up getting my results 7 business days after taking the exam. From what I’ve researched it seems like NCEES only releases results on Wednesday mornings. I think that’s all the information I have. I apologize that I rambled so much haha. I wish you all the best of luck both studying and during the exam. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to reach out, I’d be happy to help in any way that I can.
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  11. 4 points
    Passed both. Thankfully on First attempt. Used EET for seismic and Reza for surveying. No review class. Self study with workbooks. For anyone taking/retaking these, my advice would be focusing on attempting to make 45 questions correct in 2:15 hrs. The rest you can just guess. Remember, you need only 35-40 to pass. Do several round to identify the questions that "WORTH" trying. For surveying, try to prepare/answer THEORY questions. I found at least 15 questions were theory question which you can answer each in 15-30 seconds if you know the material. So, don't ignore those portion when preparing for the exam.
  12. 4 points
  13. 3 points
    "100th" post? That's cute.
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  15. 3 points
    My favorite quote of the month: "soil - brown" - @txjennah PE
  16. 3 points
    Our six week old German Shepherd puppy seems to be doing well with training to use puppy pads. We bring him outside several times a day, too. Definitely spoiled!
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    This April was my third round, and it was brutal....Here's hoping none of us have to relive that experience.
  19. 3 points
    If you failed they'll only ask questions about the quality of the exam site conditions and proctoring. If you passed they'll ask questions about hours spent studying, resources and books used, calculator type, etc. /s
  20. 3 points
    Worst financial decision I ever made was to rent a limo without a driver. All that money and I had nothing to chauffeur it.
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    Just received this from the Board: "Licensure is ran every 2 weeks the next time licensure will be ran is April 26th and your license should reflect our website on April 27th here is the link to verify. https://search.dca.ca.gov/"
  23. 3 points
    A few hours after you learned that you failed.... That's a dark place man, you don't want to go there
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    "Professional Zebra" is a hell of a job title.
  26. 3 points
    Fun fact: about 14 percent of people have a gene that causes them to whine loudly about how much they hate cilantro.
  27. 3 points
    I got some insight on the results release from a reliable source. Since May is a 3 pay period month, NCEES will release the results on May 30th. That way if you fail, youll receive a paycheck without benefits taken out to lessen the blow. They're really considerate this go round.
  28. 3 points
    An engineer *shudders*
  29. 3 points
    Now, a dessert island. That's an idea I can rally behind. @JayKay0914
  30. 3 points
    I don't think I would be capable of waiting more than 5 seconds after getting the email to check.
  31. 2 points
    I’m about to start packing what I send my kid for lunch: lunchable (crackers and cheese), fresh strawberries or grapes, gogurt, babybel, fruit roll up, and juice (in my case, I’ll sub one of those wine pouches).
  32. 2 points
    I forgot to pack salad dressing today.
  33. 2 points
    I'd like to point out that this is @MegaPE only post and they joined 16 hours ago (as of 1207pm EST). And made this post right after they joined. It's trolling.
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    It will be a smoked pork salad with honey mustard bbq sauce dressing. In T-10 probably.
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    Truth. Cheese and butter. I love butter. I miss butter.
  38. 2 points
    As my grandmother got up in her years, she put a whole raw egg in the microwave. It blew the door clean off when it let go and cracked the interior plastics. Miss you, Nana.
  39. 2 points
    "Look at me! I have a PE! It's sooooo important! Blah blah blah" -Justin Stine (moderately paraphrased)
  40. 2 points
    I have a case of White Claw waiting for me! Thanks @vee043324!
  41. 2 points
    I had the green one from October 2018. I actually gave it away to a co-worker when they needed a pencil because I wasn't paying attention and they brought it back and told me to keep it 😁. Now it is sitting comfortably on the frame that my certificate is in. I should have grabbed both of them when I left, I think I just stuck that one in my pocket out of reflex.
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  43. 2 points
    I feel attacked (My undergrad was ISE) I remember we joked that ISE stood for "I Suck at Engineering"
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  46. 2 points
    Waiting on the ride to the spaceport!
  47. 2 points
    Fine then. Morning spammer. I'll leave the good out of it. Also not good: work bake sale today. Must resist. Money on the line to lose the tubby.
  48. 2 points
    FTW is not permitted on this server
  49. 2 points
    I have been a LEED AP for about 9 years and I have used it. We had a lot of projects get LEED certification in the past, but most of my current project requirements call for them to be just LEED compliant. The biggest advantage to being accreditation is if you have actually have chance to be the LEED AP on a project. Otherwise, IMHO, it is just more initials after your name. The LEED GA is sort of like being a EIT. You really need to get a LEED specialty accreditation if you want to be in charge of LEED certification on a project. As far as the Exams go, they are a "pump it and dump it" exams. I took a boot camp and scheduled my exam the day after it ended. I took both exams back to back and passed both on the first time. I know a lot of people who crammed just before the exam and did a download for the first ten or so minutes of the exam. From what I can remember, I finished the exam in plenty of time to go over all the questions and time was not a factor. The CEU's are administered through the USGBC and yes you have to have them and keep them up to date. There are a lot of free one's out there, but you are required to have a certain number of LEED specific CEU's and these almost always cost money (remember that the U$GBC $tand$ for green). Note: You can get LEED Specific credits for working on a LEED certified projects. Our company made a big push to get a lot of our staff have LEED accreditation 8 to 12 years ago but not so much now. If your company or organization supports it and is willing to pay for it, then go for it. I am firm believer in getting as much Continuing Education and Certifications on someone else's dime. If you are paying for it out of pocket, then it still may be worth it depending on what you want to do.
  50. 2 points
    I think i saw EP II is titled battle of Winterfell and EP III is Battle of Kings landing? That would be cool- I think my favorites characters in this show are: Arya The Hound Sam
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