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  1. 11 points
    I just joined this community yesterday, but I know that there are a lot of people out there that are currently getting some really awful news. While I am by no means an expert in test taking, I feel like I am somewhat qualified to offer some advice. I've taken four different NCEES exams, failing three of them - (FS Fail, FS Pass, FE Pass, PS Fail, PS Pass, PE Fail, PE Pass). If NCEES ever goes public, I'll buy stock. So for those who failed: 1) Take a Deep Breath: You're currently feeling a lot of emotions right now, and they're likely all negative. You poured countless hours and hundreds of dollars into this exam, and are feeling like it was all for nothing. It wasn't for nothing. You're now closer to passing the exam than you ever have been. This might feel like a huge set back, but it's a necessary step forward toward your license. Some people get there in one big step, while others take many small steps to get to their destination. 2) Prepare for Returning to Work: For me, this was the worst part of failing the exams. Having to explain my failure to co-workers, many of whom had already passed the PE or PS exam, was really difficult. In your mind, you likely think that colleagues are judging you more than they really are. The reality is that they are almost always sympathetic and feel badly for you. I've read some horror stories in the past where co-workers will verbally put down or make fun of someone who has failed - if this happens to you, I am so very sorry. That is truly a bad situation for so many reasons. But, 99% of the time, your co-workers will be sympathetic. 3) Take a Break: Every time I failed, my gut instinct was to jump right back on the horse and immediately start studying again. This is a positive mentality to have, but it might not be the most productive for passing this exam. Your first reaction might be, "But I've had a break for the past 6-8 weeks since I took my test". In reality, you haven't had a break. You've been stressing over the results, possibly losing sleep. Now that you know that you've failed and that you will have the opportunity to take the exam again, it's time to rest and clear your mind. You know what lies in your future, but for the next month, try to rest and make a plan. 4) Plan Your Move: One of the few benefits to failing is that you are presented with a report showing your weaknesses. Depending on how the exam went and what you know about yourself, this may or may not help you. For instance, my first PE fail showed that I was basically below average on everything except surveying. For me, it was completely back to the drawing board, but if you know that you're extremely strong in certain categories, terribly weak in others, and your results show this, then use it to your advantage when you start studying again. 5) Hop Back On the Horse: After a month of rest, pull out the crate of books that you last touched back in April, and slowly start studying again. If you took a prep class like EET or SoPE, look into if they offer a free 2nd attempt, or discounted classes for attempts beyond the 2nd attempt. If there were things that you didn't like about the class the first time, look into changing the school or instructor this time around (I had a difficult time following my geotech instructor the first time, and found that changing the instructor the 2nd time made all the difference). If you took a live class the first time and know where your weaknesses are this time, consider switching to on-demand if that's an option. This will allow you to spend more time on weak areas and less time on your strengths. 6) Pace Yourself: October is five months away. I won't lie - when taking a 2nd attempt and focusing on studying, those 5 months flew by. If you take a one month break, you have four months to study, and that is plenty of time. It's also plenty of time to completely burn yourself out. It's important to constantly study, but to also give your mind breaks. If your work is physically draining, plan on minimal studying on work days. If you must have weekends free, study 1-2 hrs a night, but give yourself a couple of nights off every week. Cramming and turning your brain to mush will do you no good in October - slow and steady wins the race. 7) When October Arrives, Relax: Stress is as much a factor in failing an exam as not being knowledgeable in your exam material. You will stress more going into this exam simply out of fear of failing again. Practice suppressing this fear, and know that you have an upper hand this time. You know what the test looks like. You know what the AM/PM time frame feels like. You've been here before. Reduce panic, skip questions that you are lost on, focus on what you know. (I realize all of this is easier said than done) But for now - just breathe. Looking back, this moment will blend with all others. You will no longer look upon it as a negative experience, but rather a building block that was necessary to get where you are bound to go. Best of luck!
  2. 10 points
    So for anyone who failed...this doesn't make you less of an engineer. It doesn't mean you're stupid. I know how soul crushing it is - take some time, be frustrated about it, then get back up and be ready to crush the October test.
  3. 10 points
  4. 9 points
    I passed!!!! This was my third try and I was pretty discouraged after the first two attempts. Seeing that green PASS makes it all worth it! Almost two years of my life devoted to studying for these tests...
  5. 9 points
    You know.. its bad luck to photoshop a passing result. You better pray extra hard to the PE gods
  6. 9 points
  7. 8 points
    As I've advised others on previously, you'll be better off if you can try focusing on your family and/or a hobby (or even work for that matter!) to take your mind off waiting for your exam results. Worrying, second guessing yourself, etc. is not going to change the exam outcome at this point. I understand and can relate that not knowing your result can be frustrating at times. Given the amount time, effort, and resources we all typically devote to this exam is very substantial. But at the end of the day, it's important to keep the grand scheme of things in perspective. It is just an exam. And this exam does not define your efforts and achievements thus far in your engineering career. I guarantee you'll face far greater trials & tribulations throughout your career as you strive to advance your technical portfolio.
  8. 8 points
    Tractor Update: Finally got a little bit of decent weather to support cleaning, blasting, and painting. We had two nice days last week before the weather turned back to crap so we shifted the schedule for blasting and painting. The plan was to have it on shiny new wheels and tires when it came out of paint but it didn't work out that way. Had to put it back on the old wheels to make room in the booth for other parts and the Mustang which is nearing paint-ready status as well. Moved it to the latest location by hand. The next time it moves should be under its own power.
  9. 8 points
    So little J decided to show up early to the party. Born at 24 weeks gestation on January 24, 2018. weighing 1 lb 13 oz. Been a rough few weeks but he's fighting his way through every obstacle so far. Hoping to get home from the NICU in May. I think he's going to focus on Aerospace but we're still deciding lol.
  10. 8 points
    Thanks. We are having a girl! Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  11. 8 points
    I just got a job offer today! Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  12. 8 points
    Dear VTE, This week we suckered some of the new guys into lemon party. I hope you got to see it. Scrapbooking and shoes forever, csb
  13. 7 points
    Is everybody ready??
  14. 7 points
    I know how you feel. I missed countless hours with my kids while I was in school, studying for the FE, then the PE. I love my children unconditionally, but that doesn't mean that they haven't create obstacles and I don't think there's anything wrong with admitting that. I remember interviewing for a scholarship two days after delivering my second child, pumping in the bathroom between classes, taking my kids to class with me when their schools were closed but mine wasn't. Going through this process with kids is challenging. There's definitely a work/study/family balance and it's hard on all parties involved, but the benefit far outweighs the cost or we wouldn't be putting ourselves and our families through this right now. I am looking forward to giving myself back to my kids; physically, mentally, and emotionally; as are you and many others on this discussion board. I wish you the best of luck!
  15. 7 points
    @ColoradoPEmaybe NCEES I just met you, and this is crazy. But here is my scan-tron, so pass me maybe. Repeat Chorus in endless loop.
  16. 7 points
    so my kid was bending forwards slightly to push the chair back to stand up from the kitchen table after dinner. As he was bending forward he sneezed and the force (allergy season)sent his head into the table. am I horrible person for laughing.
  17. 7 points
    this shouldn't have taken an entire weekend? I failed to grab a pic once we moved the stove back, but I had to move a bunch of electrical and cable outlets so you didn't see them as much as before. ended up looking really nice! we bought the mantles from a guy in Wisconsin that makes them out of old barnwood (so trendy! ) they give it a nice touch... got started on the hardwood floors late sunday but was totally out of energy by then.... were going to stain them dark to match into the mantles and try and offset the light color stone some.. This is the 9th circle of pinterest hell! These stone tiles are a major PIA, especially cutting the inside corners, have to match them up so there are not many gaps, they break easily and are generally categorized as level 3 FTS ! supposed to snow again tonight so defin needed the stove back in operation!
  18. 7 points
  19. 7 points
    How does @Road Guy find the time to run this place and coach the US Women's Hockey team?
  20. 7 points
    Mini PE and I went to grandpa's workshop and made our car. We took 1st place. I never did this with my dad. Wish now I had.
  21. 7 points
    Finding out the gender of my baby today! Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  22. 7 points
  23. 7 points
    We bought an Eero. I was skeptical because as I told Mr. YMZ, "An excellent wireless network isn't going to make our shitty broadband connection any better." I'm eating my words now (silently) as I'm in a former dead zone that now has lightning fast speed. HE'S GRINNING AT ME FROM THE KITCHEN LIKE A CHESHIRE CAT NOW AND ASKING HOW THE INTERNET SPEED IS. Ugh.
  24. 6 points
    Last October that is I passed in October 2017. What did you think it was April's result? Silly rabbit that won't be for another couple weeks probably around May 25th.
  25. 6 points
    I'm getting shitfaced pass or fail
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