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  1. We had plenty of room. The rule was only one reference book on the table at one time, but most people kept two - the one you use for most things, + the one you need for just this one question. We had two per a large folding table, like a cafeteria table. NCEES has some standard, I bet. The want to give you room to work. A hotel conference-lecture hall table might be a bit small. I didn't have any issues with it. Kept my cooler and file box next to me. I had a plan to do questions in one book first, then another and another, etc. I ended up doing them in straight order other than about 3.
  2. NCEES and the various state boards will accommodate any requirement of the ADA. What are you looking for?
  3. They may have those, and you may never figure out what is correct based on that. All of the answers may be multiples of something like 60. They may ask what answer is "closest to" or the answer of "what is the smallest size of ____ that will work. One answer will be rounded down for closest to, and one upscaled to have the smallest size that will work (e.g. for a pipe, you can't have a diameter of 2.2854", but you can either round to 2.2" or get a 2.5" that will work, yes? Trying to find the answer in the answers doesn't really work on the PE. Solving for the answer will get you the answer.
  4. For the PE, we brought in a ton of books. I had mine in crates, along with my cooler of snacks and drinks and another crate with extra calculator, extra shirt, etc. They didn't inspect materials while coming in, however there were a million proctors wandering around all the time. All suitcases and carts were stored in one part of the room. It was an odd combination of stressful and relaxed. I would guess that with more riding on the PE, they get fewer cheaters. Out of 100+ test takers, nobody got thrown out or thoroughly checked (like TSA style), other than an obvious visual inspection from the million proctors, continuously.
  5. Secret #1. Study your ass off. Secret #2. Try every problem. Secret #3. Study your ass off.
  6. Yep. Some states require experience be worked under a PE, some require various quantities of PE's as reference, some require both. I don't know how boards handle disciplines where a PE is very rare, or non-existent. How will someone get experience working for a PE in Software Engineering, for example, where there are no PE's. It can become a chicken and egg issue. Talk to the board, and even if they have a rule, then ask for an exception due to the lack of PE's in the discipline. Or, try a different state. I'm curious how comity works if you are the lead PE somewhere. You haven't worked for a PE in a while (if ever) since you ARE the PE...
  7. That's only an approximation for gravity on earth. :borg:
  8. I am not a lawyer, etc... It may be that this is not an actual misdemeanor. Maybe check with the college to see if it is reported anywhere as anything other than a violation of school rules.
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    Passing Score

    The general consensus around here is that if you get 80%+ on sample exams, then you will probably get the roughly 65%-75% needed to pass. As stated above, there is no published pass/fail point. Part of the reason is that they may find a fault with a question and throw it out, and have to adjust scores. They may find a question is easy, and count it less. Nobody knows - I'm just guessing based on what other exams state. I prepared 300-400 hours of study and 200 of other preparation (gathering sources, organizing, tabbing, applying, etc.) Passed.
  10. In my opinion, a lot of the "work under a PE" and "get a PE to endorse you" are well suited to most Civil engineers, and if you look at the numbers, Civil seems to represent about 3/4 or more of the PE exam takers and PEs. The problem is that in a lot of PE areas, like Agricultural, Chemical, Compuer, Metallurgical, Petroleum, and even Electrical have very little need of the PE "License" rather the PE is a credential. In Software Engineering, I don't see how anyone can ever get one since nobody has one to work for/under to get a reference. Chicken/egg problem. Write the letter and see if they'll exempt you due to the lack of EE PEs. Or, go to one of the states that doesn't require it, but you'll still have an issue of comity.
  11. GFCI is required in certain areas. It does not consider what is plugged into it, since plugs will accept anything plugged in and the risk of shock is there regardless of the type of device plugged in. If it might be exposed to wet, then install a GFCI.
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    I just used the Power book from Camera and an excerpt that was free. The only 1-2 question(s) on the test were covered with what I had. I strategically opted to not get the full NESC.
  13. How many resume's have you put out? 100, 500? When you are job hunting, figure that a well-advertised job may receive well over 100 applicants. How can you stand out? Do you customize/tweak your resume and cover letter for each? Do you at least have a few versions that will work for slightly different aspects? You may be electrical, but do you do design, project management, power substations, computer, electronics, high-voltage, low-voltage, data centers, UPS, generator, etc? Have you tried an internship? Some are paid and might hire you. Lastly, it is not what you know, but who you know. This is true and especially difficult for engineers.
  14. You have an average of six minutes. Some problems took me less than one minute, some took 6-15 minutes. I did about 3 passes on the exam. First was everything that I knew I could do, regardless of how long, I did group the NFPA code questions and did them first. I did about 80% this way. I did the first 80% in less than 2 hours, leaving me plenty of time to research some questions. Then, I went to everything else. I "finished" in less than 3 hours, but spent time checking and further researching questions that were left in the "guess" state. If you aren't confident on at least 80%, you probably won't pass. I went with an approach that I'm only taking this once. I put in about 300 hours of study and 100 hours of preparation (gathering sources, marking sources, etc.). Passed on the first "do" (Do or do not, there is no try.)
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    And beware the differences between P and S. S should be a vector, P is a scalar. I always do these as vectors. Some books get confusing to me when with the trig formulas.
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