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  1. Why are you guys studying spiral curves? They are not on the outline syllabus for the CA-Specific Survey (which I took and passed last time, without studying spiral) nor the NCEES 8-hour Transpo depth (which I took last time and failed but believe I will pass this time). I did not see spiral questions on the last CA Survey nor the last 8 hours. My suggestion is to not study anything which isn't on the syllabus.

    Spirals are generally included under superelevation problems. I've come across a few spiral problems in my studying - there's a section in CERM about spirals and it's covered in Green Book (to name another souce). Check out this info, probably would make a good cheat sheet!

    http://www.wikiengineer.com/Transportation/SpiralCurves

    lady i (lady j?), I completely understand and agree with you that you'll find spiral problems, that the topic is covered in the CERM, that the topic is in the ASSHTO GDHS, etc. The point I am trying to get across to you is that the topic is not on the exam and that you should not waste precious time studying topics that you won't be tested on. My (very strong) suggestion is to adhere to the test outline/syllibus. Good luck.


  2. Why are you guys studying spiral curves? They are not on the outline syllabus for the CA-Specific Survey (which I took and passed last time, without studying spiral) nor the NCEES 8-hour Transpo depth (which I took last time and failed but believe I will pass this time). I did not see spiral questions on the last CA Survey nor the last 8 hours. My suggestion is to not study anything which isn't on the syllabus.


  3. Here's the link to his webpage. His contact info is on the bottom and he has a review course as well. Try emailing him and I believe you will need to send him payment via paypal. It was under $50 for two morning exams and one depth i believe. And it was worth it. Check it out.

    http://www.eng.morgan.edu/~indral/

    Thanks maxi. You are always so helpful. I did contact Dr. Goswami. He will be sending me a PayPal request for $35 (2 AM exams, 1 PM - Transpo exam, and solutions).

    He also provided me errata for his All-In-One Book!


  4. I was so excited to be able to use my TI-89 on the Survey (and Seismic) because we are not allowed to on the 8-hour. To be completely honest with you, I don't think I once took advantage of its higher power funtions. Yes I used my TI-89 on the Survey exam and yes I passed first time but I could have just as well done so with my lower powered TI. I even had a bunch of COGO programs in my HP33 which I never used once.


  5. Ptatohed,

    In April 2010, I actually failed with a 52. This was a calculated score based on a spreadsheet on the site that someone made using the ncees breakdown. I think the cut score if there is one could vary but around 56. I think it depends how the "test" group does after the exam is taken. If there are problems that need to be thrown out, then this affects the score. It's all a mystery really......

    I remember you saying that maxi. But, again, I am just curious if anyone failed with a 52 in Oct '10 (Transpo depth). I haven't read that anyone has yet. Which makes me think that maybe the cut/passing score was a 52 for Oct '10. Which would mean I missed passing by 1 question. Which of course is a bummer but, honestly, I was pretty impressed with myself. I did not study at all for the 8-hour. My "near passing" score was only because of all the studying I had done for the CA Survey (which I passed), which as you know has a lot of overlap with Transpo (geometric design, etc.). So, now that I am faithfully studying for the 8-hour, I really hope I will pass in April '11. Then, I will focus my efforts on Seismic for Oct. '11. And then, if/when I pass, I will be one very happy fellow. :)


  6. Hi all,

    Congrats to all who passed and best luck for April 2011 exam for those who unlucky failed just like me.

    Any ho my diagnosis says, i got 46 of 80. I took Transportation. Morning part 25 and afternoon part 21.

    Can someone guess the passing score and suggest some tips.

    Thanks and regards.

    I fail my second try this past October, I had 40/80. :Failed: With so low score it feels to me, like I never study! I did. I can't understand how I could perform so low on the afternoon part. On my practice test I was much stronger on geometric design, but resulted 3/12 on the test! I know stuff, i study and spend lots of time working out these problems.

    I guess it will take much more effort than I thought to path. From my understanding the cut scour was 54/80. I don't thing it will every go lower.

    My tragedy is get back to books, and start shooting these problems as many as possible, and practice, practice........ I started last Monday.

    Good luck for the next try. We all need it.

    Tanya, just curious, how did you determine the Transpo Depth cut score was 54 this past Oct ('10)? I am asking because I got a 51 and I have yet to hear of anyone else failing with a 52 or higher (which makes me think the cut score could have been 52?). I know it doesn't matter, I'm just curious. Thanks.


  7. I graduated from a top 30-40 Engineering School at states w/ PH.D of structural engineering, CA P.E. holder, strong expertise in finite element analysis and dynamic analysis, total 6 years of building and bridge design in states and oversea, got laid off for half year, feel very frustrated of job searching, where is my career path? When can I see the light at end of the tunnel?

    BTW, I'm not citizen, just a permanent resident.

    This forum is for discussion about the PE exam.


  8. Guys, I just noticed that on NCEES's most recent Transpo Depth Exam Specifications,

    Link to .pdf

    it lists the 2009 MUTCD (superseding the previous 2003 version) in the list of design standards.

    I know I shouldn't even complain because the MUTCD is one of the only (if not the only) free Transpo resources. But, because I already have the 2003 MUTCD printed (in color) and bound, I'd prefer not to re-print and re-bind the 2009 (864 pages), if it isn't critical.

    What do you guys think?

    Link to the free FHWA 2009 MUTCD.

    Link to the Previous editions, including the 2003, if interested.

    Thanks!

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