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  1. Go to vulcanhammer.net They have what you are looking for. DM 7.1 has been replaced by UFC 3-220-10N, however they are identical.

    DM 7.1/UFC 3-220-10N is at http://www.vulcanhammer.net/geotechnical/g...l_mechanics.php

    DM 7.2 is at http://www.vulcanhammer.net/geotechnical/foundations.php

    Thanks OADG. I apprciate it. Do you agree that these are the only references needed (along with CERM) for a non-Geo guys?


  2. I just downloaded different states roadside design manuals, combined them, threw out repeat stuff and then printed and bound the book. It did two things for me, saved me money but more importantly, I seriously read every page. I knew right where to look in my book.

    Thanks for the tip humner. I actually did this today. Can I asked which states you ended up liking and using? Any links by chance? Thanks!


  3. What's you guys opinion on sleeping pills? A friend of mind told me to avoid it as it makes you feel "groggy" or really tired the next morning. But is that better than no sleep at all? If I take this exam again, I definitely need to find a way to sleep. Any tips for getting a good nights rest guys? Thanks.

    In my experience, if I take sleeping pills (actually, I take NyQuil), but don't follow it up with at least 8 hours of sleep, then I am groggy the next day. But, as long as I get 8+ hours of sleep following the NyQuil, I am fine.


  4. Actually, that sounds about right ptatohed. I'm slowly forgetting about the exam as there are so many things coming up with work and the holidays. The PE ended at a good time so we can forgot about it for awhile until the results come in. But then it hits right before Christmas or after and it can either make or break your holidays. I didn't purchase the new NCEES material but that's the plan if things don't go well. But if I do pass, it will be one great Christmas!

    maximus, I doubt we'll get our results before X-Mas. You think we will? 15 weeks puts is into Feb some time.


  5. I'd bet that the cut score is somewhere closer to 48 than 56. People here just want to prop themselves up and like to think that there's no way they passed with a score that low. You typically overestimate your performance on an exam like this, and it makes you feel good if you think you scored higher than you actually did. NCEES sends those confusing diagnostics with percentages so they can throw you off their scent too, otherwise they'd just flat out tell you you got 6/9 right in this portion, 2/5 in that portion and you could just add it up and get the score. The percentages make it very easy to hide the true score.

    I agree with this. My gut feeling is the score required to pass is in the low 60%'s.

    Waht does the meaning of the cut off score ? is that relative to the no of people they want for example 30% to fail ?

    Someone can correct me if I am wrong but it is my understanding that the cut score is the lowest number of correct problems one needs to pass the exam. This equates to an "adjusted 70%", after the board sets the new 100%. Meaning, it is not 70% of the original 80 questions (56 correct needed) but 70% of some number less than 80 (less than 56 correct needed). My gut is that the cut score usually comes out to be in the low 60%'s (cut score of 50 +/-).


  6. I'd bet that the cut score is somewhere closer to 48 than 56. People here just want to prop themselves up and like to think that there's no way they passed with a score that low. You typically overestimate your performance on an exam like this, and it makes you feel good if you think you scored higher than you actually did. NCEES sends those confusing diagnostics with percentages so they can throw you off their scent too, otherwise they'd just flat out tell you you got 6/9 right in this portion, 2/5 in that portion and you could just add it up and get the score. The percentages make it very easy to hide the true score.

    I agree with this. My gut feeling is the score required to pass is in the low 60%'s.


  7. There's a designated subforum for the CA Survey, right? Here

    Anyway, this was my first time. I did study a lot for it. I think I did okay. I was surprised how little I opened any of my resources during the test. Basically only one book just a few times for simple formulas/basic info. Everything else comes from your head! I also had nothing to do with the handful of COGO programs in my HP33. The exam problems didn't exactly match those of the study problems most of us have but the basic core/crux of the problems were shared. To me, it was totally doable. Yes, 2.5 hours to do 50 problems is rough. I felt really good about 35 problems, felt okay about another 5 and then basically guessed on the remaining 10. We only need a 60% to pass though so I feel pretty confident I passed.

    Good luck everyone!


  8. I agree that time was definitely an issue. Although, I was expecting that given what I have always heard. This was my first time. I like to think I passed. I do agree that the problems were not identical to the sample problems most of us study from. But, the main core/crux of the problems were generally shared with our practice problems. I think if you work (and understand) all the sample problems you can, you should be o.k. on the test. Remember to take the test with a good time management strategy decided on prior to the exam. For instance, answer the questions that can quickly be answered with no work and the problems that require little work on the first pass. Mark the other ones as easy, medium, hard on your first pass but move on to the next one. Then go back and one by one work on the problems you marked, in order of easiness. You only need a 60% to pass. You won't get to all of the problems in 2.5 hours so do as many as you can by working them in order of easiest to hardest.


  9. What do you guys think about the seismic exam? I don't think we had enough time... any idea what would be the cut score?

    I studied only for the 8-hour and Survey so I shouldn't comment on what I thought of the Seismic.

    I think it's normal to feel that the Seismic and the Survey exams do not provide enough time.

    It appears that, historically, the cut score has always been at/around 50%. Exam Statistics


  10. I felt sorry for not having a stop watch on the table (digital one) and relying on wrist watch. Have a digital clock. If you spend more than six minute simply move to another problem.

    Can you bring a clock? At our test site, they said you can't have your watch on the table, it had to be on your wrist.

    You can have a watch on your wrist or a clock or a watch on the floor.


  11. I started my stopwatch exactly when the announcer said we may begin, right?

    Well, when the announcer called the 15 and 5 minute warnings, I distinctly showed (exactly) 16 and 6 minutes left on my stopwatch, respectively. Now, I have to admit when he made the 1 minute announcement, I didn't check my watch. So I don't know for sure we got robbed by a minute in the end, but I'm thinking we might have. Anyone else notice this?


  12. I will start this thread as I feel this is actually really important, maybe common sense ;) But something I needed to do which I didn't.

    Tips for Day before preparation:

    1. Try not to do anything out of the ordinary

    2. Double check to make sure you have all of your books, calculators, straight edge

    3. Food! (be sure to stock up on snacks, water, energy drinks, anything your board will allow) This was key!

    4. Get a good rest! You should already be sleeping early for entire week to get yourself ready for the night before. Since I'm typically a late sleeper I had extreme difficulty sleeping early. Being so nervous before the exam, couldn't get a good night's rest.

    5. Set two alarms in case one doesn't go off and be sure to be about an hour or hour half earlier than needed.

    This exam is as much a physical exam as a mental one. If it wasn't for 5 Hour Energy, snacks, and Advil, I don't think I would've survived this exam.

    Anyone care to add? Thanks.

    Your exam admission paper(s)

    TomTom (GPS) already programmed and printed directions and an aerial map of the test site area

    Cash/change (enough for parking and more)

    Wallet/ID/AAA card

    A watch with a stop-watch feature

    Your calculator(s) and extra battery and little screwdriver

    Ear plugs

    Seat cushion

    Lunch/snacks/water/hard candies

    Aspirin/Tylenol

    Chap-stick

    Sweatshirt/light jacket/flannel

    Your mobile phone fully charged (but remember to leave it in the car!)

    Plastic grocery bags/trash bags

    Umbrella

    All your books, grouped and boxed, dolly and bungee cord

    Paper towels/tissues

    Protractor and scale

    Sunglasses

    Ensure gas tank is full and your spare tire/tools are present

    Load the car, have breakfast ready to go, set out clothes, set the alarm(s)

    Go to sleep :)


  13. Hi, I am wondering how important it is to have the AASHTO Roadside Design Manual, as I've seen it come up on a practice test.

    I recall one question from last Friday referring to info. found in the Roadside Design Manual - however I was still able to find the answer in 'A Policy On Geometric Design of Highways and Streets' ("Green Book"). The Green Book gave just enough info. to answer the question but mentioned to see the Roadside Design Manual for full details.


  14. Greetings:

    This was the first time through for California using NCEES national ID, which included changes to the process: Registering at NCEES for your ID, selecting your site and module, printing your admission notice, etc.

    If the forum czars approve, I would like some feedback please, negative or positive, so that we might be better prepared for April 2011 exam.

    Thank you.

    David

    David, I think it went fairly well. I do agree with navyasw02 that it wasn't clear what we were supposed to do with the Admittance letter. I too, assumed it would have been collected (but wasn't). The other thing that didn't really make sense was that there was an AM and a PM signature line on both the Seismic and the Survey admission letters. Obviously the Seismic is AM and the Survey is PM. I think those are my only (constructive) criticisms regarding the NCEES registration and forms process.

    what is the purpose of writing the date of the exam on the scranton. In my aisle apparently the proctor said 6 people screwed up over the date of exam and put the birthdate. I didn't do this, i swear LOL. but it's interesting how ready we are to give our personal info.

    I think it's because the 8-hour asked for your B-Day and the Seismic/Survey asked for the test date. Both were in the same location on each scantron. I agree, it's odd to ask for the exam date on the scantron, but I can see why it was a common mistake (just the day before, they filled in their b-day in the same area).


  15. Keep in mind that you may have gotten a problem here or there wrong that you "know" you got right. Trying to estimate the number of problems you got correct is an exercise in futility in my opinion.

    I still think it's worth doing. What I do is put a check mark next to the ones I feel really, really good about. Even if I only felt fairly good about a question or felt like I was able to eliminate an answer or two, it does not get a check mark. I give myself full credit for the checkmarked questions and then, I give myself 25% for all of the remaining problems. I hope that the problems a felt fairly good about but didn't checkmark will balance out the few that I checkmarked but still got wrong. With that said, here are more scores:

    Survey: 75.5% Seismic: 35.5% 8-Hour (Transpo): 64.4%

    ;)


  16. How did it go for everybody taking transportation depth? I found morning difficult.

    My wife and I recently had our first baby this past July so, I didn't study nearly as much as I should have. My actual intention was to only pass Surveying this time around. I over-studied for Survey, under-studied for the 8-hour (Transpo) and severely under-studied for Seismic. With that said, I felt the morning and the afternoon 8-hour was very reasonable. I might not have passed due to lack of studying but I thought the exam (both AM and PM) was very fair. I know this sounds very weird but I approximately calc’d my 8-hour score to be about 64%.


  17. Greetings:

    This was the first time through for California using NCEES national ID, which included changes to the process: Registering at NCEES for your ID, selecting your site and module, printing your admission notice, etc.

    If the forum czars approve, I would like some feedback please, negative or positive, so that we might be better prepared for April 2011 exam.

    Thank you.

    David

    David, I think it went fairly well. I do agree with navyasw02 that it wasn't clear what we were supposed to do with the Admittance letter. I too, assumed it would have been collected (but wasn't). The other thing that didn't really make sense was that there was an AM and a PM signature line on both the Seismic and the Survey admission letters. Obviously the Seismic is AM and the Survey is PM. I think those are my only (constructive) criticisms regarding the NCEES registration and forms process.


  18. I will let the czar comment go.. just this once .... :)

    I have serious bruises from puling my suitcase full of books up from the freaking tunnel in the pomona exam room. Caifornia Board needs to consider health risks for even normal individuals for having to lug serious books. It is brutal to make people park their cars so far from the actual exam room, than have them walk half a mile with the material and that too uphill..there should be golf carts that should help/faciitate individuals going uphill... or just take our book bags and stuicases....It's a matter of time before someone will sue the state for causing serious injury clearly knowing that an average testtaker brings loads of books.. perhaps they should make the EITs park in a different lot and PEs in a different lots, closer? even airports have shuttle and my typical luggage for a 3 week vacation in a suitcase is much lighter than books for a PE.

    Why doesn't the exam start at 730? why were individuals entering the hall a 8:00 and allowed to take the exam. It's unfair to the rest who get there early before 7. Towards the end of the test we are already very strained and by allowing people to come in so much later, it's further delaying the start time of our test..

    if there are no assigned seat numbers in the hall?? couldn't the proctors state that on the speaker rather than all heads turning to find some number on their chair or table, so they can put on their scantron.

    there should be more signs for sections for tranpsortation/water/structures, etc. most of the proctors spoke so low that when you are walking towards your side, it's imposible to figure out what they said.perhaps you can have people form differenct lines at the front door for their specific depths since most people are there aready.

    There were golf carts to carry examinees from the parking lot to the testing buildings. I wasn't even looking for a ride but was given one. But, I don't think you are answering the original question CAPELS is asking about (the new NCEES process).


  19. According to CERM, the only listed required/recommended references for Geotechnical are the NAVFAC Design Manuals DM 7.1 and 7.2. I think Lindeburg meant 7.01 and 7.02 as I believe 7.1/7.2 (1982) were replaced with 7.01/7.02 (1986). I am taking the Transpo depth module but I'd still like to have the required Geotech references (especially since they are free).

    1.) Do you guys agree that DM 7.01 and 7.02 are the only necessary geotech resources (along with CERM) for non-geotech depth examinees?

    2.) Where can I download DM 7.01 and 7.02 for free?

    Thanks!

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