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  1. I vaguely remember there being some sort of straight forward correlation between the number of blow counts in the dynamic cone penetrometer test and the ultimate bearing capacity of in-situ soil? Can anyone point me to any online resources.
  2. I passed a couple cycles ago, but I primarily used PPI2PASS Exam Café (question bank) to do a lot of practice problems. They provide pretty decent explanations on how to solve each problem as well.
  3. ...that's April 2016! I hadn't logged onto the NCEES website in months and thought I should verify that my results still said Pass. Disclaimer: Not liable for the premature excitement or anxiety this post may have caused. Yes, it's trolling and yes I had to endure it too, just consider it part of the rite of passage!
  4. I would caution in believing anything people say unless they can confirm it. I think it's fairly common knowledge that your score from the AM and PM portions are combined to determined pass/fail, so you don't necessarily have to make a specific score for each session. I would also caution people about believing unverified failed scores. I doubt very seriously someone would fail with 60/80. I mentioned in another post that in conversation with a colleague that used to serve on state engineering board that he would be skeptical in hearing anyone scoring above 57 failing. Take it for what it's worth!
  5. See my response on page 1 of the comments...
  6. It is and is one of the reasons why I was a little disheartened when I learned I failed the first time. However, in analyzing the statistics and if you really talk to people who take the exam multiple times, you come to realize that people typically fail for 1 of 3 reasons. #1 They didn't adequate prepare or study, #2 they don't have sufficient knowledge or experience with the breadth and/or depth or #3 they're just poor test takers. And most often, lack of preparation is the main reason. Actually, I think you can overcome #2 and #3 with adequate studying and preparation. And even though a lot of people who are part of this forum will solicit advice and adjust their preparation before retaking the exam, there are a lot of repeat test takers not connected to networks of people like this who won't make any adjustments or put in the time needed to prepare and is the reason why that percentage is low. That's why forums like this are so beneficial so that people can connect with other people, get good advice and make the necessary adjustments in their preparation.
  7. I'm not familiar with the specific strategy you're referencing, but I'm assuming it's a variation of what most people will tell you or have learned from personal experience. My personal strategy was to go through all the questions and the ones I could answer without any kind of lookup or knew how to find the reference relatively quickly and solve, I would go ahead and answer. Any questions I thought would take more than 4 minutes, but thought I could solve, I would mark with a star and for the questions I had no idea on what the answer was or how to solve, I would put an exclamation mark by. Naturally, once I started going back through the unanswered questions I would first focus on the ones I knew how to solve but required more time and then save the problems I didn't know the answer to or how to solve for last. In addition to being an effective time management strategy, it also helped reduce stress and anxiety in trying to get through the sessions.
  8. @TME600, your situation and experience sounds a lot like mine. I took WRE because of my background in stormwater, but I had no experience in wastewater collection, water treatment and water quality which made up a significant portion of the WRE depth. Even in realizing this, I didn't really put time in studying or doing practice problems in wastewater, water treatment, or water quality, nor did I have a structured study plan. Instead I thought spending my preparation time by doing random practice problems in the subject areas in the morning and stormwater in the afternoon would be sufficient enough to make up for my deficiencies in the other areas and probably (barely) get me by. Needless to say, I failed the first time I took the exam and diagnostics showed I performed almost as expected in all subject areas, with the exception of soils and structures which I under-performed and probably was the difference in me passing and failing. So the second time I prepared for the exam, I elected again not to do a review course and instead just develop my own structured study plan and stuck to it for the most part. I wouldn't discourage anyone from doing a review course or necessarily recommend one, but what think you need to have regardless is a focused and structured study plan which many of the review courses provide you. However, if you elected not to do a review course, I think you would okay as long as you've identified the subject areas you're deficient in and spend time reinforcing your knowledge or in my case, actually learning the content for the first time. And my study plan primarily consisted of me spending days at a time in specific subject areas, primarily working through problems (untimed) and reading information from my resources as I came across problems I wasn't as familiar. And once a week, I would spend about 2-3 hours doing timed practice problems. Also, I didn't have any wastewater or water treatment specific references the first time I took the exam. However, right after I signed up to take the exam the 2nd time, I purchased 3 reference books I thought were pretty helpful. 1) Water & Wastewater Calculations Manual by Shun Dar Lin, Water & Wastewater Engineering - Design Principles and Practice by Mackenzie Davis, and a dictionary of Civil, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering by Harry Friebel. I also found a lot of useful formula sheets for wastewater and water treatment online and added to my "go-to-binder". I think a combination of this and the focused studying paid off because I passed the 2nd time and actually felt pretty confident leaving the exam that I had passed. But you seem to have the right attitude and I think you'll do fine on the retake. I'm more than happy to answer any specific questions you may have with my overall preparation.
  9. hjg7715

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    I think you'll definitely pass 2nd time around. I scored 58% first time I took Civil WRE without review course and passed the 2nd time still without a review course. Focus on the areas you performed below average on and still review the other areas and you'll be fine in April.
  10. @doubleH, no it doesn't allow you to register for an exam that you've already passed. It says "Exams of this type have already been passed"
  11. Can we see proof of this, screen shot of diagnostics? Just trying to confirm or dispel an urban legend. In talking with some colleagues, one of which that use to serve on state licensing board, the consensus was that 55/80 typically guaranteed a passing score, though NCEES can adjust cut score from one cycle to the next. We all have heard of people who say they failed with scores above 54, but we've never seen anyone produce a diagnostics showing this.
  12. If I recall correctly, South Carolina was released later afternoon the 2nd day after the initial mass release of scores so I predict you'll be getting the email from NCEES around 3 PM this afternoon.
  13. Best guess is 55 +/-2
  14. Has the PA board updated license lookup yet?
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