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  1. KatyLied P.E.

    Do you really need to study from books?

    Yes you do need to study from BOOKS. Along with NOTES, internet, YouTube, and sample tests. I would also recommend you take a formal course if time and finances allow. I recommend Georgia Tech but there are other good ones as well. It may well be the case that you do not look at a book the day of the exam. However those books should have helped you prepare your note sheet and provided context for sample problems and understand them inside and out.
  2. KatyLied P.E.

    Time Management

    I felt that the CI drill book adequately prepared me for the Code questions. Follow their process as you work through the problems!! I also took the Georgia Tech PE review course (Great course BTW.) which had some Code material. It was good but if you use the CI book you will get the same info and also more sample problems. Also, don't forget about the NESC (electric utility guidelines). The general consensus is that the exam is more focused on the NEC as opposed to the NESC. I did not focus a lot of my review time on the NESC. I did check out a copy of the NESC handbook from the library to take into the exam with me. I read the introduction, reviewed the table of contents, and gained a high level understanding of where the general topics were. Different people have different experiences with the NESC questions but that's what worked for me. Full disclosure: I am an electric utility employee but I still felt that, if you have the book, NESC questions were straightforward even for non-utility employees. One final thing. For the NEC and NESC I used the handbook as opposed to the regular code book. Same info. it's just that the handbooks are written in plain English and also have illustrations. Some folks say that the handbooks are more of chore to navigate through because of the additional plain English. I feel that by the time you go through the CI drill book you won't find that to be a problem
  3. KatyLied P.E.

    Time Management

    Also, I did not buy Tom's index so I can't speak for that. I do want to reemphasize the importance of reading and following the guidance in the CI NEC drill book introduction.
  4. KatyLied P.E.

    Time Management

    If you use the Complex Imaginary book I think a solid week of study would suffice. I actually did it in spurts over the last 2 months. You might find it better to try to do 10-12 problems a week out of the drill book. The key to the Code is knowing the correct section to look at and the only way to do that is to work as many of the drill problems as possible. Keywords!! The drill book's intro has a good explanation on how to do this and also provides a great template in how to approach the problems. The approach is the same so even if you don't work all the problems you will know how to approach any NEC problem that comes your way. As you work through the sample problems you will also find that the answers are concentrated in a select number of sections. Knowing those key sections will go a long way.
  5. KatyLied P.E.

    Time Management

    My memory is fuzzy since I took it in 2014 but I’ll say it took me 30 minutes to make my first pass. By that time I’l answered about 7 “low hanging fruit” questions and assigned all numbers. I went with my first mind on what to assign numbers. Did not delay. I figured if the numbers changed that would work itself out as I made the passes. Obviously it was easy to assign 2 to Code problems. I cannot stress enough how helpful Complex Imaginary’s Code drill book was. That book has a great strategy on how to approach Code problems. It took me about 4 minutes to answer each one of those. I felt like I’d gotten all those right. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. KatyLied P.E.

    Time Management

    That’s right. Unless they’ve changed the you can write in the book. I bubble answered as I went. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. KatyLied P.E.

    Time Management

    I used this guide in regards to time management. It came from the intro in the Spin-up review guide. Approach using a "5 pass" strategy Go through all problems in order. Morning and afternoon. On this first pass go ahead and work low hanging fruit. You either know the answer from the top of your head or you can find it quickly from your notes and formula sheet. You will assign numbers 2 - 5 on the rest of the problems but will not work them on this first pass. Mark all Code problems with a "2" to work on second pass. Mark all problems (non-Code) that you can quickly look up in a reference book with a "3" to work on the third pass. Mark all problems with a "4" that you know you can find but you don't recall which specific reference. Work these on the fourth pass. Mark all problems with a "5" that will be a flat out guess. Also, certain previous problems may end up being "5"'s by the time you get to the fifth pass. Passes 1-4 should be able to be worked no more than 4-6 minutes. if they take longer move them to a "5" for work on the fifth pass. The beauty of this plan is you end up working all the Code problems on the same pass without having to go back and forth between the NEC book and other references. I also strongly recommend getting Complex Imaginary's NEC drill book and going through as much of that as possible prior to the exam. I only went through a third of it but it was still very helpful. By the time you start working the fifth pass problems hopefully you may have realized how to work some without having to guess. For the ones I had to guess on I looked at which letter had been trending on the one's I'd actually worked and chose that one. Some people have said that they chose the one that hadn't been trending. Whatever logic you like. Much better than just choosing all "C"'s.
  8. KatyLied P.E.

    Review Course

    Agreed. I'd been out of school for almost 25 years prior to taking the course and passing the PE. I'd qualified experience wise to take the exam years before but needed a course that would give me a strong review of the basics prior to taking practice exams. GA Tech and the internet played a huge part in getting me there. The course may not work for some and that's fine. However to characterize him as an "old retired geezer' is crude and unnecessary.
  9. KatyLied P.E.

    2017 Complex Imaginary

    +1 on the NEC book. When I took it in 2014 I don't think I missed an NEC question.
  10. KatyLied P.E.

    Reliability References

    If you PM me your email I will forward you some information.
  11. KatyLied P.E.

    Exam Day Strategy

    Confused about that also. Used 2 main 3-rings and 1 smaller supplementary. The big issue was for the notes not to be loose but they did not have to be permanently bound. at least that's the way it was in Alabama in 2014.
  12. KatyLied P.E.

    Exam Day Strategy

    I did not do a binder for each subject but I did prepare two large 3-ring binders where I had a tab for each subject. I also used a "5-pass" system to answer questions which I'll post more about that a little later.
  13. I used a very similar multi-pass method. In the case of the Power exam I had a additional pass where I just focused on NEC/NESC questions. That way I minimized having to go back and forth between the code books and the rest of the reference material. Funny. on my last pass I used the "most used" letter as opposed to the least. I'm sure there is someone who was successful by splitting the difference and using the letter in the middle. The way I see it, try to apply some semblance of logic to your guesses.