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  1. Best of luck to you. I took it three times before I passed in 2014. The third time was almost 16 years after my initial back-to-back attempts. I took the GA Tech course and found it to be very helpful. Since then Zach Stone's course has taken off and I've heard a lot of good things about it. I know you mentioned your difficulty with online courses but if you can find one and get through it I think they make a world of difference. Complex Imaginary AND Spin-up resources were very helpful. In fact, Spin-up's introduction contains a test taking strategy that by itself is worth the cost of the book. Also, the internet and YouTube became two of my best friends. Unlike studying in the late '90's it was nice to have quick access to answers if I wasn't able to grasp the information in my primary resources. Once again good luck. It's not just what you know but how you approach the test.
  2. Personal satisfaction primarily. I work for an electric utility and my company as a whole doesn't require it. However, in my current marketing role, I interface with industrial and manufacturing companies regarding technical service issues. At times having the PE adds additional credibility. Ironically the PE has benefitted me more in marketing than when I worked in transmission and distribution.
  3. I had a very similar feeling regarding learning things that didn't sink in the first time.
  4. 52 years old Graduated in 1988. Took the FE in 1997 when I was 31 and passed it the first time. May have been called the EIT back then. Can't remember. First attempted the PE in 1998 or 1999. DNP Took it again the same year. DNP Got gun shy. I did not necessarily need it for my job and convinced myself having the license was overrated. Decided once and for all it was now or never. Shut myself off from my family and the rest of the world for 6 months and took the test again in 2014 when I was 47. Passed. Thank God for GA Tech review course, the internet, and this forum. It can be done. It's not easy. But it can be done.
  5. Assuming you have been preparing well all along I'd focus on making sure my note sheets are very thorough and references are tabbed well and appropriately cross referenced. As best as possible you should be taking your practice exams under test day conditions and times. It's all about knowing where the info is having a having a sound test taking strategy.
  6. Good advice about CI. I found it to be very helpful for the reason you stated. Some folks find CI to be too easy. I don’t think that’s the case. The sample tests and the CI NEC drill book was extremely helpful to me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Good advice ItsStudyTime! By the way I’m a dude but I can understand why someone looking at my name would think I’m a woman. It’s a reference to an old Steely Dan album (Yes I’m a geezer who still has some albums.) No harm. Just having fun. In fact there may be others who think I’m a woman. LOL. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. See my first thread in this particular post for the strategy I used to answer questions. Some tips from Spinup. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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