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About KatyLied P.E.

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  1. Power PE Guide by Alex Graffeo

    I used it three years ago. Good supplement to other test materials. He did have some errors in my edition but he proved to be easily accessible and responded promptly to emails. I did purchase until about a month before the exam. Filled in the gaps. I recommend it.
  2. So...it's been a while...

    @jmbeck .........You're just down the hall!
  3. EE's Guide to PE Power error?

    I'll have to look at that one later but for what it's worth the author is good about responding to questions. His email should be in the book or on the website.
  4. NEC reference cards ok to bring?

    On a related note Complex Imaginary's NEC drill book is also a great resource. This late in the game I'd be wary of throwing off my routine if you already feel comfortable enough. Just another resource if needed.
  5. Good advice on scheduling so far. Two things I would add. (1) Set stretch goals as far as to how many hours you want to spend a week. Strive to reach them but if you don't, since they were stretch, you won't feel guilty. (2) I did not use PSA (Grainger) that much but here's good advice regarding that. In a lot of textbooks the end-of-chapter problems have the shorter and easier ones at the beginning of the question section. The average PE problem is six minutes long. Therefore those shorter problems could be comparable to exam problems. That's not a lock, and I don't think you'll miss much by not doing them, but they could be helpful. I've found that PSA has some pretty good transmission line problems. Please use this advice for good and never for evil.
  6. Signed up for the GT Course. Let's Go.

    https://www9.nationalgridus.com/niagaramohawk/non_html/eff_elec-demand.pdf I have other notes on this. I think I've actually sent you a copy of those. If I haven't let me know if you want them. Can be easy points
  7. Energy for studying

    Full time work and young kids can definitely be a challenge. My kids were teens and I was able to finish work earlier and study from 4 - 7 PM at the office a few nights a week. My wife also provided a lot of support. I'd recommend getting a good night's sleep and waking up early to study. Are you married? Is your wife able to watch your daughters on Saturday and/or Sunday if you use those days to do a full court press. Can you watch the videos during lunch and then work problems at night. You might be less likely to doze off if you're actually working problems as opposed to reading or watching videos. I'd stay away from over using energy drinks.
  8. I failed the POWER PE Please Help!

    Go to Wikipedia. Look up ANSI device numbers. Print out the list. Thank me later. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I failed the POWER PE Please Help!

    One other thing. Go check out the test site the day before. Know exactly where the room is. If you have a lot of books use a hand cart/truck. You'll get rattled if you get there the morning of and it takes awhile to find the room. On test day get there early. I took the test at a convention center and there was a gun show and an auto show going on the same day. I was glad I got there early and got a good parking spot. Bring your own lunch and eat it by yourself in your car. Restaurants can take too long to serve. Eating lunch with other test takers may lead to problem discussions and that leads to second guessing which leads to freaking out. (Sounds like an old DirectTV commercial. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I failed the POWER PE Please Help!

    Probably more than you want to know about my strategy and resources. This is from a post of mine from several years back. I put in about 300 hours. These were the books I took in with me. This was my third time taking the test and I passed. There was a 17 year gap between my 2nd and 3rd attempts. The first two times I took the exam I had AOL and CompuServe accounts. ( Do some of you even know what those are?). Thank God for the "internets" and its "world wide webs". Two three ring binders. Composed of GA Tech material, solved problems, and miscellaneous info I printed from the internet. One of the binders was the GA Tech one. By the time I included all the supplemental info I had to split it in two. GA Tech really gives you a good foundation. It also has a good section on code and NESC. I also cross referenced information sections with sample test problems Camara reference manual along with the associated sample test and solved problems. the reference manual came in handy but I did not really use the other two books. Graffeo book. Electrical Engineers Guide to Passing the PE Exam. Handy reference manual good and concise. Good lighting and wattmeter info. I recommend a good cursory reading of this book. A nice amount of miscellaneous info which could come in handy. Good section on CT's. also has helpful sample test. Complex Imaginary sample tests. Good sections on ideal transformers, motors, and code problems. Some problems are on par with actual exam problems. Spin Up exams. Problems are not as difficult as exam problems but they focus on details which come in handy during exam. NEC handbook, as opposed to actual NEC book. The additional, clear explanations worked better for me. Grainger and Stevenson's Power System Analysis. I used it more as moral support than an actual reference. NESC book. Focus more on NEC as opposed to NESC. I would recommend becoming familiar with the basic goals of NESC and what it covers and doesn't cover. If you read through NESC introduction I think that will be sufficient. There are some who've had different experiences with the NESC so make sure you take the book with you. Complex Imaginary NEC drill book. I highly recommend getting this. Time was tight so I only worked through about a third of the book. the drills helped me become familiar with where the topics were located. As I attempted each problem I would underline the nouns in each question. then go to the index, look up the nouns and go from there. You just have to grind it out but if you use that process you should be able to answer the drill problems in 6 minutes or less. I felt really good about the NEC test questions as a result of this book. As I worked through each sample test, if I couldn't find the answer in my reference book I would google it. I'd then print that info out and add to my notebook. A lot of this included PLC's, VFD's, GFCI's, harmonics, voltage classifications, short circuit calc, generation prime movers, load flows/bus types and any other subject I couldn't find. NCEES sample test. Good overall study guide. Know different ways that the problems can be asked. I only carried in the 2011 edition but also had 2009. Problems are exactly the same. 2009 contained a lot of general info which is now found on NCEES website. My guess is NCEES wanted to be able to quickly update any rule/guideline changes. If I have to do it again I will spend a little more time on this test. Finally spin-Up suggested a good test day strategy. 1) Don't skip around the test but go through each problem in order. On first pass, work the ones that you know off the bat and don't necessarily have to dig deep to solve. 2) Mark the NEC/NESC problems with a "2" and work on the second pass. That way you don't have to worry about going back and forth between the code books and other reference matl's. 3) Mark all problems with a "3" that you think you can solve after digging deeper in your reference matl's. Also, any code problems that you couldn't work on the 2nd pass should also be marked with a "3". 4) Mark all problems with a "4" that you really don't know but maybe can use solid engineering reason to solve. Hopefully by this time you only have about 20% of test left. I'm not saying I was fortunate enough to have this happen to me I'm just telling you my strategy. 5) Mark all problems with a "5" that you have no idea how to work. Assuming the light bulb doesn't come on for these, I would recommend doing a quick scan on the rest of your answers, seeing what letter is trending and go with that. On some of the "4" and "5" the light bulb did come on for me after a 2nd or 3rd look. Hopefully that made up for any careless errors I might have made on 1-3. I actually used that same strategy to pass the CEM (Certified Energy Manager) exam in 2013. Hopefully all this translates into a passing score but nonetheless I felt really good about my test prep. As a result of my cross referencing and various tabs I was able to quickly access a good amount of info. How you organize your references and sticking to a test strategy are just as important as knowing the material.
  11. I failed the POWER PE Please Help!

    An additional thought. let's say you decide to take the test in Spring '18. Well maybe you take a class like GA Tech in Fall '17. You can really dive deep into the material without having the pressure of knowing the test is 3-4 months away. I the spring you'll still have access to the videos as you work CI, Spinup, etc. Just an idea.
  12. I failed the POWER PE Please Help!

    Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason as to who passes and who doesn't. At times it can be more luck than knowledge. I will say that sometimes, and I'm not saying that this would work for you, it's best to wait and take it again rather than taking the test back-to-back. I did back to back my first two attempts and failed. Sometimes it's good to sit out a session, gather your thoughts and then take it. It's easy to want to jump back in thinking that you'll forget something if you don't. Waiting allows you to gather your thoughts, fully evaluate what you need to focus on and firm up your process. Although I waited waaaaaaay too long to take it my third time I was in a much better mental state and was finally able to pass. Only you know what works for you.
  13. Why Six Minutes per Question is a Sham

    Amen brother! I used that strategy and recommend it to anyone who asks.
  14. Signed up for the GT Course. Let's Go.

    If you aren't able to answer any practice problems with what you have search the internet for answers and add it to your binder.
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