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    Oct 18 PE Exam

    If that were indeed the case, then why is the pass rate so much lower than others? https://ncees.org/engineering/pe/pass-rates/
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    October 2018 - Funny Exam Stories

    Negative. I didnt know about the colors. I could tell others around me based on the books (ie civil reference manual, vs NEC codebook etc) but with nothing on his table but a single calculator, it remains a mystery.
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    October 2018 - Funny Exam Stories

    Jokes aside, when I took my exam in April 2018, the guy directly in front of my brought nothing but a single calculator. No references at all. He finished the first 4 -hr session in 2 hrs and left and after lunch finished the second 4-hr session in 1.5 hrs and left. To this day I wish I knew the results. For sure he either didnt give a crap and bombed at 25%, or was a super genius and aced the fist 100% ever. I want to know!
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    Power PE Technical Study Guide by Justin Kauwale

    I used it as well as his practice exam. I found both to be very useful. I took and passed the exam in April 2018 (one and done) and IMHO this was my 2nd best reference. I, personally, thought Graffeo was a little more helpful, but these are excellent. The biggest thing holding the technical reference guide back is that it did not have an index. On a timed exam, with 6-minute average problem time, every second counts. It sucks when you KNOW the problem can be solved by info in this book, but with no index it takes you 2 minutes to find it instead of 10 seconds. Graffeo has a quick to use index. I really wish Justin would create an index. It would help push this from an 8 or 9 to a solid 10. That said, I would still HIGHLY RECOMMEND it. The price to value ratio is off the charts. There is no better reference for even close to the price of this. It trumped most other references I paid $100+ for in terms of applicability. Buy it, and his practice exams. You wont regret it. As a side note, I printed it at work and brought the paper to Office Depot and had it nicely spiral bound and covered for only $3!
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    NESC, NFPA 70E, 497, 499 & 30B

    X2. I was able to borrow them all from my office library. Worth asking.
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    Protection Problems

    I will say, just as the syllabus says, protection was the heaviest topic on the exam I took in April. I passed, thankfully, but if I had to do it again I wish I would’ve studied protection more, and been more familiar with those references. I know I missed at least 2-3 questions on the exam frantically searching my protection resources to what would have been a gimme point for a conceptual question or any easy 1 step calculation if I knew the right equation.
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    To everyone taking the test on Friday

    ^^^Amen! that was rough!
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    Practice exam

    Negative. You need to diversify. I took 16.5 full practice exams before I took the PE in April 2018. Passed the first try. I’d seen so many different problems it was VERY helpful. Exactly. I think if all I focused on was the NCEES practice exam and eng pro guides, I would not have passed. Simply memorizing a small set of problems is not a good recipe imo. The actual exam covered many topics and problems that were not in that small set. You want to be ready for a broader range of problems. But that’s just my experience. Ymmv Nonethess, good luck to you all. Hope you nail it! Keep focused. Keep working as many problems as you can. You’re in the home stretch! Plan a relaxing weekend afterward! You’ll have earned it!
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    FS: Power PE Exam reference books: NCEES, Spin up, PPI

    Does anyone need any extra practice exams for the final stretch?
  10. Selling some Power PE exam references. I used these to prep for, take, and PASS the April 2018 NCEES Power PE Exam, and thus I no longer need them. All three books are in mint condition, with no marks or highlighting at all. Like new, pristine condition. 1.) PPI Power Quick Reference for the Electrical and Computer PE Exam by John A. Camara - $70 shipped Bought brand new in January. Took PE exam (and passed) in April. No longer need. Like new condition. No markings. Newest Dec 2016 2nd printing. Much faster to find equations and formulas FAST in this thin book than thumbing through the huge 2000+ page full power reference manual. Time is precious when you only have 6 minutes per problem! If you are on the fence, buy it. I was glad I did. SOLD 2.) Spin-Up for the Electrical and Computer Engineering PE Exam (Power) : Second Ed., Lanza $60 shipped (USA Cont. 48 states) Excellent condition, no markings. 5 full practice exams, 400 questions. 3.) Power Sample Questions and Solutions by NCEES PE Practice Exam (Paperback) 2014 printing - $40 shipped Mint Condition, no markings. 2014 printing. The best prep for the Power PE exam, is straight from the source! SOLD
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    What is allowed in exam

    I used a small rolling suit case. It seamed about 75% of every one there did the same.
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    FINALLY a P.E.

    Today, I am FINALLY a P.E.!!!! After 5 months of waiting, Oregon finally approved my application. My 2018 New Years goal was to become a PE. So I started studying 1/1/18 and like many of you, I worked my butt off every night and weekend for 4 months. I took the PE exam 4/13 and passed on the first attempt (one and done baby!), and then began one of the longest waits in my life. Going through the Oregon application process. 5 grueling loooooong months later, my licence was finally issued today! I'm sure since 99% of my April 2018 brethren already received their licences, most are now long gone, but just wanted to let you all know the last guy in line waiting, finally got it!
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    FS: Power PE Exam reference books: NCEES, Spin up, PPI

    Yes I do. $50 shipped. I’ll message you.
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    Preparation for October 2018 Power PE Exam

    I hear you. I have a 2-year old. Studying at home was next to impossible, so I didn’t. What worked for me is 3 nights a week (M, W, F) I stayed at the office after work and did 20 problems a night 5-7pm then went home and got kiddo time. Then every Sat, I went to the library and alternated either a 4 hr half exam or a full 8 hr exam. It was me and the homeless guys there open till close. Then Sun was family time day. Did that for 4 months straight (Jan-April), but was confident and well prepared in April 13th. Passed it first try. You can do it! Wish you the best. BTW if you need/want extra practice exams, I have Spin-Up for sale:
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    FINALLY a P.E.

    Congrats! Been a long wait. What state were you waiting on?
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    FS: Power PE Exam reference books: NCEES, Spin up, PPI

    Would take $50 for Spin-Up if somebody buys it this week.
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    New York License Watch April 2018

    I’m still waiting in Oregon. But my application should be in the next board meeting on 9/11/18. Hopefully I’ll FINALLY be a PE by the end of next week...
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    Handwritten notes w/pencil

    I used erasable pen in my books. No pencil risk, and I could still erase it later.
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    Table set up at exam

    Mine was 6 or 8 ft long. One person per table. This was Salem, OR at the State Fair Expo building. ymmv
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    How important is abet accreditation?

    I would say it is absolutely critical, if you are hoping to use your education for work and a job. Many employers, including my job will not accept your engineering degree if it is not ABET accredited. Her in the Federal gov (D.O.E.) It is a requirement to even apply for a position as an electrical engineer. I know people who wasted a lot of time and money at degree mills like ITT Tech and DeVry and they don't qualify for jobs now. Unless you are just wanting to go to school just to learn, for fun, not for future employment, you need ABET.
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    Practice Problems Materials for Power Exam

    I tried to send you a message but it says you cant receive messages. Are you in the U.S.A? I only ship to US addresses, otherwise its to expensive. If so and you want it, I just dropped the price to $60. Sent me a message to let me know. I accept paypal for payment and can mail it out right away.
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    FS: Power PE Exam reference books: NCEES, Spin up, PPI

    ***Price drop*** Spin-Up for the Electrical and Computer Engineering PE Exam (Power) : Second Ed., Lanza NOW ONLY $60 shipped (USA 48 cont. states)  Excellent condition, no markings. 5 full practice exams, 400 questions.
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    Practice Problems Materials for Power Exam

    I still have one book with 4 full practice exams available for sale here: and yes I took 16 full practice exams while preparing. Don’t know if it was overkill, but it helped me feel fully prepared and I passed it on my first attempt. Given almost half of people fail, I felt it well worth the preparation. I only wanted to suffer through all that stress ONCE. Haha. One and done baby! Let me know if you want to buy my Spin Up book and good luck on the exam either way.
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    Pe Qualifying experience by state

    Oregon requires 4 years + 4 years ABET accredited BS + FE
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    FS: Power PE Exam reference books: NCEES, Spin up, PPI

    Price drop Spin-Up for the Electrical and Computer Engineering PE Exam (Power) : Second Ed., Lanza $70 shipped  Excellent condition, no markings. 5 full practice exams, 400 questions.
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