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  1. I took the Civil/Construction this April and I passed (whew!).

    I took the School of PE review course. Overall I thought the course was great. However, I have to disagree with almost everyone here about the quality of the Construction portion instructor. The material he covered was fine, but his actual teaching abilities were pretty bad compared to the other instructors. I actually wrote SoPE and gave some timeframes of the videos that display how poorly he taught. Maybe it's an unfair criticism, but the other instructors were leagues above him in terms of relating to the student / answering questions / understanding what students were asking. Juxtaposing him with the Geo instructor for example, and you'll see a WORLD of difference.

    He seemed to be uncomfortable deviating from his scripted teaching methods and I found that he had trouble keeping up with student's questions. Quite frequently he didn't even understand what they were asking. Multiple times I would almost yell into the monitor "She's not asking that, she's asking about THIS!".

    That being said, I can't imagine a better review course out there. I did the "Mansour" book course, which was a bit more helpful on the conceptual stuff. I thought Goswami All-in-One was a waste of time, although his example tests were GREAT! I took all the sample exams I could find, and when the test came it was harder than expected.

    But ... to each his own, people I know who have passed have only used the Goswami book and CERM, no review course.

    Just my two cents!


    I agree with this but he was easy to understand. I got a little annoyed with the "There you have it!" commentary but still thought it was a very thorough (actually too thorough review). My construction review material was thicker than any other course.

  2. PCS said I need to submit an exam application. I already have an approved exam application in MA. So I just did it again. It only took a good 6+ hours to pull it all together.

    Here's the kicker - PCS won't verify results in CT even though CT uses PCS and they could see my results on their end. (This should be tagged in that PCS sucks forum)

    We'll see what happens but I highly suspect it will still not be good enough for MA! Trying to stay positive. Can't hurt to try. I will be very annoyed if they drag me in for an interview. But I'll do it. Whatever it takes at this point. Yay Taxachusetts!

  3. What is so horrific about MA's application process that made you think taking the exam in another state and then applying for MA comity would be easier than just applying for and taking the exam in MA? Do you need licensure in CT too or did you do this just to avoid the MA application process?


    Not only does the application take forever because it's in some ridiculous code that you need a law degree to understand, they require all sorts of separate references to be completed and mailed separately, and if you happen to be a repeat test taker you have to take time off and demonstrate you took a class and then reapply. so between the time you studied you then have to wait for the application to be processed and approved and then you have to study again. CT made it easy in comparison. Plus their testing site was far superior.

  4. I took the exam in CT because MA's application is horrific. Now that I passed, I want comity in MA and it looks like I still have to jump through their hurdles. The MA application says that I need a NCEES record. NCEES says I don't have a record until I'm a registered PE.

    My questions are:

    1. Has anyone had to deal with MA and this already? Any advice?

    2. Do I have to get my license in CT before I can do anything? I heard CT takes months to process and I was hoping to get the ball rolling in MA now.

    3. What the heck is a NCEES record? Why can't passing be enough??

  5. Even though I know it's not going to get me anywhere, I find it hard to resist the urge to email PCS and see what's going on.

    I emailed them yesterday. Despite the message that they would get back to me in 24-hours, I have heard nothing. Go for it can't hurt just don't expect any response.

  6. In the top right of the board, click on your username, then My Settings. Somewhere in there is where you set up your timezone. I'm thinking that is the issue you are having with the time.

    Yup sorry. It also said I was a guy... I'm not :)

  7. Is anyone else having problems with the times on this forum?

    For instance, Posted Today, 01:27 PM

    I called CT board and they said couple of days it should be released.

    It's not 1:00 PM Eastern time yet..... so I don't know if this was today or yesterday.

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  8. Dust yourself off and try again, try again.

    As a repeater I will say get back on that horse. Taking a year or two or three! off does absolutely no good!!! Your brain just get more cobwebs and staying up studying till 1 AM is impossible.

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  9. My previous scores were a 62% and a converted score of 64. The year with the 64 it said 70 was needed to pass. The other year when a percentage was given there was no passing score provided.

    Fingers crossed for this year!

  10. I still have a hard time believing 70% didn't pass. I guess that means the test was "easier" this year than previous years.

    As a repeat tester - yes, this test seemed significantly easier. Lots of look up questions.

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