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  1. Hello, Would you have the time to show how you worked the problem? can't seem to get the high point sta. Thanks, Bill Hall I got everything except for the STA @ HP 3.2 + ? = 340.6 Thanks again. AHH! I got it!` 3.2 from the PVC............
  2. Hello, Would you have the time to show how you worked the problem? can't seem to get the high point sta. Thanks, Bill Hall I got everything except for the STA @ HP 3.2 + ? = 340.6 Thanks again.
  3. Hello, Would you have the time to show how you worked the problem? can't seem to get the high point sta. Thanks, Bill Hall
  4. I got $233,131.31 as well. "C" is most nearly. I think the trick here is the the .5 mean water level. Failure in this subtraction will put you at i$240, which would be "D".
  5. Not sure what you mean by "understand the fundamentals", but I'm a Testmasters fan because they take the opposite approach: if you want to learn someone, take a college course; if you want to pass an exam; apply these strategies. Rather than explain theory, they focused on approach. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check them out. I like the approach. Spot on. I knew 2 people who could of passed it, but didn't. They had no test strategy. There are easy questions, but you need to read the question well. You need to manage your time, pass hard question or ones that gave you problems in the past. This is a test of some fundamental topics, not every nook and cranny in the business. I'm sure the exam makers put some questions in to suck your time down. Going back to the fail guys. They were a bit iffy on the subject matter. However, they just plowed through the test, 1 then 2 then 3 then....... times up. Instread of struggling with those last few hard questions, go back and check your work on the easy ones. Not redo the problems. Figure out a method that assures a quality answer in another way than basically solving it. Is the answer in PSI, yes. Does the equations you used match up to the original question asked? You have to correctly answer 70% of the questions. Focus on the 70% you know well. The other 30% are buffer questions. The breadth questions I studied were close to the afternoon questions. So, don't sweat the oddball questions. Knock down the ones the reoccur in practice exams. Do live tests. 4 hours of straight concentration. I never did so much math work in one day before studying or taking this test. Just like real world. Focus on what you know, then work on what you don't know. And like in the real world, you can't do it all yourself. You however can do a big chunk. Proficiency is not perfection. School of PE worked well for me...the bonus course had several problems in the afternoon module. Couple that with the NCEES practice exam. OSHA manual was a must... I think the best thing the school of PE taught was on the last day the instructor taught how to take the test. He instructed to go through the test in 4 iterations. on the first pass read every question and mark 1 - 4 - (1 being the easiest, 4 being the hardest) on the first pass, do all the questions that require no calculations and are only theory based. On pass 2 do questions that you know the formula without having to look anything up. On pass 3 do the questions where you know where to pull the formula from. and Pass 4 are the ones where if you have time to search for a formula or similar problem do them then....if you get stuck on a problem skip and come back...i took the test April14 and was finished with all but 15 questions in the morning an hour in. i spent the next 3 hours on the remaining questions. Similar in the afternoon i did 70% in the first hour and spent the next 3 hrs on the more involved questions. Again, like other people said you only need a 70 - focus your time on getting the ones you know right...most people who struggle get stuck on a question and then are forced to rush through other questions that given time they would have gotten right Thanks Todddod. Time management is defiantly one area I need to improve. I got hooked on a few questions and really burnt up some valuable time. I gotta learn when to throw the towel in and move on. Classifying questions 1-4 is a great idea. Thanks
  6. Thanks Mark! I defiantly like your site and sample questions. I've already started reviewing. I agree that I need a real-person class and change my study tactics. I spent a lot of time studying non exam material the last few times. I need direction and I need to stay focused on construction. Thanks for the help! Looking further into learncivilengineering website: This is what I need. Strategy outline, study guides, defined areas of study and an App to help me keep committed! Thanks,
  7. Thanks Mark! I defiantly like your site and sample questions. I've already started reviewing. I agree that I need a real-person class and change my study tactics. I spent a lot of time studying non exam material the last few times. I need direction and I need to stay focused on construction. Thanks for the help!
  8. Thanks Road Guy. I really appreciate your feedback and suggestion with Test Masters. Sounds like I need to stay with construction and grind it out.
  9. @Road Guy; I've been out of school for 25 years which makes it tough. I work for the Railroad/ signal construction. Very few calculation or design work. Mostly field inspection. Took it twice under electrical/computer electronics. 1st time very poorly prepared. 2nd time came 10 questions short. Switched to civil/construction. still about 10 questions short. Either going to stay with construction or switching to geotech. My background is broad-range with the first part of my career heavy construction/ multistory construction as a project manager. The second half a combination of electrical/ electronics and construction. I hold a General contractor's, Mechanical and plumbing license in several states. I really did poorly in 3 catagories structural and temp structures. Mastering these 2 areas and maintaining my current exam knowledge should put me over the top. But, I do realize I need help. Thanks for your help or in-site/advice.
  10. I'm trying to choose a prep course to take for the civil/construction PE exam. I'm a 3 time looser and have to wait until April 2015 to sit again. I took the NC State prep course last time but still fell short. I need some help! Any feedback would be deeply appreciated.
  11. Thanks! I'm getting serious and dedicated to studying again after the Holiday. I like the way you explain, in detail, how the answers to the questions were calculated.
  12. I will confirm that. I passed construction in my first attempt and did 100% what learncivilengineering told me. They have nice study plan and good examples. After that I checked CERM and it was hard. Took the exam and it was more like examples I did from LCE than CERM. I've been looking at their site. I like it. Although I'm having a little difficulty navigating through the site. Thanks for the help. I too think CERM is too hard.
  13. Not sure what you mean by "understand the fundamentals", but I'm a Testmasters fan because they take the opposite approach: if you want to learn someone, take a college course; if you want to pass an exam; apply these strategies. Rather than explain theory, they focused on approach. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check them out. I like the approach.
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