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  1. Thanks Matt. That statement, followed by your signature made me laugh. On a side note, my next step is losing 15 lbs to qualify medically. Gotta lose that marriage weight !
  2. Good question! Because I felt like it! No, not really . I am trying to get into military in the Guard. bioenvironmental engineering requires either a BS in engineering or a science degree plus passing the FE. So you know which route I took Took me about 7 months total. Totally self taught, had never even thought of engineering prior to this. But now I really love the field, so it was a good thing even if I don't get into the military (yes there is a still a chance I won't qualify even with passing the exam)
  3. "2) the applicant is not certified as an engineer intern and has at least one of the following : (a) received a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline recognized by the board from a board-approved engineering curriculum and has twelve years of engineering experience subsequent to receiving the degree ; (b) received a master's degree in an engineering discipline recognized by the board from a board-approved engineering curriculum and has at least six years of engineering experience subsequent to receiving the degree; or © received a doctorate degree in an engineering dis cipline recognized by the board from a board approved engineering curriculum and has at least four years of engineering experience subsequent to receiving the degree" The above is from New Mexico^ So since I can't be an EIT without a ABET degree, my only other option is getting a master's or PhD, both of which essentially require a BS in engineering because of the core requirements (math, physics, etc). So esentially...no. Which is too bad, I showed by the test that I am capable the same as someone else who has a degree (minus references and the like, of course). I'm not bitter about this in the least because I completely understant why engineers need to be held to very high standards. Since taking the journey to passing the FE, I have a deep found respect for the professionality of engineering and why it is important to uphold high standards for public safety and the like. Would have been nice to have the option!
  4. Can I become a PE without an EBET degree?
  5. Just FYI, I passed the second time around!! I found out this morning, pretty excited. The chances for me to pass were super low, 36%, based on the fact that I am a non-engineer major taking the test for a second time. See stats here: http://ncees.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Squared-20141.pdf If you have failed once, keep trying! Be diligent and take it seriously!
  6. If this is directed at me, thanks! When I look back at it, I have actually spent close to that will all the smaller reviews, books, review material, time, etc so maybe I should have jus gone with that in the first place, but I couldn't convince my wife that it was worth it!
  7. To be fair, there are very few legitamate review course for environmental, if any. The closest would be civil, but even that does not cover a large section of the topics., http://www.schoolofpe.com/feenvironmental/ Good catch there, I think I may have seen that when I was first looking, but the 1300$ price tag was prohibitive for me. Thanks for the correction
  8. Hey all, I just took the FE environmental for the second time (will find out tomorrow!). This is an excel spreadsheet I used to keep tabs of what I've studied and how much time until the exam. There is a spot for todays date (should update automatically, if not just click on it and hit enter) plus a spot to add when your exam date is. When you have finished a section, change the N in the box to a Y, and it will turn green. Also there is a spot for page numbers for each topic. I know there are some online ones, but this one is nice to have and you can print it out or just have it saved to your computer. I know feprep.com has a pretty good one, but it had me studying several topics at once so I didn't like it and made my own. Sorry everyone else who isn't environmental, but you guys get all the good study material and review courses. Patattacka FE environ schedule EB.com.xlsx
  9. To be fair, there are very few legitamate review course for environmental, if any. The closest would be civil, but even that does not cover a large section of the topics.,
  10. GAH! I've been trying to log in for a while to write this, had issues with my account. I would love to give you some help. I have taken the FE environmental twice, failed the first time, currently awaiting results on the next one. Even if I don't pass the second one, I have learned a lot about studying from taking it twice. First time I took it I studying for 2 months more of less. This second time it was closer to 4.5. I went over a lot of concepts and watching a lot of youtube videos explaining things I wasn't sure on the first time. This is ok if you have lots of time to study and have forgotten major topics. Best thing you can do now is: The enviro specific review from PPI (these were a great help for learning how to solve and use the reference manual) It is really difficult to find study material for our exam (I feel your pain). Go over the problems without looking at the answer as much as you can, because it will get your brain to think about how to solve problems with what you know so far. The environmental specific review from PPI is very expensive for how small it is, but it was worth it for how spot on the topics were (didn't cover groundwater well or qualitative problems, just practice problems and a brief overview) Finding the right topics in the PPI overall review book helped as well, but weren't in depth. The online NCEES exam was a great help, but was 1$ a problem! The exam problems were actually a bit harder than the review in this case for me. It wasn't that the topic was harder, it still looked similar, but presented it in a different way. For example (without going into too much depth), drawdown for confined and unconfined aquifers was covered in the review, but in the exam it applied it to using Darcy's equation and conductivity in a way I hadn't thought of before or had never encountered. Oh yeah, I should have prefaced this with the fact that I am a biochem major, not an engineer, so you should have a big advantage over me. I didn't have the training to fall back on and had to self-teach for mostly every thing, which I am totally not bragging about because I wish I had chosen engineering! So if you have a degree in engineering and learned all these things from teachers and have school books about them, be confident in your abilities! Take your daily schedule seriously and set apart multiple hours a day for studying and reviewing with lots of breaks. Stick with your strong points, and focus on the second half of the topics, which are worth the most points. Once you feel confident in those areas, bo back and work at the smaller things like thermo and math and econ. Again, this is my opinion, but I have heard similar things voiced elsewhere. PRACTICE PROBLEMS will be the best thing for you. The FEPREP website would have been a lot more beneficial to me if I had used it for longer, but I work a full time job with a baby on the way, so it was difficult. I also purchased a book from Pearson, which said it was made specifically for the environmental CBT. I found it helpful for large concepts, especially the less quantitative subjects such as wastewater and landfilling and the like. The practice problems in it were severely lacking and often employed formulas and concepts not found in the review and often very convoluted with a lot of errata. I focused a lot of fluid mechanics since a lot of the other topics use aspects of fluid mechanics (ie hydraulic head in wastewater plants, stokes law for aquifers) Best of luck to you! If there are any other questions I can answer for you just let me know, hopefully my account will not act up again (thanks Mike for the help) Pat
  11. taking it tomorrow morning, wish me luck
  12. By the way, where in CO are you? Just downstairs in Albuquerque, NM here.
  13. Thanks Road Guy, I know that alt+F on the new test will tag a question for later. I am going to only answer the easy parts first, then use the remainder of my time on the first half solving those. I'm fairly decent on standardized tests, but I am literally still learning new concepts days before the test, not a fun "review" if you ask me! Since I've started planning on taking this test, I have become a lot more interested in engineering and the whole concept of it and I wouldn't mind getting my masters in an engineering field.
  14. Thanks a lot, EG. Unfortunately I think it might be a little late for me to start watching youtube videos, I am going to just stick to the method I am now, while also taking lots of practice exams using fepreps quiz bank, which I enjoy. But I will check them out regardless, thanks for sharing that.
  15. Also, this question is for anyone: Were there formulas you were expected to know that were not given or could not be derived from the equations in the reference manual? I am fimiliar with the equations in the manual, but since my background is mostly in the chemical areas and a lot of physiology/biology, I do not know much ridumentary engineering Thanks
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