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    T minus 2 weeks

    I heard that too.
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    It's Friday!!!!

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    When to take? Oct 18 vs Apr 19?

    Okay, I didn't realize that commercial study guides are now referencing the manual. The essentially confirms our hypothesis. That might also allow a few newbies to also figure it out on their own too. Take any legal and ethical edge you can get.
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    When to take? Oct 18 vs Apr 19?

    ikr. It probably goes without saying, but for the lurkers out there, just don't print it out and bring it with you, but also make sure you are properly familiar with it prior to taking the test. LOL yeah. But sensible, common sense, and being prepared, and being well prepared for all eventualities are different things. The tea leaves are easy to read, but only if you know what to look for. I sort of question how many EnvE test takers next week know that: The test goes CBT on Jan 1; that there is a handbook on the ncees dashboard to download; that can find the F#$%ing thing on the dashboard. I knew it was there and had trouble locating it this morning!; that that handbook will be the only allowable reference on the CBT; that this exam could be a dry run for the CBT, even if only in paper/pencil format, if not future questions I suspect the overall number is pretty low. And I seriously doubt that there are any first time takers, without help who would be able to figure it out for themselves.
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    D-Day approaching

    Spam T minus 192 hr Exam T minus 162.5 hr (+ time zone correction)
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    When to take? Oct 18 vs Apr 19?

    It wouldn't surprise me if the April and OCt 2018 80 question pencil/paper exams are the shake-down test for the CBT.
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    Transition to computer based exam?!

    I don't know if the hard copy NCEES PE Env manual is the same refrence (PDF) that will be provided on the CBT? For Chem and Nuke, they prepared a new reference; The NCEES dashboard provides a document titled "PE Environmental Reference Manual Version 1.0". If it's not the same publication as the one you referenced, you should consider looking at it, printing it out, and taking it with you to the test next week. I'm not sure that it will skew the cut score. If they determine that the provided reference yields the wrong answer, and with so many EnvE takers they will through statistical analysis, they would score the wrong answer as correct as well. You've got the right approach. I thought it was strange that they would redo the pencil/paper exam a year before transition to CBT. Way too much work on their part to have to redo it again in a year. Through game theory, you'd expect the questions on the April and Oct 2018 to be very similar what is will be asked on the CBT. These pencil/paper tests may be the "beta testing" for the test moving forward. But hey, people do stupid things all the time so it may not be related. @vee043324@txjennah
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    Horse is to stable

    wine
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    Horse is to stable

    Grass
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    October 2018 Exam Authorizations

    Did any of them recognize you?
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    D-Day approaching

    Trolling is strictly forbidden. We would never engage in it here. Totally
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    Forum Banning Game

    Banned because totes I can't even
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    D-Day approaching

    Aww, now I really can't post the gifs I wanted to post. You got this!
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    Horse is to stable

    get
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    Linked Words Game

    whiskey shot
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    Forum Banning Game

    Banned for hating pyros.
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    D-Day approaching

    @vee043324 I really want you to pass the test and I won't do anything to disrupt that. So I guess whatever gets you pumped and all.... but I just want to let you know that it's taking all of my willpower right now, to not post some SB LII gifs of my own. Also, I thought you were a Colts fan?
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    Horse is to stable

    burn
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    D-Day approaching

    Studying through Wednesday is a good plan. I think I hit peak-preparedness on the Wednesday evening before the test. I tried studying on Thursday... that wasn't productive - by then I had hit the point of negative returns on studying. I recommend trying to relax a little that evening. Hype songs and walk-up music seems like a really good idea! Be sure you have all of your references, calculator, exam authorization, etc before you leave for the hotel. Remember to set lots of redundant alarms and wake-up calls via hotel and friends/family for Friday morning. Try to get to the site early. You really don't want to oversleep or otherwise arrive late.
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    Tips for Maryland Test Takers

    We're less than 10 days out from the test so it's time for the semi-annual bump of the Maryland test takers. Feel free to post any questions here about taking the test in Maryland. This is a living thread so the reader can see how the rules have changed over time *cough* fitbit *cough*. Likewise, after you take the test next week come back and post your own insights and advice. Especially if anyone has an answer to the seat cushion question. Remember to read the all of the rules, leave your electronics in the car, and wear nothing on your wrists. Good luck next week!
  21. We're a week before the October PE Exam, so I figured I should share some advice on the Maryland exam site. I'm assuming that it is being held at the State Fairgrounds again this year. It's located at 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21903. Unless you are local to the area, I would recommend staying at a nearby hotel the night before. We all know how bad traffic can get here. So you can either leave very early to beat it or take your chances. If you've never been there before I would also recommend driving to the test site before the day of the test just to understand where it is and what the narrow busy road is like. You should try to get their early that morning regardless. There is ample parking on site. You will almost certainly enter through the York Road entrance and park in the larger lot. There is a hidden entrance on Timonium Rd, more on this later. The test takes place in the main fairground building. It's essentially a large warehouse/barn/hangar. There will be about 300 test takers. Two at a table, and as many tables as needed. The chairs aren't awful, but they aren't luxurious either. The tables are old folding wood tables. I don't remember any issues with HVAC or noise. There is no clock in the room. Bring a mechanical watch that doesn't make noises. You can ask the proctors during the exam about how much time is renaming. There are bathrooms on site, but only one person of each sex may go to the bathroom at a time during the exam. They get very crowded immediately after the test adjourns for the morning and afternoon sessions. You can't use the bathrooms 15 min before the end of a session. You may leave early during either session. Except during the 15 minutes prior to the end of the session. The rules are very specific about what kind of containers (to carry references) may be brought into the exam site. In previous exams they have been relaxed about this rule with a caveat. People will bring suitcases of books to the exam site, but the proctors will make you put your suitcase against one of the walls after you've removed your books. The allowable containers (milk crates, clear plastic boxes, etc) may be kept under the side of your desk. You should read and re-read the NCESS and Maryland specific exam rules before leaving for the exam. As a nuclear engineer, I think you should be disqualified from being a PE if you don't follow procedures, but maybe that's a disciple specific culture; it's astounding how many people don't know the rules before coming to the exam. Even if you've taken the test before new rules get added from session to session, so you don't want to be surprised on exam day. The proctors aren't "out to get you". They are friendly and fair. Do not give them a hard time, do not take out your emotions on them. They will read the rules out loud before the exam and give you time to ask clarifying questions. They know people will accidentally bring forbidden items into the exam site and specifically give you a chance turn them in before the test. If you accidentally are in violation of the rules this is your chance to make it right. You can recover those items at the end of the day. They go around before every session with graphical print outs of approved calculators and disapproved digital watches/items. If something isn't right they will let you know before the test even starts, this is to let you surrender the item to them during the test session but recover it later. It is all perfectly reasonable and fair. With that in mind, during the test they will enforce the rules as written. They are not engineers, so don't expect them to understand certain subtleties, and don't ask them for help on the exam. They are paid to administer the test per procedures and they do it appropriately. To them, the rules are the rules. Maryland was the main site of the infamous Fitbit rule last April. It happened elsewhere, but it was most prolific here. Leave your Fitbits at home/in the car. Just to be safe, one should avoid bringing any electronic into the exam site that doesn't fit into these categories: NCEES approved Calculator Carkey Fob, one which doesn't make any noises (unless forbidden in the new rules) A medical device that is actually required to live/function You can always buy a cheap mechanical watch. You don't want to risk an ignorant proctor confusing a digital watch for a smart watch, calculator, fitbit, etc. It has happened before, it will happen again. It's not worth the risk. Leave all other electronics at home or in the car. Double check before entering the exam site. Lunch is supposed to be an hour, but it practice it they will give you more time. There are plenty of fast food options near by. With a few hundred other test takers they can get busy quickly. You'll probably be okay to eat offsite, but I recommend packing a lunch and eating it on site. I also HIGHLY recommend moving your car during lunch to the parking lot on the other side of the test building. This lot has access to the "hidden" exit to Timonium Road. When the test is over most people (read: 150+ cars) will try to exit onto York Road at the same time. The light is very short and it's a few minutes between cycles. Maybe 3-4 cars will get out per green light. By comparison it's an easy stop-sign right turn onto Timonium Road. However I wouldn't recommend this if you must make a left turn onto Timonium Rd. For whatever reason the exams tend to run late. An end time of 5:30 or later is likely. Good luck next week!
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    October 2018 Exam Authorizations

    LOL, five weeks if they're lucky! p.s. Trolling can be fun, you're gonna love it next spring.😈
  23. Is there anything on your exam authorization that says that notes must be in ink, or nothing written in pencil? If there is then start photo-copying, or writing over it in ink. The conflicting information you find on these forums is circa 2013 and earlier when a few states prohibited anything written in pencil. However I'm not aware if actually remained a rule anywhere starting in 2014. A few of us still have bad memories of this rule and still warn others accordingly. Again, check the NCEES exam guide and exam authorization about electronic watches, mechanical watches, and wrist jewelry. Maryland prohibits everything, but most states aren't so crazy about it. If they don't prohibit all wrist-wear, then a cheap mechanical watch is the safest bet. I'm sure you can get something functional for under $15 at a pharmacy or discount store.
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