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  1. In Texas (Mechanical TFS) for references I used a coworker (electrical PE), an old college professor (Mechanical PE), and a coworkers sister (Structural PE). I have not done extensive work under or with any of them.
  2. Relevant to 1&2: The syllabus is extremely accurate. If it says there will be 'cooling/heating load' problems then it will be on the test guaranteed. My best advice is to study exactly what is on the syllabus with no exception (even non-core TFS problems like heating loads / bolts, welds, etc). 3. No equation sheet provided. MERM + lindberg unit conversions is minimum and should be fine. 4. You solve problems in your exam booklet. There is a bunch of white space around the problems.
  3. I took it. 1. I never took the old exam so can't really compare but I think overall it will decrease studying time due to the narrower range of topics. You just have to really understand the material (can't plug-n-chug need to understand). 2. Yes. I was extremely particular about using the syllabus and I found the exam matches the syllabus to a tee. The official practice exam is highly realistic. 3. I found it very helpful to do all relevant problems from the MERM companion but this may be overkill with Dr. Tom. That was my main method of review although it was extensive and exhausting. 4. Dunno.
  4. Those books are fine. I just passed TFS on the April exam with the new specs. What worked for me was doing all of the MERM companion problems related to the NCEES exam syllabus. Look at the exam specs and hit all problems that are on that list (including the ones mentioned that aren't core-TFS like pressure vessel, bolts, etc). I found the syllabus extremely accurate so be anal about hitting all the topics and focus on the percentages indicated. After doing most of the relevant companion problems which are way harder and more complex you should have a good understanding of the material. Then focus on doing exam type problems. You should order the official NCEES practice exam (side plug I am selling it at discount see my classified). The 6MS book is ok. It has some good problems ... I skipped the ones that weren't on the exam syllabus. Note that many of the 6MS problems are wacky or too complicated to be test-like so its not a useful book for doing a timed test or boosting test morale. During exam I used the MERM, Lindberg Unit Conversion (great book -I used a lot), and the NCEES practice exam which had a few similar problems. I also used Cameron Hydraulic a little but I think the info I used was also in the MERM so it is not necessary.
  5. NCEES is pretty explicit that all questions are weighted the same. The other option is that they threw out a question. See below with results out of 79 instead of 80. 58/79 = 73.4% which rounds to 73%. 57/79=72.1% which rounds to 72%.
  6. I passed TFS. References used: -MERM -Cameron Hydraulic Data - Lindberg Units Conversion book (used a ton) - Printed out steam tables in metric and us that were more detailed (less interpolation needed). I studied 5months with maybe 2-8 hrs per week. Total I believe I put in 100ish hours. I did 80% of the merm companion problems but only for TFS chapters. These are so complex they are good to do first because you get a real understanding of the material. Next I did the NCEES practice exam timed. I did well on this so I started slacking on studying ... But after that I did the 6MS TMS book, PPI mech practice exam, PPI 101 Mech problems (only partially and only TFS material- problems are for old 1970s test). I also did part of the Oughtredco exam before I gave up because it had so many errors. Finally I redid the NCEES official practice exam the last week. I tried to only do problems that were on the NCEES exam syllabus. I followed it to a tee though - the syllabus includes many mechanical topics such as bolts, pressure-vessels etc that I'm glad I studied. I ended up outscoring all my practice exam attempts on the actual test.
  7. I took mechanical Thermal Fluid Systems and felt very good about it after leaving -- although I had paranoid thoughts after that I had misbubbled or something. Currently vacationing in Mexico so 98 tequilas para mi!
  8. Passed. 98! Woot! May have overstudied... Thank yall for the help.
  9. P.Eng is Canadian - much easier certification (no PE exam).
  10. Also strategically if they release it at the end of the day they don't have to field all the post results call deluge until tomorrow. (Source: I am also a lazy office worker)
  11. The other reason it might be longer is that certain tests (Mechanical) are no longer a breadth/depth format as of April 2017. I imagine it might take the psychometricians more time/pondering/black-magic to equate results due to such a radical difference in the test this time around.
  12. From the current TBPE newsletter. 100% increase in examinees after decoupling!
  13. spacebanjo

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    I felt pretty good about passing TFS but feel it was a lot harder than practice exam. I finished the morning in 2 hrs and was able to go back and check each problem - I found 4 errors mostly stupid math or units related -lots of traps. The afternoon I finished in 3hr and checked some of the hard ones but was too tired to check all of them effectively. I"m sure I made some more silly mistakes in the afternoon. One interesting strategy I used was using NCEES "tricks" to confirm I had the right answer. For example the multiple choice answers are often silly mistakes apart. If I got an answer I wasn't sure on sometimes I could see the other multiple choice answers were my correct answer but in the wrong units or forgot to divide by a constant. Thus, the 'traps' confirmed I had the correct answer.
  14. I had the same question on this problem. I believe it is an error and reported it to NCEES early this week.
  15. I started this exam last weekend and stopped about 3/4 the way through. There are a lot of errors and some strange problems, some of which are quite time consuming. Ultimately I decided my last few days of studying are more effectively spent on more realistic exam type questions and so I stopped doing it.
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