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caychanh last won the day on May 28

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About caychanh

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  1. It took me three tries, but I felt so much more relaxed during the exam in April. The April 2018 Civil-WRE exam actually had plenty of new material not covered in all my practice problems, but I kept chugging along. I found that the exam questions are very similar to the practice problems we all work on. However, its the small details that throws us off. For example, I work numerous questions on solving bending moment, but the exam asks for something else instead. It looks exactly like the same practice problem, but the problem is worked out totally different. However, I clearly saw the little detail changes this time around. Just remember the exam problems are really not extremely hard, but they are definitely trying to weed out people who use worked out practice problems as reference without understanding the questions. The changes actually makes the problems easier to solve versus the practice problems. I changed my test day routine to work at a pace of about 2 or 3 mins per problem and if I can't solve in 4 minutes then go to the next problem. At the end I get about 45 mins or an hour to rework problems that I passed up. In addition, I'd take a break or two during each exam session just so that I can clear my mind and read the problems carefully. The previous exam attempts I kept thinking about time management and I didn't spend enough time on problems that looked hard but are actually easy. By the time I start looking at problems I'm rushing and I don't think i was able to solve any problems that I passed up. Just getting a few of those non gimmee questions during the exam is the difference between passing and failing. I estimate about 30 problems in the exam are made for almost everyone to get right, but we need to solve about half of the rest of the problems to be a PE. Good luck to everyone who will be taking the exam soon.
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    Nice you really cut it real real real close with 70%. Many people with 68% and 69% would give up anything to get one more problem right. Passing with 70% is the same as passing with 100%, you're a PE.
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    Texas PE Structure cut-off

    Scores got updated. Texas test takers can start checking now. I just saw mine not bad considering I failed twice 61% and 68% and this third try I passed 80%.
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    Celebrating and Venting About Results

    I passed this third time in Civil WRE. The exam didn't seem harder or easier, but I just did so many practice problems that I knew which problems I usually miss due to misunderstanding the question. When I was working practice problems I noticed that I kept missing about 40% of the problems and most of them was the easiest straight forward ones. They were actually not tricky problems, but its just that sometimes we get too excited and quickly solve them the same usual way. Its the same equation but they're just asking us to solve the other variable instead or divide by 2 instead of multiply by 2. I made sure to follow the NCEES syllabus and organize all my AM material in the same order. The afternoon session I don't think I had much control over, because there were many over the head questions in addition to the same gimmee problems. I did ok on my second attempt, but I noticed that I missed about 8 of the last ten depth questions. This exam session I just paused and went to the wash my face and just moved around a little to loosen the tension. I think I correctly answered at least 7 of the last ten problems at the end instead. The exam expects us to sit down for 4 hours straight for two sessions in a day and its really stressful. I don't think I know more exam material, but I think I just got used to seeing all the little tricks they do to reword problems slightly different from the practice problems that everyone has in their reference binders. I self studied all three times and it just seems that I just had to polish up my test taking skills by practicing more problems on my own and not look up the solutions right away. EB has been a great support website to help with my anxiety as well as provide valuable information to get me prepared for this formidable exam. Thanks everyone for all the support and encouragement. Congrats to all who passed and I wish everyone who didn't pass will pass in October. Do not shy away from using the resources here.
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    Celebrating and Venting About Results

    I became supporting member just so that can post faster on the spam thread. Fun times
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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    lunch break spam is done
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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    last week I was at 300 posts
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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    I know i put it over 1k posts here
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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    square taper looks like the winner!!!!!!
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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    Way past 15k now. we got a winner. not me
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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    finish line 15k
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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    we can slow down now. that was fast
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    April 2018 15K SPAM thread

    done deal!