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Slay the P.E. last won the day on October 7 2018

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  1. Thanks for the shout out. We’re glad to have been of service in your studies. Congrats!!!
  2. Thanks!! Much appreciated. Congratulations!!
  3. Thank you for creating this thread. 😊
  4. If coach woulda put me in 4th quarter we would’ve been state champions. No doubt.
  5. 'Till Spam do us part. Couple has SPAM-themed wedding
  6. I know how this spam thread influences the release date
  7. Let me tell you how getting to 15k posts is related to the results release date:
  8. LOL. No. I'm afraid not. There are like 6 or 7 problems in this thread. Did you work them all?
  9. Be mindful of the issues that are being reported with that manual. Most have been for TFS but it seems reasonable to suspect the MDM and HVAC sections might be affected too.
  10. Hi Slay, do you think it's important that your practice exam is first attempted in an exam-like setting? 

    This was my plan, but I don't want to take it too soon before the exam, struggle, and not give you guys enough time to answer questions (via email) about specific problems.

    From what I understand, your exam is excellent and although it may be harder than the PE, it's effective at driving home core concepts.  With that said, maybe it isn't so bad to start on it early to make sure I give each problem a shot.  Then after that first run through, I can re-take it in a more timed setting.

    Thanks in advance for your input.

    1. Slay the P.E.

      Slay the P.E.

      Hi Gordy,

      Thanks for reaching out. Sorry I didn't reply earlier. I didn't know about this feature where people can write on my "feed" here in EB. I didn't get a notification, so I just noticed this.

      It really depends. Some people have used the exam as a study tool by itself and as such, work a few problems at a time. This way, they feel OK if they spend 10 or 15 minutes with a problem presenting an unfamiliar aspect of a particular topic.

      Others have taken it in exam setting. I say, you may do that once you feel you've studied quite a bit and you have a couple of weeks to spare before test day. That way, if the exam brings up something you didn't know about then reviewing it will not be so stressful. I feel though, that "exam setting" might be too much of a commitment. I'd rather people do that with the NCEES practice exam.

      Don't worry about not having time to receive answers on questions you might have. It is our experience that those that purchase the solutions have minimal questions about them. We deliberately provided a very high level of detail in those solutions so that they would be quite self-explanatory. Nevertheless, when customers have a question we answer that email very quickly.



    2. GordyJ


      Excellent reply, this is exactly what I wanted to hear.  You hit the nail on the head with regards to approaching it in an exam setting, but only 2+ weeks ahead of time after adequate preparation. 

      The reason I asked in the first place is because a) good practice exams are hard to come by, b) re-working 80 problems in 8 hrs that you've done before (e.g., NCEES) doesn't seem like a true "simulation" of the exam, and c) blocking off 8 hours on a weekend can be tricky.

      Long story short, I am looking forward to purchasing your practice exam within the next week.

      Thanks, Slay!


  11. The link doesn't work because one has to be logged in to myNCEES to download the manual. I'm going to urge HVAC people to download and review this ASAP. It should put to rest any doubt about what ASHRAE handbooks to bring to the test. Here NCEES has copied everything they deem important. You should review the Refrigeration, HVAC, and Combustion sections and make sure you understand how to use every table and graph in those sections. They're virtually all taken straight from the ASHRAE handbooks. Similarly for MDM. This handbook definitely helps determine which areas of Shigley's you should really emphasize in your prep. After a quick review with an eye for the TFS Exam: YIKES! no Mollier diagram anywhere in sight. Makes steam turbine problems unnecessarily long. There are no Normal Shock compressible flow tables, but they do provide the equations, so people taking CBT will have to solve shockwave problems without the benefit of the table. That's not nice of them. Their table of unit conversions is appallingly sparse. The psychrometric charts are preposterously blurry, bordering on unreadable.
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