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  1. In TX they release your individual score. You can only see your own, though.
  2. As I posted in This Thread I passed the Power PE with a 91. I'm selling most of my study material. Make me an offer for some or all of this stuff and take it off my hands! I'll sell bulk or just one book at a time. Whatever you need. NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace – A required reference. 1-3 problems draw directly from this book. NESC – National Electrical Safety Code ANSI/IEEE C2 – A required reference. 1-3 problems draw directly from this book. NCEES FE Supplied Reference Handbook – VERY useful. I have the 8th edition (2008 printing), I doubt there’s a significant change in content since then. If anything, it could be useful to have the current edition (free to print from NCEES) AND an older edition like this. The Electrical Engineer’s Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam – Graffeo. Must I say more? The most highly recommended book on EB, and an absolutely vital resource. I can’t imagine prepping for or taking the PE without it. A must-have. Contains 1 full-length practice exam. Power PE Exam Primer – Graffeo. Goes with the above book, contains 3 full-length practice exams. They are useful. I will say that they are in Graffeo’s style, which is a bit different from NCEES, and that there are enough typos and clerical errors that you can’t just score your answers by the key – but when you learn how to spot the errors, you learn how to solve the problem! Useful for study, not to bring into the exam. EERM – Electrical Enginering Reference Manual – John Camara, PE. Highly recommended on EB. Useful for studying, has a lot of breadth, and works well in tandem with the practice problems below. I personally did not find it useful for the exam itself. Electrical Engineering Practice Problems for the Power, Electrical and Electronics, and Computer PE Exams – John Camara, PE. – Used as a study focus aid. Did not bring to exam. Electrical machines, drives, and power systems – Wildi. Immensely popular and highly recommended by EB users, I did not use it for study or bring to the exam. However it seems to be a great book. For me, it was redundant to some of my other references. Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers – Beaty, Fink – 16th edition. A heck of a book! Saw it recommended here on EB and bought it. It has a lot of depth in some interesting areas, and breadth over most areas. I brought it to the exam. Power System Analysis – Grainger, Stevenson. Highly recommended on EB. Useful for both studying and during the exam. Very information-dense. A must-have. Electric Machinery Fundamentals – Chapman. I was very lucky to have used this book in college, so I was already familiar with its layout and contents. I can’t recommend it enough – GREAT book. It’s the reason I didn’t read Wildi. Multiple questions on the exam cover topics that this book addresses explicitly. On one problem in particular, I was stumped until I saw the exact answer in this book – nearly verbatim. A must have – and I’m not selling this one! Personally Curated Selection of Notes and Whitepapers – I spent a good bit of time finding whitepapers and notes on the internet that seemed relevant. I printed them and used them for studying and brought into the exam. I recommend doing this! But don’t get carried away with irrelevant papers. My printed and bound notes can be included with other books to sweeten a package deal. I also have a few other printed-and-bound items (see the linked thread). I think the copyrights are expired and I can sell them without trouble, but just to be safe, I'm not listing them here. If you want them, PM me.
  3. I did great on the exam. While this can't be entirely attributed to the books I use, they did play a part. I'll be selling most of the books I used, either on the classifieds here or on Ebay. Also you can PM me if you want to have first dibs on any of my books; I will be selling them cheap. NFPA 70 – NEC – A required reference. 11-15 problems draw directly from this book. I brought the handbook version which I recommend, due to the amplifying information, graphics, and commentary. (I won't be selling this one). NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace – A required reference. 1-3 problems draw directly from this book. NESC – National Electrical Safety Code ANSI/IEEE C2 – A required reference. 1-3 problems draw directly from this book. NCEES Practice Exam – you should bring it just in case. I did not refer to it during the exam. It is vital for studying as it is the ONLY way to get a feel for what exam questions really look like. NCEES FE Supplied Reference Handbook – VERY useful. I have the 8th edition (2008 printing), I doubt there’s a significant change in content since then. If anything, it could be useful to have the current edition (free to print from NCEES) AND an older edition like this. The Electrical Engineer’s Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam – Graffeo. Must I say more? The most highly recommended book on EB, and an absolutely vital resource. I can’t imagine prepping for or taking the PE without it. A must-have. Contains 1 full-length practice exam. Power PE Exam Primer – Graffeo. Goes with the above book, contains 3 full-length practice exams. They are useful. I will say that they are in Graffeo’s style, which is a bit different from NCEES, and that there are enough typos and clerical errors that you can’t just score your answers by the key – but when you learn how to spot the errors, you learn how to solve the problem! Useful for study, not to bring into the exam. Engineering Pro Guides Power PE – Technical study guide: how to pass the exam. By Justin Kauwale, PE. Unfortunately for me, I only learned of this a few days before the exam. I bought the PDF – a bargain at $35ish – printed and bound it, and brought it with me. It is actually just as good as Graffeo, I think! But I can’t swear to it – since I found the book late, and had already learned Graffeo, this book was somewhat redundant for me personally. But I HIGHLY recommend it! (I don't think it's fair to Justin, or maybe legal, for me to sell this one.) EERM – Electrical Enginering Reference Manual – John Camara, PE. Highly recommended on EB. Useful for studying, has a lot of breadth, and works well in tandem with the practice problems below. I personally did not find it useful for the exam itself. Electrical Engineering Practice Problems for the Power, Electrical and Electronics, and Computer PE Exams – John Camara, PE. – Used as a study focus aid. Did not bring to exam. Electrical machines, drives, and power systems – Wildi. Immensely popular and highly recommended by EB users, I did not use it for study or bring to the exam. However it seems to be a great book. For me, it was redundant to some of my other references. The Art and Science of Protective Relaying – C Russel Mason. I’m glad I read a lot of this before the exam. I don’t think I used it much during, but the concepts were very helpful. It is an older book, and the language is a bit dated, but it’s very much valid. The PDF is available free online, but the printed version is a) easier to study and b) can be brought to the exam. Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers – Beaty, Fink – 16th edition. A heck of a book! Saw it recommended here on EB and bought it. It has a lot of depth in some interesting areas, and breadth over most areas. I brought it to the exam. Power System Analysis – Grainger, Stevenson. Highly recommended on EB. Useful for both studying and during the exam. Very information-dense. A must-have. Electric Machinery Fundamentals – Chapman. I was very lucky to have used this book in college, so I was already familiar with its layout and contents. I can’t recommend it enough – GREAT book. It’s the reason I didn’t read Wildi. Multiple questions on the exam cover topics that this book addresses explicitly. On one problem in particular, I was stumped until I saw the exact answer in this book – nearly verbatim. A must have – and I’m not selling this one! Protective Relaying, Applications and Principles – Blackburn. Along with “Art and Science”, a good book on the subject. The PDF is free online. My copy was printed and bound from that. Personally Curated Selection of Notes and Whitepapers – I spent a good bit of time finding whitepapers and notes on the internet that seemed relevant. I printed them and used them for studying and brought into the exam. I recommend doing this! But don’t get carried away with irrelevant detail. My printed notes are available for sale, or I can include them with other books as a package deal. Mods, my intention with this thread is to recommend material, not to sell my wares. I'll be using the classifieds for that. But if I've crossed a line, let me know and I'll edit.
  4. Well considering only a 57% pass rate, that may not be too far off...
  5. I passed the Power PE. TX releases grades so I just checked - got a 91. Is there a thread where people are comparing grades or trying to determine the cut scores for the various exams?
  6. JohnMdd

    This Week...

    I wonder if EB is a self-selecting group of people who stress hard about the exam, or if it is a representative sample of takers? If it is a representative sample, and most takers experience such a high stress level (amounting to trauma), I wonder if some kind of therapy or pre-therapy could be structured into engineering education.
  7. Oh man. It's not killing me, but I am starting to feel a bit antsy. I was supremely confident after the exam, but now that time has passed I don't feel the same... plus, I was happy just to be done with it then. I've gathered all the books I used and separated them into two categories: the ones I want to keep for professional use, and the ones I want to try to sell (in other words, only useful for the exam, not real life). But I haven't tried to sell yet. This proves my confidence is less than 100%.
  8. Can anyone explain how to inform NCEES of a potentially faulty question, or any other technical issues on the exam? The survey I got in an email said it should be done through MyNCEES, but I logged in and couldn't find a link for messaging or exam feedback.
  9. Man I thought it was great, finished each half early. Had to guess on a couple in each half, and was unsure about a few of my choices, but I felt pretty strong.
  10. I plan on walking to the test center in Houston, at Reliant, in the morning. I'm assuming there will be a locker available for my phone and any unbound documents I accidentally left in my pockets. Does anyone know for sure?
  11. Good luck everyone. In a hotel now within walking distance of the Houston test center, one mid-sized crate of books. Going to watch another video on Power Flow, then cartoons and an early night. Remember general exam-taking guidelines: eat wisely, stay hydrated, and don't get nervous. If you're going to fail, worrying won't fix you. Staying calm can help you pass.
  12. I was concerned about this too. I suspect that instead, they will put questions from the 2018 book on the exam, or make certain to deconflict questions so they don't penalize you for having the current edition. I think they wrote that question before the '18 edition came out. But, just in case, I wrote down the approach distances from the '15 edition. If the same question appears, it will say which edition it wants us to go by, and I'll be ready either way... if it's an approach distance, that is.
  13. Question: A 50HP 460V 3ph induction motor, svc factor 1.0, what is the initial maximum size of protection device? OP is correct about 65A full load current. OP is correct about 1.15 multiplier based on 430.32(A)(1), giving 74.75A. In 5-A increments, I'd want 75A, but that's not a choice. The closest two choices are 70A and 80A, and we are in between. OP may not have noticed the wording just above the 1.15 multiplier: "*No more than* the following percent of full load current" 80 would be more than, 70 would be less than. I choose 70 based on the words "No more than".
  14. After reading the suggestions above, I found a PDF of the 2006 edition of Blackburn online. I've been reading it and have ordered it printed and bound at Office Depot. I'll be bringing it, but I don't have a lot of time to familiarize myself with all its content in the 10 days I have left. It sounds like tabbing is the recommended strategy when you don't have time to actually read the sections...
  15. I will be bringing that as well. However, it's a tough read - seems like it was written in the '50s - and I wonder how much modern protection differs from what is covered in that book. Can anyone weigh in on that? Surf'n'Snow, when you say it's the "go to" you sound like you know what you're talking about. Brainstorming topics/concepts on the Protection subject: : Different methods of grounding - solid, low/high resistance, reactance - when/where used, pros and cons of each : Use of different transformer schemes to aid in protection - IE, delta windings are open to zero-sequence currents, Wye grounding resistors limit zero-sequence currents (I think) -Speaking of which, I'm very weak on this. Can anyone weigh in on when wye and delta transformer combinations are used for the purposes of fault control?
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