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    October 2018 PE Exam Takers

    This is the 'suck' period. Just try and stay away from sharp tools (especially knives), and of course firearms, until you get that !@#$%^& Email.
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    October 2018 PE Exam Takers

    I still remember keeping my NCEES login up in a Webpage all day at work - until I finally went into Phase X (Depression) and began drinking White-Russians again. Then one day (May 24th, 2018, one day shy of 6-weks after the test) I went out to lunch and headed over to a Wal-Mart near my office when I received that Email from NCEES. I was afraid to check it through my Smart Phone for some crazy reason, so I turned around and just about ran back to my office. Before entering the final character of my NCEES password, I took the copy of Psalm 23 ("Yea though I walk through the valley of death"), from my wallet, read it to myself, and finished the login. When I saw I looked up and gave thanks. Then I called over two of my co-workers to verify what I was seeing on the screen
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    I heard the same thing on this board and another engineering site - although I don't know of anyone actually confirming that. Where is the NCEES member when we need a better opinion? Based upon the April result, my guess is that most everyone will hear on December 5th or 6th. As you all probably know, it will be an Email from NCEES to go and login to your NCEES account and see the results. I've heard they need to get the individual States to approve the results for their examinees, so they ten to be spread out over a week or two, with a large number of States releasing on the same day during the 6th week. I am hopeful all of you see
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    NY State application

    The only caution I make however is that you only have five years from the time you originally submitted the N application for the PE exam. Although the Website does not say anything specific about that, it is in the NYS Administrative Law that you only have five years. This is also one of things they specifically check on once you've passed that could delay your license being issued. I've heard they make you submit something similar to a supplemental application that needs to be approved by the NY Board if you fall into that bucket. I've heard tell of someone having their license delayed another year because of that, and they had to pay some additional fee as well.
  5. Let's start a pool - I say the October test will be Green - just a gut feeling.
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    NY State application

    In New York no need for a PE (although they ask yes/no and the number if they happen to be one). The most important thing is having the actual manager who oversaw your work sign it. If you just get a co-worker with a PE they will question why your supervisor/manager could not be the one that signs. I really don't think having a PE sign or not helps in anyway - in New York. I know of three others (besides myself) who did not have a PE and none had any questions raised (or extra credit given).
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    The Last Supper

    As I recall, my wife asked what I would like to have for my last dinner (don't remember breakfast or lunch), which is her Ziti with Ricotta and parmesan cheese mixed-in (sort of a baked Ziti without being baked - my favorite meal), some sliced sweet carrots, apple sauce, and sweet rolls - Yummy.
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    D-Day approaching

    I Agree. Study the day before is not very productive. I know of two others in April that panicked themselves by doing that. As I recall during that blur of a very long week, I spent the Thursday just getting everything organized into the two plastic crates I used to hold all my material and supplies. I suggest the following last minute checks of what you are bringing" Make sure you have your government issued picture ID with you - A co-worker of mine told me about someone at his test center in Albany NY who was not allowed to sit for his test because he forgot his ID. Be sure to bring some headache medication if you are prone to seasonal sinus issues like myself. Bring wrap-around hearing protection - my test was in a huge gymnasium and the noise/echoes was extreme at times. Make sure you have a watch that is not too high-tech which could cause them to put it through extra screening, and that it is comfortable to wear during the test. A second calculator, even though you never bring it out, is a comfort to have (well worth the 18-20 dollars it will cost at WalMart) Put Tabs at the start of the Index sections for each of your books - that will be the 'most used' tab. Leave you cell phone in your car. At the center where I took the Exam in Queens NY, the made everyone put their cell phones in plastic bags that stayed with a group proctor, and they would not give them back during the lunch break - however I had mine in my car so I was able to get to it and check for any critical messages. Be careful about bringing very large spiral binders filled to near capacity. A Civil engineer examinee next to me accidentally dropped one of his 5" binders between our individual desks and it burst open throwing paper all over the place. I felt guilty not helping him and the proctor pick it all up, however I was busy trying to do well on my test. Take a dry-run trip this week to make sure you know where the test center is and where you can park or get off of public transportation. I got to my test center an hour early and I still could not find a parking spot less than 3/4 of a mile away - not the best time to be running to the entrance of the building. At least two hours early would have been better for me that day. last but not least, if you are a person of faith even as a younger person, I honestly do not think it hurts to spend some time asking for help from a higher authority. I wish everyone the best of luck. Focus on 'Mind Over Matter' and make it "Once and Done."
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    October 2018 Exam Authorizations

    Actually - I think I do. I still remember calling over a couple of my 'trusted' co-workers to look at my computer screen and verify that I wasn't seeing a mirage. One of them did a screen refresh on my computer before he would confirm, wondering if maybe the FE green "Passed" note wasn't being screwed up by the computer video card.
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    October 2018 Exam Authorizations

    You are very welcome. I found that seeing that was one of the most exhilarating moments in my life. Now I just need something a little more than a 'pat on the back' from my employer
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    October 2018 Exam Authorizations

    I was trying to be 'nice.' I just checked, and in my case it was 5 weeks and 6 days - which I believe was the same for the vast majority of those who took the April (Friday the) 13th exam. Then it took another 8 weeks and 6 days before New York State registered me and assigned a license number
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    October 2018 Exam Authorizations

    The best of luck to all those taking the exam next week. Remember to be 100% focused - it's "Mind over Matter." Get a good night's rest, arrive at least two hours before the test and find a quiet place to meditate. Visualize getting that Email about 5 weeks later, logging into your NCEES account and seeing Result: Pass (see below).
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    How to Help Someone Taking the PE Exam?

    I do apologize for this comment. I wish your Boyfriend the best of luck.
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    Taking backpack into exam

    I'm not sure what State you are in, however based on seeing so many people bring large suitcases into the exam I took in New York, I cannot imagine there would be a problem. As I recall, there was also a woman two people behind me in line to get it that had just a backpack.
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    15 FE Exam Waiver

    I tried doing that in New York, since they have the same clause in the law, however it turned out to be a waste of time - costing me about a year in earning my license. I eventually just focused on the FE exam topics using the PPI study guide and I passed it in the first attempt.
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    FINALLY a P.E.

    Congratulations all - A good feeling isn't it?
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    can someone help me out on my application?

    I am also New York, and I completed Part 'B' of form pe4a, as: My initial role was that of as a Computer Engineering Analyst responsible for the Computer Engineering activities as described in Item A above, and detailed within projects 1 and 2 - Item C - below) Advanced to the function of lead Computer Engineer just prior to the project 3 (in Item C below), upon being promoted to Systems Specialist (the highest non-management level for engineers) At the outset of project 4 (in Item C below), promoted to the title of Technical Officer and continued to perform all engineering duties (as described in Item A above), plus managing six (6) other computer engineers performing the same engineering functions The NYS application reviewer had no problem with how I described these title/position changes.
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    Table set up at exam

    Not sure, but my guess is that after taking the test at Queens College there were many 'other' things on a persons mind to complain about. For example: No parking provided for the test takers (only the testing 'staff') - and in my case, having to walk nearly a mile from where I could find a parking spot on the street to get into the test center. Not being allowed to access any water you bring with you until the lunch break or after the test is completed Being forced to say outside in the sun (or rain If that was the case), for nearly an hour to get into the building in the morning, than again for the 1:15 during the lunch break Having to walk to the opposite end of the athletic building to reach a restroom No clocks on the walls at the front of the room (I think I saw one a hundred yards away at the far back corner, but did not bring my binoculars) For me at least, having to reach down under the table for one of the references in my plastic milk cartons was actually a minor inconvenience. I quickly realized I needed to swap some of the references between the floor and the table as the test went on. It was a much bigger problem however, when the guy at the table next to me had one of his 5-inch loose leaf binders accidentally break open and the sheets went all over the floor (probably because he tried to get about 10 of those on that small table), requiring him and the proctor to walks around everyone's small spaces between the table to pick everything up.
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    Table set up at exam

    The Queens College tables were no more than 3.5 foot square - sort of like the desks in the New York City High School I attended, but without the shelf. The chairs were hard plastic as well - no cushion.
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    Anybody else have a CISSP

    I've has a Certified Information systems Security Professional (CISSP) for 20-years prior to trying to earn my newly minted PE credential - fronted by the organization ISC2 (actually pronounced ISC-squared). I was told by a co-worker (well, he's a Director and I am still a pion Program Manger) that there are very few of us in existence. Does anyone have, or know of someone who has, both of those credentials? I would love to network with them and find out how they are benefitting (or not) by having both.
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    How to Help Someone Taking the PE Exam?

    Or, I hate to say, a troll looking get us all jazzed-up. It's unfortunate, but it happens all too often.
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    How to Help Someone Taking the PE Exam?

    I agree on the sever stress encountered when waiting for the results, then wait again for an actual license to be issued. As someone mentioned on this board more than once, NCEES and the State boards could make a LOT of money by providing an 'Expedited' application (for a fee of course) to get that time cut in half. Now with what I know, I would have paid more than $1000 if I could have gotten those two nerve-racking experience shortened.
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    How to Help Someone Taking the PE Exam?

    You don't need to be an Engineer to be a 'Study Drill Sergeant.' My best friend was studying for the LSAT exam when I was younger and I would call him every day at the planned start of his study time to make sure he wasn't watching a Football pre-season game. On Saturday's I went over to his place and worked on my car there, making sure he was focused on that dam test. At the time his was getting very annoyed with me, but when it was over I got a smile and a "Thank You." (we are not 'those' kind of friends, so that is where it ENDED). I passed my PE test the first time this past April by pure unadulterated "focus." I also has something to prove to myself and some of the clowns I work with, so I had motivation on multiple levels. I would say you follow some of the advice others earlier in this thread gave, but also be there to provide logistical help and more importantly, the push to get it done. Tell him you want to brag to your friends about him when he passes, or that you will dump his ass if he goofs-off and fails. Do what ever you can to motivate. As mentioned above, on test day be that person who makes sure he has the best chance of passing. Drive him to the test center (just in case there is a parking situation that day), and be there again during the lunch break with something that will perk him up. Just be as supportive as you can, but push as hard as he tolerates to make sure he studies.
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    Pe exam discipline

    I am in (lower) New York as well, and I recently sat for, and passed, the 'Electrical and Computer: Computer Engineering' PE exam, rather than doing so with others I have expertise in, including the 'Electrical and Computer: Power', the 'Electrical and Computer: Electronics, Controls, and Communications', or 'Software Engineering', simply because having studied the 'Electrical and Computer' FE exam (which I passed only four months prior to the PE, and very late in my career), covered much more Computer Engineering subject matter than the others, and therefore was freshest in my mind and allowed me to more quickly study for the PE. I could have taken any of the other three and (eventually) passed, however I may have had to study more or taken a review course (which I did not need to do for CE, even if there was one available). The way I read the New York State law, and the Professional Engineering ethics guidance, I can stamp documents, schematics and prints for any of those sub-Electrical Engineering or Software topics if I chose to do so, since I can prove I am an 'Expert' in any of them (in court if I need too) since I have graduate-level education and experience in all three. I believe the key to your questions is in the PE Ethics guidance. As long as you can demonstrate advanced expertise in a discipline, then you can create, review and stamp engineering documents related to that expertise. Also, according to actual NYS law, a Professional Engineer in NYS is a Professional Engineer who is expected to use their professional judgment. Once you get your NYS PE Registration Certificate, you will notice that they do NOT specify a specialty, nor is any shown on the PE License 'Look-Up' Webpage maintained by the NYS Department of Education. It comes down to whether you can show the expertise in everything you put your seal that winds up with a court challenge.
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    Table set up at exam

    I remember it well. I was in the section group of tables up in the front left of that gym. My biggest problem with the setup was getting my two plastic milk cartons containing books, from my car parked in a City street spot (on the LIE service Road), to the campus entrance, up that steep hill, and into the athletic building. I had used some bungee-cords to try to hold it all together onto the small handled dolly, however the sidewalks were in such poor condition I kept hitting huge bumps, cracks and dips that caused by contraption to fall apart, and I needed to continually stop and rebuild my setup again, and again, and again. Then in the room itself, there was so little space between the tables they assigned us to that I could barely move my chair from side-to-side or front to back, due to the crates of the people near my seat. Also, not having water to drink was absolutely horrific, along with the lack of clocks in that room which forced me to wear the cheap Timex watch I brought as a backup (since they would not let us put it on the desk), that was biting into skin of my wrist. I was starting to wonder if I bought myself a ticket into hades. As I drove home after the test, I began planning how I would do things differently if I had to re-take the test in October. Arriving much earlier so I could get a closer parking spot, a full-size wagon or cart to transport my books, and a better watch with a leather band. I thank the Lord I will not need to do any of that by his allowing me to pass. By the way, I never did unpack my setup after getting home, so I will try and post a picture to this response later to show everyone taking the test next time in New York City what "not" to do.