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  1. It will help you answer very basic questions quickly. There is some value in being able to instantly recall those basics when they come up as part of other, more complex problems.
  2. Practice exams were the keys to the kingdom in my humble opinion. You've listed everything I used (including Graffeo) so I believe you will do well. Best of luck!
  3. I just dropped all my items off at a local framer I've used in the past. Yours is my inspiration and I can't wait to get it!
  4. I’ve gone back a time or two. Never a bad idea to refresh yourself. Always the chance your exam could be audited and your passing score found to be in error and then you get to try again. 😂🤣😂🤣😱😱
  5. Sounds like you are on the right track. I’d add the exams and study guide from Engineer Pro Guides personally. Your mileage may vary but I didn’t find much value in the Spin Up exams. They were fine for testing the very basics but not much else.
  6. Depends on a lot of factors. Need for the license, how many others are licensed at your firm in your state, what your current compensation is and how that relates to your peers etc etc. Bottom line, if you feel you deserve it based on this accomplishment, it never hurts to ask and provide your justification.
  7. The family definitely added a level of complexity to the is whole adventure...
  8. I don't know your definition of ' relatively young' but even at 32/33 it was all terrible lol. The whole exercise is one of extreme patience and focus all at the same time.
  9. So.... Did MS ever release?
  10. I'll break it down here: Make your own binder of notes because no 1 text book is going to cover everything you need. Laminate those notes well to protect them from all the tears you are about to shed. 3. Just kidding. I did think the exam was very difficult but I did pass. Here is how I did it.
  11. My favorite is/was power factor correction. Simple overall but still fun.
  12. I took the long way around and solved for I-base, then Z-base. All good fun.
  13. I don't know if this helps any since it is not civil related but if the approvals for future exams follows general approval of non-civil applicants then it might be of value.
  14. An October candidate recently reached out out to me privately on this forum asking this question so I thought I would share it with the masses as well. I took this exam in California (San Mateo) and I am an Ohio Resident so that meant air travel and space considerations. That's important because the number of references, for me, was limited as I was not willing to chance them travelling in a checked bag. First, a little background: I started as an industrial electrician in 2006. I pursued my engineering degree part time starting in 2008. I earned my AS in 2012 and BS in 2015. I began working in the engineering space in 2011 at a consulting firm, then moved on to a large OEM then finally found myself at a power engineering and services company. This exam is not easy but it doesn't have to be brutal if you can properly prepare yourself. Take it seriously and you'll be fine. My study schedule was more haphazard than most. I have 2 kids (8yo and 2yo) and an otherwise active lifestyle so finding the time meant just grabbing what free hours were available, when they were available. Basically, I studied for 1-2 hours a night (no less than every other night) for the 4 months leading up to the exam. 1 month out, I set aside 4 hours on a Saturday and 4 hours on a Sunday and did the NCEES practice test in two parts to assess my status. From there I focused my efforts on problem areas. All in, I believe I had some 200-250 hours if I include some pre-studying before the 4 month mark. My primary resource was Engineering Pro Guides. I used the Technical Study Guide as the guiding document and supplemented with other resources. I used all of the following throughout studying but they are listed in order of importance relative to exam day: ENG Pro Guide Technical Study Guide -- https://www.engproguides.com/power-pe-exam-study-guide-tools.html Get all of his practice tests. They are very, very good. The Electrical Engineer's Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam by Graffeo -- http://www.powerpeexamguide.com/ National Electric Code, non-handbook (I was an electrician before so I didn't need the extra weight of the handbook) -- https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/national-electrical-code-2017-edition-nfpa/1123827199#/ I'd get the tabs for this no matter your level of familiarity Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems by Wildi -- https://www.amazon.com/Electrical-Machines-Drives-Power-Systems/dp/0131776916 Power System Analysis by Grainger -- https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/power-system-analysis-john-j-grainger/1100151989 I didn't use this one much on the exam but there are some odd ball items in here that can be helpful National Electric Safety Code -- https://catalog.nfpa.org/National-Electrical-Safety-Code-2017-Edition-P17436.aspx Try to borrow this one if you can as its expensive but there are not likely to be a lot of questions needing it. Easy points if you have the book though. Various printouts bound in 3-ring binders for topics I struggled with but weren't well covered in the above. For example, battery calculations, certain power electronics, certain equipment standards, etc. Like I mentioned above, I was an electrician before I got into engineering so my base code knowledge was above average. That said, ENG Pro Guides has an excellent practice test. Find your way through that a couple of times and you should be fine. The key is to learn how to use the index and recognize key words, not memorizing the whole book, which is impossible. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask anything else and I'll do my best to answer. Thanks and good luck!
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