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    Chapters to study Wildi's Book

    Has anyone found doing the Wildi practice problems in the helpful chapters mentioned above (both sample problems in the chapter and easy-medium problems at the end of the chapter) helpful for the actual exam or is it not a good use of time? Debating whether or not I should squeeze in Wildi practice problems to my study schedule.
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    Preparation for October 2018 Power PE Exam

    P.S., I haven't passed the exam (yet), so I don't know what I'm talking about (yet).
  3. Hi all. I will be taking the Power PE exam in the fall for the first time. Please critique my study plan and let me know if there are notable resources or steps I'm missing that I should take a look at or reference. Also if anyone wants to share their study plans in preparation for the upcoming exam, please do. I didn't sign up for a review course since I don't have trouble staying focused doing independent studying as long as I have my resources together. I started studying in late July and have been staying on track so far putting in ~16-20 hrs/week. Below is my outlined study plan: JULY Researched and gathered resources (ordered below by importance per category based on research and conversations with those who have passed the exam) Study Guides EngProGuides Technical Study Guide Graffeo's book Practice Exams NCEES practice exam EngProGuides full exam Graffeo's book CI code drill book CI practice exams (vol. 1 & 2) References 2017 NEC codebook (borrowed the codebook, not spending $200 for the handbook) Tom Henry's 2017 NEC Key Word Index 2017 NESC & 2015 NFPA 70E (since these are on the NCEES outline) Wildi's book Blackburn's relaying book 3" binder organized with recommended online references and articles per topic Camara's book (for one off problems) AUGUST (warm-up month) Printed out EngProGuides Technical Study Guide. Organized in 3" Binder with A-Z Tabs and created table of contents. Used cheat sheet as primary formula sheet, to be updated while studying. Grinded out CI practice exams #1 & 2 at my own pace. I've read that the CI practice exams are not representative of problem type or difficulty compared to the actual exam, but they are good for getting warmed up and nailing down basic concepts. Scored 38/80 and 41/80 respectively... built solutions and added notes to resources & formula sheets. SEPTEMBER (get learnt month) Read through my presumably #1 resource, EngProGuides Technical Study Guide, front to back. Grinded out the EngProGuides Full Exam at my own pace. I've read this exam is pretty close in difficulty to the actual exam, if not slightly harder. Got 49/80 on this one... built solutions and added notes to resources & formula sheets. Read through my presumably #2 resource, Graffeo's book, front to back. Did practice exam in Graffeo's book. I've read this exam is slightly easier than the actual exam. This practice exam is slightly more involved than the CI exams. Grinded out exam in 1 sitting with a break in between, scored 65/80 (81.25%). Completed in 4 hours and 45 mins. Build solutions and add notes to resources and formula sheets (IN PROGRESS) Do NCEES practice exam. I've read this exam is slightly easier than the actual exam. Simulate actual test taking environment. Aiming to get a high score on this one. OCTOBER (game-time month) Practice a bunch of CI code drill book problems. Watch YouTube videos on weak areas. Tab references that contain relevant information per NCEES outline. Wildi's book Blackburn's relaying book IEEE Buff Book IEEE Green Book 3" binder organized with recommended online references and articles per topic REVIEW I understand that everyone has different study methods and ways of learning, but in general I think the plan outlined above should adequately cover the exam topics and give me a good shot at passing the exam come October. I definitely want this exam process to be a "one and done" sort of deal. A combination of practice problems, study guides (EngProGuides and Graffeo specifically), and tabbed references is what I'm leveraging to prepare for the exam.
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