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  1. rmsg

    Power Cutscore October 2018

    In my opinion, Please try to do a lot of problems on fault analysis too, specially with per unit method. Looks like NCEES is very fond of per unit method. Also try doing problems on distant and differential protection relays. I also remember we had a numerical problem on Arc Flash Analysis, Although I remember I could not put the formulas right and the answer which I was getting was not to be found in the four choices. Definitely the questions you should practice should be a little more difficult than NCEES practice exam. One thing I did notice in the exam was that the problems are not very lengthy. There is a certain element of twist to each question. If you break open that twist , you will find the answer, Good Luck
  2. Justin, I had passed and I did like your study guide in certain sections. Your's and PE Electrical Review's material are well written and easy to understand. Thank You and as well to Zach (PE Electrical Review). I had back and forth looked at both the materials in the exam to find the right solutions.
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    I recommend it. Although I did not use to prepare it, but I saw a copy of it with my friend later. The book looks like very simple to read and follow. I too downloaded a copy of Blackburn, but I thought Blackburn was too damn difficult and very heavy to follow. Check it on Amazon, It is in $25-35 range
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    My Power PE Experience

    I had also passed. I do feel for some of common bloggers who could not make it. The exam was indeed very tough and even I was fearful till Wednesday when I got some good news. Please do not loose heart and try it again in April and I wish the one's who could not make all the best. Two cents worth of my experience in preparation and in exams Pay extra attention to Protection and Coordination, Although I did not read it, but I recommend Fundamental of Power System Protection by Y.G. Paithankar. Practice Numerical type problems on Distance and Differential Protection systems. Pay extra attention to per unit analysis. Pay extra focus on Variable Frequency Drive section in Motors Pay extra focus on Batteries, specially the batteries to be used in solar power applications. Practice a lot of Code Questions. Justin Kauwale has a separate 40 question test just on code questions. I did practice those. I believe I did really good on code questions and probably that is why I passed. I recommend join PE Electrical review course. Zach has done a commendable job in preparing that course. Very detailed and a lot of practice problems Also take Graffeo book in exam. I did buy book by Camara, but I did not like it and returned it as it covers a lot of insignificant areas which are not laser focused for PE Power exam Cheers..
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    Oct 18 PE Exam

    Same here, I think on AM session I am confident on 23 questions and guessed or educated guesses on 17. In PM session vice versa of the 2 numbers . I also give myself 40-50 percent chance of passing
  6. Hi Guys, Very quiet here, How is the final gear coming along. I will do my complete books shut-down by 1PM tomorrow. Then I have to drive for four hours to reach Detroit where I am writing mine.. Wish everyone all the best. Go and nail it, at least for now I think I will.
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    Protection Problems

    I have one question from guys who gave exam in April and passed. : Were your struggling in time management. Were the questions very lengthy and time consuming to solve and also what percentage were numerical based questions and what percentage were theoretical type (conceptual). Just a rough ball park estimate.
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    Protection Problems

    I had compiled one binder of GE Protective Relays and Blackburn (all printed from PDF). I have not once looked at it nor do I intend to see before the exam. In your opinion, do you think it would be ok if I skipped this binder and did not take it with me to exam. I am now trying to see how I can cut down on the ref. material for the exam.
  9. The output at AB is not going to be 3 phase, it is going to be either one of the single phase, so yes then the peak to peak of that one of the single phase will be 125Vrms * root(2) = 177V.
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    To everyone taking the test on Friday

    Thanks. Yes, I also have the same printout of ANSI in my binder. I am too expecting (may be one) question where I have to use this ANSI sheet. Do you remember how hard were Switchgear Protection and Coordination questions ? This time a lot of focus is on that topic (13 questions)..
  11. Although I am also appearing for the first time so cannot be an expert on commenting, but I would advice do not overthink it too much. The chances are that around 50 percent of exam will be very simple : basic one on one transformation to input parameters into the formula and get the result (that would include all code question). Rest 50 percent would be a challenge, where one has to think beyond the box and sort out a twist or so in the problem. If you have gone through the course material (what ever you are preparing from, be it Eng Pro guide or Graffeo or School of PE etc.) I would suggest that from now on to the exam day, just read all your material and read all the solved problems see how it is solved rather than trying to solve by yourself now. Make notes of which problem is solved how and take those notes with you in the exam. Trust me any handwritten notes you will make now will help you recall where in the material you have to find the solution. All the best. Keep motivated. Don't panic and loose heart. Cheers..
  12. That is a lot of material my friend to carry to the test. I thought I was taking too many books/binders and should reduce it. I think we all may overwhelm ourselves in the exam if we take too many books. Just a thought. I do have made my own binders with a lot of notes on each one of the nine topics and a index sheet with page numbers so that I don't get too much lost in the exam trying to remember oh my ! where have I seen this particular question/topic. Good Luck !
  13. Hi All, To my understanding of Power Systems 3 Phase Circuits, I found something which does not make sense to me. Please see Solution 30 of Eng Pro Guide Test.In my opinion, Justin Kauwale should make some corrections here. See enclosed PDF, In the question above it is assumed 0.85 lagging power factor, yet in the solution below it is stated 0.85 leading (current leads the voltage) Then later below it is said : cos (theta) = 0.85 -> theta = -31.8 degree (negative for lagging) Actually in my opinion, cos (theta) is power factor and therefore cos inverse (theta) here is power factor angle which should be positive instead of calling it negative for assumed lagging system. Yet I see that in the expression of Vp after 2 lines, I think he got it right there by saying current = 1.0<-31.8 degree. In actuality current angle is negative (opposite sign of power factor angle). so I believe in the end by taking current = 1.0<-31.8 degree he got the final answer right, but there are mistakes/discrepancies in the explanation above I believe some corrections needs to be made here. Please comment if anyone thinks other wise. Solution 30 - Transformers - Correction.pdf