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  1. krisEng

    January 2019 Test Results

    Thanks! You too! I used the EET surveying book. I would say the real exam is slightly harder than what is shown in the EET book. I heard Reza's book is pretty good too. Are you taking the EET course right now? What do you think?
  2. krisEng

    January 2019 Test Results

    Passed surveying! I hope everyone else passed
  3. I just took the seismic exam and I think I have a good chance at passing it! The "Fundamentals of Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings" and "Practice Exams for the California Seismic Principles Civil PE Examination" were extremely helpful. I was surprised to see examples/drawings in the "Fundamentals of Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings" book that looked almost identical to the real exam. The "Fundamentals of Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings" book is pretty thick and super organized. At least 90% of the exam questions can be found in this book. Based on your ratings, I would give those two books a 3 (close to reality). I only used the books in addition to the helpful cheat sheets that came with the EET course. I didn't have to buy the California Building Code, ASCE 7-10, etc. If you can, I would recommend taking the EET seismic course.
  4. krisEng

    January 2019 Test Results

    I hope the results come out today! I'm so nervous. It just looks like on average, the results have been coming out on Mondays. I wonder what determines the release dates.
  5. krisEng

    January 2019 Test Results

    Thanks for setting this up! I predict we will hear back on Monday, February 11th.
  6. krisEng

    EET Surveying Course

    It is kind of hard to say. I want to say 100-125 hours. I bought the course in September and ended up studying for about one hour a day after work, skipping some weekdays and weekends. I usually tend to spread out my studying rather than cramming in the last two weeks. I went through the EET book twice and used half of it on the test. I think it is really important to know your geometry really well. I think I just had a hard time visualizing images especially since I was not given simple curves and I thought the exam would be more straightforward. For example, I may create fake problems for myself like drawing a random line that cuts through curves and seeing if I can calculate certain coordinates at any point of that line (just thought of this at the top of my head right now). In addition, I think being familiar with the equipment and the types of surveys out there (besides the typical topographic, control, route surveys, etc) can help. My EET scores and the number of difficult questions I found on the real test are somewhat similar to blee26's previous post. Maybe my expectations are too high. I just assumed that if I could score 70-90% on the EET tests, I would be able to score about the same on the real tests.
  7. krisEng

    EET Surveying Course

    I just took the surveying exam and it was harder than I expected. The EET Surveying material covered a lot but the practice questions seemed simpler. When I took the EET practice exams, I felt more exhausted at the end because there were so many math questions. On the other hand, the real exam had more abstract/definition questions than I realized... I ended up getting approximately 70-90% correct on the EET practice exams and felt somewhat confident that I would do fine on the real exam. However, when I took the real exam, I felt unsure about 20 of the questions with some where I had no clue where to start! I don't know if I will even pass. I'll find out next month... I think the surveying course is good for understanding the basics. For me, I felt like I definitely needed more practice exams (like Reza's) to supplement this EET course.
  8. krisEng

    Hiner vs. EET

    I'm actually taking the EET on-demand webinar right now and it is super organized! I can see over 50 hours of videos from both the Fall 2018 and Spring 2018 sessions including their workshops. There are 3 practice exams in a book that were shipped to me and simulation exams online. The lectures are also neatly organized in a separate book. Supposedly, we don't need to bring anything else besides his seismic handouts/workbooks because all the necessary information is included inside. Dr. Ibrahim is really nice and actually emailed me to check my progress. In general, he tends to respond very quickly (like within 24 hours). I heard a lot of great news about Hiner too but I'm glad I took the EET course. Hopefully, I'll pass within the next few months!
  9. krisEng

    Seismic Reference Materials

    Maybe I am wrong, but I thought Dr. Ibrahim said in one of his lectures that we only need the EET's Fundamentals of Seismic Analysis and Design of Buildings in addition to his cheat sheets since all the necessary tables are in these materials.
  10. I'm looking at the Prometric website and it says: You are permitted to bring as many reference materials into the testing room as one trip and one box (e.g. Bankers Box) will permit. Boxes larger than 10"H x 15"W x 24"D will not be permitted. Am I able to carry a few binders by hand or do I have to bring it in a box? Can my notes be written with a pencil?
  11. krisEng

    CA PE Timeline

    I think you should contact them. I heard back in mid November and submitted my application about a month after you did (process took about 60 days). Hopefully you hear back before December 31st.
  12. I don't think there is a way to submit your application/be approved to take the surveying and seismic exams early. If there was, I would have taken it as soon as I passed the PE exam. 😕 I found this link too:
  13. krisEng

    1st quarter 2019 approvals

    I just contacted the board and they said we should be hearing back starting at the beginning of this week!
  14. Hello! I did not provide additional sheets. I only filled out whatever fit in the little boxes. At most, I could only put in 3 bullet points while putting in as much engineering experience as possible. From what I heard, one of my coworkers, who filled out part B of the form, added an extra page to the application form. I think she just typed a paragraph on Microsoft Word, but I don't have the full details.
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