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  1. Some calculator may require little screw driver to pop open the cover to replace battery, not sure if exam would allow this as this may be considered as weapon. I replaced the batteries at home , took two calculators to the exam. Without calculator you fail the exam. Importance of calculator is right at par with ID. Without ID, you can't get in the exam hall. Without Calculator, you can't pass the exam.
  2. I relied to look more in my notes on topics such as reliability, NEC code problems, megger, insulation testing etc, something you don't do everyday and has a tendency to forget. On other regular electrical engineering topics such as Power factor calculation, Wye/Delta problems, Per unit problems, I relied more on my practice leading up to the exam, knowing in my head than referring material notes. Obviously, notes are there to refer in case you forget some formula or concept. For e.g. PU 7-8 formulas, I totally relied on my memory. This speeds things up considerably. Also, when you practice for 3-4 months a lot of these things stick in your head anyway. Too much reliance on notes, reference material can backfire. Leading upto exam, we should already know steps and concepts on how to solve many of the problems, a lot of them from back of mind. You may find there is not too much time to keep flipping back and forth, the nervousness also kicks in. I organized my theory notes by the same topics as listed in official syllabus. I filed all problems by the same topic but in a seperate folder. I did this so as to not have one topic which is voluminous, making search longer. If I knew, I needed to look up problems then I skip the theory folder and go right to the problem folder. There are people really good at organizing, neatness, methodical, I knew up front I was not one of them. I was more of a memory type. Whatever you end up doing besure to tab your material.
  3. The way to remember this is FLC - C means code value FLA- A means actual values, name plate values. For sizing conductor, use the FLC values, the reason being if you change the motor etc, you may not change the conductor, so that has to be the worst case value. Due to efficiency, different manufactures, the name plate value will vary. For setting the overload etc, one need to use the actual value.
  4. That's what prompted me to ask those questions.
  5. And how could you even qualify to take FE and PE, without EE degree and or EE experience? Don't you either have to have a qualification or practical experience? for board to approve your application?
  6. Don't go there Man!😫 You sowed a seed of doubt in me now and I'm frightened. I never knew there is such a thing of audit and going back. I thought once a pass, then pass, even if they passed you in error then it is upon them not on you. I thought we are only responsible if we made a mistake like falsified something.
  7. If you have the time, it won't hurt to go through spin up. I know many people think it is repetitive and on easier side and I agree. Exam is not always all about tough questions, sometimes simple questions trip us. If you are too comfortable with spin up, then do 2 or 3 practice exam, skip some questions etc whatever works for you but doing different practice questions from various sources is the key. If because of spin up, if you are able to answer 3 or 4 questions out of 80 then that gets you close to passing. Every little bit helps is how I look at it. There are 4 to 5 sources of practice exam that has been discussed on this board and we need to at least go through them. I'm of the view that anyone who is putting decent amount of efforts, the difference in passing and not passing is not all that much. Good luck everyone !!
  8. So the bottom line is process is arduous. Far and few would put themselves through this process. Shouldn't we start earning $10-20K more than before? I haven't seen that light bulb moment yet.
  9. Going through application process, FE , PE , long wait for results, requires a lot of energy and dedication. One should do this when they are relatively young. One does feel relieved after they pass.
  10. As I was going through the exam, I thought it would be kind of cool to keep in touch with the PE material such as fault analysis, PU, PF correction, voltage drop etc etc even after I pass, so you don't forget. After 2-3 months of passing, I don't want to visit the PE material. I will visit these topics on as needed basis, required to get the job done but not just like that. It is amazing how fast the stuff changes. I find that stuff is lot different when you are in the "mood" vs not in the mood.
  11. I found this to be way overkill for PE exam. Might be a good reference book for an EE but I did not think it would be helpful for PE exam. I bought it and then returned it after a week or so.
  12. I'm coming out of self exiled mode. The person said they weren't posting in this forum because I was annoying them. I have not posted for two months and that person isn't posting either. We always need some or the other excuse. Sounds familiar, "because of you, I'm not doing this....". To answer the topic, why isn't NCEES thinking about a CBT exam yet you can take the reference material as you are allowed to take now? Only change would be, you would read the question on computer screen and check the bubbles, a lot cleaner, a lot more efficient, reduce the errors to a great extent, no need to deal with physical test papers and transportation and delay and they don't have to think about how change in exam format is going to affect what. Govt can't think out of the box.
  13. I believe Z(old) and Z (new) is confusing and I believe I brought it to Justin's notice . Z old in the 1st line should be Z new. 2nd line, Z new and Z old values do not match. Go by the basic formula S = (V^2 /Z) S1 = V1^2/Z1 and S2 = V2^2/Z2 subscript 1 = 480 volts or old voltage 2= 400 volts or new voltage v1^2/z1 = v2^2/z2 ( since reactive power KVAR is same) plug and chug, you should get z2 , z1 is already given difference = z1-z2 In real world , impedance should remain same for the given Kvar rating and if you apply different voltage than rated then you should see corresponding change in Kvar??? Problem needs to state some how or give an indication that the kvar rating is the same in both cases.
  14. You would need this sub forum more than me. So I think you should stay here and I won't post any more in this sub forum. All the best.
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