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  1. chaosNJ

    Any Update on the Results???????????

    Thanks for the warning.
  2. I agree with everything you said. The official NCEES exam sample is laughably easy compared to the exam (I said so in their survey). Graffeo is a good book in it's own right but not very helpful as a reference in the Oct 2018 exam. Exam was mental. Still have no idea how I passed that thing, on the first try too. Probably on the back of NEC questions (I use it all the time at work) and the non-protection questions being so well addressed in Graffeo.
  3. chaosNJ

    When You Should Add PE After Your Name

    Interesting. Does this mean that in other states, people take the exam without registering with the board? In NY state, you have to be approved to take the exam by the board (education, references, EIT, etc) so after taking/passing the test, there are no further steps.
  4. chaosNJ

    Any Update on the Results???????????

    Haha, that battery charging problem. I must have solved it 4 different times smh.
  5. chaosNJ

    Do I have enough time for April Exam?

    Yes. I studied for 4 months at a very slow pace. Set the time aside and dedicate yourself to making the most of that time and you can do it.
  6. chaosNJ

    My Power PE Experience

    Very similar story to yours. Graduated in '08 with a BS in EE. I took and passed the FE in Dec 17, then took and passed PE Power in Oct 18. Overall, I found Graffeo to be a very good book to study from but ultimately unhelpful in the exam. I probably referenced it for approximately 5 questions (asked the dude next to me and he said it didn't help him much either). I work with the NEC very often so, even though many of the questions were new to me, knowing where to go was ultimately very helpful. The NCEES practice exam was also unhelpful. I took it with me and didn't even open it during the exam. I had an old Camara practice test as well (my manager gave it to me) and that was pretty useless. I took a risk not taking any code books other than the NEC (I had Graffeo, NEC, FE Handbook, NCEES practice exam, & Camara practice exam). We didn't have them in my office and I didn't want to pay for them. I was confident after doing really well on Graffeo, NCEES, and Camara practice tests so I thought I could give up a few questions (big mistake). I came out of the exam feeling like I totally bombed it. My studying approach was to wake up 2.5 hours earlier every weekday morning (to have 2 hours to study) and to study 6ish/4ish hours on Saturday/Sunday respectively. I can't study at the end of the day (and go to the gym after work). I'm not single but having an amazingly accommodating/encouraging SO was really helpful. Total study time was 4 months. My test taking approach is pretty simple; I go through and answer all the non-code questions I can (skipping and noting down the code questions and ones I can't immediately solve on the back sheet). Then go through and answer the NEC/Code questions, take a bathroom/water break, then tackle the ones I couldn't get on the first pass.
  7. chaosNJ

    Any Update on the Results???????????

    Prior to taking the exam I felt really good about Graffeo. It is very well written and very easy to understand. Any topics that were covered in that book were no problem in the exam. I think the overall pass rate for power (43%) confirms how difficult the exam was. I even more grateful to have passed.
  8. chaosNJ

    Pass Rates Updated NCEES

    The retakers for power 😱. It was my first attempt but I found the exam to be terribly difficult (and very unlike the NCEES practice exam). No idea how I managed to pass. I've seen people who scored 60% and failed.
  9. chaosNJ

    Logged into NCEES this morning

    I've already checked like 3x since waking up. I found out I passed on my first try yesterday. Still hasn't sunk in.
  10. chaosNJ

    Any Update on the Results???????????

    I've got to say that Graffeo and the NCEES practice exams were totally unhelpful. I barely used either of them. I took Graffeo, NEC, FE Handbook, a very old Camara practice exam. I don't know how I passed; Graffeo didn't cover relays at all so I had no idea how to start those questions. Neither did the practice exam from NCEES...