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  1. @SparkyBill - I feel so much empathy for you! Ahh! Especially since it sounds like you really do enjoy the learning aspect. I'll echo the words of encouragement from others on this thread - everyone has said some really helpful things. Especially the sentiment about 'not letting the exam define you'. I remember having that exact feeling! My partner at the time was very helpful in encouraging me. To quote him; 'you are valuable and you have something to offer the world'. 'the people writing and administering this test are human, just like you, not all mighty deities creating the ultimate challenge designed for you to fail', and finally, and most helpfully, 'This exam in no way judges your value as a human being, or your competence as an engineer.' Which is what I wrote on my website, along with a bunch of other reminders, like how once you are in the 'community' of 'studying for the PE', your become really sensitive to 'advice' and 'stories' from others who have taken the exam. Exaggeration is real, and emotions run high, and it's hard to filter all the information and actually extract useful nuggets from people. I have this whole section on my website about 'things to be wary of...' because your mind is vulnerable when you have this kind of 'weight' taking up all kinds of room in your brain. Let me toss a few more thoughts and words of encouragement your way. LOTS of people pass on their first try! Like, lots! Why not you? I think you are hearing all the stories of people on their 3rd & 4th attempt and 'normalizing' that because those stories are scarier and rise to the top of your memory. Probably lots of people who passed first try move on and never talk about it again...so you don't hear their (boring) story! 'I studied for a reasonable amount of time and passed on my first try' doesn't exactly encapsulate an audience. You even have a whole extra bonus try at it before the CBT doomsday! Last thoughts. I originally told myself 'I'm not going to let this exam take over my life, that's so lame, I'm going to make sure to still socialize and work on all my other personal goals'...then I looked at a calendar after I signed up and realized I only had 9 weeks until the exam and I did a full 180. I was like 'why not?' so for the final ~6 weeks before the exam I just gave myself permission to 'be bad at life' and only focused on the exam. I let my good friends know what was going on, and my partner picked up the full share of house-spousing, and I paused all other personal projects. Just 'work' and 'study' for 6 weeks. in the grand scheme of things...that's just not a very long time. Once I had the 'permission' (self-given) I actually felt my stress go down...I didn't realize I was carrying a lot of stress around 'not letting this exam ruin my life' and 'making sure to still eat salad' and 'trying to keep up that personal growth project' and once I was like 'F**k it, all exam, all the time' I was way more relaxed. Good luck! You got this! You are valuable and you have something to offer the world.
  2. Heck yeah! Look at those elegantly organized D-rings. You are gonna kill it! Seriously though, that is SO MANY problems! So much repetition and studying just tucked in every corner of your brain. So good! Good luck 😃
  3. Not sure if this will help you, but the other thing I did once I had my dividers & sections & TOC sorted was that I wrote on the top right corner of pages - just a little 'keyword note' about what was on that page/in that problem. 'motor, DC, theory' or similar. That helped with the 'sub-section' thing a bit, because i could 'fan' through the corners quickly trying to see if the keyword was in this section or that section if I narrowed it down. The format of the keyed notes is like, 'main thing on this page, sub-thing relevant to this page or problem, other keyword related to this that may not be in top-level-section name' or something like that. Helped with quickly finding problems once I was in the right section, but also helped locate related-but-not-exactly aligned sub-topic type info within a section. Nothing bigger than what would fit in the 1''x1'' square in the top right corner, only a few words, stacked maybe 2 or 3 deep within that square.
  4. Haha! Yes. The great debate. 'is it worth the time'? I obviously think 'yes'...since this is basically ALL I did, and I passed using that binder I made. It does come down to 'learning style' - I tune out of lectures unless I'm writing something down, so the 'binder' method worked well for me because all of my studying also involved writing things down (mostly working out solutions). My 'method' is laid out here. I wrote it as a 'step by step' (week by week), but in the end your summary in your question essentially covers the gist of it. I was rigorous about the 'weeks' at the time because I only had 9 of them left to study when I signed up. Unsolicited advice; If you are taking the time to write out solutions, make sure to actually take the time. i.e. write out the solution in full (all steps, all formulas used in their native form before inserting numbers). If the problem you are trying to solve is only similar, but not identical, to your reference solution, having all the steps/formulas written out helps you 'adapt' the process as needed for the slightly different problem type. As a counter-example - the 'solutions' in the NCEES practice exam book are about as useless as a chocolate teapot - so many steps are skipped and you really have to already know most of the solution in order to follow their 'worked' solutions. Also, if you got the problem wrong originally, note in the 'correct solution' page somewhere what you did wrong (especially if it was an easy mix-up or mistake to make again). 'Present you' understands what you did wrong, 'future you' may just repeat the mistake unless there's a kick-in-the butt to remind you not to mess it up again. Like, I literally highlighted the 'square root' symbol in one formula and pointed at it with an arrow and wrote 'hey dummy, don't forget to take the square root at the end'. Also, if the problem is qualitative, write out WHY each of the WRONG answers was wrong. They are usually 'close' or 'half true' or some other tricksie thing, so writing 'option A is wrong because ___, option B is wrong because ___, etc' can really make that 'solution' more broadly useful in the future if a similar topic comes up. Also, some jot notes about why the RIGHT answer is right, and titles/page numbers to your favorite resource-book sections on the topic. TLDR: if you are going to take the time to write out page-by-page problem/solution sets, make each one as useful as possible to 'future you'.
  5. I'm glad to hear it's working for you! I believe at the time I took the exam, there was only one Electrical 'exam' available from Justin, and it was a 'PE practice' exam in that it covered all topics, 80 questions, 8 hours, etc. I'm glad that he's making/offering more products - I liked his stuff! He did not have an electrical review course when I was doing the PE, so he would not have had any of the related products available then. The only other 'problems' available at that time from him were the practice ones that are in his technical study guide, which I also did. But yeah - I definitely bombed it at the time. It was GREAT though because it just helped me close those gaps in my binder. It did take a few deep breaths to get over the shock that close to the real exam though.....I think I just quit for the night and went to bed to wallow in misery, then got up the next day to 'get at it' with the required follow up and final prep.
  6. Good luck with your pursuits! I am also EE. I'm very curious about the power industry - i really enjoyed my uni classes on those topics! I think you'll be well suited to sit for the exam - the 'power industry' related problems are real stumpers for people outside the industry (myself included!).
  7. I took the Eng Pro Guides exam as my very last practice exam VERY close to the real exam and I got a failing score....then I still passed the PE. Don't let that one discourage you! It's tough! And worded slightly differently that all the others. It was definitely a curve ball. BUT, then I did my 'parsing' method' and put all those problems in the binder, and then filled a bunch of holes in my binder and was really helpful in the end as a a resource. 😃
  8. I'm glad you like it! It was somewhat cathartic to write it all out after sitting for the exam. It felt like taking a giant pile of chaos out of my brain into a (hopefully) useful/understandable format. I get a little spark of joy every time someone finds it useful 😃 Best of luck on your studies!
  9. hey! no problem! I made the ToC for myself to use, so no reason not to share it! I have had a few people reach out about an 'updated version' of that ToC for the newer book version...but I haven't been able to help with that since I don't own the newer version (I have no need to own it). Hopefully someone else decides it's worth their time to update the ToC to the newer book version and can share it? I also (think?) I added a note on my website to message me through that 'contact me' thing and I can reply to that message and send the excel version of the ToC (instead of the PDF which is the downloadable file on the site) for easier editing.
  10. I didn't have a lot of overlap with you on exams I bought - I had Justin's and the NCEES out of your list. I had no idea what order to take them in, and my biggest struggle was when to take the NCEES one (not too soon so as to fail it miraculously, not too late so as to unveil new topics I'd missed too late in the game). My order of tests I wrote is here. To offer my personal advice; no matter what order you take them in, do the exercise I describe in that link. Go back through the test after you finish and build a complete set of 80 solutions that are written out in full with relevant notes and formulas included. Sort those 80 solutions into logical groupings of 'like' problems. You'll see a lot of overlap between the tests and can group those very-similar-but-slightly-tweaked questions together.
  11. Congrats on the FE pass! As LyceeFruit mentioned, there are numerous threads on this. Two you didn't mention in your post are Engineering Pro Guides and Zach Stone's course. These are both good providers who are active online and continuously improving their products. Have a read through this website (an alternate, no-review-course approach) and decide if doing a course is right for you. Everyone is different. For some, a review course is very useful and is the the right thing. For others, it can be the wrong study approach as it can potentially 'teach you lots of stuff' but not help you learn how to pass the exam. This is different for everyone. Good luck!
  12. Yay!!! I remember having a few of these 'click' moments. THE BEST! These were really great for my mental health in the last few weeks before the exam. There were just more and more 'oh THATS WHAT THAT MEANS' moments. SO good. I'm so happy for you! I'm sure there is more to come!
  13. Interesting. I went and looked at the TOC to see what you were talking about and noticed a spelling mistake (face palm). Whatever! I was tired! Anyway, I think that must have come from the PPi book section on DC? I generally lumped everything 'DC' under that section, and I recall reviewing thevenin/norton because it was in someone's sequence of review items. I don't see it directly listed in the NCEES breakdown from my year, nor do I see it in Eng Pro Guides book, so I doubt it is super relevant. I also learned that in college and then never touched it again....ha!
  14. This is exactly what i did when that happened! Should have mentioned that. It was only a handful of problems that I 'copied'. 😃
  15. I uploaded my TOC on this website (Under Step 2). It was for the Oct 2017 exam, so it'll need tweaking. I did spend a lot of time on it though, starting from the exam topics breakdown provided and then tweaking/moving/revising/changing as I figured out what 'went together' and what didn't. It worked really well for me in the end 😃 I mention this in the writeup, but I also added little 'notes' to the top right corner of each page to help me quickly find stuff within the sections. Something like 'motors; DC; theory' for a problem that was about DC motors, and was a theory based problem (vs. math/number based). I was able to navigate my binder really quickly because of this. Good luck!
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