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  1. Something else I did was condense my binders. I originally 'over-stuffed' my binder and it wasn't easy to navigate. I ended up making a second, 'auxiliary' binder where I put the same tabs, but put 'extra' or 'duplicate' info. So, say there were two nearly identical practice problems - I'd put just the one in my 'main' binder and then put the other in the appropriate place in my 'auxiliary' binder. Generally this 'auxiliary' binder was a holding zone for things I thought I wouldn't need, but wasn't brave enough not to bring. This kept my 'main binder' manageable in size and easy to navigate. I think if you have multiple binders, that's a workable solution as well, since you can just grab the appropriate binder for the question at hand.
  2. I can't help too much with this as I haven't read the MERM (lucky me!). I didn't study from a book though (there's an electrical equivalent to the MERM, also massive and complex). I studied by doing practice problems and exams, then seeking info on areas I struggled with. I found the Eng Pro Guides study guide a little later in my studying when I was digging around for info on a specific section I was struggling with. I ended up reading it cover to cover and it helped fill a lot of holes for me. I didn't have it from the beginning though. Generally speaking my study method involved a lot more doing than reading. Like, as I read the Eng Pro Guides study guide, I did all the practice problems with my own detailed solutions. I wrote up my method here. It worked really well for me, I felt prepared, and I passed!
  3. I started out with the idea for formula sheets - thinking I'd want a bunch of them in my binder. I quickly realized though that they aren't all that useful if you haven't worked problems with them and familiarized yourself. I went the route of focusing on practice problems and practice exams. They key was that I wrote out long form clean solutions to each one, and I would write out the formula I used and put a box around it so it was easy to find in the solution. Throughout the solution, if I used a formula or code section, I would explicitly write it out and then box it. (i.e. I would write the formula FIRST and then below it I would re-write it with the numbers/values specific to that problem in the right place, then write '= ___' and continue down the solution. I then sorted these problems/solution sets into sections from a table of contents I created. In the end, I never used any 'cheat sheets' or 'formula sheets' but instead went to the section of my binder that was most similar to the exam problem, reviewed the problem's I had done in my studying, and then used those solutions and the formulas/methods in them to solve the exam problem. This worked really well for me. It's hard to summarize in a single paragraph - I wrote the whole method up on this website. You can also download my Table of Contents from there. However, I would recommend editing/adjusting the TOC to match the most current exam subjects (published by NCEES). I did put formula sheets from Engineering Pro Guides technical study guide at the beginning of each section for reference if I knew how to do the problem already and just needed to grab a formula. Also as an option for 'hail Mary' attempts at solving problems that I was totally stumped on. I think the key here is not to start out with the idea of collecting formula sheets - but to start out solving problems and then collect relevant formulas in a place where you know how to find/use them.
  4. Hello! I'm not civil, but I did compile a list of resources that I vetted as best I could through research and discussions with others. There are a couple of Civil Exams in the Civil section at the bottom of the page. I think you are on the right track looking for practice exams! Do as many worked problems as you can - it is the best prep!
  5. Hello! I just compiled a list of mechanical resources. You seem to have maybe not yet found the Engineering Pro Guides study guide and practice exam? His study guides have practice problems in them. I found his study guide & practice problems really useful on the Power PE. I also used his practice exam and found it very helpful. Generally speaking, his whole website is very useful. I would recommend getting the study guide and exams for your discipline!
  6. Links to all the exams I bought are located here. I also included some additional links at the bottom of that page to exams that I didn't buy, but wish I had. I may be missing a few in that list, but it covers a lot! Good luck! 😃
  7. I did not take an online course as part of my studying. It is a really personal thing as to whether that style of learning will jive with you. I ended up taking a very hands-on, reference-material-prep focused approach instead of a review course. I think a big reason for this was that the review courses I checked out at the time were monotone, lecture recordings focused on theory. If I could have found a course focused specifically on 'passing the PE exam' that was current, up to date, and not lazily created, I probably would have been a lot more likely to consider it. On this forum, I have seen a lot of love for the Zach Stone material. I watched a lot of his youtube videos during my studying and he's clear and his videos are good quality. I used a lot of the Engineering Pro Guides material (books/exams) in my studying and liked his take/approach a lot. He now offers a review course, and I would probably check that out if I was currently studying. Generally I would look for people who are 'participating' in the continued changes to the PE. There are some courses/materials out there that haven't changed for several years - those are probably outdated/low effort. I see Zach and Justin on here regularly, and I think they are keeping up with the changes to the exam content. This doesn't exclude others, btw, I am just pulling out two names I see a lot and have heard good things about. There could be others I don't know about.
  8. Hey! I laid out the order I did all the practice problems in in my step by step of my study method. In the write up, I detail out my thoughts on my order and things I would change. Also, I wrote up some 'reviews' of sorts of the materials I used, to hopefully help guide people who are looking at the mountain of options for materials available with some real-person (non-professional-marketing based) thoughts on each resource. Good luck! You Got This!!
  9. Thank you! I worked pretty hard on that, glad someone else is getting some use out of it! (realized this may confuse others - I posted a downloadable PDF of the table of contents I used for my reference binder on my website for others to use)
  10. I have not taken his course. (stop reading here if you wish =P). However, I used his study guide and practice exam and found his material to be very useful and I liked it a lot. I imagine his prep course is of similar style/quality.
  11. I did not take an online course as part of my studying. However, on this forum, I have seen a lot of love for the Zach Stone material. I used a lot of the Engineering Pro Guides material (books/exams) in my studying and liked his take/approach a lot. He now offers a review course, and I would probably check that out if I was currently studying. Generally I would look for people who are 'participating' in the continued changes to the PE. There are some courses/materials out there that haven't changed for several years - those are probably outdated/low effort. I see Zach and Justin on here regularly, and I think they are keeping up with the changes to the exam content. This doesn't exclude others, btw, I am just pulling out two names I see a lot and have heard good things about. There could be others I don't know about.
  12. That's where it was in October 2017 as well! (couldn't remember the name of the place until you said it)
  13. I remember having a heck of a time actually getting an answer for the exact exam location. I ended up staying in a hotel near THIS trader joes. It wasn't a long drive from there to the testing area. I'm sure there is closer hotels, i'm also sure I was looking for the cheapest hotel, ha!
  14. There's a section further down on the site that lists the 'full power PE package' and from that it isn't clear to me if/how they are different. I'm sure Justin will weigh in though! Supplemental Power References Exam 40 supplemental questions that specifically test NEC® and NESC® code problems. Power Full Exam Over 80 practice exam problems at the closest level of difficulty to the actual exam. Power Technical Study Guide Learn all the key concepts and skills necessary to pass the PE exam. Power Final Exam Assess your level of preparedness with the final exam. Compare your preparedness with others. Online Power PE Course Ensure your success by learning the key concepts and skills, important test taking skills and code navigation skills. (Includes all above products for free)
  15. Good luck everyone taking in October 2019!! You got this!! I passed the Oct 2017 Power PE, and wrote up my approach in a website format to share with people with they asked 'how did you pass'? My basic approach was to focus almost 100% on solving problems (vs. reading books or watching lectures). I did a sequence of practice exams and problems, and followed a thorough process afterwords to convert all of that problem-working effort into a useful binder I could take in for reference in the exam. In the end, used my self-made binder and the NEC code book for 95% of the questions, and barely touched my other backup references. Can't recommend it hard enough; build a good binder!!! The other tool I used thoroughly was youtube videos on sections I was struggling with - but focusing on youtube videos with problems being solved (vs. lectures). I documented every youtube video I watched and made a list! GOOD LUCK!!
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