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  1. I know a lot of people who studied really hard and passed. I know a few people who are just really fantastically intelligent and didn't study really hard and passed. I know several people who studied their asses off and didn't quite pass. I can't think of a single person I know that passed that felt like they shouldn't have and thinks that they got lucky. If we think the cutoff score is 50 and you guess on all 80 problems, there is approximately 1 in 10^10 odds you will pass. Now let's say you can get 35 out of 50 questions that you "try" on correct and blindly guess on the other 30. You still only have 1 in 342 odds of passing. A tiny number of people might actually pass because of getting "lucky" 10-15 times. Hoping to be one of those people is a bad idea.
  2. What a fine coincidence that the person in your make-believe story that took your course passed and the other person in your make-believe story that didn't take your class failed the exam. Almost like someone trying to sell the class wrote it.
  3. In CA, if you have 6 years of qualifying experience either in responsible charge or in the responsible charge of another PE (or in an industry/government exempt from licensure) then you can be a high-school drop out for all the board cares. An ABET degree counts as 4 years of qualifying experience, but is not at all necessary. You will need to document the 6 years of qualifying experience with at least 4 letters of recommendation from electrical PEs other than yourself, ideally one or more of which you directly reported to. As for other tests, you will need to pass the CA laws/ethics take home test -- this should be an hour or two spent with the CA board rules, proper use of command-f will cut that time in half.
  4. To your original question though, it's determined by test (i.e. electrical power, mechanical HVAC, mechanical MDM each have their own) and not by state (i.e. CA electrical power has the same cut score as FL electrical power). It is definitely not a flat 70%, some tests have consistently higher/lower cut scores than others. Power is usually on the low end of cut scores (low 50s). I think (although haven't checked to confirm) that there are some reports of failed tests out there at a 56 (i.e. 70%). That seems like a pretty rare occurrence and the majority of the time, a 56+ passes.
  5. I don’t know about anywhere else, but at the very least, the state of CA disagrees with you. In CA only mechanical, civil, and electrical PEs actually have any authority to perform services that any other person couldn’t perform. On the other hand, all branches of engineering with PE designation have protected “Title Authority” which is simply the legal right to call yourself a PE or <branch name> engineer. I know of at least one person getting fined in CA for having a resume with the words “Mechanical Engineer” on it when he was not licensed. Even if you are licensed in a different state, you have no legal authority to call yourself a PE in California. With the internet now the way it is, it is impossible to expect information you post anywhere to stay in state boarders, so most states have interpreted their laws to mean that it is ok to call yourself a PE in their own state if you are actually a PE in another state, so long as you clarify somewhere in whatever Statement/Document that you are referring to a different state. Whether you have any “Authority” added to a statement because you put “PE” after your name doesn’t matter if it is simply illegal. There is maybe a legal argument that selling engineering services is a form of commerce and that ignoring your license from another state is either a violation of the full faith and credit, or the interstate commerce clause depending on which way the state argues it’s case. You may certainly put PE after your name without regard to state laws and try to go down that path in federal court, I would advise against doing so.
  6. That’s the only way I get to be a PE. CA is similar, I don’t have an engineering degree, just one in applied math and a lot of experience in solar.
  7. I really liked PPI’s practice questions. I hated their teaching materials/books/everything else. If I could go back and only buy access to their quiz generator and skip on everything else I would. Doing a stupid number (~1000) of practice questions helped me more than any of the reading/lectures/etc.
  8. The Power exam is a soul crushing monster. The NCEES gods blessed me with a pass and I'm almost more excited not to have to take the test again than I am to get licensed. Best of luck to you guys signing up for next October/next April.
  9. Passed as a first time taker, I don't have an engineering degree (I do have a BA in applied mathematics with an emphasis on PDE, so phasor math and complex arithmetic was all pretty easy and I've worked in the solar industry for a long time). CA is awesome for letting us get there substituting more experience for a degree. I used PPI2Pass's online quiz generator and probably took 50 x 20 question practice quizzes. I re-worked every problem that I ever got wrong until I understood where I got it wrong and why. I know it doesn't work for everyone, but working ~1,000 problems or so over a few months gave me a fantastic feel for what kinds of questions to expect, what questions I could get right easily, what ones I'd struggle with, and most importantly, what questions I could do in 30 minutes, but wouldn't be worth the test-time. Pretty neutral on PPI2Pass, they are perfectly acceptable in my book. Any other test bank with thousands of questions and a nice user interface would have done fine as well. I'd only pay for the test bank though, you can youtube how to do any kind of problem that you having trouble with for free.
  10. I've been offline since I got my pass notification (mostly celebrating). Has anyone made an attempt at figuring out the cut score? I'm particularly interested in EE, Power.
  11. No. NCEES gives you a raw score if you fail, TX gives you a curved score if you pass or fail. If you have enough fail data points and make some assumptions about the shape of the curve, you can extrapolate upwards and try to guess your score. I don’t recommend this exercise, but if you do it for power, let me know the results.
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