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  1. The EET reference binders have suggested 'significant chapters' and 'significant tables' for each of the references. I tabbed the chapter headings and the index for each reference. If you're good with an index, the chapter divisions and a few tables is probably the most you should tab. For answering obscure lookup questions, try to determine the key word or phrase in the question, then quickly browse the indices in your references to see if there's a match. My HCM was divided into separate binders. I kept the table of contents for the overall binder collection tabbed as well, so that I could quickly navigate between binders. It's a good idea to tab Temporary Traffic Control in the MUTCD, as this topic frequently comes up. Again, tab the first page of your indices in each reference! Many engineers I know seem to forget that an index exists, so it takes them ~10 minutes of guessing to find what I can locate in ~10 seconds.
  2. Good luck to everyone taking the PE on Friday! I actually booked a hotel room next to my test site to avoid the 1.5+ hour commute from my home. Money well spent, since it significantly reduced the stress of test day.
  3. The EET course covers some of the tables in the major codes. However, there's not time to cover all of the potential tables you might be asked to use. My background in research helped me when it came to obscure code trivia. I narrowed down what I thought the topic of the question was, then used the index in the relevant code to guess which chapter/volume/book/page would have the information I needed. While I didn't spend more than a few extra hours becoming familiar with the codes, I DID tab the significant tables that EET mentioned and used in the class in the corresponding references.
  4. Seconding the vote for EET. I actually found the recommendation for them on these boards, myself, and passed April 2019 Transportation. If you have a question about whether or not you can access the on-demand sections early for the next exam (i.e., you want to take the April exam), you can always email the EET staff directly about your situation. They may recommend waiting until after October to sign up so there's no confusion. I used only the EET binders and the NCEES references to pass the PE exam. I didn't bother taking the CERM at all. I did, however, tab my references -- but not in the way you might expect! I only tabbed the separate chapters, the table of contents, and the index. I also did the test in three-four passes. First pass was just writing down the topics of the questions and where/what notes I expected to use. A few questions I answered on-sight. A few were also easy lookups or questions that only took 3-4 minutes to answer. The second pass was easy lookups and more calculations where I was confident I could solve or answer them in 5-6 minutes. The third pass was more complicated questions that I knew how to solve, but that might take me longer to answer, or just more complex code trivia. The fourth pass was everything left over (usually had 10-15 questions left over on the fourth pass). A few I also starred or went back to look at and review anything that I had found questionable/confusing. Repeated that process for the PM section. The EET binders saved me SO MUCH TIME trying to recreate similar resources on my own. I put in approximately 120 hours of studying (not 200+), but YMMV. I took only the On Demand classes because I needed to be able to study at my own pace and had some working weekends. Good luck!
  5. I agree with the above. EET started out with easier concepts in general and saves the depth section preparation for a bit later, after you've warmed up. I found this enormously helpful, since it went through material I had not covered as part of my classes but was still on the exam (project scheduling, in my case -- while this was an option at my University, I took a class on engineering law, instead). EET saves the real engineering problems for later in the curriculum. While I still felt nervous on the day of the exam, I took and passed Civil Transportation on the first try -- and I was able to answer a lot of "gotcha" questions even in other disciplines than my own when it came to the AM.
  6. @civilMC I’m thinking you may need a revised approach to testing. The problem with tabbing similar problems is that it’s easy to spend too much time trying to match problem types for hints on how to solve the specific thing on your desk. I’ve used that strategy myself, and it’s really only good for 2-3 problems ... and even then, only to check work or after being ‘stuck’ on a problem for a while. How did you feel about time on the test? Did you execute multiple passes through the problems? Personally, I took zero full practice tests (investing 8 hours in a simulated environment does nothing but stress me out ... not good). My first pass through the test on AM and PM was solely me doing ‘problem identification’ and writing down what formulas, references, and topics the question was probably citing. This helped me focus my solving efforts quickly. 20 minutes at the beginning of the test so I never had to return that identification step again! Feel free to DM me if you want to chat. Test taking strategy is something I also teach, and I can say that it’s very important to evaluate what in your process might also be tripping you up. Hang in there!
  7. @Sully287 I only had trouble when using the AdobeConnect app or trying to use mobile devices. Any time I was on a desktop or laptop, it was fine. Make sure you have the latest version of your browser of choice (Chrome, for me). Get in touch with EET if you continue to have problems accessing recordings.
  8. @PEstruc I highly recommend EET breadth / depth, as another poster recommended. I was blessed to have an excellent materials background, so while all the EET material was review to me, it was good quality review. Samir also does an excellent job with means and methods in the AM. I had no background with it until his lectures, and I felt very comfortable with those questions on the exam. While plenty of people pass without a class, I can say 100% I wouldn’t have been so confident on my first attempt if I hadn’t gone with EET. I used their reference binders for 60-70% of questions and only went to my specific material for code trivia. No CERM manual at all.
  9. @zsultana That link is correct. I took both AM (Breadth) and PM (Depth) Transportation with EET. I found the resource binders invaluable and just the right amount of information.
  10. @confusedpanda10 I also took the On-Demand AM and PM classes from EET, passed the Transportation exam on my first try, and would further highly recommend them as a review provider. I started studying in late December for the April 2019 PE (so about three-four months). The class is structured with homework, which you can do at your own pace. I personally chose to review only those concepts I felt I was struggling with that were ALSO most likely to occur on the exam. The regular class is about 8-9 hours a week of lectures, with another few hours of homework or practice questions. I focused my practice and homework time and also worked through solutions of problems I wasn't sure I understood (the answers are often included in the EET binders, or you can look them up). What I liked about On Demand was that I could start early and then also watch some of the Live Webinar sessions after they were posted. This worked out very well for my schedule. In my opinion, you could easily just go through the past April 2019 webinars (all the material will already be available and posted right now!) and do your studying at your own pace. One of the reasons I chose On Demand was that I knew I'd be out of town for a few weeks and wouldn't be able to commit to a set or scheduled time. I still managed to keep up with the entire course, despite my scheduling constraints. Definitely bring all the recommended references with you to the exam. There were only two I didn't use (one, because it seems NCEES might be phasing out some material, and two, because the copy of the Pedestrian Facilities guide I wanted had never been returned to the library...). Good luck!
  11. 200-ish hours? Took and passed Civil PE Transportation on the first try. I started studying in late December in order to spread out the overall burden, since I already knew there were several weeks when I wouldn't be able to study at all. I wanted to put everything I had into passing, so I went with EET AM / PM and took every listed reference to the test except Pedestrian Facilities (someone had 'walked off' with it ...). I thought EET prepared me very well for the test, but I also picked it because of the excellent reference binders that came with the course. Unlike others on the board, I took exactly zero practice tests. All of my time was spent on reviewing concepts, navigating references, and working a few practice problems using reference tables and other resources. I spent a few hours tabbing things to quickly get my bearings in the actual test, but only marked significant chapters or indices rather than specific concepts. My situation is unique, since I have a lot of experience in research, reading, and looking up code trivia. When you think about it, I believe something like 50-60% of the PE is conceptual questions rather than calculations? I was already very confident in my ability to quickly solve problems, so I worked mostly on understanding the fastest route to solutions, practicing a few key or confusing concepts, and recognizing/categorizing problems in terms of what reference they were likely to use. My first pass in each section was solely writing notes about what equation/concept/reference each problem was citing. A few I knew from memory, so I marked those (about five in the AM and five in the PM), then did the next easiest (i.e., simple lookups) another five in the AM and five in the PM, and then did the ones I needed to solve (10 AM and 10 PM), which got me up to roughly 40 correct overall. The remainder were more challenging code trivia with exotic locations and calculations with "traps" (another 10 in the AM and PM). This got me to about 60/80. The last 10 remaining to solve in the AM and PM I felt were more "reaching" or guessing questions, or those with so many steps that they were inefficient to attempt to solve with 100% certainty. I attempted to solve these with at least educated guesses or by eliminating between 1-2 answers. After the test, I felt no worse than I had during the FE, which I also passed on the first try. From what I've seen, focusing on understanding easy questions and getting as many of those right as possible is a key to substantially improving scores without unwarranted effort. EET helped a lot in this case by teaching and reviewing the fundamentals of each section, with an emphasis on problems that were almost certain to appear on the test. Their classes certainly helped me be very efficient in my studying!
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