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  1. Yup, I've been telling my wife similar. We need to set dedicated, blocked out study time. That's another mistake I made last time around, though it would've been difficult to set time aside ahead of time with how hectic my work schedule was. It is a great idea to put it on her calendar; I'm not sure why that didn't occur to me. That will probably happen when I go home tonight...right after a couple hours of studying. 😀 Hell, I was able to get my undergrad degree and pass my FE with my eldest daughter when she was younger; I know I can get this test knocked out. Granted, I wasn't working at the time as well, so my time outside of family time was dedicated to school and studying (thank you, G.I. Bill). I call her a little one up above, but she's 11 now; not so little. Kid has a bad habit of that growing up stuff and needs to knock that off. 😉
  2. It's not that I hadn't taken any practice tests, just that I hadn't the dedicated time I desired to exclusively take practice tests. In the weeks/months prior, I was going through the material of the coursework and working practice problems associated with each section. I was able to work on a little bit of practice tests, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. I'm naturally a good test taker, and while this is the most difficult test of this type I've taken, my typical method goes just like before (just with a little more time). Take the time to go through all the material to familiarize myself with it, then after that crank exclusively on practice tests. If I had been able to dedicate full time those last two weeks like I wanted to (as in at least two 40 hour weeks), I may have been able to pass. That's still questionable, but I was doing the best I could with the time at my disposal. I was tempted in the couple of weeks before the test to see if I could cancel and move my test to the April test, as I was fairly certain that I hadn't studied enough and saw the deadlines coming and knew I wasn't going to have a chance in hell of having the time I needed. However, I figured at the very least I would have been exposed to the test and it wouldn't be the end of the world if I didn't pass my first time. There were a couple of reasons I didn't pass: first being that I didn't start studying early enough, second being that my work schedule was just too hectic in the months/weeks up to the test. I've been working as the main electrical designer directly under the PE of record for a new airport terminal (Orlando International Airport), and it just kept me too busy. Put that on top of family life (two little ones at home) and it was just a recipe for what came to pass (or lack thereof; *chuckle*). That being said, work life has slowed to a manageable level and the future outlook of said schedule is looking promising. That, and I am forecasting my leave now. If there are any project deadlines coming in that time before the test, they will just have to be tailored to my study schedule or handled by somebody else. Not that I really owe you, random internet stranger, an explanation or anything, but there you are regardless. 😀 I have been exposed to the test and all the material, and I will dedicate most of my time to working practice tests in the months to come. I wish I had come across these forums earlier than I had. It has been an excellent resource for study material I had never even heard of. It's good to get feedback from all those who have taken the test in the past and can recommend what material to use, and what to avoid.
  3. Thanks. Just gotta stay on top of it. Keeping my eyes on the prize...
  4. For prep for the Oct 2019, I took the PPI OnDemand course. I took the holidays to just relax and get back into a positive mental space. Now that the new year is here, it's study time. I have the printouts of all the slides and problems that were worked in class, bound and tabbed by topic. Based on recommendations from people here, I picked up Graffeo and Complex Imaginary complete set. I had ordered the Electrical Machines by Wildi and Power System by Glover, et al. but they didn't arrive until after the October test so I have those at my disposal as well. I"ve also seen recommendations for the 'Cram' books by Flanagan as well as a couple of study guides/practice problems by Justin Kauwale; I may pick up some of those if I need additional practice problems. Since I already paid for a study course, I don't really want to slam down another ~$1,000 for another one. I'm going to spend 2-3 times a week ~2 hour sessions, an additional one on the weekend if I can squeeze it in just cranking through practice problems. I'm planning on taking leave the last two weeks before the test to dedicated full time to studying during that time as well. I tried that last time, but ended up with three project submittals during those two-three weeks before the test; it utterly destroyed my last two weeks of studying (which was the time I was going to dedicate to practice tests). This will be my second attempt at the power exam.
  5. I used the OnDemand course. I knew it was going to be difficult to stay on schedule with the live course with family and work schedule.
  6. It wasn't great. I was less than pleased with it. I think I'll have to get a different reference book as well.
  7. Based on what I've read here, I may just get the CI practice problems (vol 1-4) and the NCEES practice exam to run through, as well as this: I already have a couple of books that arrived to me after the test (Power Systems by Glover and Electrical Machines by Wildi) that will provide me with more motor and power systems questions.
  8. I've never even heard of complex imaginary. It seems like many of you recommend CI over PPI prep material? I used PPI for the Oct 2019 exam and I did notice that the questions during practice aren't really the same as far as form and level of difficulty as on the test itself. I have all the PDF's of the material from the course I took, so I wasn't going to purchase a prep course again, but I was considering purchasing access to their quiz generator, which also comes with a full practice exam. I'm concerned about buying a book that only allows me to take a single practice exam and that's it. At the same time, I've given PPI more than enough of my money as it is.
  9. I got 37 and this was my first time taking the test. I didn't feel great after I took the exam, but I didn't feel like I did worse than 50%. Makes me feel like I not only failed the test, but bombed it. I'm going to grind on practice tests through PPI. That's what I just did not have time for when studying for the test. My work load was not ideal for studying in the months and weeks prior to the test. The outlook is looking better for the April exam as far as my work load is concerned.
  10. Well, congrats to all that passed. To those among us that failed (myself included), sign up for April, take the next couple weeks to lick your wounds and enjoy the holidays, and get to studying after the new year. We all know what to expect and shall be better prepared for the next run. I've signed up for the next one in April, and I will be better prepared to knock this one out of the park. For those of you still waiting, good luck; may the odds be ever in your favor.
  11. Thanks. Yeah, I had multiple project deadlines the last few weeks before the test and did not have time to run through practice tests. I was concerned about that. I have been exposed to the material and have plenty of time to run through practice tests. I'll get it next time.
  12. Can confirm Florida is out. 1st time testing, and I failed. Time to get registered and start studying again.
  13. That's fair. So many people have to start pretending like they actually know what they're talking about. 😉 😂
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