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  1. Everyone, I've seen a lot of posts all over the place from people studying for the upcoming exam. I thought it would be a good idea to get an April 2020 thread started for everyone to ask questions, share resources and provide knowledge all in one place. @BebeshKing @MEtoEE @SparkyBill @pigking8190 @SCU2019 @wiliki @daydreambeliever @Crimsonwar @akyip If you know of anyone else that is studying, feel free to tag them.
  2. I have to travel by plane to take the PE this April, and would like to know what others who have traveled did (or wish they didn't do). My biggest concern is taking that much paper and how heavy it will be. Did you check a bag with the books/references? I am scared of the airline loosing that case and then I will be SOL. Did you carry the reference materials? if so, can you give me some tips and tricks please. How is TSA with a carry-on suitcase full of paper? Thanks in advance for the input.
  3. Hello, Just received my result for California State Surveying Exam with Reza's class for the first time and unfortunately didn't pass. Overall, I thought I had done much better on the exam than expected going in, problems were simpler to the practice problems from Reza's class. Reza's class I believe prepared me well for the exam. Felt like I nailed 35 questions, felt 50-50 on 12 questions, and completely guessed on 8 questions (horizontal/vertical curves mostly). My guess after I took the exam was that I answered between 65%-75% correct depending on luck factors. However, that did not reflect in the results, and the diagnostic report does not clarify my score, nor adequately show my performance for what chapters I need to improve my study plan in the Reza book. My diagnostic reads the following: Topographic Surveys - 35% - Marginal Construction Surveys - 35% - Deficient Accuracy and Error Analysis - 10% - Proficient Preparation of Reports and Maps - 20% - Deficient Im very confused regarding the following: 1) What was my actual score on the exam? Don't need to know the cutoff score, but at a minimum I'm entitled to know my score on each section. Deficient is defined as below the minimum passing level, however there is a very large gap of deficiency between scoring 0% and 60% which could be considered deficient. And Marginal seems like it could be from 55%-70%, and Proficient seems like 75%-100%, which also makes a big difference. The example scores on the PDF would have been nice if I could actually get that information, not sure why this needs to be hidden. 2) What topics refer to these four categories? The Reza book lays out 10 chapters, Law and Surveying, Distance measurements, Angular Measurements, Error Analysis, Topographic Survey and Mapping, Highway Curves and Volumes, Construction Staking, Photogrammetry, California State Plan Coordinates, and Global Positioning. Where do these chapters fall into? 3) Received very few questions regarding preparation of reports and maps, only a few on map scales, how does this equate to 20% of the examination? From preparation and taking the exam, I felt similar proficiency level on all sections, so the diagnostic leaves me even more confused. 4) Received several questions regarding types of surveys and surveying equipment which I thought I answered most of these correctly, what category does this fall into? 5) Received several questions regarding horizontal and vertical curves, this was definitely my weakness, what category does this fall into? Im really hoping to get some further clarification from the California Board regarding my score, plan to review horizontal/vertical curves more in depth and take a lot of practice exams. Need to know a benchmark from my diagnostic to know if Im making further improvements.
  4. We will post the solution tomorrow! Good luck everyone.
  5. Hi, I just recently graduated from my University and passed the FE exam 2 weeks ago. In Texas, they allowed us to be able to take the PE exam with no working experience as long if you're an EIT, but will have to wait for 4 years to get the license for the experience. My question is, is it possible for someone who has no working experience in the industry to be able to take the PE exam and pass? My major is in electrical power, I currently am internship for a control systems company, but I am hoping to take my power PE soon because it's seem like the only one that most people take.
  6. Practicing and preparing is key to passing the PE Civil exam. School of PE has some exam tips that will help you pass the exam and begin your career as a professional engineer. 1. Schedule Study Time One of the easiest ways to ensure you are prepared for the exam is to create a study schedule. Dedicating a set amount of time each day for exam review will allow you to make consistent progress in your preparation. Even 15 minutes per day can keep you focused on learning all of the material you need for the exam. 2. Exam Reference Materials Create a binder with color-coded tabs and fill it with essential reference materials so you can promptly access any information you need during the exam. You do not want to waste valuable time searching through excessive material you brought to the exam. 3. Engineering Math and Calculator Functionality Take time ahead of the exam to make sure your calculator is NCEES approved. Consider taking a refresher course on calculator functionality to ensure you are prepared on exam day. Also, consider taking a basic engineering math course to make sure you have mastered the fundamentals. 4. Get Plenty of Rest Sleep is a crucial part of preparing for the PE Civil exam. Getting a full night’s rest the night before will boost your concentration during the eight-hour session, lowering the risk of losing focus and performing poorly. 5. Take a Review Course Even when the exam date is approaching, there is still time to attend a review course. School of PE offers a Bootcamp OnDemand review course to give students relevant materials and valuable resources in a time crunch. School of PE hopes you find these tips useful. Check out our review courses to take your studying efforts to the next level.
  7. Exam time is rapidly closing in. If you would you prefer some expert one on one tutoring from one of our Instructors just let us know. School of PE is ready to help. We have many instructors who tutor in their specific areas of expertise. Allowing for you to have an experience customized to your needs. Learn More About Tutoring
  8. Hello everyone, I meant to call this topic "the PE - an epic journey" but thought again about the title to give it more reach. I passed the Mech HVAC PE exam last April 2019 and here is how. The strategy I have followed is the one that has always worked for me so far for many exams but you will surely have other means to get to your goal. Given the fact that it gets challenging to exactly know what you will be tested on, and that it impacts a lot your surroundings such as your family, I prepared to maximize my chances to only take it once. It was sort of a go or no-go and I had decided that failure wouldn't be an option. Should I fail, I wouldn't have had any regrets since I was pushing it at the forefront of everything not leaving me in the doubt that I could have done better and better. All of this is about the MINDSET and what you are ready to sacrifice to make it your first priority. "I don't have time" wasn't applicable anymore. "I need to find the time" was the right approach. Given all of this, I have started studying for the April 2019 session beginning of December 2018 after procrastinating the whole November month. I am 35 year old, dad of a (by then) 2-month-old daughter (she is now 7-month-old), have a full-time job (50h/week) and my wife works full time as well. No family local support. Time to study: 5 months (~300/ 400h). That may sound overkill but that's what I put to get there. Averaged studying schedule: 2h each day of weekday and 10h per weekend with some exception when my job took over. I wanted to keep myself motivated so the reason was to NOT lose momentum! Some prep game pieces of advice to get started: 1- Kill the impostor syndrome taking you away from what you truly want. 2- You only know what you are capable of so don't let other sidetracking you from your goals. 3- Get surrounded by positive energy (people you like who support you). Make them understand what your journey is about to be like. Collateral damage will exist so better to let others know about it. 4- Make sure you can focus by chunks of time that are effective. 2h was for me the minimum to get into it fully. 5- Secure a zone where you can leave your mess behind and big enough to be able to open several books on the table. From Day 0 I didn't know what to look up for and what resources to study. After googling a few keywords it came obvious to buy the MERM (13th edition). I tabbed the pages I needed and used the reference appendixes like crazy. I cruised through various chapters and have established a roadmap. Instead of studying the MERM, I instead took a bottom-up approach diving straight away into practice pbs. I was learning by doing. Among those below is what I followed in order over 4/5 months straight: 0- The MERM - get a sense of what is in there. Tab the chapters and pages you need overtime and appendixes you will get back often especially the steam tables. 1- Mechanical PE Exam Prep (Youtube and Udemy videos, and few 1 on 1 calls) extremely useful to go over the fundamentals and practice problems. Use the MERM to refer to the equations. Did them all 3 times or until I had them 90% right - Some overlap with the SMS and NCEES practice pbs. 2- 6 Minutes Solutions (SMS): Very useful to go over the answers in details. Know them on your fingertips. Did them all 3 times or until I had them 90% right. 3- EngineeringProGuide: bought the study guide, practices exams, and reference practice exams problems. Did them all 3 times or until I had them 90% right. Great to know how to use the 4 ASHRAE handbooks. 4- NCEES practice exams (2011 and 2016). Did back and forth all the problems 3 times or until I had them 90% right. 5- MERM practice pbs (selected ones). Focus on those that require more attention such as fundamentals. 6- ASHRAE Handbooks (Fundamentals, HVAC and Systems and Equipment, Refrigeration, Applications). Very useful to know where the chapters and empirical equations are located. You will be tested on those! 7- ASHRAE 90.1 55.1 62.1 Standards. Know what the requirements are for each. 8- NFPA 90 A and 90B codes. Good to cruise over to figure what type of information is inside. 9- Your PERSONAL cheat sheet!: The most important of it all. Write down all the equations you need and store for the quick lookup. 10- Psychrometric Charts and MISC materials. Anything not listed up above that important enough to include. Important to have the Sea Level, 5000ft, low and high temp ones. I saved the last month to actually go over all the material up above in no specific order and prepare for the exam. Did some 8h sessions with a 1h break in between to put me in the real situation, under a TIME PRESSURE. Good to figure out how much your brain can absorb before you get sidetracked and miss focus. Went to the site a week prior to the exam, got to know where the room would be. Before test day, packed in a suitcase of the reference materials, some snacks, water bottles, wrist clock and most importantly: earplugs. Looked again at all the notes the last time and made sure the cheat sheet materials were in a three-ring binder. Rested for the rest of the day. On exam day, the AM session went fine but the PM one was a killer. The NCEES practice exam books are representative enough of what to expect but figured that they were a lot of problems requiring some lookup from the ASHRAE handbooks. Left the exam room in the unknown given the fact that I didn't know was the cutting score would be. I had read online one needs to score 70%. Overall I was confident enough to get close to this score but did some educated guess here and there. The hardest part was the wait before the release 39/40 days after! The major takeaway is that you should go there confident and under cold-blood. The more you can prepare for it, the better for your future. This is a short term pain for a long term gain. Had down times driven by emotions, lack of sleep and stress stacking up but was an indicator that I meant to make it happen. No one wants to live this twice or more with a family and busy schedule. Celebrate hard after you pass to release all the commitment you went through! You can do it! Best to you all and good luck with the exam! Olivier PS: - Pic 1, my 4months daughter checking that the maths are right - Pic 2, a souvenir. Glad I didn't start a collection.
  9. I'm taking the PE exam for Industrial Engineering next week and freaking out. I don't know anyone else who has taken it, and can't find anyone online either who has. Was only able to find one study guide and practice exam. Has anyone here taken it, or going to take it? What study materials are you using? How many reference books are you bringing? Any feedback helps, thanks!
  10. Hi guys, I am trying to sell my PE Exam materials after passing the Civil PE (Transportation) exam recently. These books are still in great condition, if not like new, with very minimal to no notes or highlights on them. I did my research on prices, so these should be the best prices you can find from eBay or Amazon. Good luck! Here is the list and a link to my eBay listings: ***FREE SHIPPING IN THE US FOR ALL BOOKS*** 2011 AASHTO GREEN BOOK: A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets - $219 https://www.ebay.com/itm/173708321984 Highway Capacity Manual 2010 (HCM 2010) - $139 https://www.ebay.com/itm/173708311139 Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam by Michael R. Lindeburg 2015 - $40 SOLD https://www.ebay.com/itm/173708344168 Transportation Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam by Norman R. Voigt - $40 SOLD https://www.ebay.com/itm/173708333098 Transportation Depth Practice Exams for the Civil PE Exam by Dale R. Gerbetz - $39 SOLD https://www.ebay.com/itm/173708349416 Civil Engineering PE : Breadth and Depth by Indranil Goswami (2015, Hardcover) - $59 https://www.ebay.com/itm/173708357729 Civil Engineering PE : Practice Exams - Breadth and Depth by Indranil Goswami - $32 SOLD https://www.ebay.com/itm/173708355288
  11. Post your RI results here.
  12. Selling all 6 volumes of the Testmasters review course. The books are from the spring 2018 class. I took the course in Houston and thankfully was able to pass the exam. The books have content on the topic followed by review problems along with the solutions. Only wrote on 2 pages in volume 3. Selling them for $200 OBO. Will only accept PayPal. Will ship same day. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the books. If you send me your email address I can send you pictures of the books. Volume 1: Water Resources & Environmental I Volume 2: Water Resources & Environmental II Volume 3: Transportation I Volume 4: Transportation II Volume 5: Structures & Geotechnical Volume 6: Construction
  13. Hello, I have passed my PE construction exam and barely touched this book. Crazy expensive online for over $200. I am selling for $175 with free shipping at the below ebay link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/173412836527
  14. Had to be done, new thread as results are coming out.
  15. Hi, I'm wondering how you felt about the exam. For me, AM was challenging and PM was moderate. It would be great if you can share your opinion. Thank you.
  16. Anyone have experience of taking the SE in Wisconsin? How was the experience? Lots of people there? ect..
  17. Guys, How close do you think I was to passing? It seems like I was near or above the avg passing score in sections 5 and 10 thru 18. It looks like the softer subjects killed me which is really frustrating such as computational tools and ethics. Anyone have a good plan of attack for passing this the next time?
  18. I'm selling materials that came in handy for me for studying for the PE Environmental Engineering exam. I took the exam in April 2017. They are all in good condition with limited markings. Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations by Lee and Lin: $15.00 Fundamentals of Air Quality Systems by Noll: $25 PE Environmental Engineering License Review Manual by Brightwood: $60 PE Environmental Engineering practice exam by NCEES: $30 Practice Problems for Environmental Engineering PE Exam, 3rd Edition by Lindeburg: $60 Environmental Engineering Solved Problems, 3rd edition by Schneiter: $40 Environmental Engineering Practice PE Exams, 3rd edition by Schneiter: 40 Payment can be made by PayPal and I will not charge extra for shipping. If someone is interested in purchasing all of them, I will give a $20 discount on the sum of all the items (i.e. all items for $250!!)
  19. I'm getting ready to take the Electrical FE exam in 2 weeks and wondering if anyone has taken the exam since they have switched to the new AIT format and they're thoughts on it?
  20. New thread to post to see which states have posted results for 2017 Fall SE Exam. Best of luck to all!
  21. October 2017 PE results have been released in some states. Also, Sunday marked the completion of this cycle's SE Scoring Workshop. Looks like we can expect SE results as soon as this Friday, December 8. Best of luck everyone!
  22. I failed my first attempt at the Civil PE - Structural Exam this past April. A bit of background about me: I did not graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering or Structural. I am a Biological Engineer with a focus in structural systems. I've been working four years as an engineer in a field of its own, utility design. Therefore, I don't have much exposure to anything civil or biological. The reason I chose the structural exam was because I enjoyed learning and taking structural courses in college. I figured the other disciplines will bore me. I took steel, wood, and multiple analysis courses. Additionally, there are so many more resources to help pass the civil exam than the biological exam. My first attempt, I completely bombed. However, I think it wasn't too bad given that I do not work in the field and only studied 2.5 months prior to the exam. It was really tough studying because I wasn't familiar with the majority of breadth topics, but knew the depth was going to be hard so I focused most of my studies on the depth. Below is my diagnostics. I would love to get any help possible. I'll be taking the PPI course again soon. I took it the first time, but I was so focused on studying for the depth, that I did not pay attention. I am hoping the second time around will be a pass. Any tips for someone who is not in the field to pass the Civil Structural? Changing disciplines is not an option. My work already paid for the thousands of dollars in course and reference materials.
  23. I finally heard back from California board today (FYI - the check got cashed 3/22, yes...over four months ). Looks like everything went through except for my references. It states that my references are not licensed in state where the project was located. My situation: I work in the nuclear industry as a civil engineer. It is not required to be licensed in the state where the plant is located to complete the design work, neither do I live in those states. Therefore, most of my co-workers have licenses from different states. It is possible (will a lot of work and money) for me to get references from the states that are California is requiring, but I am confused if I need to get 4 all new references (especially since my supervisor has an out-of-state license). And I am dealing with 2 different states that I have done work for. Do I get one from each state? Do I just need one reference from each one of the states? Does my supervisors count as 1 out of the 4 references? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, as the board made clear that I am not allowed to call or email them upon receiving this bright pink rejection letter.
  24. Hi, can someone explain to me the whole 'two wires' thing in single phase circuit and why the impedance is 2 times. Thanks in advance
  25. I just read this on the MN Board website: New PE Exam Specifications Starting in April 2018 NCEES has announced several specification and other changes to exams beginning with the April 2018 administration. The following exams are affected: Architectural Engineering all 3 Electrical and Computer exams; also the “Electrical and Electronics” exam will be renamed “Electronics, Controls, and Communications” Environmental; also it will be reduced from 100 to 80 questions Structural 16-hour; also it will have new design standards Civil will have revised design standards for the Construction and Structural modules. I'm not sure what this means for construction exam but anytime they change the specifications, I imagine that new references are required which mean more money to spend on more material that you don't already have.
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