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October 2014 Electrical Power Exam was Tough

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Gals n Guys do you agree? I asked people who took 2 or 3 times before. They concur that this was the toughest. More theoretical than problematic. Let us know what you all thought?


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I took the exam as well. I thought I was the only one suffering from that AM and PM exams. Like you, I talked to a guy who has taken it 3 times and told me that this time was the hardest.

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This is my second time taking the exam...first time was in Apr 2012. Yesterday's exam didn't seem too hard, but I certainly was surprised about the variety of topics covered. This time around I practiced exams from CI, Spinup, and NCEES and really hoped the exam yesterday would be more similar...but it wasn't. Oh well...we'll see what happens:)


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Every exam session is hard. There's no measure of how they compare though. ;)

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A few insights from the exam, without discussing specifics of questions:



- I thought the morning session was extremely difficult, the afternoon was a little closer to what I expected based on the CI, Spin Up, and NCEES questions available.



- I'm glad I brought a copy of NESC; I thought I may only need the index but that wasn't the case.



- Didn't realize I would need a copy of NFPA 70E (Electrical Safety in the Workplace). I'll pick one up if I have to retake the exam.



- Most NEC questions were straight forward but there were a couple of obscure ones, one of which I never quite found the answer to and had to guess.



- I felt like walking out after only being able to answer about three of the first twelve questions. After the morning session I really didn't want to come back for the afternoon. It's been a long week at work dealing with an audit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. I wish the exam were on a Saturday so I could have a day to recharge a little before hand.


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Don't think you really need a copy of 70E, but to each their own.



LOL @ NRC audit. Not my favorite.


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I was able to solve the problem using 70E. If I didn't bring i would not be able to solve. Its not required but when u didn't pass by 1 point don't u wish u had that book.


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@submarine I totally agree morning was very difficult. Evening was little easy. Lets see how this pans out in 6 weeks. I am glad I am not the only one who felt it was a tough exam. I talked with some mechanical folks. It was easy for them.


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I don't know about "to each their own", I think that kind of minimalizes the fact that you needed the book to answer the question. I don't have tables from the NFPA 70E memorized.



Without getting specific, a question states "in accordance with NFPA 70E", then asks a question that requires you to look at a table for a specific value.



I came home and looked it up because I wasn't really familiar with what NFPA 70E is. Sure enough, the answer was in there.



I only bring it up so that others know they may need a copy of NFPA 70E in the future. NCEES may not have asked questions on this in the past, but they certainly did yesterday.


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Well to lighten the mood a little for you recent test takers, have a look below at one of my favorite exam recaps from another forum user. Very funny in my opinion.

EE - Power. "You sunk my battleship."

Preparation Time/Materials: 250 total hours. 5 textbooks, prep coursework notebook, 2 notebooks of graduate class material, calculators, snacks, rolling suitcase.

Money: ~$1,550.

General Observations: Arrived at my site 30 minutes prior to report time. Noticed that many others had literally libraries and libraries of books. Someone had a giant wagon with bungie cords holding all of the books together. Others just had a single piece of paper. Wild. I randomly started thinking of a national geographic special with narration by Morgan Freeman on PE test taking habits. I needed that laugh to clear my head.

AM Session: Felt the AM session was great. Only ended up with 6-7 that I didn't have a single solid answer or couldn't find it in my reference. I finished slightly early and checked only some of my work.

PM Session: Total unadulterated bloodbath. Couldn't seem to concentrate enough to find the equations I needed. Calculator was spitting out answers that were out of this world. Saw stuff that I barely covered in droves. About 2-3 hours into the afternoon, my brain felt like it had been through a dishwasher and I started hopping around from question to question. Not good. I will be lucky if I got a quarter to half right. I might as well have taken another discipline in the afternoon or gone to work. A monkey may have been able to do better.

Final Thoughts: As I left the exam area, I felt numb, dumb, and a little crushed. I felt like I blew the morning session out of the water. Then the PE got off a torpedo as I was heading to collect my stamp, promotion, and better life. I'm not very good at guessing and doing the math in my head all weekend I kept envisioning a percentage score in the upper 60s with an afternoon diagnostic that simply says "monkey". 6 months of neglecting my wife and family might be for nothing in the end except doing it all over again. I know the pass rate for repeaters is low, but what is the divorce rate?

Oh well. If I recall from a coworker, last years results were released in around 45-50 days following the exam. I think he got his in late May. We shall see. I guess the ultimate decision is now do I crack open another book....or another beer?

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the exam was tough...good luck to all.. I think that the results should be out by the first week of December maybe earlier


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1st time test taker, but glad I'm not the only one that thought the AM was tougher then the PM.

5-6 AM questions that none of my material prepped me for. The 70E was definitely required. After the AM, I was already checking to see when the next test would be offered.

PM portion was either easier, or I did a good job coming up with the correct "wrong" answer, because almost all of my answers were listed as options in the multiple choice.

2 PM questions I had no clue, and it wouldn't have mattered if I had another 4 hrs to try.

Maybe they'll grade in a curve. Lol

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omg same here, i studied so hard , but the exam was not even % closer to what was expected,


i remember last time i didnt prepared well but exam was so straight forward. but this time i almost cried ,,,,,,,,,,,, it was most unexpected problems



very very sad and disappointed.



good luck to all.

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Same here, did the CI tests, the one from NCEES and read some books. I was hoping to use the calculator a little bit more but found myself looking at textbooks most of the time. The wording of the problems were not similar in anyway to the actual practice tests.


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I made a lot of simple mistakes on the AM. The PM was definitely easier that the AM. Hoping the PM will carry my score! Can't stop doing the math in my head to come up with the magic "56" passing (hopefully) number.

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I thought the morning was really harsh. The evening was slightly better than the morning but it was tough as well. This was the first time I took the test. I thought the NCEES sample test would give me a good example of the actual test, but it wasn't. Not even close. I needed to pass this to get a promotion, but ill be back studying again. SMH!


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I made a total of 5 blunders in the exam ,even after came/found the correct answer. I was in doubt of my work and chose the wrong answers (2 problematic and 3 theoretical). I hope somehow I can get to the passing mark. I am damn sure on 54 questions that were right and 21 wrong. (yesterday 53 right and 19 wrong. please don't ask me about the answers as I am not supposed to talk on any forums about the questions asked in the exam). I still cant find a specific answer for 5 questions.


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I am still dreaming about the exam and having sleepless nights due to my blunders. I am praying god that they make 50 or lower as the passing score.


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It would be funny to read some of the comments that will be put on the survey when it comes out.


And to top off my day, the lighting was horrid in the room we were in, and the heat was up waaaaaay too high.



Good luck to all, I am not hopeful.


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