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October 2017 exam broke the trend of NCEES practice exam being most representative to the real exam itself . This year question difficulty level of Geotech was another level.

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Glad to hear I am not alone...it was not what I expected and I thought I was well prepared.

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Glad I googled to find this board because I know I'm not alone in my feelings on it. The practice exams and materials (six minute solutions, etc) weren't even close to what was covered.

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Even the PPI's Civil PE Practice Exam looks easier than this year exam question. And irony is I was complaining here about the difficulty level of Civil PE Practice Examination. If NCEES holds their cut off score at 70% this year too, then that would be very unfortunate.

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How often do questions get thrown out in an instance like this? Clearly NCEES missed the mark if so many weren't prepared. 

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Idk, but it aggravates me when I think about all the time and effort (not to mention money) I put into preparing for the test...and I still left discouraged!

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Ugh, sorry to hear this, geotech's! It will be interesting to see what the passing rates are for this test cycle.

And keep your heads up! I'd be very surprised if none of you, who don't feel great about the exam, end up passing.

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I'll add in that my wife took the Geotech afternoon as well and is really questioning her performance.  She has mentioned nearly every question was nothing like she had dealt with in her studies.  There were a few that really caught her off guard.

Everyone will see in 4-6 weeks (if the last grading cycle is of any standard); so keep your heads up high, enjoy the fact you aren't having to study right now and enjoy some R&R!

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1 minute ago, blybrook PE said:

I'll add in that my wife took the Geotech afternoon as well and is really questioning her performance.  She has mentioned nearly every question was nothing like she had dealt with in her studies.  There were a few that really caught her off guard.

Everyone will see in 4-6 weeks (if the last grading cycle is of any standard); so keep your heads up high, enjoy the fact you aren't having to study right now and enjoy some R&R!

Yea I'm fine with curve balls, but when NCEES tells me what topics to study, and every practice material I have is 80% different than what's on the test, sorry NCEES, but that isn't my bad for not studying properly, that's a poorly written test. I hope they can see that the test was garbage, but who knows.

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14 minutes ago, SDB said:

you might not want to post details...just sayin!

It's not stolen material, just items from memory. *shrug*

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26 minutes ago, Mohican said:

One of the NCEES joke was like that!

Hey Mohican! Please be careful about what you post here regarding exam questions and remember your nondisclosure agreement you signed with NCEES. They do review these boards and we don't want anyone to get into trouble.

I edited your post to delete the possibly suspect information. Hence why it appears as it does now.

In the future, (and this applies to everyone!) try not to post any specific information from any exam questions, even if it is from memory. Better safe than sorry!

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24 minutes ago, SDB said:

you might not want to post details...just sayin!

I'm sorry I went overboard.

But now I know the meaning of this fine print from specification " The knowledge areas specified as examples of kinds of knowledge are not exclusive or exhaustive categories "

 

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21 minutes ago, Mohican said:

But now I know the meaning of this fine print from specification " The knowledge areas specified as examples of kinds of knowledge are not exclusive or exhaustive categories "

A valuable lesson to learn!

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A buddy of mine was a 3rd time test taker this go around and he said it was not bad.

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1 hour ago, Jmcc06 said:

A buddy of mine was a 3rd time test taker this go around and he said it was not bad.

Good luck to your buddy. Hopefully he won't mess the curve for us (if that really exists).

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Do cutoff scores vary by PM session !! I'm interested to know

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On ‎11‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 1:16 PM, Mohican said:

Do cutoff scores vary by PM session !! I'm interested to know

My guess would be yes...it would seem to be the only logical way to "Equate the scores".

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@SDB, no need to post the same thing four times... Please let me know if you'd like your three additional posts deleted.

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