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What are the best practice exams to get to pass the CA Surveying exam (most similar practice exams)

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I was wondering what practice exams people used recently that are most similar to the new surveying PE exam?  

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6 hours ago, Jerry87x said:

I was wondering what practice exams people used recently that are most similar to the new surveying PE exam?  

Awesome thread! I used Mansour’s workbook + Practice Exams + 120 Solved Surveying Problems (Peter Boniface ) and I failed! 

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16 hours ago, Jerry87x said:

I was wondering what practice exams people used recently that are most similar to the new surveying PE exam?  

I found that CPESR had the best practice tests (in my opinion), but the class itself I found to be pretty useless. I thought Reza had the best manual, with very good practice problems. EET had some decent practice exams as well, but the book seemed overwhelming and the class might be overkill (didn't watch any lectures, just bought the class for the exams).

I took the CPESR class the first time I took the exam and failed. The second time I used Reza's manual and EET's practice exams and passed.

CPESR: http://civilpesurveyingreview.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwu5veBRBBEiwAFTqDwQtBKNHQpe0eX8gNR3mpaN8alNyOF7JIxSw1shgeFFU2X_Zx3HFcHxoC-vYQAvD_BwE

Reza: https://www.surveyingreview.com/

EET: http://www.eetusa.com/classes/ca-specific/surveying

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6 hours ago, engineeringforfun said:

I found that CPESR had the best practice tests (in my opinion), but the class itself I found to be pretty useless. I thought Reza had the best manual, with very good practice problems. EET had some decent practice exams as well, but the book seemed overwhelming and the class might be overkill (didn't watch any lectures, just bought the class for the exams).

I took the CPESR class the first time I took the exam and failed. The second time I used Reza's manual and EET's practice exams and passed.

CPESR: http://civilpesurveyingreview.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwu5veBRBBEiwAFTqDwQtBKNHQpe0eX8gNR3mpaN8alNyOF7JIxSw1shgeFFU2X_Zx3HFcHxoC-vYQAvD_BwE

Reza: https://www.surveyingreview.com/

EET: http://www.eetusa.com/classes/ca-specific/surveying

After briefly reviewing those three websites, I notice that only one specifically mentions the 2018 change in the California Civil Exams test plan specifications.  You want to make sure that any instruction you are paying for will be up to date in terms of what is published for exam content.

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48 minutes ago, CAPLS said:

After briefly reviewing those three websites, I notice that only one specifically mentions the 2018 change in the California Civil Exams test plan specifications.  You want to make sure that any instruction you are paying for will be up to date in terms of what is published for exam content.

The REZA workbook covered the new test plan up front. I don't remember if EET did or not.

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2 hours ago, engineeringforfun said:

The REZA workbook covered the new test plan up front. I don't remember if EET did or not.

You, and @CAPLS are absolutely right, Rezza updates its workbook on a regular basis. Just saw 2 Rezza books on eBay 1st is Fall 2017 and the 2nd is Summer 2018 which means the workbook get regular updates per new test plan, I will definitely buy it before I re-take the exam. 

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On 10/17/2018 at 2:26 PM, CAPLS said:

After briefly reviewing those three websites, I notice that only one specifically mentions the 2018 change in the California Civil Exams test plan specifications.  You want to make sure that any instruction you are paying for will be up to date in terms of what is published for exam content.

I'm currently taking the EET surveying course. The course notes I was given have sections that say something along the lines of "not included in 2018 test plan" or to skip certain areas since they are no longer on the test. All the videos (and quizzes) are from 2017 though. 

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On 10/17/2018 at 8:18 AM, engineeringforfun said:

I found that CPESR had the best practice tests (in my opinion), but the class itself I found to be pretty useless. I thought Reza had the best manual, with very good practice problems. EET had some decent practice exams as well, but the book seemed overwhelming and the class might be overkill (didn't watch any lectures, just bought the class for the exams).

I took the CPESR class the first time I took the exam and failed. The second time I used Reza's manual and EET's practice exams and passed.

CPESR: http://civilpesurveyingreview.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwu5veBRBBEiwAFTqDwQtBKNHQpe0eX8gNR3mpaN8alNyOF7JIxSw1shgeFFU2X_Zx3HFcHxoC-vYQAvD_BwE

Reza: https://www.surveyingreview.com/

EET: http://www.eetusa.com/classes/ca-specific/surveying

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Regarding Rezza manual, I have talked to Rezza directly over the phone and he mentioned something along the lines that his workbook comes with a pdf version of 5 quizzes and 1 practice exam is that true? 

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37 minutes ago, vip-eng said:

Regarding Rezza manual, I have talked to Rezza directly over the phone and he mentioned something along the lines that his workbook comes with a pdf version of 5 quizzes and 1 practice exam is that true? 

Maybe if you take the class? I just bought the workbook and it had a couple of printed quizzes and one exam in the back of the workbook (although the exam didn't have 55 questions. It was 40 or 45 if i remember correctly).

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53 minutes ago, vip-eng said:

Regarding Rezza manual, I have talked to Rezza directly over the phone and he mentioned something along the lines that his workbook comes with a pdf version of 5 quizzes and 1 practice exam is that true? 

I didn’t take course just bought the fall 2018 workbook and it has 3 quizzes and a mini exam with 40 problems along with loads of practice problems 

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Does anyone know if its a good feeling after seismic exam if you...

Feel good about 25/55 questions and guess the rest?

I felt good about like 100% on the 25 but the rest I kind of guessed educated.

I marked 28/55 but I felt for sure about 25... I heard you need 31 to pass

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2 hours ago, Nathan_10 said:

Does anyone know if its a good feeling after seismic exam if you...

Feel good about 25/55 questions and guess the rest?

I felt good about like 100% on the 25 but the rest I kind of guessed educated.

I marked 28/55 but I felt for sure about 25... I heard you need 31 to pass

if i'm being 100% honest? 25/55 is probably a bit on the low side, but it's possible depending on how well you guessed on the rest. There is no set number that you need to pass so the 31 isn't true.

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Yeah I see what your saying. I just know I got answers for 27/55 for sure and 5 I was 50-50 on. The rest I kind of guessed. I heard historically 55% is needed to pass. So I am hoping if you do the math I would pass because thats like 31-33 right?

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2 hours ago, Nathan_10 said:

Yeah I see what your saying. I just know I got answers for 27/55 for sure and 5 I was 50-50 on. The rest I kind of guessed. I heard historically 55% is needed to pass. So I am hoping if you do the math I would pass because thats like 31-33 right?

Historically (April 2004-April 2009), yes the passing % varied between 48% and 61%. But it varies with each cycle, so the one you took could have a cut score of 48% or 65%. It really just depends. Not trying to be negative by the way. If you felt 100% about 27 and felt pretty good about another 5 you're in the range that you'll likely pass. Most people I've talked to have felt better when they were 100% about 35/55 or so but without knowing the cut score the numbers are all pretty meaningless.

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@engineeringforfun I just retook the Survey exam and waiting for the result. I was confident on 40 questions and guessed on 15. I was wondering how did you do on your passed Survey exam? how many were you confident on? how many did you guess? if you still remember :)

 

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58 minutes ago, WaitingForThatPE said:

@engineeringforfun I just retook the Survey exam and waiting for the result. I was confident on 40 questions and guessed on 15. I was wondering how did you do on your passed Survey exam? how many were you confident on? how many did you guess? if you still remember :)

 

I was confident on 35, educated guesses on about 15, and straight guesses on 5. Sounds like you're going to be good to go.

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I see what you mean. I mean its hard to say guess verse straight guesses for me. I would say now that I look at it I knew for sure 27 of them but I would say I made educated guesses on 5-10 and guessed the rest based on the answers that looked right. I just feel really good about the 27 because they made sense to me. I just hope I pass I am trying to be optimistic. I put in 120 hours with EET and did all their exams and got over 35 right on every practice test and even 43 on one..... pray for me lol

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@engineeringforfun Thank you for your quick response.  There were few questions among my guessed 15 questions, that I knew how to solve but did not get the exact answers as provided. I cannot stop thinking back about those and wish I could get them. So I am anxiously waiting for the result now.

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I passed Seismic last month. I did really well on it comparing to the Survey. I knew I passed the Seismic when I walked away from the exam.  There was no regret, since I crushed all the questions except one or two.

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On 10/30/2018 at 11:35 AM, WaitingForThatPE said:

I passed Seismic last month. I did really well on it comparing to the Survey. I knew I passed the Seismic when I walked away from the exam.  There was no regret, since I crushed all the questions except one or two.

What books or courses did you use/take for seismic?   Thank you 

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@vip-engI took Hiner's course and he provided practice exams, I practiced twice and did all the practice problems in the workbook. Did you pass survey? how did you do?

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