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I am a repeat taker.  I would say both exams were about the same in difficulty, but my knowledge and performance were (I think, hopefully) better.  I still walked out feeling beaten down and annoyed; but analytical questions that I mostly guessed on the first time, this time I was able to narrow down to 2 answers and other times select the right answer.

 

That statement alone is what NCEES is looking for in repeat takers; the amount of preparation and studying hopefully sent me over the line.

 

My first time taking it I finished the morning and afternoon an hour early; for different reasons.  But this time I had time to recheck my answers in the morning and I found (2) errors that I changed; in the afternoon I took the full time and with 30 secs left found an answer one one I spent nearly 30 mins on.  The first time there were a few of these and I guessed and said "I know i don't have the book or knowledge to solve this" and walked out.  This time I knew i had the knowledge and/or the book somewhere to make a very good guess.

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30 minutes ago, a4u2fear said:

I am a repeat taker.  I would say both exams were about the same in difficulty, but my knowledge and performance were (I think, hopefully) better.  I still walked out feeling beaten down and annoyed; but analytical questions that I mostly guessed on the first time, this time I was able to narrow down to 2 answers and other times select the right answer.

 

That statement alone is what NCEES is looking for in repeat takers; the amount of preparation and studying hopefully sent me over the line.

 

My first time taking it I finished the morning and afternoon an hour early; for different reasons.  But this time I had time to recheck my answers in the morning and I found (2) errors that I changed; in the afternoon I took the full time and with 30 secs left found an answer one one I spent nearly 30 mins on.  The first time there were a few of these and I guessed and said "I know i don't have the book or knowledge to solve this" and walked out.  This time I knew i had the knowledge and/or the book somewhere to make a very good guess.

If you don’t mind providing it, what was your given raw score in April?

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So in the event i failed (99% sure) can we collaborate more for the April administration of the exam? I know the code pretty well and have some good references.

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2 weeks down...potentially 8 more weeks to go until we know. That's amazing that someone can finish early...I did the multi pass approach and I still ran out of time. But I had already made as many good guesses that I could  by circling the answer in the booklet so I just had to fill in those guesses on the answer sheet. Then I used the last five minutes to try the problems I thought I could figure out somehow and hopefully it helped.

 

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5 hours ago, a4u2fear said:

48

I wish you the best of luck this go around. You studied and prepared more for the October exam, so you should be good.

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So you would have got 67. You jus because if 2-3 questions. I am very certain you would pass this tim.

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Just now, Invisible said:

So you would have got 67. You jus because if 2-3 questions. I am very certain you would pass this tim.

I meant 67%

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And Congratulations everyone who survived 2 weeks. We have crossed 2/6th of the path towards the results. Almost there

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5 hours ago, Nashi said:

2 weeks down...potentially 8 more weeks to go until we know. 

Potentially 10 in Pennsylvania.

23 minutes ago, Invisible said:

I meant 67%

In all seriousness, the cut score was not 51 last session.

Trying calculate the cut score is pointless to begin with, but it can be damaging to long term morale to grossly underestimate the cut score. One shouldn't lull themselves into thinking they passed only because of an unrealistic cut score. It makes the emotional blow so much worse when the results do finally come out.

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On 11/9/2018 at 4:09 PM, RBHeadge PE said:

In all seriousness, the cut score was not 51 last session.

Trying calculate the cut score is pointless to begin with, but it can be damaging to long term morale to grossly underestimate the cut score. One shouldn't lull themselves into thinking they passed only because of an unrealistic cut score. It makes the emotional blow so much worse when the results do finally come out

Wait for one more month to know if I am speaking the truth. Well, if there are any Texas repeat takers who could prove my claim, please do speak out :P  There would be people who wrote in Texas this time too. But I do not want to be the on who proves it with diagnostics and percentage. I hope I get only a percentage :P I will be really fine with 71% :P

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On 11/9/2018 at 4:09 PM, RBHeadge PE said:

Potentially 10 in Pennsylvania

Seriously 12 weeks to get results in Penn :O Thats pretty long :O

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On 10/27/2018 at 12:24 AM, travishans08 said:

Hey Guys how do you think y'all did today? 

I'm just here to vent a little. 

Was it just me or did any else feel completely unprepared for this exam?? 

 I was averaging 80's-90's on all section reviews. I took the NCEES official exam and got an 83. I walked out today feeling completely blindsided. 

I feel confident in saying that I completely guessed on about 30% of the exam and was unsure about an additional 20%. A majority of the questions seemed completely out of left field compared too all the studying I did from Zach's PE Review, official ncees, complex, graffeo.  
 
Honestly I feel a bit disgruntled. I try to be self-aware and I feel that I have a solid grasp on the fundamentals, and excelled in university, but this test kicked my ass. I truly felt that I prepared as well as I could have. The practices test and programs felt worthless compared to this exam. Am I just being dramatic here? If anyone who took it this October can give me some perspective it would be much appreciated. 

Hello Travishans08;

 

I am October 2018 PE Mechanical exam taker in the field of Machine Design and materials in Kentucky. I felt the exact same way that you feel. I resigned from my company and studied for the exam for 6 months. I used over 30 books, including FE, PE, major textbooks, handbooks, unit conversion books, tonnes of tabs and office supplies etc. I used MERM for almost every question. I scored 80% in practice tests and review questions. I even timed myself in each subject area in order to achieve 6 minutes per question. However, the actual PE test was completely different. Of 80 questions, I am certain that I got 42 questions correctly (AM and PM combined), 20 and 22 in each section. I almost screamed at my proctor for giving me a test which is so difficult. I felt so disappointed of myself. Almost left the building! Let's exchange opinions on the exam.

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On 10/27/2018 at 7:58 PM, Invisible said:

By any chance, can the cut off for passing be 50 or less than 50? What do you guys think? I'm new to the forum

Invisible. I took PE Mechanical (Machine design) in October. I am confident that I correctly answered 50% of the questions. I read other people in EE field had the same problem. I would say 55% is cut score, but it is just a guess.

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On 10/28/2018 at 5:41 AM, Enginer282 said:

What do you guys realistically think the cutoff score is? 

 

%55.

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12 hours ago, Full Stack PE said:

 I would say 55% is cut score, but it is just a guess.

I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

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On 11/10/2018 at 9:23 PM, Full Stack PE said:

Invisible. I took PE Mechanical (Machine design) in October. I am confident that I correctly answered 50% of the questions. I read other people in EE field had the same problem. I would say 55% is cut score, but it is just a guess.

I did not mean 50% or 51%. I meant 51/80 which is around 64%. I am not trying to offend anyone. I am just giving an input from what I know. But we can always argue on that. I have seen a post in this forum where the guy said said he got 39/80 and 58%. He has even posted a screenshot of the same. See this link http://engineerboards.com/topic/28677-i-failed-the-power-pe-please-help/ 
But still, let me not speak about the cut score until the results come in. 
 

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On 11/5/2018 at 5:52 PM, matt267 PE said:

And yes, you're right. There was a guy, a few exam cycles ago, that passed the power pe without any education background. He studied a bit and passed the exam. I think his background was in civil.

It's well known that the power pe is the easiest.

that simply means he wasn't a dummy, genius.

let me guess, you had trouble on YOUR exam based on YOUR background?  (The genius comment was sarcasm. Had to mention that since i'm sure you wouldn't have caught that on your own 😂)

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This wait wouldn't be nearly as bad if I weren't beating myself up because I received the survey email.

Not knowing is one thing. Not knowing but having others indicate I've likely failed is worse.

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39 minutes ago, ellen3720 said:

is wait wouldn't be nearly as bad if I weren't beating myself up because I received the survey email.

Not knowing is one thing. Not knowing but having others indicate I've likely failed is worse.

I thought the sarcastic post about the survey email was pretty outdated and lame. But now I can see it actually worked out. Well this is world. People easily believe facts which are baseless. But when I say something factual, people say I m lying. Phew - The world of reality :-/

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I do hope it was sarcastic. Maybe its a ruse the vets pull on the newbies. PE Exam hazing, if you will.

I worked hard for this - as we all did - and even a stupid joke was apparently enough to shake my confidence. 

Maybe I'll get the results, pass, and look stupid for worrying about this. I'm OK with that.

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40 minutes ago, ellen3720 said:

I worked hard for this - as we all did - and even a stupid joke was apparently enough to shake my confidence. 

Maybe I'll get the results, pass, and look stupid for worrying about this. I'm OK with that.

Welcome to Phase 4: Doubt.

All of this has happened before, and will happen again.

There's a few more weeks to go, try to relax. Blow off steam in the spam thread; or with another hobby if your choice.

 

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