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1 hour ago, RBHeadge PE said:

They might have to manually score your sheet.

I was pretty careful about minimizing erasure marks on the scantron.  It was mostly from reworking problems in the booklet.

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15 minutes ago, txjennah said:

I was pretty careful about minimizing erasure marks on the scantron.  It was mostly from reworking problems in the booklet.

Good deal.

I didn't bother erasing many things in the booklet. Erasing things takes time. I just crossed through it and wrote in the nearest empty space. They don't score the book, so I didn't care if it looked pretty, so long as I could legibly follow my own work.

OTOH, they do keep the exam books and may review whats written if a) they suspect cheating; b) want to investigate a certain problem and the thought process that examinees went through; c) other QA

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1 hour ago, JohnLee said:

YUP!

Wow.... I wish I could've done that.. would've saved a good chunk of money for sure.... sigh.. oh well at Ieast I'm a PE now haha...

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During lunch I was sitting with a colleague on the back of his truck eating lunch and a bee kept hovering around us. I said "Wouldn't that be inconvenient to get stung by a bee right before going into the PM session". Well ironically enough the bee followed me into the test and kept flying around me. I'm not afraid of bees but it was obnoxious and I couldn't leave my chair. The only thing I could do was shoo it away whisper "F*** off bee!". The proctor gave me the look you would expect thinking I could be secretly plotting to steal exam questions by somehow taming a bee. Luckily it went away and I only wasted 1 minute. Crisis averted!

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On 11/2/2018 at 5:05 AM, RBHeadge PE said:

Any idea which test he took? You could sort of figure it out based on the exam front sheet color? Some exams need less references than others.

Negative. I didnt know about the colors. I could tell others around me based on the books (ie civil reference manual, vs NEC codebook etc) but with nothing on his table but a single calculator, it remains a mystery.

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I know I'm late with the PE day stories. This isn't much of a story but silly.

I had to lug my cart of books up the stairs to the exam building, there were two guys that offered to help...which was so nice but I managed to do it by myself. So during lunch I'm eating my sandwich trying to relax and I glance over and what do I freaking see...a ramp! I couldn't believe it. It was so early and dark when I arrived to the exam location that I only saw the stairs leading up to the building.

After the test, my husband met me inside the building lobby and he saw everyone leaving and he was like it looked like everyone departing a long flight with their luggage and I said it was!

Hopefully the flight wont need to be taken again.

   

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I was so nervous for the exam that I forgot to take two of my daily medications (asthma) before being admitted to the exam. I left the medication in my car and had to ask my proctor if I could go take it really quick before the exam started. She replied “why did you forget to take your medicine?” To which I wanted to reply “have you ever taken this exam?” I should have said that.

Anyway, they let me go to take my medicine and I realized when I got to my locked car that I left my car keys in the exam room 🙄😐😑. Soooo I ended up taking my meds on lunch 🤣🤷🏽‍♀️

 

 

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I was so stressed out before the exam just like most PE candidates. Despite all the advise, i along with my friend studied until 8pm the day before the exam.

Anyway, i forced myself to bed around 9pm. Fell asleep only for a short while and woke around 10pm. Then, I couldn't fall back to sleep, tried various approach, not much happened!.  I started to panic around 1:30am and decided to abscond from the exam. Just that thought of not having to take the exam relieved me a great deal. Went for a run around the hotel i stayed, took a hot shower and slept around 2:30ish. Slept about 3 hours max, i wasn't feeling energitic at all in the morning so i decided to stick with my decision (Not take the exam!). My friend advised me to consider taking the exam regardless of the result. 

Bought a red bull and took the exam with no expectations or pressure. Today i am delighted to see that word highlighted in green "PASS". This is a story i will relish all my life. 

Good luck to all. Never lose hope. keep trying !!.

Go PE!!.

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24 minutes ago, inner peace said:

I was so stressed out before the exam just like most PE candidates. Despite all the advise, i along with my studied until 8pm the day before the exam.

Anyway, i forced myself to bed around 9pm. Fell asleep only for a short while and woke around 10pm. Then, I couldn't fall back to sleep, tried various approach, not much happened!.  I started to panic around 1:30am and decided to abscond from the exam. Just that thought of not having to take the exam relieved me a great deal. Went for a run around the hotel i stayed, took a hot shower and slept around 2:30ish. Slept about 3 hours max, i wasn't feeling energitic at all in the morning so i decided to stick with my decision (Not take the exam!). My friend advised me to consider taking the exam regardless of the result. 

Bought a red bull and took the exam with no expectations or pressure. Today i am delighted to see that word highlighted in green "PASS". This is a story i will relish all my life. 

Good luck to all. Never lose hope. keep trying !!.

Go PE!!.

Way to go!  Glad you decided to take it after all :)  I had a similar experience the night before the SE exam this cycle... don't know how that played out yet tho...

 

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18 hours ago, inner peace said:

I was so stressed out before the exam just like most PE candidates. Despite all the advise, i along with my friend studied until 8pm the day before the exam.

Anyway, i forced myself to bed around 9pm. Fell asleep only for a short while and woke around 10pm. Then, I couldn't fall back to sleep, tried various approach, not much happened!.  I started to panic around 1:30am and decided to abscond from the exam. Just that thought of not having to take the exam relieved me a great deal. Went for a run around the hotel i stayed, took a hot shower and slept around 2:30ish. Slept about 3 hours max, i wasn't feeling energitic at all in the morning so i decided to stick with my decision (Not take the exam!). My friend advised me to consider taking the exam regardless of the result. 

Bought a red bull and took the exam with no expectations or pressure. Today i am delighted to see that word highlighted in green "PASS". This is a story i will relish all my life. 

Good luck to all. Never lose hope. keep trying !!.

Go PE!!.

Haha it’s funny😂😂, I remember that morning🙏.. so happy that we did it! Congrats once again 💥💫

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My AM went really bad. I murmured the f-word countless times unintentionally of course. I was worried that I would get called out for being too loud. But I couldn't help being shocked and grunting at how tough the AM section was! When the lunch break started, I remember checking on the guy next to me to see if he thought I was a crazy person. 

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On 12/5/2018 at 4:55 PM, inner peace said:

I was so stressed out before the exam just like most PE candidates. Despite all the advise, i along with my friend studied until 8pm the day before the exam.

Anyway, i forced myself to bed around 9pm. Fell asleep only for a short while and woke around 10pm. Then, I couldn't fall back to sleep, tried various approach, not much happened!.  I started to panic around 1:30am and decided to abscond from the exam. Just that thought of not having to take the exam relieved me a great deal. Went for a run around the hotel i stayed, took a hot shower and slept around 2:30ish. Slept about 3 hours max, i wasn't feeling energitic at all in the morning so i decided to stick with my decision (Not take the exam!). My friend advised me to consider taking the exam regardless of the result. 

Bought a red bull and took the exam with no expectations or pressure. Today i am delighted to see that word highlighted in green "PASS". This is a story i will relish all my life. 

Good luck to all. Never lose hope. keep trying !!.

Go PE!!.

LOL. I am glad you made it! I couldn't be prepared so much for the exam, so I decided that I would consider this exam as a simulation. This relieved me but I did the complete opposite. I bought myself fancy bath bubble soaps and took a nice bath at 8PM. I ironed my outfit for the day so that I could be the best dresser at least XD.  

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On 12/5/2018 at 3:55 PM, inner peace said:

I was so stressed out before the exam just like most PE candidates. Despite all the advise, i along with my friend studied until 8pm the day before the exam.

Anyway, i forced myself to bed around 9pm. Fell asleep only for a short while and woke around 10pm. Then, I couldn't fall back to sleep, tried various approach, not much happened!.  I started to panic around 1:30am and decided to abscond from the exam. Just that thought of not having to take the exam relieved me a great deal. Went for a run around the hotel i stayed, took a hot shower and slept around 2:30ish. Slept about 3 hours max, i wasn't feeling energitic at all in the morning so i decided to stick with my decision (Not take the exam!). My friend advised me to consider taking the exam regardless of the result. 

Bought a red bull and took the exam with no expectations or pressure. Today i am delighted to see that word highlighted in green "PASS". This is a story i will relish all my life. 

Good luck to all. Never lose hope. keep trying !!.

Go PE!!.

I had a similar situation. I did everything right the day before: took the day off, got up somewhat early, took my dog for a long walk, went to see a movie, ate a decently healthy dinner and got in bed around 10. Laid in bed and stared at the ceiling all night. As time went on, I was so angry. Months of preparation and I was going to fail because I couldn’t fall asleep! I finally fell asleep around 3:30 and my alarm went off at 5:30. Felt like crap during the whole exam and walked out looking like a zombie. Some guy looked at me and asked if my test was really that bed. Went home, ate some tacos, and came to terms with the fact that I would be retaking the exam again in April. I told everyone at work that I failed and put the April 4th date on my calendar. Shockingly, I passed! I still check every few hours to make sure they didn’t make a mistake. I did not feel great about the test and knew that I probably made some dumb mistakes. I am so relieved and excited to sell all of the transportation reference books I had to buy!

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There was a guy spending at least half an hour in the back three-hole punching his way thru his entire materials...

hogging the damn thing thats supposed to be shared by everyone.. talk about being unprepared -_- 

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On 12/7/2018 at 10:57 PM, Rebeccah623 said:

I had a similar situation. I did everything right the day before: took the day off, got up somewhat early, took my dog for a long walk, went to see a movie, ate a decently healthy dinner and got in bed around 10. Laid in bed and stared at the ceiling all night. As time went on, I was so angry. Months of preparation and I was going to fail because I couldn’t fall asleep! I finally fell asleep around 3:30 and my alarm went off at 5:30. Felt like crap during the whole exam and walked out looking like a zombie. Some guy looked at me and asked if my test was really that bed. Went home, ate some tacos, and came to terms with the fact that I would be retaking the exam again in April. I told everyone at work that I failed and put the April 4th date on my calendar. Shockingly, I passed! I still check every few hours to make sure they didn’t make a mistake. I did not feel great about the test and knew that I probably made some dumb mistakes. I am so relieved and excited to sell all of the transportation reference books I had to buy!

Glad you passed!. Looks like we found the rituals of passing this exam. Ha ha.

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In Spokane, WA for the October 2018 PE exam, someone forgot to silence their cell phone before placing it at the amnesty table. Suddenly I heard really loud laughter through my earplugs. It was Crazy Train.

Luckily I didn’t see anyone get escorted...

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I guess not really funny, but I brought the largest case for my exam materials to my testing site. I saw the case on sale at Home Depot for approximately $30, and filled it half of the way full for the exam. When I take exams I don't mess around. I passed, so this case is coming with me when it's time for my SE.Image-3.thumb.png.3bdaced5327fe3e499cd73630440d19c.png

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The first time I took the exam (took it 2nd time this fall and passed thank you Lawdy!), they had already shut the doors to start handing out materials and give instructions. You all know that once that happens they don't let people leave their seats. Anyway I was sitting near the back of a room of probably 350 people, and right in the middle of passing out materials some guy at the very front stands up, face white as a ghost, turns and makes a b-line for the exit, as he's walking down the middle aisle he is saying "I'm sorry! I can't do this! I'm sorry!" in a defeated voice. He actually breached security at the doors because I'm sure the proctors had never seen anything like that before. Safe to say much of the room was thrown off! A few of the proctors chased him down in the lobby and I could hear them coaching him up to come back in and take the exam (he had to stay in there anyway at least until the exam officially began). Sure enough he came back in and took the test! I wonder how he ended up doing? I hope he passed, that would be a legendary story if so.

Armed with hindsight, for how unprepared I was when I took it the first time, I might have gotten up and done the same thing!

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On 12/10/2018 at 1:18 PM, Mama said PE is the devil said:

I guess not really funny, but I brought the largest case for my exam materials to my testing site. I saw the case on sale at Home Depot for approximately $30, and filled it half of the way full for the exam. When I take exams I don't mess around. I passed, so this case is coming with me when it's time for my SE.Image-3.thumb.png.3bdaced5327fe3e499cd73630440d19c.png

I brought a full on wagon to carry all my stuff-transportation has about 13 references-I definitely had one of the biggest hauls of anybody. Despite what other people on here have said about the more references you bring, the more likely you will fail, I did pass with a score 82%, so take that! I don't think people outside of structures/transportation realize how many books are literally there just to find design values.

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See, because of these posts, my next practice exam will consist of the sound of jackhammers being looped on youtube on my TV in my living room at max volume, using only my lap as a table! Gotta be prepared for anything lol

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I was driving from my airbnb accommodation in Cary, NC to Raleigh, NC exam location and had my google maps placed in front of car AC vent which i usually do for shorter miles. But this time my cellphone got switched off due to overheating and I was around 8 miles away from the center. It was 7:25 am and I didn't know the route to exam but just remembered that I had to take an exit in next around 1-2 miles. I was, literally, holding my cell phone outside car window while driving on highway just so that it can quickly cool down and start again. It was looking very hilarious and all the passing car drivers were giving me a weird look. After all this hustle, I reached exam center at 7:43 am and realized that I am standing in wrong parking lot. After inquiring around, I reached actual exam building at 7:49 am which is just 1 min before they close the main exam hall door. It was a dramatic scene as they closed the door within few seconds I entered that room. That day my run from parking to the exam hall was the fastest I ever ran.

I still laugh after remembering that incident and at the same time feel relaxed about passing that exam.

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Well, this isn't an exam taking story but I'm assuming most of you folks are much younger (i.e., within 10 yrs or so of being out of school) so perhaps you don't know about this, but also maybe it was only a CA thing.  But prior to the exam going full multiple choice back in the early 2000's, with a choice of depth for the afternoon, the exam was still long hand for the afternoon portion.  So, if you didn't pass you actually had the chance to appeal your afternoon portion.  I chose to appeal after I had failed on my first attempt.  You sit in a room with all the other folks appealing and you are given a copy of the afternoon portion of your exam showing how it was graded and so on and then you have to write out with details why you think your answer was correct or at least partially correct.  I forgot how much time they give you to write your appeal but once your appeal is submitted you wait another couple of months or so for the results.  The kicker is, the results of your appeal came shortly after the deadline for applying for the next PE exam.  So, do you apply and pay the fee for the next exam or do you bank on having your appeal approved??? :D

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