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December 2018 Test Results

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2 minutes ago, vip-eng said:

Congrats man, roughly how many questions you think you got right? anywhere between 30-35 ? 

Because I failed seismic last month, so I did a lot of practice problems for the surveying. I guessed on 2 problems, the rest I feel confident unless I made some careless error.  

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4 minutes ago, ding said:

Because I failed seismic last month, so I did a lot of practice problems for the surveying. I guessed on 2 problems, the rest I feel confident unless I made some careless error.  

Good for you! I took seismic 2 weeks ago, I think I would score around 32-35 I am trying to gauge if this enough to pass! , so when you took seismic and failed what would you guess you scored? I am taking surveying next month, would you say the test was hard, tricky? and would you recommend https://www.civilpesurveyingreview.com/ ? If their practice exam mimics the actual exam

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25 minutes ago, vip-eng said:

Good for you! I took seismic 2 weeks ago, I think I would score around 32-35 I am trying to gauge if this enough to pass! , so when you took seismic and failed what would you guess you scored? I am taking surveying next month, would you say the test was hard, tricky? and would you recommend https://www.civilpesurveyingreview.com/ ? If their practice exam mimics the actual exam

CPESR's practice tests on line are GREAT. IMO they are MUCH harder than the actual exam. There are 4 practice tests: 1 easy, 2 medium, 1 hard. I'd say the test is somewhere between easy and medium. If you work the Hard problems the test will feel like a breeze.

 

That said, their workbook is hot garbage. It's completely disorganized and even after months of studying I can never remember where anything is (had no problem finding specific pages from memory in Hiner's massive Seismic workbook). I'd like... make my own reference sheets rather than use their workbook. 

 

Would still recommend overall for the practice tests.

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7 minutes ago, Wensey said:

CPESR's practice tests on line are GREAT. IMO they are MUCH harder than the actual exam. There are 4 practice tests: 1 easy, 2 medium, 1 hard. I'd say the test is somewhere between easy and medium. If you work the Hard problems the test will feel like a breeze.

 

That said, their workbook is hot garbage. It's completely disorganized and even after months of studying I can never remember where anything is (had no problem finding specific pages from memory in Hiner's massive Seismic workbook). I'd like... make my own reference sheets rather than use their workbook. 

 

Would still recommend overall for the practice tests.

 

40 minutes ago, vip-eng said:

Good for you! I took seismic 2 weeks ago, I think I would score around 32-35 I am trying to gauge if this enough to pass! , so when you took seismic and failed what would you guess you scored? I am taking surveying next month, would you say the test was hard, tricky? and would you recommend https://www.civilpesurveyingreview.com/ ? If their practice exam mimics the actual exam

 

I agree with Wensey. The CPESR's course and handouts are not useful. I bought it for the practice exams. The practice exams are useful. 

Seismic I am not so sure. I guessed on ~15 problems, had a few not confident, and ran out of time to check error for the ones I completed.   

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3 minutes ago, ding said:

 

 

I agree with Wensey. The CPESR's course and handouts are not useful. I bought it for the practice exams. The practice exams are useful. 

Seismic I am not so sure. I guessed on ~15 problems, had a few not confident, and ran out of time to check error for the ones I completed.   

 

19 minutes ago, Wensey said:

CPESR's practice tests on line are GREAT. IMO they are MUCH harder than the actual exam. There are 4 practice tests: 1 easy, 2 medium, 1 hard. I'd say the test is somewhere between easy and medium. If you work the Hard problems the test will feel like a breeze.

 

That said, their workbook is hot garbage. It's completely disorganized and even after months of studying I can never remember where anything is (had no problem finding specific pages from memory in Hiner's massive Seismic workbook). I'd like... make my own reference sheets rather than use their workbook. 

 

Would still recommend overall for the practice tests.

Thank you guys for your help. I know the key for these two tests are to practice A LOT OF PROBLEMS OVER AND OVER. I Bought EET review test and I have heard that their practice exam mimics the actual exam. If any know need help with seismic let me know I really recommend EET practice exam + This Practice exam  

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On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 2:54 PM, deltakev said:

Got my results and was only "proficient" in the first category, "marginal" in one, and "deficient" in the rest. I have to say I'm pretty disappointed, as I felt like I had done well this time around. I felt confident in 35-40 of the questions, and due to time basically had to guess on about 10 of the questions. 

@CAPLS is there ANYTHING you're able to tell us about passing percentages, or what constitutes Proficient/Marginal/Deficient for each category? I left the test knowing there was one category I would need to study up on if there was a next time, but seeing that I did THAT badly is a bit of a blow and I'm not sure where I'm even going to start.

The diagnostic is related to the published test plan specifications.

Test Plans:  https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/refs.shtml

Document explaining proficient/marginal/deficient:  https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/applicants/diagnostic_reports.pdf

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On 1/7/2019 at 3:05 PM, CAPLS said:

I've said this before...release of exam results is entirely separate from the licensing process.  If you are waiting for exam results, the email will be your communication.  If you subsequently are waiting to be notified about licensure, feel free to watch for the email or the online license search.

So we've all received our Dec 2018 CA test results.  I have passed both tests, but I can't find any official statements on what the final process is.  Anyone know how long it will take to receive the license?  CA just sent notice of passing tests, and as CAPLS indicates, we'll receive the license in the future...without having to pay more, or do anything proactive?  I have a pending promotion contingent upon receiving the CA license.

 

Also, the PPI Survey Reference manual was terrible, as well as the recorded webinar.  I have 4 solid pages of hand-written errata I discovered while reading through.  Some errata were very important, such as the wrong conversion factors or incorrect formulas (and it didn't even contain photogrammetry).  The layout was not very reference friendly either.  The lectures barely skimmed all topics and I didn't feel it went deep, or complex enough.  However, the practice problems and practice tests were OK (the reference manual didn't even cover some of the topics of some questions in the practice exams).  I also used a Mansour Survey book, and even though it is dated, I couldn't recommend it more.  It is a very good reference, though I think it would be hard to learn with just the book, so I'd recommend taking the class with it.  The equations were well laid out for quick reference.  The practice tests were very dated, and I think the PPI Practice Exams seemed closer to the exam.  I ended up creating my own reference binder of notes and copied reference pages from both PPI, Mansour, the internet (surveyor instruction courses/notes I found), and the NCEES Prof. Survey Exam Reference Manual (free online).  That helped my speed, but also its creation helped me get more familiar with topics.  I ended up only using my 60 page binder for the Survey test.

 

Hiner for the win on Seismic.  I may have purchased more practice tests if I had to do it again.

 

Thanks

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1 hour ago, KC-Eng said:

So we've all received our Dec 2018 CA test results.  I have passed both tests, but I can't find any official statements on what the final process is.  Anyone know how long it will take to receive the license?  CA just sent notice of passing tests, and as CAPLS indicates, we'll receive the license in the future...without having to pay more, or do anything proactive?  I have a pending promotion contingent upon receiving the CA license.

 

Also, the PPI Survey Reference manual was terrible, as well as the recorded webinar.  I have 4 solid pages of hand-written errata I discovered while reading through.  Some errata were very important, such as the wrong conversion factors or incorrect formulas (and it didn't even contain photogrammetry).  The layout was not very reference friendly either.  The lectures barely skimmed all topics and I didn't feel it went deep, or complex enough.  However, the practice problems and practice tests were OK (the reference manual didn't even cover some of the topics of some questions in the practice exams).  I also used a Mansour Survey book, and even though it is dated, I couldn't recommend it more.  It is a very good reference, though I think it would be hard to learn with just the book, so I'd recommend taking the class with it.  The equations were well laid out for quick reference.  The practice tests were very dated, and I think the PPI Practice Exams seemed closer to the exam.  I ended up creating my own reference binder of notes and copied reference pages from both PPI, Mansour, the internet (surveyor instruction courses/notes I found), and the NCEES Prof. Survey Exam Reference Manual (free online).  That helped my speed, but also its creation helped me get more familiar with topics.  I ended up only using my 60 page binder for the Survey test.

 

Hiner for the win on Seismic.  I may have purchased more practice tests if I had to do it again.

 

Thanks

There isn't really a set timeline, but within the next week or two (licensing cycles are independent of the exams) you'll get an e-mail from the board that congratulates you on becoming a licensed engineer and will provide you with a license number. I got my notice that I passed on September 10th and got the email with my license number on September 18th. The actual license will come in sometime after that, but that should be enough for your promotion. You don't have to do anything now but wait for the e-mail and then the license to come in. However, your license will only be active until the end of the quarter in which you receive it, so you'll have to renew your license before the end of March. It's around $116 if I remember correctly. 

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