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Third time is a charm?

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Hey all, 

 

I'm taking the Civil exam with Water Resources/Environmental focus. I did not pass in October 2018, or April 2018 and I'm starting to think I have test anxiety (I can't recall specifics of the exam, even shortly after leaving the exam, dream about the exam a lot (leading up to the exam and post-exam), etc. ). I'm trying to do things differently this round and was wondering if there was any advice out there from folks who have had similar experiences. I want the third time to be the last time (but, I always wanted the 1st and 2nd times to be the last time). Any advice is appreciated! 

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52 minutes ago, ThisTestisKillingMe said:

Hey all, 

 

I'm taking the Civil exam with Water Resources/Environmental focus. I did not pass in October 2018, or April 2018 and I'm starting to think I have test anxiety (I can't recall specifics of the exam, even shortly after leaving the exam, dream about the exam a lot (leading up to the exam and post-exam), etc. ). I'm trying to do things differently this round and was wondering if there was any advice out there from folks who have had similar experiences. I want the third time to be the last time (but, I always wanted the 1st and 2nd times to be the last time). Any advice is appreciated! 

Hello there!  I'm a third timer who finally passed in October 2018.  It can be done! :)

What helped me was first, focusing the majority of my studies on what I was weakest in from my diagnostic reports.  The second thing was identifying what study habits needed to be corrected. The first two tries, I was pretty lazy about studying.  I studied on the couch, and read the texts without doing as many problem sets as I should have.  Third, were you studying during any major life events that took your focus away from studying?  I was planning a wedding during my first two attempts, and while there are some people out there who are awesome and can multi-task like that, I was not one of them.  Acknowledging my weaknesses and figuring out how many hours *I* felt comfortable with really helped me. 

There are some people on here who passed without having to study much. That's great! But again, I'm not one of those people. I had to put in 200 hours before I felt comfortable about my chances of passing.  For the third round, I made sure I only studied at my kitchen table, away from distractions. I worked as many problem sets as I could.  While work was still keeping me busy, I didn't have other life events to distract me. So all I had to do was come home, cook dinner, then study.  The month leading up to the test, I'd study about an hour before work, then another 2 hours or so afterward.  I finally put in the quality time I needed to on my third attempt, and that helped me pass.

Are you doing any review courses? I took EET because I was so weak in water, and can't recommend them enough.

Best of luck! You got this! :)

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