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April 2019 PE Poll

For all us upcoming test-takers, how are you feeling right now?

  1. Calm, cool, collected
  2. A little nervous
  3. Tunnel visioned with practice problems; no time to worry
  4. Total panic, buying spree of additional problems, questioning every decision in this life

I'm a healthy mix of 1,2 and 3.

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39 minutes ago, iceman123187 said:

I passed the exam last Oct and this post gave me anxiety...Good luck

It's been a full year (and some) for me, and I STILL get anxiety thinking about it.  So I try not to.  :)

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For the breadth, a good mix of 1 and 2

 

for the structural depth a good mix of 3 and 4.


First time test taker so really no idea what to expect.

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For all the lurkers out there: if you think it's bad now, it'll be so, so, so much worse a few days out from the exam. And the true hell begins a month after the exam!

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9 minutes ago, RBHeadge PE said:

For all the lurkers out there: if you think it's bad now, it'll be so, so, so much worse a few days out from the exam. And the true hell begins a month after the exam!

Or even worse...when the date passes and still no result, which you had convinced yourself the results would be released. 

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2. A little nervous

I'm doing my first "mock exam" with the Slay the PE Practice Test this weekend.  I've already "mastered" the NCESS TFS Practice Exam and have spent the last month going through the Slay The PE TFS Bundle.  I plan to do (2) full 8 hour mock exams before the test.  Other than that I will spend every day doing problems until my brain EXPLODES!!!

2 hours ago, RBHeadge PE said:

For all the lurkers out there: if you think it's bad now, it'll be so, so, so much worse a few days out from the exam. And the true hell begins a month after the exam!

I can only imagine.  I'm such an anxious person and know I will spend every day after the exam logging into NCEES even though I know there's no way they will post the results that day.

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Make sure you can sleep well the night before...

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4 hours ago, Stardust said:

Make sure you can sleep well the night before...

My exam is at a hotel conference center.  I'm highly considering staying there the night before.  

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On 3/5/2019 at 5:53 AM, fyrfytr310 said:

April 2019 PE Poll

For all us upcoming test-takers, how are you feeling right now?

  1. Calm, cool, collected
  2. A little nervous
  3. Tunnel visioned with practice problems; no time to worry
  4. Total panic, buying spree of additional problems, questioning every decision in this life

I'm a healthy mix of 1,2 and 3.

This will be my third time taking it, and I can't say I have studied anymore than my previous attempts but I am also way more at ease and at peace with this attempt. I know I have my references and will do my best. I know of a few people that are a completely different discipline yet managed to pass it somehow. There is definitely a big element of luck that can play for or against you. Best of luck to you. 

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Dang already a month out? Good idea to use this time to focus on your problem topics, go through your practice exams (but don't wait until you're a week away from the exam to do them), make sure all your references are in order.  I stopped studying the Tuesday of exam week, and I think taking that break was critical -  really gave my brain enough time to rest and recover before the big day.  You all got this!  

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1 hour ago, cvanwy02 said:

My exam is at a hotel conference center.  I'm highly considering staying there the night before.  

This wouldn't help me much as I tend to get too excited to sleep for big events, but to each their own. Good luck!

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20 hours ago, cvanwy02 said:

I can only imagine.  I'm such an anxious person and know I will spend every day after the exam logging into NCEES even though I know there's no way they will post the results that day.

I'm the same way.  I checked it 3 times a day for the FE results.  But that was only a 1 week wait....

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One month out....that means those who are going to pass have already logged 150 hrs and only have 150 hrs left to go.  

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34 minutes ago, invu said:

One month out....that means those who are going to pass have already logged 150 hrs and only have 150 hrs left to go.  

:pppppp

I passed with 200 hours, but everyone is different.  I am very jealous of the "I started two weeks before and logged 10 hrs and passed" people.

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4 hours ago, cvanwy02 said:

My exam is at a hotel conference center.  I'm highly considering staying there the night before.  

This is a very good idea. If you have a long commute to the test site or have any concerns about traffic, then you should stay at nearby accommodations. It just removes a lot of stress from the morning of the exam.

34 minutes ago, invu said:

One month out....that means those who are going to pass have already logged 150 hrs and only have 150 hrs left to go.  

Truth!

3 minutes ago, txjennah PE said:

:pppppp

I passed with 200 hours, but everyone is different.

200-300hrs is par for the course ;)

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9 hours ago, cvanwy02 said:

My exam is at a hotel conference center.  I'm highly considering staying there the night before.  

In my opinion there is no reason for you not to do this.  Give yourself the best shot at passing. 

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On ‎3‎/‎6‎/‎2019 at 1:28 PM, RBHeadge PE said:

For all the lurkers out there: if you think it's bad now, it'll be so, so, so much worse a few days out from the exam. And the true hell begins a month after the exam!

This is my third attempt. In two previous attempts, waiting for the results was much worse than the lead up to the exam. Today I planned out each topic to review then gave it time on my schedule. It turns out I will need to take off Fridays between now and the Exam to make it work. I talking with my manager on Monday to make it happen. Be intentional with the time available; it will pay dividends. Best of Luck!

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tru2YM,

That is a great idea. At this point, the last month is the time to tie off loose ends.

Before I passed (2nd attempt), I was closer to 1 and 3. 

I remember taking my time on the last month to re-study on areas I was weak in and refresh the exam as a whole. I find it best to practice sample exams several times (at this point) to get in the rhythm of things.

Good luck to you. I hope you knock it out of the park.

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Oh boy, less than a month...
I'm sitting somewhere between 2 and 3. Going through the "strengthening of weak points" phase. Burning through the rest of the practice problems I have, and completing the last set of tabs I need on my reference material. Gonna take another practice exam next weekend. Gonna try and squeeze one more in the following weekend.

I can't wait to see my nerves after the exam 

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I was 3 and 4 from the day I started studying until exam day, so glad I never have to do that again!

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This is go number 4 for me. We need to add #5 - NUMB to the list. That would make me a pretty even combination of 1, 3 and 5. 

I'm definitely not going to say that I don't care anymore. Obviously I do if I'm taking the exam again but I feel pretty emotionless at this point :B I bought a textbook in the topic I have struggled with the most so I'm reading through it and it's helping a ton. Other than that I'm just doing problem after problem.

Ready for April 6th!!!! 

On 3/7/2019 at 10:52 AM, cvanwy02 said:

My exam is at a hotel conference center.  I'm highly considering staying there the night before. 

One of my exams was at a hotel conference center. I stayed at the hotel the night before and it made for a very relaxing morning before a very stressful 8 hrs. I was able to get a late check out so all I had to do that morning was go downstairs and eat breakfast. During the lunch break I went back up to the room ate my lunch then checked out. Just make sure you don't lay down and fall asleep on the comfy bed during the break!!! 

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1 hour ago, 23and1 said:

I was just thinking to myself "Maybe we should add a #5 - "Dead on the inside" category", especially for post-test trauma

OH JUST WAIT!!!! This forum will blow up after the exam!!! Especially around 4 weeks post exam. @RBHeadge PE will post a link to a very lengthy topic that guides you through the stages of post exam life.

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1 hour ago, 23and1 said:

@daydreambeliever I was just thinking to myself "Maybe we should add a #5 - "Dead on the inside" category", especially for post-test trauma

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You don't want to be dead on the inside pre-exam. There's no path to success from there.

27 minutes ago, daydreambeliever said:

OH JUST WAIT!!!! This forum will blow up after the exam!!! Especially around 4 weeks post exam. @RBHeadge PE will post a link to a very lengthy topic that guides you through the stages of post exam life.

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