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October 2019 P.E. ELECTRICAL POWER

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Anyone took the test today? I took it in MO. Would love to hear how you guys felt about it to calm my anxiety haha. Did you feel like you nailed it? Which session was harder?

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I had to random guess on about 8 total and an additional 5-6 were educated guesses? I simply just didn't know the answer and I wasn't able to find a reference on some or I couldn't find a way to link my equations to a solution.

Confident on some of the math but their baited answers could have led me astray too.

The theory / qualitative questions were what I expected, some I was able to find in my references others I had no clue or it was buried so deep in a book I had I didn't have the time to look at it thoroughly. NFPA showed up more than I expected.

I imagine my score will be close to the cutoff zoneish just from how I felt.

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OMG I WAS SURPRISED TOO. I think I random guessed about the same amount you did and probably educated guess another 10 HAHA.  So I really have no clue how I did 

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Took the test in MO today too. Was blindsided by a lot of questions asked, to say the least. As mentioned in the above comments, there were a lot of topics I thought were standard and spent a lot of time studying that were completely left off. 

I spent a few-hundred hours studying, and it feels like I studied for the wrong test. (Because I don't what that was...)

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I took in TX and I feel the same way. I knew the exam was going to have a lot of theoretical question but I was extremely surprised on so many common types of questions not show up. I studied for about 150 hours and I feel like I wasted past four months studying for something that took me nowhere. I guessed/educated guessed on about 40% of the exam which is not good at all. PM was definitely much harder than AM...at least imo. I can only hope for the best and keep my fingers crossed until December.

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The fact that there was a question referencing one of the obscure NFPA sections, was a joke

 

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Do you guys find the last problem is the exact same as the third to the last in the PM session? Or was I fooled by the problem? That’s not good😧

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2 hours ago, TakiTaki said:

I took in TX and I feel the same way. I knew the exam was going to have a lot of theoretical question but I was extremely surprised on so many common types of questions not show up. I studied for about 150 hours and I feel like I wasted past four months studying for something that took me nowhere. I guessed/educated guessed on about 40% of the exam which is not good at all. PM was definitely much harder than AM...at least imo. I can only hope for the best and keep my fingers crossed until December.

I took in CA and I also guessed/educated guessed on about 40%.....I thought I studied a lot, but I felt like I took a totally different PE discipline..oh well.....it is what it is...

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4 hours ago, shengna said:

Do you guys find the last problem is the exact same as the third to the last in the PM session? Or was I fooled by the problem? That’s not good😧

You were not fooled. That is correct, and I know I got that one right so I hope they count it twice!!!!

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5 hours ago, shengna said:

Do you guys find the last problem is the exact same as the third to the last in the PM session? Or was I fooled by the problem? That’s not good😧

Yes. I was surprised 

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Am session was lot of analytical question . Pm session was hard mainly code related question was not comfortable. 

And funny things was same question came twice.

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16 minutes ago, Rashid said:

Hi guys, is there any way to check my score before result publish?

Don’t think so.

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Very uncomfortable exam. Especially in afternoon session.

 

Did NOT match the exam specs that NCEES provides. And why so much code related?  Multiple problems on NFPA 70E and that’s supposed to test competency as an electrical engineer?  What about the T&D, VR, PF correction etc.  Saw none of it. 

 

Oh yea... and a repeat question at the end. Frustrating. 

 

Wonder what the cut cut off will be.  I will certainly be close. 

 

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The duplicate question in the afternoon was bizarre. I bet I checked the wording in that problem 5 times looking for differences. I narrowed it down to two different choices so I either got that one right twice or wrong twice.

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11 hours ago, mjcii said:

Took the test in MO today too. Was blindsided by a lot of questions asked, to say the least. As mentioned in the above comments, there were a lot of topics I thought were standard and spent a lot of time studying that were completely left off. 

I spent a few-hundred hours studying, and it feels like I studied for the wrong test. (Because I don't what that was...)

I think this captures how I felt.  I obviously studied for the wrong test.  If you didn't have a power analysis textbook or the book on motors then you were up the creek.  Albeit even though I had these I still think I was up the creek.

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As a reminder, during your exam, you agreed to and signed the following, “Nor will I reveal in whole or in part any exam questions, answers, problems, or solutions to anyone during or after the exam, whether orally, in writing, on any internet chat rooms, or otherwise. I understand that failure to comply with this statement could result in invalidation of my exam results, limit my ability to retake the exam, and/or result in other sanctions.”

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11 hours ago, TakiTaki said:

I took in TX and I feel the same way. I knew the exam was going to have a lot of theoretical question but I was extremely surprised on so many common types of questions not show up. I studied for about 150 hours and I feel like I wasted past four months studying for something that took me nowhere. I guessed/educated guessed on about 40% of the exam which is not good at all. PM was definitely much harder than AM...at least imo. I can only hope for the best and keep my fingers crossed until December.

How did you know that the exam was going to be more theory?  Has there been a shift in recent years?

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Dang, you got hit by the NEC. Took it two years ago when the specs called for 10 questions max but was surprised by 12. (NEC was probably my weakest section but I did decently on them). Pf correction was pretty heavy then, there was lighting and lightning... pretty much all the topics on the list.

I loved how it still felt 50% practice and 50% theory in cases. (I didn’t count but felt balanced) If you went to school studying power the theory felt really fresh to understand the concepts / math background etc of things

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14 hours ago, mjcii said:

Took the test in MO today too. Was blindsided by a lot of questions asked, to say the least. As mentioned in the above comments, there were a lot of topics I thought were standard and spent a lot of time studying that were completely left off. 

I spent a few-hundred hours studying, and it feels like I studied for the wrong test. (Because I don't what that was...)

This is exactly how I felt.  Lots of weird questions and not a lot of core principled things you would expect to see.

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Well, it feels 'better' that there is a general consensus that the test was difficult and unexpected. I also agree with what was said above regarding the test being largely inconsistent with the specification provided for us. There were at least double the amount of code questions than what the specification would lead you to believe. And many of which were outside of the NEC, which was a major surprise.

The duplicate question is really shocking to be quite honest. Because I feel like that was either by error or done with intent to purposely fool people. I understand making questions tricky and challenging, but making the test takers question whether or not a 'question is a duplicate or not' seems to skew from the purpose of the test.

I guess we'll all see in 6-8 weeks...

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What could be a good cut off for Oct PE exam?

 

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From what I’ve gathered looking at other test threads, it’s incredibly difficult to predict or even find out what the cut off score is. Most of us thought the test was pretty difficult and had a lot of guessed answers, so... It COULD be a lower one. But who knows really. 

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6 hours ago, Kdpr said:

What could be a good cut off for Oct PE exam?

 

I wish I had a clue! 

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