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Everyone,

I've seen a lot of posts all over the place from people studying for the upcoming exam.

I thought it would be a good idea to get an April 2020 thread started for everyone to ask questions, share resources and provide knowledge all in one place.

@BebeshKing @MEtoEE @SparkyBill @pigking8190 @SCU2019 @wiliki @daydreambeliever @Crimsonwar @akyip

If you know of anyone else that is studying, feel free to tag them.

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heck yeah I'm studying. Hard work going into this exam! Let's tackle this thing together!

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11 hours ago, Chattaneer PE said:

Everyone,

I've seen a lot of posts all over the place from people studying for the upcoming exam.

I thought it would be a good idea to get an April 2020 thread started for everyone to ask questions, share resources and provide knowledge all in one place.

@BebeshKing @MEtoEE @SparkyBill @pigking8190 @SCU2019 @wiliki @daydreambeliever @Crimsonwar 

If you know of anyone else that is studying, feel free to tag them.

Thanks for the mention Chattaneer! 

Anyone on this forum have any good recommendations of references (books, practice problems, websites, etc.) for study on circuits/electric power devices? I feel like this is my weakest section on the PE exam. 

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Honestly if you're "struggling" with circuits, It's hard to beat Zach Stone's course. Especially his "Circuits bootcamp". He will have breakdown videos of each topic, and an beautiful "key equations" you can print that makes things easier. As far as a circuit book, I don't know if any of my reference are actually just circuits books. 

@Chattaneer PE did you bring a circuits book to the actual exam? or @MSEE

 

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I didn't bring anything specifically for circuits. IIRC, Graffeo's book may have had circuit analysis in it. I do remember it had some power electronics in it, though. I think I used that and the cram for the exam reference for anything power electronics related.

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On 12/22/2019 at 6:57 AM, Chattaneer PE said:

I didn't bring anything specifically for circuits. IRRC, Graffeo's book may have had circuit analysis in it. I do remember it had some power electronics in it, though. I think I used that and the cram for the exam reference for anything power electronics related.

Is this cram book you mention one I got from you? I have all the cram test, but I didn't know if any had more than just test in them. 

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On 12/23/2019 at 1:57 PM, SparkyBill said:

Is this cram book you mention one I got from you? I have all the cram test, but I didn't know if any had more than just test in them. 

Yes it is. There should be 1 reference and 2 exams.

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5 minutes ago, Chattaneer PE said:

Yes it its. There should be 1 reference and 2 exams.

Glad you said something! I am flipping through it right now, I love the way its laid out. I thought it was 3 separate exams. Heck yeah this is a lot of information in a small space. 

My goal is to have a ton of reference stuff with me and hopefully I can answer most questions with my Zach Stone's website notes/problems/my notes.

Then have all these references tabbed with the questions I have left. 

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@_TheDude_

 

Tagging myself so I can find this thread when I start studying in a couple days.

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10 hours ago, squaretaper LIT AF PE said:

I'm trying to be the Thanos of engineering.

if half the engineering population disappeared would the power pass rate go up?

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54 minutes ago, Chattaneer PE said:

For everyone that is studying, what does your study plan look like? 

2-3 hours starting 8pm Mon, Wed, Friday plus 8 hours Saturday.  Saturday for practice exams or working through more problems.

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2 minutes ago, MEtoEE said:

2-3 hours starting 8pm Mon, Wed, Friday plus 8 hours Saturday.  Saturday for practice exams or working through more problems.

What type of studying are you doing during the week? Is it practice problems or a course?

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Either practice problems or course notes.  For example, last week I went through School of PE General Power and Saturday I worked through 59 workshop problems.  It didn't take 8 hours since those were mostly "drill" type problems.  I used the rest of the time to start another School of PE workshop - circuits.

 

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On 12/24/2019 at 7:16 AM, Chattaneer PE said:

For everyone that is studying, what does your study plan look like? 

pppffff I am so lost rn....I have already started to do problems and I am finalizing my plan for WRE April 2020.

Breadth: I will tackle this one alone with the CERM 15th edition I bought in 2018. Plan to create 1 binder with practice problems tabbed by NCEES Specs (I think). I plan to do as many breadth test as possible hopefully 6/7, slow at first and start picking up the pace as I get closer to March/April. I just finished a 20 question test I found the pdf link on this platform and I have some serious work to do on structures, geotech and wastewater plants. I have 4 other 40 q breadth tests I have found online that I will do starting now. After I am done with those I will buy some online. Either six-minute, ppi, PE prepared, or other. As I go thru the problems I am writing down the CERM page where I referenced equations that helped with the problem and also the NCEES spec for the problem binder I plan to make.

As far as references: CERM, I have the steel manual from college, I want to get a copy of the NDS and......HELP: What other resources/reference books are necessary/recommended?

Depth: I think I am going to pay the $550 on this one a do the EET depth. I think this will help me greatly, I am afraid of doing a good job in the morning and not so good in the PM. I seem to have read that case a lot, good am and bad pm sessions because of not taking a class for the depth. for this afternoon session I will rely on the folder, lessons and problems provided from the class. I have seen some depth test sold online, any suggestions or recommendations on this one??

3-5 hours from Monday to Friday in the office. 5-8 hours during the weekends for now. I plan to pick up the pace in February with whatever class I take (or not). My plan is to achieve 300 hours of solid study time before test day. Mentally that is the number that will put me at ease.

That is all. 

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Currently studying for April 2020 Power PE exam. I started reviewing my college notes  mid October with the Graffeo as a guide. Now, I am digging the Engineering pro study guides. I study 3hrs on weekdays and 8-9hrs on weekends. I’m planning to finish all the topics first and then do the practice problems after. I have a lot of practice problems to play with after.

complex imaginary, spin ups, engineering pro, testmasters, wasim, chelapati, shoebrooks, grafeo primer

Hope i can finish them all. 😅

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4 hours ago, BebeshKing said:

Currently studying for April 2020 Power PE exam. I started reviewing my college notes  mid October with the Graffeo as a guide. Now, I am digging the Engineering pro study guides. I study 3hrs on weekdays and 8-9hrs on weekends. I’m planning to finish all the topics first and then do the practice problems after. I have a lot of practice problems to play with after.

complex imaginary, spin ups, engineering pro, testmasters, wasim, chelapati, shoebrooks, grafeo primer

Hope i can finish them all. 😅

Wasim is garbage for the PE so dont waste your time

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Starting to put my binders together (same strategy as previous exams) of worked problems and handwritten notes (if I don't write it, I don't learn it). My twist is that I scan and reprint every (and I mean EVERY) sample problem (from various sources, ugh...takes forever) onto its own sheet. Once that problem is worked with neatly printed notes and equations cross-referenced to the MERM/CERM/whatever (I think this is called "threading"), I categorize it into the appropriate tabbed section in a YUUGE (3.5"? 4"? I forget...) D-ring binder so I can find it via the index later. Really, this is the "Dr. Tom's" method but mine is all handmade. It ends up being about 2-400 pages depending on exam type, but I know it like the back of my hand.

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2 minutes ago, squaretaper LIT AF PE said:

Starting to put my binders together (same strategy as previous exams) of worked problems and handwritten notes (if I don't write it, I don't learn it). My twist is that I scan and reprint every (and I mean EVERY) sample problem (from various sources, ugh...takes forever) onto its own sheet. Once that problem is worked with neatly printed notes and equations cross-referenced to the MERM/CERM/whatever (I think this is called "threading"), I categorize it into the appropriate tabbed section in a YUUGE (3.5"? 4"? I forget...) D-ring binder so I can find it via the index later. Really, this is the "Dr. Tom's" method but mine is all handmade. It ends up being about 2-400 pages depending on exam type, but I know it like the back of my hand.

What sort of prep/course/notes would you do for the Power PE? Would you just work practice problems? Take online courses? Take courses at a university? Other?

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1 minute ago, Chattaneer PE said:

What sort of prep/course/notes would you do for the Power PE? Would you just work practice problems? Take online courses? Take courses at a university? Other?

No course planned (at least for this attempt). Mostly just working [a cluster ton of] practice problems (that's how I got past the others). This is all optional, so worst case I'll just reschedule the exam.

I did some 3-phase, motors, and controls stuff in industry before so I think I'm OK there (already took some practice exams last year, so I'm feeling comfortable). Mostly it's just code stuff, lighting (I don't do much of this), and power transmission (somewhat new to me) that I'm feeling weak on so there's some of that I will review.

I'm absolutely not a naturally gifted test taker so I put in the time and work a bazillion problems, pick up and review areas I'm weak on, ask my colleagues/books/internetz for clarification, move on, and review some more. So, again, not generally a good test taker but I'm generally VERY (if I may say so myself) good at teaching something to myself with the resources I have available around me.

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12 minutes ago, squaretaper LIT AF PE said:

No course planned (at least for this attempt). Mostly just working [a cluster ton of] practice problems (that's how I got past the others). This is all optional, so worst case I'll just reschedule the exam.

I did some 3-phase, motors, and controls stuff in industry before so I think I'm OK there (already took some practice exams last year, so I'm feeling comfortable). Mostly it's just code stuff, lighting (I don't do much of this), and power transmission (somewhat new to me) that I'm feeling weak on so there's some of that I will review.

I'm absolutely not a naturally gifted test taker so I put in the time and work a bazillion problems, pick up and review areas I'm weak on, ask my colleagues/books/internetz for clarification, move on, and review some more. So, again, not generally a good test taker but I'm generally VERY (if I may say so myself) good at teaching something to myself with the resources I have available around me.

I love your philosophy. I have 2 BIG binders (5 inch D ring) that has all Zach Stone's course notes, all his quizzes, and then "extra" stuff like Justin's ENGR Pro guides and all the questions I've worked separated by section. (My sections are based off the PE Specification list by NCEES). 

I can't decide if this is the better method, or just having formulas/theory/etc all in binders, and then 1 binder that is "solutions only" separated by section. Because if i "know" how to work a problem (say its find low side CT current) then I wouldn't need my solutions binder, just the "formulas/conceptual" (Zach stone) binder so I can verify I'm doing the process correctly. 

I don't know I usually have a ton of confidence....but the more I learn...the more I realize I don't know enough. :( 

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