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The PE Electrical and Computer Engineering: Power Reference Handbook is available now.  It can be found under Reference Handbooks on the right side of your screen when you log into MyNCEES.  Also, there was an announcement that a new Power practice test will be released in August.  No specifics on the date.

I skimmed it and one thing that jumped out at me initially is in section 3.6.1 Single Line Diagrams has a list of common relay definitions according to ANSI standards.  Am I missing something here?  

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I don't actually see a Protection section in the reference handbook, just a reference to lightening protection.

The Support (?) button is not working for me on the NCEES website, and I spoke with a representative in a chat who said to submit all errors found to help@ncees.org 

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@LeahC I think the exam didn't have too much in the specifications in terms of protection. Mostly protective relays were presented as it corresponds to instrument transformer applications (CTs, PTs) as covered in section 1A1 of the specs and Transmission Lines section 4B of the specs.

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10 hours ago, LeahC said:

I don't actually see a Protection section in the reference handbook, just a reference to lightening protection.

The Support (?) button is not working for me on the NCEES website, and I spoke with a representative in a chat who said to submit all errors found to help@ncees.org 

Protection is missing besides the handful of ANSI numbers that you found. Here is an in depth video I published today that was posted in a few of the other threads discussing the new electrical power CBT reference handbook that helps address some of these new concerns:

 

You can also read the full article here: The Reference Handbook for the Electrical Power CBT (Computer Based Testing) PE Exam is Here!

The article helps to address: 

  1. The Reference Handbook for the new CBT Format Electrical Power PE Exam for January 2021 – Open vs Closed Book
  2. Reference Handbook Layout and Outline
  3. Biggest Surprise – Lack of Protection
  4. Second Biggest Surprise – Codes and Standards
  5. Engineering Economics in the reference handbook
  6. Symmetrical Components in the reference handbook
  7. Instantaneous Functions, Average Value, RMS
  8. Rotating Machines and Transformers
  9. Final Thoughts on the new CBT Reference Handbook for the Electrical Power PE Exam
  10. How to Login to NCEES® and Download or Print the CBT Reference Handbook for the Electrical Power PE Exam
  11. Useful Links and Additional Information Related to the New CBT Format for the Electrical Power PE Exam

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Hi, Zach!  I read your review of the reference handbook and I appreciate the depth and detail you gave.  It really helped articulate some of the concerns I had with the handbook.  It looks like a lot of the General Engineering material came from the FE reference handbook, which maybe they were using as a template?  Also, since they also announced they are releasing a new practice exam in August, I wonder if this will be a preview for the CBT test and whether it will even be useful for the October test.  

Since the release of the reference material, my anxiety about the test has increased.  I think I will continue to prep for the October test and try using the reference material initially during practice tests to see how difficult it is to solve problems compared to using my curated material.  

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