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  1. Yup, I've been telling my wife similar. We need to set dedicated, blocked out study time. That's another mistake I made last time around, though it would've been difficult to set time aside ahead of time with how hectic my work schedule was. It is a great idea to put it on her calendar; I'm not sure why that didn't occur to me. That will probably happen when I go home tonight...right after a couple hours of studying. 😀 Hell, I was able to get my undergrad degree and pass my FE with my eldest daughter when she was younger; I know I can get this test knocked out. Granted, I wasn't wo
  2. It's not that I hadn't taken any practice tests, just that I hadn't the dedicated time I desired to exclusively take practice tests. In the weeks/months prior, I was going through the material of the coursework and working practice problems associated with each section. I was able to work on a little bit of practice tests, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. I'm naturally a good test taker, and while this is the most difficult test of this type I've taken, my typical method goes just like before (just with a little more time). Take the time to go through all the material to familiarize
  3. Thanks. Just gotta stay on top of it. Keeping my eyes on the prize...
  4. For prep for the Oct 2019, I took the PPI OnDemand course. I took the holidays to just relax and get back into a positive mental space. Now that the new year is here, it's study time. I have the printouts of all the slides and problems that were worked in class, bound and tabbed by topic. Based on recommendations from people here, I picked up Graffeo and Complex Imaginary complete set. I had ordered the Electrical Machines by Wildi and Power System by Glover, et al. but they didn't arrive until after the October test so I have those at my disposal as well. I"ve also seen recommendations
  5. I used the OnDemand course. I knew it was going to be difficult to stay on schedule with the live course with family and work schedule.
  6. It wasn't great. I was less than pleased with it. I think I'll have to get a different reference book as well.
  7. Based on what I've read here, I may just get the CI practice problems (vol 1-4) and the NCEES practice exam to run through, as well as this: I already have a couple of books that arrived to me after the test (Power Systems by Glover and Electrical Machines by Wildi) that will provide me with more motor and power systems questions.
  8. I've never even heard of complex imaginary. It seems like many of you recommend CI over PPI prep material? I used PPI for the Oct 2019 exam and I did notice that the questions during practice aren't really the same as far as form and level of difficulty as on the test itself. I have all the PDF's of the material from the course I took, so I wasn't going to purchase a prep course again, but I was considering purchasing access to their quiz generator, which also comes with a full practice exam. I'm concerned about buying a book that only allows me to take a single practice exam and that's it
  9. I got 37 and this was my first time taking the test. I didn't feel great after I took the exam, but I didn't feel like I did worse than 50%. Makes me feel like I not only failed the test, but bombed it. I'm going to grind on practice tests through PPI. That's what I just did not have time for when studying for the test. My work load was not ideal for studying in the months and weeks prior to the test. The outlook is looking better for the April exam as far as my work load is concerned.
  10. Well, congrats to all that passed. To those among us that failed (myself included), sign up for April, take the next couple weeks to lick your wounds and enjoy the holidays, and get to studying after the new year. We all know what to expect and shall be better prepared for the next run. I've signed up for the next one in April, and I will be better prepared to knock this one out of the park. For those of you still waiting, good luck; may the odds be ever in your favor.
  11. Thanks. Yeah, I had multiple project deadlines the last few weeks before the test and did not have time to run through practice tests. I was concerned about that. I have been exposed to the material and have plenty of time to run through practice tests. I'll get it next time.
  12. Can confirm Florida is out. 1st time testing, and I failed. Time to get registered and start studying again.
  13. That's fair. So many people have to start pretending like they actually know what they're talking about. 😉 😂
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