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Anyone know how long it takes for the board to respond to the retest applications? I was notified I failed seismic on June 10th and the next day put the retest application in the mail. It’s July 3rd today and have not seen a response. I checked the bank and they cashed the check. That must be a good sign.
Oh shoot, really? You have to resubmit the application to retake? Do you need to gather references again?

I don't want to have to go through that again as my application process took forever to get approval. I took the surveying exam 3 weeks ago and didn't do well. This application process is depressing.
 

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I'm pretty sure the "70% pass rate" is related to the Laws and Regulations exam. And NOT the two Civil Seismic Principles or Engineering Surveying exams.

The Laws and Regulations exam is the one the applicant takes, through the Connect system, shortly after submitting the new application.
I have a question related to the Laws and Regulations exam. I submitted my application together with Laws and Regulation as a package in paper format and was approved for the exams. Just finished taking Surveying exam. I did not see anything related to Laws and Regulation exam through the Connect system. Does that mean that I have passed the Laws and Regulations exam?
 

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Something I wish I knew before I signed up for my test dates was that you find out your test scores the same time as everybody else who took it that month. Knowing that, I would have taken one test in the first month of the quarter, and the 2nd test in the 2nd, that way by the 3rd month I will have found out if I needed to sign up for reexamination. Now, if I don't pass in the 3rd month, I'll find out my results in the 1st month of the next quarter, meaning I'll have to wait a full 4 months until I can retake... and by then the material won't be fresh anymore.
If you don't pass in the 3rd month, you would have to resubmit application and it would take a while for approval. Wouldn't this affect your plan of taking one exam in 1st month and another exam in 2nd month?

I am also trying to figure out when would be the best time in each quarter to take the exam. I have seismic scheduled end of 2nd quarter (end of June) and I am considering rescheduling it to end of May. Not sure if anyone recommends this strategy?
 

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i used Hiner's cheatsheet the most during the exam
I bough Hiner's review book from someone else on this forum. However, I don't see there's a cheatsheet. Anyone knows if the cheatsheet is helpful? If it is helpful then I might need to purchase the workbook again straight from Hiner to get the cheatsheet.
 

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Oh shoot, really? You have to resubmit the application to retake? Do you need to gather references again?

I don't want to have to go through that again as my application process took forever to get approval. I took the surveying exam 3 weeks ago and didn't do well. This application process is depressing.
I'm not sure if it's the same process of not passing, but I ended up not taking the seismic exam in the quarter that I initially got approved to take it in. I just had to wait for my original testing quarter to end and pay another fee to test again.

I have a question related to the Laws and Regulations exam. I submitted my application together with Laws and Regulation as a package in paper format and was approved for the exams. Just finished taking Surveying exam. I did not see anything related to Laws and Regulation exam through the Connect system. Does that mean that I have passed the Laws and Regulations exam?
If you submitted the application and R&R exam and then got approved to take the state-specific tests, then that should mean that you passed the R&R.

I bough Hiner's review book from someone else on this forum. However, I don't see there's a cheatsheet. Anyone knows if the cheatsheet is helpful? If it is helpful then I might need to purchase the workbook again straight from Hiner to get the cheatsheet.
I believe Hiner's cheatsheet only comes with the course. I bought the book directly from the website and it did not come with a cheatsheet.
 

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I have a question related to the Laws and Regulations exam. I submitted my application together with Laws and Regulation as a package in paper format and was approved for the exams. Just finished taking Surveying exam. I did not see anything related to Laws and Regulation exam through the Connect system. Does that mean that I have passed the Laws and Regulations exam?
If you submitted a paper application, you will continue as a legacy applicant and will not need to use Connect for anything except scheduling the state exams. If you did not pass the Laws & Rules exam, your Evaluator will notify you.
 

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Oh shoot, really? You have to resubmit the application to retake? Do you need to gather references again?

I don't want to have to go through that again as my application process took forever to get approval. I took the surveying exam 3 weeks ago and didn't do well. This application process is depressing.
If you do not pass one or both of the state exams, you do not need to submit a new application for licensure to receive authorization to test again. You will submit a ReExam Request through the BPELSG Connect system: Re-Examination Information - Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
 

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If you don't pass in the 3rd month, you would have to resubmit application and it would take a while for approval. Wouldn't this affect your plan of taking one exam in 1st month and another exam in 2nd month?

I am also trying to figure out when would be the best time in each quarter to take the exam. I have seismic scheduled end of 2nd quarter (end of June) and I am considering rescheduling it to end of May. Not sure if anyone recommends this strategy?
Results are sent out the month following when you sat for the exam. If you do not pass, you will need to submit a ReExam Request through BPELSG Connect. The testing quarters have remained the same; however, it is now the applicant’s responsibility to log into their BPELSG Connect account and select the quarter they’d like to sit before that quarter is no longer available.

If you take the Seismic Principles exam in June 2022, you will receive your results in July. If you do not pass and log into your BPELSG Connect account in Quarter 3 (July-Sept), you will have the next two quarters available for retesting (i.e., Quarter 4 2022 and Quarter 1 2023). If you take the exam in May 2022, you will receive your results in June and, if you submit a ReExam Request in BPELSG Connect before July 1, will have Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 2022 available for retesting.

All of this info is on the Board website: Re-Examination Information - Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
 

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Still waiting for my evaluation to be completed and get approval to take the two exams. Mostly anxious because I have a momentary lull at work so this would be the optimal time to study for the seismic and survey exams BEFORE my summer construction craziness starts. Submitted application 3/2/2022, so I know I'm still within the evaluation window. No action needed, just needed to blow off steam here!
Dangit, civil application got flagged for a deficiency - missing transcript. I called prior to submitting my application and was told that I didn't need to since I sent one already for my initial mechanical license and it should be on file. Buuut, since I applied prior to the rollout of the Connect platform, it's sitting in an archive somewhere so it was best to send a transcript again. $11 bucks for a PDF! No action needed, just blowing off steam again. :LOL:
 

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Dangit, civil application got flagged for a deficiency - missing transcript. I called prior to submitting my application and was told that I didn't need to since I sent one already for my initial mechanical license and it should be on file. Buuut, since I applied prior to the rollout of the Connect platform, it's sitting in an archive somewhere so it was best to send a transcript again. $11 bucks for a PDF! No action needed, just blowing off steam again. :LOL:
Another option for those needing to request official transcripts for multiple applications - request that your university/college send an official transcript to your MyNCEES account. State licensing boards can access the transcripts in your MyNCEES account.
 

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Another option for those needing to request official transcripts for multiple applications - request that your university/college send an official transcript to your MyNCEES account. State licensing boards can access the transcripts in your MyNCEES account.
Dang, NCEES already has all my transcripts. BPELSG didn't give me the option for them to access my transcipts in MyNCEES. Oh well...
 

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I passed the 8-hr exam (water) back in 2018 and passed the seismic exam in 2021, and I just passed the surveying in 2022. I wonder when will I receive my PE license number? Based on the handout, it says "license numbers are issued every 2 weeks for eligible applicants who have passed the required e"
 

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Dang, NCEES already has all my transcripts. BPELSG didn't give me the option for them to access my transcipts in MyNCEES. Oh well...

When I completed my application with BPELSG online there was a check box in the qualifications section that said "Have you completed a NCEES verification request?" and I requested that NCEES send my record to CA. All of my transcripts, license verifications and references were sent (and received) by BPELSG.
 

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Dang, NCEES already has all my transcripts. BPELSG didn't give me the option for them to access my transcipts in MyNCEES. Oh well...
Note that the only way for the California Board to view your transcripts through the NCEES system is if you have an NCEES Record and if you authorize NCEES to send the Record to the California Board.
 

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Note that the only way for the California Board to view your transcripts through the NCEES system is if you have an NCEES Record and if you authorize NCEES to send the Record to the California Board.
Update: I've recently learned that transcripts are now available in the NCEES system to boards in more ways than just through the Record process. Too many things changing and difficult to keep up.
 

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Update: I've recently learned that transcripts are now available in the NCEES system to boards in more ways than just through the Record process. Too many things changing and difficult to keep up.
Thank you for the update, it would have been handy to have been given that option when the deficiency was flagged in Connect. The language made it seem like official transcripts from the school was the only option. $11 for a PDF? I want my $11 back! 😅
 

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