Failed Surveying again - PLEASE HELP

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Takniki

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Time is absolutely an issue on this exam. It seems that if they allowed half an hour more, significantly higher number of engineers would pass. Please work on timing yourself. I started timing all problems and kept note of the one taking longer than two minutes. Then kept working on them until I got the time down. You almost have to memorize some solutions so you take the right path. In some problems I was able to reduce the time to less than a minute by following the correct path. This certainly helped during the exam. In the last exam, I actually managed to attempt around 85% despite getting almost 100% in mock exams that I could finish in half the time.
Even if you use the same material, keep working on the timing of the problems. All the best.
 

XrayCP1

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Time is absolutely an issue on this exam. It seems that if they allowed half an hour more, significantly higher number of engineers would pass. Please work on timing yourself. I started timing all problems and kept note of the one taking longer than two minutes. Then kept working on them until I got the time down. You almost have to memorize some solutions so you take the right path. In some problems I was able to reduce the time to less than a minute by following the correct path. This certainly helped during the exam. In the last exam, I actually managed to attempt around 85% despite getting almost 100% in mock exams that I could finish in half the time.
Even if you use the same material, keep working on the timing of the problems. All the best.
This is a really good point. When I started studying for my seismic exam (I know, different test...) I was very slow on my first pass through the material. I did 3 practice exams and I couldn't finish the test. When I took the real seismic exam on my first attempt, same thing, I couldn't finish all the problems. I failed that time and on my second time studying, I ended up redoing all 1000+ problems I had probably 4-5 times each. I just grinded through all problems until I had seen them so many times, I knew what to do when I saw certain key words or givens or I knew the common mistakes (on seismic this is always make sure to check min/max!).

By the time I went through my 4th/5th attempt of my 8 practice exams, I was finishing each test early and getting scores around 90%. I sat for my second attempt of the real exam, and I made it through the test in 2 hours and used the last 30 minutes to review problems.

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but that was the strategy that worked for me: go through as many problems as you can find (from coworkers or friends) and do them as many times as you can before the test.

Good luck!
 
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