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Well, I got an email from TBPELS on Friday.
They approved my work experience and have allowed me to retest another 3 times.
Yay, another $375..........
 
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Well, I got an email from TBPELS on Friday.
They approved my work experience and have allowed me to retest another 3 times.
Yay, another $375..........
How long did they take to get back to you with the approval? When they approve it can you take it right away?
 

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How long did they take to get back to you with the approval? When they approve it can you take it right away?
I sent the initial application back around the beginning of March.
I mailed my SERs and references the second or third week of April.
The background check was the first week or May.

In contrast, my former coworker had to apply to take the test a fourth time and from the time he applied to the time they reviewed and approved was approximately 3 weeks.
 

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I took the PE CBT again yesterday. This one was much, much harder than the first CBT I took in April.
Last time I tested, I got done over an hour early in the afternoon session.
This time, I finished the exam with about ten minutes to spare.

There were at least 10 questions on the exam that were conceptual and I have no idea how you'd answer them unless you worked directly in construction, specifically in performing concrete and form work, as well as contracts.

I think some of the most conceptual ones may be those 10 "gotcha" questions that don't count against your score........at least I hope that is the case.
I was a bit confident I had passed last time but failed; I am not confident at all on this attempt.
 

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I took the PE CBT again yesterday. This one was much, much harder than the first CBT I took in April.
Last time I tested, I got done over an hour early in the afternoon session.
This time, I finished the exam with about ten minutes to spare.

There were at least 10 questions on the exam that were conceptual and I have no idea how you'd answer them unless you worked directly in construction, specifically in performing concrete and form work, as well as contracts.

I think some of the most conceptual ones may be those 10 "gotcha" questions that don't count against your score........at least I hope that is the case.
I was a bit confident I had passed last time but failed; I am not confident at all on this attempt.
I agree. My recent attempt was way more difficult in the morning than previous attempt however the afternoon wasn’t too bad but the Pearson center lost power an hour into the afternoon so I’ll never know and have to retake the entire exam over. Best of luck with your results!
 

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I agree. My recent attempt was way more difficult in the morning than previous attempt however the afternoon wasn’t too bad but the Pearson center lost power an hour into the afternoon so I’ll never know and have to retake the entire exam over. Best of luck with your results!
I read about your recent test attempt and the accompanying disaster. Terribly sorry to hear of your misfortune!

I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
 

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I took the PE CBT again yesterday. This one was much, much harder than the first CBT I took in April.
Last time I tested, I got done over an hour early in the afternoon session.
This time, I finished the exam with about ten minutes to spare.

There were at least 10 questions on the exam that were conceptual and I have no idea how you'd answer them unless you worked directly in construction, specifically in performing concrete and form work, as well as contracts.

I think some of the most conceptual ones may be those 10 "gotcha" questions that don't count against your score........at least I hope that is the case.
I was a bit confident I had passed last time but failed; I am not confident at all on this attempt.
Do you have/are you familiar with the PCA book? I have found that a lot of those concrete related conceptual problems come out of there. The book is full of so much info.

I'm sorry to hear about your test. I know the feeling. But I'll say that I took the test 4 times. The 4th test was CBT and I felt horrible, but I passed. Remember that the test isn't all knowledge, there's a decent about of luck involved as well. Stick with it!
 

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Do you have/are you familiar with the PCA book? I have found that a lot of those concrete related conceptual problems come out of there. The book is full of so much info.

I'm sorry to hear about your test. I know the feeling. But I'll say that I took the test 4 times. The 4th test was CBT and I felt horrible, but I passed. Remember that the test isn't all knowledge, there's a decent about of luck involved as well. Stick with it!
I am not familiar with that book and I meant to pick up a copy after the last exam.
However, if I find out next week that I failed, I'm buying a copy and reading it cover to cover.

This was my 4th attempt and I'm hoping that my results will mirror yours; I feel horrible but maybe I passed and just don't know it.

That little grain of hope of passing is what keeps me going. It's almost like buying a lottery ticket knowing I won't win, but daydreaming about the possibility of positive results is nice.
 

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I am not familiar with that book and I meant to pick up a copy after the last exam.
However, if I find out next week that I failed, I'm buying a copy and reading it cover to cover.

This was my 4th attempt and I'm hoping that my results will mirror yours; I feel horrible but maybe I passed and just don't know it.

That little grain of hope of passing is what keeps me going. It's almost like buying a lottery ticket knowing I won't win, but daydreaming about the possibility of positive results is nice.
rodr is right the PCA is very good to know and lots of tables you need. If you get it get the pdf version so you’re use to navigating like the CBT. If you don’t have all the references listed by NCEES then that could be holding you back. But haha what do I know I’m on my 4th attempt too.
 
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