Passed Surveying on my fourth try. I am finally done with PE. That was a brutal experience , I took 3 classes to pass. In the end it was Rezas class that is the best, my last result was deficient deficient deficient proficient with EET and CPESR. This time I passed with just reza. I will be glad to help anyone with any questions
Congrats I passes surveying doing seismic next month. What did you use for seismic? I tried AEI the first time but he talks so slow and has almost too many videos like he has a video that is an hour long on getting good sleep the night before the exam lolPassed seismic, now a long month of waiting for survey results...
Personally, I took EET for 8 hour and surveying, and I thought their material was put together well. I passed each test first time. I did have a decent amount of background in surveying just from working on construction sites and interacting with surveyors, so maybe I was primed for understanding the material from the beginning.
Congrats! I might look into Reza’s review for the next round. Do you think the practice problems for Reza better represent what’s on the exam?
Yes absolutely. There were several problems that I found similar to what I learned from Reza. Imo if you know how to do 90% of the problems (concepts, not just how to solve) in his workbook you should pass. You also need to supplement Reza workbook with EET or cuomo or something comprehensive for the concepts because his book is mostly good for calculation problem solving and may be missing some stuff for conceptual. I also recommend you take the live webinar, I called him after my third fail and I had his old workbook but he was very helpful. When you sit for gis class (four 8 hour days) it may seem like a lot but you will truly understand concepts that were previously confusing. Let me know if you have any other questionsCongrats! I might look into Reza’s review for the next round. Do you think the practice problems for Reza better represent what’s on the exam?
I have no previous surveying coursework/experience. I passed Surveying the first try this past April.
I used Hiner's Seismic Design Review. Some would say he also goes through the material kind of "slowly" but I would say thorough. For reference there are 32 hours of webinar videos. The main thing I didn't like was that he only gives you 40 hours to watch them - meaning there is a timer on your account, so there is limited repeatability. I found the order he presented the material to be very intuitive. His workbook is great, as well as some quick reference sheets you can put in your binder with shortcut tables to look up Sds and Sd1 based on Ss and S1 and Site Class.Congrats I passes surveying doing seismic next month. What did you use for seismic? I tried AEI the first time but he talks so slow and has almost too many videos like he has a video that is an hour long on getting good sleep the night before the exam lol
I used the CPESR, Mansour and Reza materials. I would recommend using the Reza book, problems in the book are harder but its really good to understand concepts and get used to solving problems quickly. I did not take any courses. First I did the CPESR to understand all concepts and then practiced problems. Also would recommend taking lot of practice tests, I felt short on time during the actual test. You can definitely do it, Good luck!
I just took my Surveying yesterday (May 13th) and had the SAME feelings as you did about it. I studied with an old Mansour book and an EET binder, 3 practice tests (1 Mansour & 2 Boniface) and like 2 months of weekend/weeknight studying. I was pretty annoyed at the test because of the wordy problems and horrible computer generated diagrams. I was able to recall about 25 questions I know I got right and the rest is a wash where I don't remember the question at all or if I got an answer/educated-guess/complete guess. I honestly just needed 30 more minutes to at least attempt all problems.Wanted to start a thread for some post-exam therapy/ranting/venting/shared experiences. Interested to hear other's experiences as more testers sit through Q2.
I took my surveying exam today (April 3rd) for the first time and felt really beat up after. I approached this exam by trying to knock out all of the no-calc definition/concept questions (I want to say there were at least 9 to 11) and managed to do that in good time but then it was all downhill from there. I seemed to end up with a lot more really wordy questions than I anticipated and it flustered the hell out of me so I would skip. Also, time became a major issue despite feeling confident after taking 5 different practice tests and a month of nightly + weekend studying. I ended up with 15 questions or so I was struggling to finish at the 30 min mark. Anyway, I am telling myself that I will most likely need to retake but the good thing is now I know the testing facility, format, and exam areas of focus. Seismic is next but I gave myself more time to focus on that since I completely do not know what to expect on that subject.
Also, can anyone can offer advice on getting through these wordy type problems? I get hit with major anxiety when I see those types of problems and tend to lock up hard...
Good luck to all Q2 testers!