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Ingeniero
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OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
I'm planning on taking the October test. I went to the Testmasters course at the beginning of the year and I'm going to work through the examples in the binder until I understand it. I just need to know how far in advance y'all started looking at problems


Boudreaux35
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
I started about a month before, but not everyday. I'd go home at night a couple nights per week and work some problems.


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LNCHBOX
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
Did nothing besides the Testmasters class. Passed first try.


AUCE05
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
2 months. I procrastinate 3 of those weeks.


TheDiesel
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
3 months. Signed up for a Georgia Tech online class and studied when I could. Working 60 hours a week and studying caused my studying time to be erratic.


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fjlee90
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
Did you pass the first try specifically because of the Testmasters class?

I'm basically asking if you found it worthwhile or could you have done without? Also, which discipline?


tigeraddict
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
i worked problems from a test booklet for 3-4 hours a week for 18 months

but then again, i took my test 13 years after graduating college.


meltingman
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
Discipline? It also depends if you practice design work daily at your job.

I did a few practice exams starting about 2 months out.


Ingeniero
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
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Discipline? It also depends if you practice design work daily at your job.

Transportation


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AlaskanLSUfan
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
I took it in Oct 2016 (didn't pass) and April 2017. I did just testmasters for the October exam and did a bunch of practice tests for the April version and that made the difference. I'd suggest doing testmasters and practice tests at least 2-3 months out with a study schedule set for the various topics.


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AUCE05
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
Can't answer for him. But I took the school of PE on demand course, and it was worth it. Everyone had tons of books they carried in, and I had 5 pamphlets I printed out. It basically compresses the material and streamlines your studies.


Shackleford
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
I did not take the testmasters class but everyone I know that took it passed the PE.

I started studying about 2-3 months before the exam, but only on Sundays. I had a few books and concentrated on highlighting/tabbing the books so I could quickly find the information.

I also had 3 ring binders for each subsection. Each binder had as many practice problems as I could find and was organized and tabbed out. Made it super quick and simple to go find similar problems during the test.

I didn't spend much time working problems, just being sure I could get to the information that I needed as fast as possible.


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LNCHBOX
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
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Did you pass the first try specifically because of the Testmasters class?



Yes. I've done almost zero design work in my career, so that course got me through the test.
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I'm basically asking if you found it worthwhile or could you have done without? Also, which discipline?


I say the course is extremely worth it. I'm civil and took transportation depth.


Ingeniero
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
What'd you bring in with you?


meltingman
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
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Everyone had tons of books they carried in, and I had 5 pamphlets I printed out. It basically compresses the material and streamlines your studies.


Structural requires several code books for reference, and the questions are very specific to sections in the codes. I had a suitcase full of books.


LNCHBOX
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
Every reference material NCEES said to bring. You might need one whole book for just one look up question, but that point could be the difference between passing and failing.

ETA: Transportation has i believe the most "required" reference materials. I used a big plastic bin and a foldable dolly to move it around.
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SuperSoakher
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
I took the entire week off before the exam and just studied for it then. Passed. Not sure how your home situation is if it'll allow that. My company rewarded me by laying me off. Pretty good deal now that I think about it.
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AUCE05
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
I can't speak to that. I just know the school of PE's notes covered every topic, and had graphs, etc. included. If you can watch a video, read, and use a printer; then passing shouldn't be a problem. The hardest part was covering the material. There is a ton of it. Time will be the OPs enemy, and how much he needs depends on what he currently knows.


LNCHBOX
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
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There is a ton of it. Time will be the OPs enemy, and how much he needs depends on what he currently knows.


This is the biggest thing. When you start the test, go through and mark all the questions as 1(easy and you know what to do), 2 (more difficult but you're pretty sure you know it), and 3 (no clue). Then do all the 1s, then 2s, then 3s if you have time. Leave yourself at least five minutes at the end of each part to make sure you marked the right answer and fill in any guesses. You don't lose points for guessing.

And mind the units. They do stupid shite that would never happen in the real world just to make sure you're paying attention.


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TheAlmightySmash
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re: OT engineers: how early did you start studying for the PE?
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I just need to know how far in advance y'all started looking at problems


I've heard 6 months out 3-4x a week depending on your reference material


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