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Friday, June 28, 2013

THE PRC REQUIREMENTS TO BRING AND DRESS CODE ON CIVIL ENGINEER BOARD EXAMS

THE PRC REQUIREMENTS TO BRING AND DRESS CODE ON CIVIL ENGINEER BOARD EXAMS

(CIVIL ENGINEERING BOARD EXAM REVIEW TIPS/STRATEGIES SERIES)






THE PRC REQUIREMENTS TO BE BROUGHT ON THE ACTUAL CE BOARD EXAM DAYS

Note: if you didn't bring this stuff, you cannot take the actual board exams so don't forget this...

Just remember, No Notice of Admission, No Entry!!!

1. Notice of Admission (NOA)

Dummy NOA (Image Sample only)
The new NOA is about half the size of a long bond paper
Note: for presentation purposes only

 Former NOA when I took the Board Exam last May 2004

2. Applicant's Stub (Note: for teachers only)


Former Applicant's Stub with PRC OR (May 2004)

3. PRC Official Receipt (PRC OR) - ang resibo

4. Two or more pencils (no. 2) and pencil sharpener - lapis at pantasa



5. At least two Black Ink BALLPEN


6. PRC Approved Calculator/s e.g. Casio FX-991ES Plus (Bring at least two) - Most review lecturers recommend in using this brand and model for actual board exams.


7. One Piece metered-stamp window mailing envelope
    
Note: you must have the bottom one
the top one is prohibited (because it is bought outside PRC premises)

8. One Piece Long brown Envelope
 9. One piece Non-Colored Plastic Envelope - To keep all the items above.


 10. Bottle of water, snacks like biscuits/chocolate bars and lunch that will fit your plastic envelope.


Sample on what to bring during CE board exams


Additional Reminders: (These are PROHIBITED inside the examination premises/rooms)

  1. Books, notes, review materials, and other printed materials containing coded data/information/formula.
  2. PROGRAMMABLE CALCULATORS
  3. Cellular phones, beepers, portable computers or similar gadgets/devices.
  4. Bags of any kind (ladies bag, shoulder bags, attache case, backpacks, etc.


I advised you to visit my post: REMINDERS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER PRC CIVIL ENGINEERING BOARD EXAMS  and PRC EXAMINEES' SELF-INSTRUCTION SHEET  for additional information on tips and guides about CE board exams and its preparations.



THE PRC DRESS CODE IN TAKING ACTUAL CE BOARD EXAMS

The Comfortable Attire (PRC Dress Code):

MALE - school uniform, white polo shirt or T-shirt with collar (tucked in)


FEMALE - school uniform, white blouse, white polo shirt or T-shirt with collar


Usually, I'd seen white polo shirts (for males) and white blouses/polo shirts (for females) with jeans during the actual board examinations.


Goodluck Future Fellow Engineers!



References:

PRC Examination Preparation - http://www.prc.gov.ph/page.aspx?id=5

PRC-APPROVED CALCULATOR - CASIO FX-991 ES PLUS FOR CE BOARD REVIEW & EXAMS

prc-approved calculator - Casio fx-991 es plus FOR CE BOARD REVIEW & EXAMS


(CIVIL ENGINEERING BOARD EXAM REVIEW TIPS/STRATEGIES SERIES)


By: Dindo Mojica, C.E., M.Eng

Casio FX-991ES Plus

Casio products are known by three qualities: 
RELIABLE, LEGITIMATE & ACCURATE


The calculator is the examinee’s weapon for the board exams. Without it, you cannot perform  well during the actual board exams. The role of your calculator during exams is to speed up your computations with accuracy. Before you enroll at a civil engineering review center or start your self-review, I encourage you to buy a calculator (preferably Casio FX-991 ES Plus) because it is approved to be used in the PRC Board Exams for Civil Engineering and as an effective review tool as well. If you had bought your new calculator, just make sure you must study the calculator’s manual and be familiar with the calculator's keys. With this, you will enable to improve your chances of passing the board exams if you use your calculator wisely together with your rigorous review program.


CASIO FX-991ES PLUS SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR REVIEW

Both Casio FX-991ES and the latest released FX-991ES Plus are approved scientific calculators that can be used in PRC Civil Engineer Board Exam. The difference between the two is its higher variable memory (9 variables), use of random integer, additional 14 functions, and improved design for ES Plus model. In addition the price of ES Plus is a little more expensive.

Comparison when I used Casio FX-991ES Plus to my previous Casio FX 991MS

Casio FX-991MS and Casio FX-991ES Plus

When I took up my CE board exam almost a decade ago, I had used two-way power Casio FX-991MS, until now I still used it for my estimates, projects, etc. Casio 991 series has almost the same abilities like 991MS with 401 Functions and 991ES with 417 functions. In fact, FX-991ES Plus is the upgraded version of FX-991MS. The only difference is that the large natural textbook display (Natural-VPAM) of the equations which caught my attention - a user friendly feature of 991ES; meaning you can enter mathematical equation/expression just as written in your textbook – an amazing feature.


Casio FX-991MS Scientific Calculator Specifications

Some features of Casio FX-991MS

1.       Scientific 2-Line Display
2.       401 Functions
3.       Matrix/Vector Calculation
4.       Statistical Calculations with STAT-Data Editor
5.       Solve Calculation & Formula Memory (CALC)
6.       Two-way power
7.       Equation Calculations
8.       Numerical Differentiation & Integration
9.       40 Scientific constants and 40 metric conversions


My 10-year old calculator

I had bought my Casio FX-991MS when I enrolled in a CE review center on 2003 because of three reasons: one, my review lecturers used some techniques during their review classes (most especially in calculus problems) two, of its features that can help reviewees speed up their calculations with accuracy and three, my review lecturers endorse it to use this kind of calculator. Now my Casio FX-991MS is a decade-old and I still use it for my estimating projects. The price during that time is almost the same as of Casio FX-991ES Plus today.

Casio calculators are known for its high quality products DUE TO ITS DURABILITY (according to my professors and review lecturers) that it can last more than a decade (actually I had replaced the batteries), so you must invest for a scientific calculator like FX-991ES Plus for its features, and most review centers today prefer this model; they used it during their review classes and some offer it as an enhancement course.

Casio FX-991ES Plus Specifications

Price: some review centers/bookstores priced between P900 to P990

Note: it comes with a One (1) year warranty so keep your warranty card!


Features:
  1. 40 stored scientific constants and 40 metric conversions
  2. 8 MODES - COMPUTATION, COMPLEX, STAT, BASE-N, EQUATION, MATRIX, TABLE and VECTOR Functions
  3. Multi REPLAY Function
  4. Natural Textbook Display - lets you input and display fraction, square roots and numeric functions just the ways you write it in textbook.
  5. Two way power using solar cell and G13 button battery (LR44)
Dimensions: LxWxH (length x width x height) - 161 x 80 x 12.2 mm
Operating Temperature: 0 - 40 degrees Celsius
Battery Life: 3 years (1 hour when used every day)
Weight: 105 g (including battery)
Warranty: 1 year

Other Features:

Two way power (Battery and Solar)
417 Functions
Full Dot Display
Plastic Keys

Integration / Differential
Equation calculation
Matrix calculations / Vector calculations
Complex number calculation
CALC function / SOLVE function
Base-n calculation

Fraction calculation
Combination and Permutation
Logarithm log
List-based STAT data editor
Standard deviation
Paired-variable statistics regression analysis
Logical operations
Table function
40 scientific constants
40 metric conversions (20 conversion pairs)
9 variable memories
Comes with new slide on hard case






Comparison Guide


I highly recommend to buy Casio FX-991ES Plus as a wise investment (even if you’re a college student) if you have extra money. YOU MUST: Study the calculator’s manual; Be familiar with its keys; Solve problems with this calculator; and enroll in a review center to have better chances of passing the board exams. Just go with the flow in using the latest calculator (follow the trend as well) as prescribed by the PRC. Just be careful in inputting data on the calculator during actual board exams.




References:

PRC Approved Calculators - http://www.prc.gov.ph/page.aspx?id=3

Casio FX-991ES Review - http://voidware.com/calcs/fx991es.htm

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Monday, June 24, 2013

REMINDERS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER PRC CIVIL ENGINEERING BOARD EXAMS

REMINDERS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER PRC CIVIL ENGINEERING BOARD EXAMS

(CIVIL ENGINEERING BOARD REVIEW EXAM TIPS/STRATEGIES SERIES)


By: Dindo Mojica, C.E., M.Eng






After four to six (4-6) months of rigorous and painstaking preparations in your review, whether you take a self-study review method or you had enrolled in a civil engineering review center of your choice; this is the time for you to take the actual board examinations. I had just compiled these reminders according to what I had experience when I review in Manila for a decade. I hope these reminders help reviewees and students to prepare early during review and on anticipating exam problems. Just follow these simple reminders.






BEFORE THE EXAMINATIONS

1.  One-week before the actual board examinations, there will be No Cramming Period, No “Puyatan(Over-studying) due to studies. You had finished concluding on what you had reviewed. Just focus.





2. Room assignment will be posted at the premises of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) or you may check the PRC website two to three (2-3) days before the first day of examination.

3.   Double-check your requirements most especially your calculator. You must bring at least 2 calculators for assurance and as a safety precaution as well. Please read my post about calculator at PRC-Approved Calculator: Casio FX-991ES Plus .


4. Prepare the PRC requirements to bring on the actual board exams and the proper attire. You may visit this post: THE PRC REQUIREMENTS TO BRING AND DRESS CODE ON CIVIL ENGINEER BOARD EXAMS for more information.

5.  Visit your school and building assignment prior to the day of the examinations. Bring your Notice of Admission when you verify your school and building assignment.

6.    Please read SERIOUSLY the General Instructions on your Notice of Admission.

7.    Things to do in the Nights before the actual board exams:

a. Pray to GOD to give you strength, patience, wisdom and common sense during the actual board exams.
b.  Relax and avoid cramming.
c.  Communicate with your LOVED ONES. (To boost your self-confidence)
d.  Have a positive attitude: “If others can, why can’t you?”



8.  Try to keep your normal eating and sleeping habits the day before the exam. More tips about proper eating habits at: Foods for the Brain (for CE Board Exams).

9.  When you eat before the actual examinations, they usually say “Eat light”! That’s true. Take your supplements as well. Eat a bar of chocolate (whatever brand you prefer) before you enter your room assignment; it is intended so that you stay alert and awake. Just don’t stain your answer sheet ok?

10.   Do not rely on last minute tips or leakage. They are early blank bullets. Matulog na lang kayo! Have a very good night sleep.







DURING THE EXAMINATIONS

1. For more detailed instruction during exams, please visit this link on my blog: Professional Regulation CommissionExaminee’s Self-Instruction Sheet.






2. TO BE ON TIME at seven o’clock in the morning (7:00 am), please be in your assigned room at six thirty o’clock in the morning (6:30 am) most especially at the first day of the examinations. Anticipate traffic even at dawn. So leave home early to be on time. 
Take note: Don’t be late – be punctual. Late examinees will not be admitted.





3.    If you arrived early on the examination site and you find your room assignment, just find the nearest Rest Room/Comfort Room closest to your room assignment. You are only allowed to pee to the Comfort Room if you’re going to be assisted by the proctor.

4.    Feeling nervous? This is normal. But you must keep your composure and calmness. Take a deep breath, relax and say to pray to GOD: “I did my best during review, LORD I leave the rest to YOU.”


5.    Please listen to the instructions and coordinate to the proctors/watchers. Be courteous, polite and helpful.

6.    Leave your bags outside the classroom or at the back of the examination hall. The proctor will guide you.

7.    Upon entering the classroom, present your Notice of Admission and other requirements to the proctor.

8.    When you receive your test paper, silence must be observed.  Check if the pages of the test paper are complete. If not, please notify immediately the proctor.


9.    Before you start answering the questions, please allow more than three (3) minutes to write all the formulas that you fear to forget. Next is browse the entire questionnaire, check how many questions are there and many pages and try to budget your time.


10.  Read and understand all the questions carefully, most especially the tricky ones. Don’t be over-confident if you encounter one.


11.  If a question is unclear, answer the way you understand it. The proctor cannot interpret it for you. You cannot ask your seat mate.




12.  In shading your answers: AVOID ERASURES so as not to invalidate your answers. Just keep your Answer Sheet clean and free from undue marking, unnecessary folds or stains. Just keep it neat and clean.

13.  If you experienced mental blackout, don’t panic. Just relax and take a deep breath.

14.  If you can’t answer a problem, skip to that problem and answer another problem. Just go back to the problem again if you have time. Take note that in every CE subject, there are 100 problems so you must answer a problem within 3 minutes or less.



15.  Look at all the choices you know you are wrong.



16.  When you sharpen your pencils, have a receptacle for the residues honed out.

17.  Never look at other examinees answer.






18. Never leave any question/item unanswered. In case you run out of time, make smart guesses. This will be easy since the type of exam is a multiple choice type.

19.  There shall be no borrowing of erasers, pencils, sharpeners, calculators and other examination requirements from any examinee.

20.  Just check your work (if you finished answering all the questions) before you pass the answer sheet to the proctor.




AFTER THE EXAMINATIONS

1.    When you are finished answering your examination papers, please:

a.    Submit your Answer Sheet with the Test Questionnaire to the Proctor.
b.    After your papers are submitted, sign on the appropriate form. The proctor will guide you.
c.     Leave the venue and proceed out quietly.

2.    There should be no loitering and discussion in the examination premises. Just remember: Never discuss answers after every examination with other examinees. (Masisira ang momentum mo pag nakinig ka sa iba! Don’t listen to them. Just remember and have an attitude, Tama ang sagot ko! Mali ka! Just believe you had correct answers).

3.    Just relax or take a rest while waiting for the results. You have done what you can, there's nothing you can do more. Usually it takes 3 working days to release the actual results in the PRC website.


4.    Pray for Divine Assistance. Invoke the presence of God all throughout the examination. Just pray, pray and pray!!! Here are my posts on Prayers for CE Board Exams








For more information, you may visit the Professional Regulations Commission:

http://www.prc.gov.ph/licensure/?id=24







Good Luck Fellow Future Civil Engineers! May God Bless you in passing your exams! Just Bring Home the Bacon!