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I was hoping to get a little input from people who have taken the California S.E. exam...

The pass rate on the 2001 SE was only 12%.

This is nearly half of the previous lowest pass rate of 22% considering

results available for the last 5 years. It appears that the Board prepared

an extremely difficult test that included new formats and problem groupings.

In order to achieve a 12% pass rate the Board arbitrarily lowered the

standard cut score from 50% to 48%. Does this seem reasonable? Is it fair

for test takers to question the rationale of the Board?

Pass rates of 25% to 60% are common for the other engineering disciplines.

The purpose of these tests is also to ensure the public safety. Do you

believe that the arbitrary decision by the Board ensures public safety?