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Murphy
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I'm scheduled to sit for TN's 2 hour state specific exam at the end of the month.  It's a closed book exam and I'm not aware of any reference material that will be provided.

I haven't been able to find out much about the exam.  I contacted TAPS and they recommended The Tennessee Boundary Law booklet but didn't have much to say beyond that.

Has anyone taken this exam recently?  Is the focus mostly on TN specific rules/laws as found on their website?

Any help narrowing down the focus of my study would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Murphy

 
Posted : April 5, 2022 7:59 am
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Kevin Hines
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I sat for the TN exam 12 years ago.  Back then, you had to sketch a complete subdivision plat to the Minimum Standards, write 2 descriptions from data provided, size culverts & ditches, and answer numerous multiple choice questions.  The questions & tasks weren't hard, but the time management was murder.

 
Posted : April 5, 2022 8:06 am
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Michael Geiger
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I took the Tennessee state specific in 2015. It was still pencil and paper at that time. I seem to remember some hydrology/drainage questions on the exam. I also remember having to draw a subdivision plat including all the required notes.

It was just 20 questions of varying point values, if my memory serves me, it was not easy to finish in 2 hours and feel 100% confident on the way out the door. Then a 4 to 6 week wait for a verdict.

 

Do you get a score instantly now that it is computer based?

 

Best of luck to you.

 
Posted : April 5, 2022 8:27 am
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Murphy
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Wow, sounds like I need to revisit drainage and be solid on TN subdivision standards.  

I've never taken a computer based test.  I have no idea if it just spits out the results or if they sit on them for a bit. 

Thank you 

 
Posted : April 6, 2022 4:24 am
Kevin Hines
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@murphy  I doubt if you'll have to draft/hand sketch a subdivision now but would study the requirements.  It's been a few years since I had the need to use the State SD regulations so I might be a little off here, but in Shelby County, any land division under 5 acres or leaving the parent tract remnant area under 5 acres, was required to go through the subdivision process and approval by the planning commission. If over 5 acres, a simple survey and new description was sufficient.

TAPS used to sponsor a day long course covering drainage, the State Plane Coordinate System, and the Minimum Standards. Also, know the time frame for adverse possession claims to ripen and the statute of repose for professional services.

 
Posted : April 6, 2022 5:17 am
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@murphy 

When I took the Georgia state specific Hydrology Exam and Law Exam both gave you a score when you finished.

Was great to walk out knowing that you passed!

 

Good luck.

 
Posted : April 7, 2022 5:56 am
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ghgrounds
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@murphy How was the exam being computer based? Did it focus on TN specific rules/laws and TB boundary law?

 
Posted : May 12, 2022 10:40 am
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Im going to have to pick your brain soon, I am all signed up too and havent seen anything about study material

At least we take it at a testing center, so we dont have to travel to fail 😀

 
Posted : May 15, 2022 7:52 pm
Murphy
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@ghgrounds 

I had to postpone it until May 17th.  I'll let you know.  

I wish I had more information regarding contracts in TN.

 

 
Posted : May 16, 2022 2:21 am

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Kevin Hines
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@murphy 

As long as the contract has both parties involved, the scope of services, deliverables, time frame of services, the amount payable for services rendered, and both parties' signatures, you'll be fine.

 
Posted : May 16, 2022 6:22 am
Michael Geiger
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How did the Tennessee test turn out?

Just curious. Hope you passed with flying colors.

 
Posted : May 19, 2022 9:56 am
Murphy
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I passed with an 87% score.  If PSI testing facilities hadn't instantly provided the score I would have guessed that I was within one question of the 70% pass or fail threshold.

I pulled everything I could find from TN-state statutes, everything from the Department of Commerce and Insurance, basic drainage and the Planning Commission Handbook. I also contacted TAPS and purchased the TN Land Surveyor Handbook for a very reasonable $10.  The latter has a wealth of information including an old practice exam.    

I need to learn more about TN Environment and Conservation and it's relationship to land surveying. 

 

 
Posted : May 20, 2022 8:32 am

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ghgrounds
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@murphy congratulations. I am scheduled to take it July 27th. 

 
Posted : May 20, 2022 8:52 am
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Congratulations.

Nuthing maikes a persom more stupider than looking at a test kwestion dat appiers to bee two simpul.  Sudenly, da brane freeezes up.

 
Posted : May 20, 2022 8:56 am
Michael Geiger
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@murphy 

Way to go. Must have felt good walking out the door.

 
Posted : May 20, 2022 9:38 am

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