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Mark Flora
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I was wondering what people that have recently took the FS exam used for COGO programing to successfully pass?

I was looking at EasyCogo, and Ted Madson's LSS Miracle Software. Thoughts on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted : June 15, 2017 6:18 pm
GMPLS
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I used the Minnesota DOT programs 5 years ago. They were free and worked well.

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Posted : June 15, 2017 6:20 pm
summerprophet
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Mark Flora, post: 432778, member: 12401 wrote: I was wondering what people that have recently took the FS exam used for COGO programing to successfully pass?

I acquired a few different programs, d'zign, something from eBay, and one a coworker had purchased, and rewrote the programming to best suit my needs.

Plenty of folks say Congo programs are not needed, but in my mind it is all a matter of speed. Cogo makes a 5 minute question a 1 minute question, and that is invaluable.

Really, the programs you need are a triangle solver, rect to polar, polar to rect, hms+, and hms-

It isn't common for testing to question much in the way of curves, so I wouldnt bother with those programs.

If you haven't selected a calculator yet, I would suggest the hp35, and definitely not the HP33.

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Posted : June 15, 2017 6:38 pm
Jones
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I used easy cogo and Melbards.

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Posted : June 15, 2017 6:40 pm
party chef
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I do not know that you will need cogo; basic math and polar to rectangular were enough to get me through it back in 09.

Jason E. Foose, PS wrote a series of ten programs with accompanied articles in the American Surveyor, they are fun enough to enter and give you an idea of how to write your own.

The HP 35s Calculator—A Field Surveyor's Companion: Part 1—Point Storage is the first from Wednesday, 10 September 2014

http://www.amerisurv.com/content/category/18/388/153/

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Posted : June 15, 2017 6:41 pm
Mark Flora
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summerprophet, post: 432782, member: 8874 wrote: If you haven't selected a calculator yet, I would suggest the hp35, and definitely not the HP33.

Can you explain why I shouldn't choose the HP 33s? I thought that some people liked the 33 better than the 35 and were disappointed when they discontinued them?

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Posted : June 15, 2017 7:00 pm
summerprophet
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Mark Flora, post: 432790, member: 12401 wrote: Can you explain why I shouldn't choose the HP 33s? I thought that some people liked the 33 better than the 35 and were disappointed when they discontinued them?

The 33 had a multitude of problems, decimal point is to small, clearing the screen may accidentally clear ALL your programs, keys are not in a grid (makes entry slower), and keys had problems as well.

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Posted : June 15, 2017 7:08 pm
Mark Flora
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summerprophet, post: 432795, member: 8874 wrote: The 33 had a multitude of problems, decimal point is to small, clearing the screen may accidentally clear ALL your programs, keys are not in a grid (makes entry slower), and keys had problems as well.

Good to know. Thanks.

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Posted : June 15, 2017 7:15 pm
jpb
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The need for a calculator with programs isn't really an issue. The key is being able to recognize the pieces of information you are given and what is used and not used. I'm not sure about the programs, but know the difference between arc and chord curve definitions. That's mostly what was on mine a couple years ago.

The time you spend getting the programs would be just as beneficial sitting down with some practice problems and the equation sheet. They are mostly one or two step problems, not long and I'm depth.

Sadly, buying the online practice test is a good idea. There will probably be a couple of questions that are word for word on the actual test. And it gives a good idea on how it's structured and if you are prepared or not.

Just my thoughts, and good luck. Hopefully luck is not needed. It's not as bad as looking at the pass/fail rate would indicate.

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Posted : June 15, 2017 7:22 pm
leegreen
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Mark Flora, post: 432796, member: 12401 wrote: Good to know. Thanks.

Mark,

I programmed several HP41, HP33, and HP35 with EasyCogo, Dzign and other online programs. But I used Ted Madson's programmed HP35S in the exam. It is very powerful and works like a data collector as it can store 200 cogo points. But it can be challenging to learn. Ted still teaches a great class that will certainly get you well prepared for the exam.

You are only a few hours from me. Feel free to contact me.

~LeeGreen.com

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Posted : June 16, 2017 2:38 am
StLSurveyor
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Mark Flora, post: 432778, member: 12401 wrote: I was wondering what people that have recently took the FS exam used for COGO programing to successfully pass?

I was looking at EasyCogo, and Ted Madson's LSS Miracle Software. Thoughts on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

http://melbard.com/

Works great and free! This is the program I used for my hh33s. Used it for all my exams. But I do prefer the key configuration on the 35.

"Well that depends"

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Posted : June 16, 2017 3:14 am
Raybies
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COGO? What is this thing you speak of, COGO?

Okay, that was just a joke. For all of my exams I used a non-programmable, solar, TI something. Would something more powerful haved worked? Sure. But I still didn't have trouble finishing the FS with plenty of time to check answers. I DID take the FS back '08 or '09, so maybe it's different now. Prior to that, I did the CST level III (which, IMO, is equal to the FS in difficulty) with the same calculator. But I think hitting the books, especially brushing up on geometry and algebra, helped me more than a program.

Good luck!

~Raybies

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Posted : June 16, 2017 5:30 am
bruces
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I was not allowed to have a graphing calculator or any programs for taking the FS or the PS. check the NCEES website and they will have a list of calculators that you can use during the exam.

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Posted : June 16, 2017 9:11 am
Wal1170
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I took it with a TI-30x in 2012. I believe that you shouldn't be allowed to use programmable calculators for any of the exams. The FS is a fundamental exam, that should require the examiner to know the basic principles of functions that they perform on a daily basis.

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Posted : June 16, 2017 9:42 am
Mark Flora
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bruces, post: 432897, member: 12826 wrote: I was not allowed to have a graphing calculator or any programs for taking the FS or the PS. check the NCEES website and they will have a list of calculators that you can use during the exam.

The HP 33s, and the HP35s are both acceptable to use for the NCEES exams.

Wal1170, post: 432900, member: 10610 wrote: I took it with a TI-30x in 2012. I believe that you shouldn't be allowed to use programmable calculators for any of the exams. The FS is a fundamental exam, that should require the examiner to know the basic principles of functions that they perform on a daily basis.

More power to you if you can pass the FS Exam using a TI-30x calculator. I on the other hand need all the help I can get, and if it's allowed, then why not? I haven't had to use a single one of any of these "basic principles" in 18 years as being land surveyor, so every little bit helps me. I didn't have the benefit that most do to take the FS exam fresh out of college, and am in the process of re-learning all the things I used to know.

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Posted : June 16, 2017 10:14 am
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