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Survey Exam Preparation [Video]

If you are looking for a starting place for understanding the fundamentals of taking Land Surveyor Licence exam, this is a good place to start.  Land Surveyor, Part 1: Exam Preparation - California Department of Transportation 1992 - Video VH-270 - Thorough, careful, no-nonsense instruction by practicing land surveyors and panelists who grade exams. Although it is a little outdated, hopefully it will inspire one of you out there to create an updated version.  Good Luck!  

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Surveyor Exam Videos

Fundamentals of Surveying #1: Start Your Engines! Surveyor Math, Here We Come


Trig and Geometry are two major areas of testing on the SIT exam. Sometimes you need one, sometimes you need another, and every so often, you need both. This problem looks like a trig problem, but in the end, all you need is love! Oh, sorry, I mean all you need is PI - 3.14 repeating. Can you cut the two ends off of a rectangle and find the area? We’ll see. #landsurveying #nlcprep #fsexam Ready to start your journey to becoming a surveyor? Visit us at:



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Three Must-Know Skills to Pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam


Passing the Fundamentals of Surveying exam is difficult! Only about 50% of first-time takers pass the exam, while about 25% of repeat takers. One of the reasons the pass rate is so low is the variety of topics. There are 13 categories of questions on the current FS exam, and NCEES has just started its 6-year review cycle to create a “new” version of the exam. But if you look closely at the NCEES FS Specifications, you will realize that only a few categories make-up the majority of the exam. Those categories include…sorry, you have to watch the video to find out! Find all of NLC Test Prep's FS Study Materials available at Want to know all about the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam including format, length, question types, and most commonly tested subjects? How about a few must-know study tips that I wish that I knew before taking my exam? Click the link for a FREE FS Test Tips online course: Not sure where to start? Interested in learning about the newest Fundamentals of Surveying Exam? Click here to schedule a FREE 15-Minute chat with Dr. Nettleman: Want access to a treasure trove of articles and videos that explain exactly what YOU need know before taking the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam? Click here to access an exclusive webpage with all the information you need in one place:

Land Surveyor Test Prep Practice Exams


Knowing your opponent is half the battle. The biggest source of fear among surveyor test applicants is not knowing what their exam will be like. Get prepped with a full-length practice exam that includes the same number of questions, questions-per-category, and "feel" as a real exam. Plus, enjoy a full explanation for each question.

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Top 10 Tips to Prepare for the Land Survey Exam


This video covers the presenter's Top 10 Tips (with several sub-tips) for applicants for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) Exam as well as the state-specific or jurisdictional exams given in the U.S. states and possessions. It updates an earlier course on Tips for taking the licensing exam to reflect that NCEES now offers the FS and PS exams only as computer-based tests (CBT) and that both exams are now closed book. State-specific exams vary as to these details. Viewers wishing the PDF of the PowerPoint slides may go to the GeoLearn website (see below), register, and enroll in the free course. You do not need to view the course again to download the PDF. GeoLearn is an online education company founded in 2013 by leaders in the geospatial industry and exists to serve professionals in the surveying, mapping, GIS and related communities with interactive online videos designed to be engaging and immersive. GeoLearn offers professional development courses that are taught by acknowledged experts and have been approved for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and are accepted as continuing education credit by most licensing boards and accrediting organizations. As users, customers get full course tracking and reporting capabilities. GeoLearn also supports tracking of education taken via other educational outlets.

Land Surveyor, Part 2 Basic Survey Math


Land Surveyor.

Surveying or land surveying is the technique, profession, and science of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional positions of points and the distances and angles between them. A land surveying professional is called a land surveyor. These points are usually on the surface of the Earth, and they are often used to establish maps and boundaries for ownership, locations, such as building corners or the surface location of subsurface features, or other purposes required by government or civil law, such as property sales.

Surveyors work with elements of geometry, trigonometry, regression analysis, physics, engineering, metrology, programming languages, and the law. They use equipment, such as total stations, robotic total stations, theodolites, GNSS receivers, retroreflectors, 3D scanners, radios, handheld tablets, digital levels, subsurface locators, drones, GIS, and surveying software.

Surveying has been an element in the development of the human environment since the beginning of recorded history. The planning and execution of most forms of construction require it. It is also used in transport, communications, mapping, and the definition of legal boundaries for land ownership. It is an important tool for research in many other scientific disciplines.
Surveying has occurred since humans built the first large structures. In ancient Egypt, a rope stretcher would use simple geometry to re-establish boundaries after the annual floods of the Nile River. The almost perfect squareness and north-south orientation of the Great Pyramid of Giza, built c. 2700 BC, affirm the Egyptians' command of surveying. The Groma instrument originated in Mesopotamia (early 1st millennium BC).[2] The prehistoric monument at Stonehenge (c. 2500 BC) was set out by prehistoric surveyors using peg and rope geometry.[3]

The mathematician Liu Hui described ways of measuring distant objects in his work Haidao Suanjing or The Sea Island Mathematical Manual, published in 263 AD.

The Romans recognized land surveying as a profession. They established the basic measurements under which the Roman Empire was divided, such as a tax register of conquered lands (300 AD).[4] Roman surveyors were known as Gromatici.

In medieval Europe, beating the bounds maintained the boundaries of a village or parish. This was the practice of gathering a group of residents and walking around the parish or village to establish a communal memory of the boundaries.

Texas RPLS Test Prep Review #12: Purpose of the Texas General Land Office


The Texas General Land Office (TX GLO) is as old as the Republic of Texas itself. In fact, the first thing that the Founding Fathers of Texas did when they won the Revolution against Mexico was to create the GLO. Why? Because Texas was broke! Today, 150 years later, Land Surveyors still rely on the GLO has an important source of land records. If you want to pass the Texas RPLS exam, then you better know what role the GLO plays in surveying and specifically what types of land records they keep. Learn it here in a fun, informative video.

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