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  1. Good luck everyone!
  2. Good luck!
  3. Best wishes to all taking the exams.
  4. The second equation is not equal to the third equation in your post. Anyway, the second and the third are easy. The second one is d^(2+2/3) = 63.72/(0.353^(2/3)) => d = [63.72/(0.353^(2/3))]^(8/3) . The first one is a quadratic equation in d if you go through the algebra. Of course, you can use your calculator as the previous poster suggested to get the answer. However, sometimes it is good to go through the algebra just to sharpen the old skill set. Good luck.
  5. I believe you are right.
  6. I don't believe that is correct. The questions are all equally weighted but there are some questions that will not be considered in the final tally. They are for use in future exams and are used as test cases. CAPLS posts here regularly and he can answer that question with authority. Good luck on your exam. Maji
  7. Chapters 5 and 6 are very important. If you know the concepts there, then 7 thru 13/14 should be fairly easy to understand. Make sure you understand the concept of diaphragms well as you will definitely see a bunch of questions on that portion. Good luck.
  8. It depends on your background in Seismic Engineering... if you have practice Structural Engineering, then it shouldn't be a problem. If that is not the case, do you know the subject well enough to do practice problems? As your back is against the wall due to time constraints, give it a try. If you have understood the concepts from the first half of the course, you should be able to understand at least some of the remaining concepts. Good luck.
  9. Good luck everyone.
  10. Great suggestion. Also, if I may add, figure out how much time you will be able to devote to preparing for the exam and make a schedule so that you can follow it rigorously. In general, it takes about 250-300 hours of total prep time for the NCEES PE exams for Civil. That should give you a ball park estimate of the time you need to allocate each week towards studying. With a full time job and other obligations, 10-15 hours of studying every week can be a challenge. Best of luck.
  11. I remember we got copies of the relevant tables from ASCE and IBC/CBC. I can't remember if I needed anything more. I don't believe there were any questions in the test that made me say... darn it, I should have bought the ASCE and IBC codes. Everything that I needed was covered in the notes and the supplemental information provided by the instructor. Good luck.
  12. Ohhhhh... good for him.
  13. Two locations within the San Diego City limits showed up when I did a search. Pearson Professional Centers-San Diego CA 3838 Camino Del Rio N Suite 205 San Diego, California 92108 United States Pearson Professional Centers-San Diego (North) CA 11770 Bernardo Plaza Court Suite 463 Sunroad Financial Plaza San Diego, California 92128 United States There is one in San Marcos also. Good luck.
  14. In California, in addition to the Civil NCEES PE exam, you will have to take the Surveying and the Seismic exams. The Seismic portion should be relatively easy for a SE, but the surveying portion will need a good bit of work if you don't have a background in surveying. My suggestion is that you look at taking a course for the NCEES and at least for the surveying exams. Good luck.
  15. I agree with ptatohed. Just make sure your strengthen your concepts and you will find that the plug and chug will not be that time consuming. The only thing that is time consuming is the vertical curve equations where you are trying to find the clearances. It involves solving a quadratic equation and a formula solver may help there. However, it will be only one or two problems in the exam and can be solved at the tail end of the exam after you have attempted the others. Good luck.