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  1. Whaaa!
  2. woohooo...Im a lurker but kept up with this thread congrats!
  3. Ignore the "wait until board issues number" debby downers...I swear every 6 months they come in these threads to throw shade without fail. If you have already applied for licensure through your state and the last step is receiving the PASS notification from NCEES put whatever PE variation you want. In a few days you'll receive your license number in mail but is has already been created as of the notification from NCEES to the state so no worries. I'm sure the eyes of the law will be on your side if someone would complain. Congrats and celebrate your achievement!
  4. Hmm there is a lot to decipher from your post, but I'll try to tackle it. Ignore the CA requirements for licensure and focus on sitting for the SE exam in itself. Licensure =/= being able to sit for exam in most states as you have highlighted in your OP. It doesn't even matter whether you're a PE or not in some states. Now that I think about it, there are really too many variables to have an answer to fit all circumstances. Your best bet is to email your state board and other state boards that recognize the SE title and figure which one will allow you to take the exam the earliest (if that's your goal) and take the exam with the plan to APPLY for licensure in that state that gives you the answer you are looking for. I can tell you already CA is not your easiest route.
  5. PE results are slated for release next week based on typical times (received my notice on May 24th last year). I would assume SE to be about 2 weeks afterward, pending on when the afternoon grading session starts from what I've read
  6. Buildings SE Vert/Lat: I felt the exam was tough, but fair. For the vertical AM, the questions were similar to the practice exams but with greater depth in some cases. For vertical PM, I was expecting a concrete problem similar to the practice exams but was surprised by the question. Question was still fair I suppose. Lateral AM/PM were tough. I had enough time but not enough knowledge. For Lateral AM, I answered about 20 on first go around and think I answered another 5 or so second go around. I felt about 75-80% confident on those 25. For the life of me, there were about 5 or so questions where I would get answer close but be off by a few from the choices. Then there were another 10 questions where I either took a 50% guess or complete guess. Lateral PM was interesting. NCEES definitely threw a surprise question in there, but after thinking about the study outline they provide I guess I shouldn't have been that surprised. Finished it all, but toss up if my methodology was sound. My strategy for PM was to use approximate shortcut equations where I could and explain in writing "if more time..." the complete process including equations. I hope that is sufficient for concrete portion and masonry question.
  7. Thanks!
  8. Start out with the books required by NCEES. Bring everyone. Other than those, I personally used PPI's online practice problems and used the 30-day access. I just wrote down every PM problem and took it with me to the exam. Just be sure to know you steel tables and quick shortcuts and know statics. Go to for steel tables to probably tab/know or watch the YouTube video from Engineered Mojo 5 steps to pass PE exam (type that in YouTube). They both give sound advice on PE exam structural.
  9. You can do it put your back into it!
  10. NCEES is using r(avg) which is based on I(avg) and A(avg). They don't do a very good job explaining this at all. A(avg) is the average between A and Anet and I is the same. I plan to use average values on the exam or hopefully they just provide the r, I, A they want used in masonry problems. You can find a table of the average values online pretty easily and they are also located in the "Reinforced Masonry Engineering Handbook) 7th edition table GN-8
  11. Does anyone know if NCEES designates which method to use when determining wind pressures for MWFRS? In NCEES practice exam it seems to call out directional/envelope, but I just went over a practice question from PPI (Problem 15 Lateral Breadth - 16hr SE Building Exam) in which they asked for roof pressure (PNW). I went through ch. 28 procedures and obtained the correct answer, but am not sure if that was a fluke since the answer key used the directional procedure.
  12. I would reassess the 25hr/week target. That averages to about 3 hrs a day. If you really feel you need 300+ hrs to study start now and do 1 hr a day after work or before and 2hrs on the weekend. You'll thank yourself later and will be able to keep the pace I would think.
  13. Have you downloaded PCA's "Notes on ACI-318-11"? It's a free download and I personally prefer to use that over ACI unless I need a detail not listed in PCA notes. It also has several design guides as well as example problems that help you understand how to use the code book. Don't get PCA Notes confused with PCA's Design Guide for Reinforced Concrete. That is also a free download and very useful, but I probably use PCA Notes more
  14. Good luck to all!
  15. @Chillhaus That's a great idea lol