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Good luck with this final week of studying.

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Thanks !

Good luck to all

 

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Good luck, SE test takers!

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Best of luck to everyone!

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Thanks and the same to any others taking it!

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There was stuff on that exam that I had never seen before.  I spent countless hours studying, but 3/4 of the afternoon lateral questions was stuff that I didn't even know what the heck they were asking.  I BS'd my way through 1 of the 3, but in the end I knew it wasn't going to be enough because I couldn't answer more than one part of the other 2.  I walked out after 2.5 hours defeated with my head in my hands and my tail between my legs.  It's unreal how much of that test (both days) was stuff I had never seen.  It seemed the only stuff I felt confident on wasn't even on it. It's on to the PE for me.

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37 minutes ago, StructuralVFL said:

There was stuff on that exam that I had never seen before.  I spent countless hours studying, but 3/4 of the afternoon lateral questions was stuff that I didn't even know what the heck they were asking.  I BS'd my way through 1 of the 3, but in the end I knew it wasn't going to be enough because I couldn't answer more than one part of the other 2.  I walked out after 2.5 hours defeated with my head in my hands and my tail between my legs.  It's unreal how much of that test (both days) was stuff I had never seen.  It seemed the only stuff I felt confident on wasn't even on it. It's on to the PE for me.

Did you take Bridges or Buildings?

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Just now, Mithrandir918 said:

Did you take Bridges or Buildings?

I took the buildings.  Although the bridge morning questions were also killer. I'm upset about the whole thing.  A ton of wasted time, money, and effort.

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Illinois certainly isn't making this test any easier.  I just want to thank NCEES for giving the worst accommodations for taking the most important exam of my career.  There was a business party in the adjacent room where we were able to listen to people yell and get drunk and party while we tried to focus.  I spend 6 months studying for an exam and have to deal with my table shaking from a party next door.  There was about +/- 250 people in that room x $500/ person nearing $130,000 to take that test and they cannot accommodate us and potentially ruin peoples lives.

Also want to thank NCEES for making one test to the next substantially different in difficulty, it really shows that you provide a fair opportunity for everyone but we know this is Illinois where the idea of fairness and ethics is comical.

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2 minutes ago, Mithrandir918 said:

Also want to thank NCEES for making one test to the next substantially different in difficulty

so have you taken it before, then? You feel like this time around was a lot more difficult than in previous years? Did you take both Gravity and Lateral this weekend?

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1 hour ago, StructuralVFL said:

I walked out after 2.5 hours defeated with my head in my hands and my tail between my legs.  It's unreal how much of that test (both days) was stuff I had never seen.  

I took both components last October for the first time and passed only the vertical.  My opinion is that this recent exam's lateral afternoon was even more difficult.  I understand your frustration, but we just have learn from the exam and do it again if needed. 

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4 minutes ago, jtcrus31 said:

I took both components last October for the first time and passed only the vertical.  My opinion is that this recent exam's lateral afternoon was even more difficult.  I understand your frustration, but we just have learn from the exam and do it again if needed. 

Congrats on passing vertical. Buildings or bridges? Just out of curiosity, how did you feel about your performance on vertical after walking out of the exam? 

I just sat for vertical buildings and feel semi-confident. Tripped up on a few things in the afternoon, but nothing too major. I was able to complete mostly everything in the allotted amount of time. 

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Just now, tua85366 said:

Congrats on passing vertical. Buildings or bridges? Just out of curiosity, how did you feel about your performance on vertical after walking out of the exam? 

I just sat for vertical buildings and feel semi-confident. Tripped up on a few things in the afternoon, but nothing too major. I was able to complete mostly everything in the allotted amount of time. 

Thanks.  Buildings....I felt horrible....still feel like they accidentally graded someone else's.  My chicken scratch was terrible.  I was surprised how much I had to rush.  

If you feel semi ok about it and you were good with time, you most likely did well.  Good luck.   

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6 minutes ago, jtcrus31 said:

Thanks.  Buildings....I felt horrible....still feel like they accidentally graded someone else's.  My chicken scratch was terrible.  I was surprised how much I had to rush.  

If you feel semi ok about it and you were good with time, you most likely did well.  Good luck.   

Oh wow, thanks for the input. That makes me feel better. Hopefully you're feeling a little more confident about this year's lateral component. I'll being tackling that this October. 

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I'm hearing a wide variety of comments back from people in the PPI review course. Some people felt this was easier than October, but based on the responses I'm going to guess it's about the same if not worse. The most common theme I'm hearing is everyone has mentioned how they saw problems with unexpected topics. Looks like this exam really threw people a bunch of curve balls.

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1 hour ago, StructuralVFL said:

so have you taken it before, then? You feel like this time around was a lot more difficult than in previous years? Did you take both Gravity and Lateral this weekend?

4th time taking lateral, passed vertical the first time I took it.  This was by far a much more difficult bridge afternoon than the last 3 times i have taken it.  I believe the last time was much simpler and they must of had a higher acceptable rate in the afternoon so they needed to make it harder.  I had a feeling this was going to be the case coming in and was prepared, i just dont understand how you can make a test so different, this means people get thru and become licensed at easier test times.

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2 minutes ago, TehMightyEngineer said:

Looks like this exam really threw people a bunch of curve balls.

It felt like a majority of it was curve balls.  I felt so prepared and somewhat confident going in.  I was a broken and defeated man coming out.

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Buildings vertical 1st time taker here.  I took the PE 2 years ago and finished both morning and afternoon in 3 hours confident I had passed.  You could have given me 6 hours to take the afternoon SE exam and I still don't think I would have had time.  Hopefully they give tons of partial credit because I will absolutely need it.  The morning I fell like I'm probably somewhere in the mid-high 20's correct but don't feel like I deserve an "acceptable" on any of the afternoon portion.  We'll see in about 8 weeks I guess but I would be very surprised if I passed.  And the thing is, after taking the exam, I'm not sure I could study for 6 more months and go in to the exam in October and do any better.  The time crunch is very real.

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Any bridge guys weigh in on their thoughts?

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Bridge vertical and lateral first time. I took EET Review class (both vertical and lateral). The review classes helped me a lot especially the lateral afternoon. The test was very similar to what they covered. I felt very confident in the afternoon (both days). But the morning properly will kill me. 

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Bridge vertical and lateral, first time here too.

There were definitely a lot of curveball questions -- just unusual circumstances to apply the concepts. A couple of AM questions were tough for me (having never done those particular types of projects before), and the vertical afternoon questions weren't quite what I expected (though not too bad in the end -- as long as I didn't overlook some obscure code provision). I also felt the time crunch, which isn't usually an issue when I take tests.

I also thought there might have been a typo on an AM seismic question that had a very low design parameter... or maybe I just messed up the code minimums. Who knows?

I was definitely thankful to be taking Bridges instead of Buildings. I didn't think the 2hr problems really took that long, so I was able to reallocate some extra time into the two shorter problems.

 

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15 minutes ago, Lomarandil said:

I was definitely thankful to be taking Bridges instead of Buildings. I didn't think the 2hr problems really took that long, so I was able to reallocate some extra time into the two shorter problems.

 

How did you feel about the 2hr Lateral PM problem?

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