CERM 10th vs 11th edition
Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:27 PM
I took Structural 1 for the first time in October and didn't pass. Since it will not be offered in VA and I don't want to do the 16 hour exam I'm planning on taking Civil/Structural so I need to bone up on BOD and all that mess. I have access to a CERM 10th edition from someone else in my company. Would I be putting myself at a disadvantage using that instead of acquiring the 11th edition?
Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:41 PM
That being said, my typical response to this type of question is if in doubt, buy (or borrow) the new book. The book tends to be updated for a reason, most notably the reference material it is based on changes. I took the exam with the 10th edition CERM (when it was the current edition) but a copy of the CERM practice problems for the 7th edition. I found that the order and subject material of the editions to be pretty similar, but what had changed was the reference material that problems were based on. So while the process and formulas to solve the problems from the 7th edition hadn't changed, the numbers that you pulled from the references had, yielding different answers than what was provided in the 7th edition practice problems book. Since I had the current edition CERM I was able to recognize why my solutions weren't matching those provided in the 7th edition practice problems book.
I took the Transportation exam, so I don't know if the same situation would hold true for the Structural exams.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:51 PM
Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:00 PM
Honestly I think for $150 it's not worth the hassle (since you'll be getting the info for the 32 general questions from here) but to each their own.
Posted 13 January 2011 - 05:42 PM
not sure what you mean by getting the info from here?
Posted 18 January 2011 - 05:15 PM
The CERM is the perfect study guide for the morning section. It is not thorough enough to complete the depth (afternoon) section but it should get you on the right track for the breadth section.
Posted 21 January 2011 - 05:11 PM
This book is a great reference that I have used often as a reference even after passing the PE Exam. The CERM has some topics that are not covered in the SERM, though, but likely good enough for the structural portion of the civil exam. Obviously, you will want to supplement the CERM with other materials as well, but it is a great base to address the majority of questions.
Andy at civil pe
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