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  1. 4 points
    Couple things I have learned along the way: 1. Begin studying realizing the fact that 60-70% of everyone preparing like you will fail. This is the death star trench run--the odds are not in your favor if you just do what everyone else does. 2. Don't plan on figuring problems out while taking the exam. You need to know it all before walking in there. It needs to be reflexive, automatic, instinctive. 3. For the morning speed and accuracy are essential. When you practice problems, practice them the way you'd solve them in the exam. As in...quickly and unglamorously. How accurate can you be when you aren't actually writing out Cs=Sds*I/R or other formulas? 4. Don't expect the test to be fair. Study everything. Don't think just of how to solve the problem, but also how test writers try to trick you into a mistake. 5. NCEES is not in the business of helping you pass the exam. Remember that when you buy their practice exam. 6. Read the code until you dream about it. Read footnotes..and their footnotes. Read commentary. 7. Annotate your code...highlight it, put notes, shortcuts and reminders in it. Especially ACI, which is a labryinth. 8. Have as few references as possible. Don't walk in thinking SERM will be your bible. 9. If you're a buildings person, know AASHTO. If you're a bridges person, know buildings. 10. Wake up early the day before the exam. That way, you're a little more tired the night before and can go to sleep earlier. 11. It's statistically easier to hide knowledge deficiencies in the morning, with multiple choice. The reverse is true in the afternoon. Approach and methodology are important. The wrong approach will torpedo your entire problem. NCEES knows this and writes problems to lure you into this trap.
  2. 4 points
    The only problem with living in Indiana, is that you're living in Indiana.
  3. 4 points
    @TehMightyEngineer The following items are what I've gained from study of this exam: Gravity - absolutely nothing but I've been designing for around 14 years now. More if you count side work during graduate school. Lateral - I learned a few things. First, I specifically learned special seismic detailing after paying out the ass for it as nobody in the southeast uses it. Second, I've learned that the older I get, the worse I am at these shitty licensure exams as I've never came close to failing an exam before in my life and I've now failed this one (4) fucking times. Third, I can't tell what most of the problems on that report are but I remember pulling everything from the cold formed framing directly out of the AISI and somehow that was still marked as incorrect (I missed 15 more problems than I anticipated on the morning section, something isn't right there. I'm concerned I may have screwed my bubbling up because of the bridge problems I skipped, I'll never know though, because fuck NCEES.), I don't trust my licensing organizations, the state board, or the NCEES themselves anymore and I will harbor a FUCKING hatred of all of these fucking fuckers for the rest of my fucking career. Fourth, GA is retarded for accepting this test as the only means of licensure for a glorified fucking house designer (myself). Fifth, this has made me ponder why it is easier and easier to become a contractor while code requirements on engineers are getting more stringent. Sixth, this has made me wonder why the fuck I became an engineer in the first place as I believe I've been caught in the middle of something I should've been grandfathered in on, FUCK NCEES again and the GA board. Seventh, why keep changing the damn codes? This is getting fucking ridiculous all of you fucking fuck code changing fuckers. We aren't having failures from the older codes. FUCK. Eighth, I now wonder why the boards keep adopting these new codes and why any state would make this test their only route to licensure when they aren't even a seismic state. Ninth, I hate NCEES 3000. Tenth, I hate the GA board ∞. Eleventh, I now know how to make infinity on the keyboard (ALT + 236). Twelfth, engineers don't make enough money to go through this horse shit so the fucking boards had better be careful, otherwise they aren't going to have any fucking engineers. Thirteenth, how in the absolute fucking fucktardation can you fail someone on a God Damn competency exam when they absolutely fucking showed that they were competent with written problems? That's a rhetorical question. FUCK. Last, I think I'm going to become a God Damn contractor as they make twice as much as engineers and they can apparently eat fucking paint chips while doing so because those fuckers are stupid.
  4. 3 points
    Hey, I mean, you’re closer to perfection (read: WA) that way.
  5. 3 points
    Still picking up a few songs here and there on the bass guitar. Some are those that MS1 is learning and some are what I dug into on my own - Another One Bites the Dust, I Ran, Jenny Says, When I Come Around, It's Coming Down, Green Onions, etc... This thing wins on all fronts - it's fun, a great stress reliever, and MS1 and I get to spend time together learning from and watching each other play. I'm still surprised how much kids can absorb and learn in a few short months.
  6. 2 points
    I thought it would help fellow examinees to have a forum to help them prepare for the upcoming Oct 2019 exam. I will be registering to take the Lateral Building portion only. I did not make it through on the April 2019 Lateral. Passed vertical a few years back (3 year old kid ago to be exact). While obvious answer is study /study - , the following are the tips I have gathered to date and I'd like to share. I'm hoping others will share their study techniques so we all can pass together. 1 - Start early (get all the codes/book) and place tabs - There is no such thing as too early. Placing tabs will help you get familiar with the codes. So, this has dual benefits. 2 - I've heard good stories about EET exam. I personally am not a believer on exam prep courses but I would like to give this a try for the upcoming exam. Anything to keep me on focus helps. 3 - Create flow charts/ good summary notes of important topics. A lot of folks who passed on their first try had detailed flow charts that they ended up not even turning to the codes for some of the afternoon problems. 4 - Do the easy problems first in the am. For building folks, the AASHTO problems have typically been easier for me in the am. I go through these first and dump the two heavy codes to the floor first. 5 - For the pm problems, do not struggle trying to complete all the parts. If it is difficult, move on to the next problem. My experience has been that it is very tempting to complete topics you know so well and end up spending a lot of time. Even though I was aware of this going in, I ended up doing this to some extent. 6 - Keep a list of things that is tricky/ simple formulaes that is best be memorized before the exam to save time. Review these 2 days before the exam. 7 - Keep a schedule and maintain it. This is hard and will be tested for the Oct exam due to summer family commitments. 8 - Get the right book/study guide. I did not know about the Allan Williams (Seismic and Wind Forces). Realized that this was probably the best study preparation guide after the exam. I'll continue updating this list. Hopefully based on input from others. Lets all be SEs before 2020.
  7. 2 points
    That's a great feeling when you finally see that green "Pass". I passed on my 2nd attempt last April taking Transportation, but it took me 4 attempts to pass the FE.
  8. 2 points
    It doesn't look like anyone has bothered that shoe rack since about 1975
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
    Incorrect. They've issued licenses from April 2019. I took the exam with someone I knew from school and he showed up in the recent additions. So, I do not understand the hold up at all. Also, to only add one license per day after a week of inactivity is appalling.
  11. 2 points
    I know a guy that passed October 2018, he said it took him about 8 weeks to get the license. I'm just surprised it is taking so long. I don't understand the holdup. Don't they have to approve anyone taking the PE test anyways in NYS? Do they have to recheck the paperwork?
  12. 2 points
  13. 2 points
    Hi All, First post here. I just passed the SE exam and wanted to give a big shoutout to EET. I took both components in the Fall and passed one, retook the course (it's free one time only) and learned a whole lot more this time to pass the second component this April. I feel I can sit here all day to write a good review about this course but it is simply not enough to justify how impactful this course has been not only to help me pass, but made me a better practicing structural engineer. Both instructors have exceptional knowledge in this field and they actually cared every step of the way in helping the students. Take this course and ask questions! There are a lot of materials covered on the exam and self-studying is simply not efficient. The course is built in a way to help you understand the material and the instructors were very responsive in answering questions any time and date of the week. The course is not cheap for a reason, because it offers so much in return. Join the SE club by signing up EET!
  14. 2 points
    Passed vertical. For the record, I passed both with A A A U in the afternoon.
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    This happened to me today
  17. 1 point
    Banned because I was discouraging your smugly virtuous attitude.
  18. 1 point
    @FutureSE I think true love....is paying NCEES time and time again to take their ridiculously unfair test.
  19. 1 point
    I just started up again. Last time I did 12. This time I'm doing 14, for now...nothing after 9:30PM, nothing before 11:30AM. It's really more about calorie control for me, than anything else. I guess last time I did 14 also, because my alarms were set 10:30 to 8:30...gotta have an extra hour at night during the summer...
  20. 1 point
    Hell, this is the kind of crap they should put on the SE exam: You have a client send an email as shown above. Which of the following answers most closely resemble what this client is trying to tell you? A) 1 inch diameter elocone nuts come with shoulder lengths of 1 and 1.5 inches. Most of the anchors placed on the site require a little over an inch shoulder length to achieve the required thread penetration but the nuts with a 1 1/2 inch shoulder bottom out against the leveling nuts. As an attempted fix, we would like to remove the leveling nuts we were having issues with, place 1/2 inch plate spacers beneath the column baseplate, and reinstall the 1 1/2" shoulder length elocone nuts so we can achieve the thread penetration into the elocone nut as required by the manufacturer. B) I love to brush my teeth with lead paint C) I've been doing this for 30 years and you engineers don't know nuthin' D) I should've just welded on anchor bolt extensions like you directed me to do. If you chose answer A, you require evaluation by both a trained and licensed physician and a psychiatric professional as you have demonstrated you know how to speak fluent retard. You have likely contracted the disease 'retardius maximus' in GA and, at this current moment, your DNA is tying itself into knots while eliminating any trace of paired nucleotides that contribute to intellectual ability. In addition, your body is mutating into a cross between the toxic avenger and the dueling banjo boy from the film Deliverance. There is no known cure, you will likely never pass SE Lateral, and may God have mercy on your soul. On a side note, I'm pretty sure the person responsible for writing NCEES test questions wrote this e-mail to me.
  21. 1 point
    That's way way way too low. That's B.S. + 2 years experience, or M.S. + 1 year. Even for a field position, you should be in the 12-13 range. Is the job on a ladder? i.e. 11-12-13 or 11-12? Keep in mind that since you aren't fresh out of school, you will have some leverage to ask for higher step. You should also ask for student loan repayment options (up to 10k/yr for a couple years). If they really want you, there are some other HR tricks they can pull that stay within the letter and intent of the law. I was thinking that too. Bureaucracy and regulation is relative. In nuclear, it's all paperwork all the time, regardless of who or where you work. Depends. Usually yes. Start out much lower, rise faster, but the ceiling is lower. Benefits may or may not almost make up for the lower salary depending on where you work. Work can be much more interesting and fulfilling though. The job security helps too, but that's not easily quantifiable. Yes and no. I thoughts for years that most of my contractors made much more than me based on the charged rate, then I learned the multipliers and realized that I was doing better. The ceiling is much higher on the private side. I'd still recommend going for the interview, see points above regarding compensation. It so true. I swear I hear this about once a week.
  22. 1 point
    Vet called this morning and said kitty is responding very well to the treatments. They think it's a liver infection that is responding to the meds, which is good. Also means she probably doesn't need the ultrasound. She'll still need meds moving forward to treat the thyroid, but that's manageable. Hopefully kitty will be able to come home today.
  23. 1 point
    Thanks man, congratulations.
  24. 1 point
    Guys. GUYS. I've just been told that you can get a house for like $125k! I COULD USE MY SAVINGS AND GET A HOUSE IF I GET THIS JOB AS OPPOSED TO DYING ON LONG ISLAND.
  25. 1 point
    Yeah, even though a majority are saying don't, I kinda want to see what it's like. And a better work/life balance is a really big driver for me, as well as more 'engineering' stuff (my consulting is mostly writing reports and decision documents, I don't really get to do any design). I figure go, see what they offer (if they even do) and then make a decision then. And getting away from NYC-area is a big drive. I don't mind home, won't miss the ocean, and I'm sure I can find fresh veggies anywhere.
  26. 1 point
    Yeah, maybe I am exaggerating a bit. My point of reference is Eastern WA, where cost of living is also pretty low; most graduates start about 60K-ish nowadays. I started at about 50K when I graduated
  27. 1 point
    Well THERE’S your problem!
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    My running is ramping back up! I'm up to a cadence of 174spm for now, up 5% from when I first started seeing my PT. I've had so much less pain running now. It's amazing. I "ran" up Mt Washington in NH on Saturday with a local 5k this Friday night to celebrate the longest day. And then I swing back into a training plan for a 10mi race this August. xD
  30. 1 point
    @N_Mo hmmm, interesting. if that’s the case, it sounds like you can pass with 3A and 1UA (say 9 points each and I doubt they give 10/10) and only 29 in the morning... Based on @TehMightyEngineer‘s collection, it just doesn’t add up to me. 28+ in AM and 3A/1IR in PM ...is where I think the line is. @Nathan55 and yes I feel ya. Sounds like they like to read more than looking at numbers
  31. 1 point
    To really answer why they won't tell us anything about grading, I'd posit we consider two principles. First, who does this procedure benefit? And second, Occam's razor. At some point, someone sat in a room and said "we need to grade essay problems subjectively, but maintain a believable--albeit superficial--patina of objectivity." We do know that in the past, all licensing exams were constructed response (essay). Additionally, we know that more information was provided on grading and errors as well. So what lead to the change? NCEES procedure manuals state that this was done for the purposes of exam security. This is their most important (stated) goal. However, if exam security were the only, or actual reason, you would see a marked positive difference in the pass rate between first time takers and repeat takers. Seeing one administration of the exam would theoretically give you an unfair advantage when retaking, and, NCEES might limit examinees to a maximum number of attempts to maintain this illusion. But based on the metrics and passing rate data provided by NCEES, we know this isn't the case--seeing exam content in and of itself does not increase your chance of passing. Therefore the purposeful obfuscation on the essay grading must serve some higher purpose...otherwise it wouldn't be in place. The simplest explanation appears to be that the trick to the test isn't necessarily the exam content, but rather the grading procedures themselves. So now the real question: whom does this procedure benefit? The public as a whole clearly is benefited by competent engineers. However, if the public were intended to be the main beneficiary, NCEES would be in the business of promoting that examinees previously deemed "incompetent" could improve and become competent. The simplest way to achieve this would be to provide grading information to licensure candidates, likely bound by NDAs similar to those signed prior to taking the test. But NCEES does not and would not risk taking this step. Why? The grading data must thusly be considered sacrosanct in a way that goes above and beyond how the exam content is classified. There must be proprietary methods which are applied generally to all essay problems; NCEES is concerned that being aware of those methods--more than the types of problems themselves--would skew pass rates to a point that continued exam administration would be unsustainable. The procedure in place clearly is not beneficial to the examinee in any way, and likely does more harm than good. NCEES understands that providing a vague diagnostic doesn't raise your chances of passing the next time around. That, in my estimation, says volumes.
  32. 1 point
    The school option actually requires 12 credit hours lol... Review course or literally 12 credit hours! But closest school is 3 hours away that is ABET accredited regardless, so definitely couldn't go that route if I wanted to.
  33. 1 point
    Thanks @CAPLS and @NikR. I think I read somewhere on the BPELSG website that background verification for manual Fingerprint cards takes a lot longer than live scans. Live scan is only available in California so I had to send the manual cards. Just wondering if anyone else had a similar experience?
  34. 1 point
    see if you have a school nearby that you can take a course at - those are usually 500 or less. probably both vert and lat but at least the price is better? I think Univ of Washington has one that they do a webinar version fo rthose far away
  35. 1 point
    Thanks Maya_206 for the information provided.
  36. 1 point
    X3. that sucks. so sorry for you and your family.
  37. 1 point
    Happy F'er's Day 2019 to all PE Forum Fathers! Enjoy your day! You deserve it! I am celebrating Kevin (8), Jason (6), and Emily (2). .
  38. 1 point
    The California Board processes all application for an engineering license the same regardless of whether the applicant is residing or licensed in another state. Based on you just submitting your application, I would expect it to be processed over the next 45-60 days which means you should be notified sometime around mid-August of the status of your application. If approved prior to the end of September, you will be allowed to schedule for the two California Civil exams during the fourth quarter of the calendar year.
  39. 1 point
    This is a fairly easy one. Diagram shows the motor is connected to a generator source via transformer with a 10:1 turns ratio. The generator is 4600V so the voltage at the motor is 4600V/10 = 460V. The question says it's a "design B" type motor with a maximum starting current (locked rotor current) of 363A. "Design B" is a hint to use NEC table 430.251(B). This is a table of maxium motor locked-rotor current in amps for two and three phase, design B, C and D motors. We look at the 460V column on the table and go down to 363. The row that it corresponds to is 50HP. Answer is A. Protip: Get the book "Ugly's Electrical References" (Latest Edition). This book is small and compact but VERY powerful. It has all of the good stuff in the NEC and other helpful electrical calculations, diagrams and references.
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    @socalengineer glad to hear i'm not the only one done in 3 hours! Fingers crossed for you and I.
  42. 1 point
    Not to add accelerant to the conflagration, FutureSE...but, some things I noticed, running some numbers... About 1200 people take the SE exam (includes buildings and bridges) between the two days. In fall, maybe we assume 1000 people. At 500$ a pop, that gives NCEES an annual revenue of about 1.1 million dollars for the SE exam. With a pass rate hovering around 30%, accountants can rely on 70% of the people being repeat customers. That's a take rate that would make Steve Jobs envious. Even iPhone upgrades are done yearly; imagine if every 6 months they had a new one, and 70% of the buyers would replace their model? It's genius. Also, every 10% increase in the pass rate results in a loss of 120,000$ per year of NCEES. I'd be very curious, from a financial standpoint, whether NCEES could even sustain providing the test if the pass rate were 50 or 60%. The locked in revenue would be half of what they usually can count on. I'd posit the answer is no.
  43. 1 point
    @wannacape I did the ITE PTOE refresher course. I also purchased the ITE PTOE practice test. Both were very helpful in the exam. Make sure you know some values for formulas like deceleration and perception reaction time. I finished the exam fully in 3 hours. I felt prepared. You should have plenty of time. I went through the refresher course and memorized values like max super elevation. I think that helped. Reach out if you have more questions.
  44. 1 point
    I don't suggest buying that book. It's not at the same level of the exam. It's a waste of money.
  45. 1 point
    Drove 5 hours round trip to Durham on Saturday to pick up some vacuum bagging supplies (pump, rolls of carbon fiber/kevlar, resins, etc.) Ended up bullshitting with the guy and forgot to grab an entire rubbermaid bin of supplies, including the vacuum pot and all the plastic/bleeder fabrics. Now I get to pay him to ship it to me!
  46. 1 point
    I've seen over 2,000 Electrolux dryer fires, and those fuckers never recalled the faulty design.
  47. 1 point
    *need to bake rising* I finally moved this past couple of weekends/been busy with life, but I might un-pack the mixer. Whip up something that uses the 4-quarts of farm strawberries I got last week.
  48. 1 point
    Biked to work this morning. Only took me 5 mins more than driving. I'm loving this!
  49. 1 point
    What are we going to do? I was hoping to have a nice expensive certificate that i could add to the pile of crap with my diplomas (that have never been removed from the cardboard tubes they came in)! as a side note, DoS didnt even properly fold my license in half to fit in the envelope... so if i was inclined to frame it, there would be a large crease through it haha. PA FTW!
  50. 1 point
    Passed Civil, Transportation second April attempt, 6 years out of college. Wanted to share my experience for future test takers. Started studying mid-October first try. Studied apprx. 100 hours first attempt, mostly with CERM, NCEES practice problems and HCM. Definitely over relied on the CERM. Was never good at structures or geotech, and those killed me on the AM session first attempt. Should have worked harder on my weak areas. Also regret not getting more afternoon resources for Transportation. There were a lot of PM session questions I assumed would be in the CERM, but were not and had to just guess on. Felt cheated walking out on the PM session, but in reality I should have gotten more references. Second attempt went with School of PE on-demand lectures. Started studying again in mid-October, started on the School of PE lectures in early December. Highly recommend. SOPE notes were pretty much a second CERM, think I used SOPE notes/CERM 60/40 on AM exam day. Finished SOPE lectures about a month before exam, and spent those last weeks hammering out practice problems/exams and continuing to get familiar with my references. Brought HCM (of course they updated it since my first attempt, had to get twice), AASHTO Green Book (ABSOLUTELY NEED IT), HSM, Roadside Design Guide, MUTCD, PROWAG, NCEES practice exam, couple bound sheets of personal notes/problems and OSHA on exam day, in addition to CERM and SOPE notes. All heavily tabbed and highlighted. Totaled 175 hours studying on second attempt, including SOPE review class. I definitely felt much more prepared second attempt, but did not feel confident I passed walking out of the exam room. Had to guess on more than I expected to; I want to say I made complete guesses on 10 questions each session. With the review I did and second attempt, was a bit disheartened to guess on that many completely. Log into NCEES couple weeks later and boom, I had unexpectedly passed anyway. Can’t speak for the other disciplines, but it will be hard to pass Transportation without most of the references. Some are free online, but at the end of the day you will need to invest significant time and money to pass. Some questions may be look-ups out of the references, and CERM will not cover everything in depth for PM. Getting married in October so pretty much went all in this attempt and fortunately it paid off. If you have trouble focusing I can’t recommend a review course enough. A lot easier to focus after forking over an arm and a leg when you have to put the time in to make it worth it. Good luck future exam takers!


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