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  1. They are available for free download.
  2. Not knowing much of your background, I would say start now. It's not an easy exam and will require a lot of dedication and commitment. Seems like a lot of people swear by the EET course. I haven't taken one, so can't comment on it.
  3. I passed the exam without taking a course (lateral and vertical). I have previously posted about it.
  4. I second that. It was a good reference. I had the Amrhein book as well but for the price, this book is hard to beat.
  5. I have both those books and willing to sell. Send me a private message.
  6. AISC has shear and moment coefficient tables. Maybe this will help.
  7. I found them all to be useful in some form. Even after your test, you will find these books (all except maybe the PPI books on Seismic Design and Seismic Solved problems) to be useful to have as a practicing engineer. However, the PPI books are useful to get problem solving experience. There is nothing that can replace solving as many different problems as possible.
  8. Breyer's book is perhaps the best resource out there. There is some good general material (webinars, powerpoints) available for free on American Wood Council's website and also on Woodworks's website. They will help you with wood as a design material, if you're like me and don't have much experience with wood.
  9. PCI design handbook is not a referenced standard starting with April 2018 exam.
  10. It is not a required reference for the 2018 exams. I didn't have it in April and there were no look up problems. The handbook does have a lot of good resources though and is worth having, especially for the formulae in the Appendix.
  11. Two suggestions: Reinforced Masonry Engineering Handbook by Amrhein Design of Reinforced Masonry structures by Hart. The second book is a very good resource at a very reasonable price. Would also recommend the Code Master series for Masonry by SK Ghosh Associates as a good cheat sheet type reference.
  12. Background - Structural engineer with 12+ years of experience. I first took my structural 1 in 2010 and passed first try. I only took the SE exam this past April and passed both of them. I must admit that my experience probably helped me through the afternoon problems on both days. I agree with many that the test is pretty difficult and you have to be on your A game for 16 brutal hours. However, I do not think that the questions on the test were as ridiculous as people above are claiming it to be. I think they were fair to the most part. There were certainly many curve balls and problems intended to lure you into the wrong answer. However, as a practicing engineer, you should be trained to pick those up. The test is designed to drill down into the nitty-gritty in the codes. Unfortunately for many of us, we only utilize 30-40% of the code to design 80-85% of our day-to-day problems. However, the test is designed to check your knowledge on 100% of the code, meaning any question from a code is fair game. There is no way other than going through the codes in its entirety and not skip on topics thinking you will get lucky. I believe most of all the problems were code-related and didn't require knowing some obscure material. If you spent time trying to invent a method to solve the problem, you are already on the wrong path. You need to have a very good understanding of statics, load paths, design principles to pass this test. This test cannot be passed by going through the SERM one time, period! You need to review multiple resources, especially on topics you don't design/detail on a daily basis. I would suggest spending a lot of time sharpening your analysis skills (I used the problems on as a resource). Create cheat sheets, write down formulas as you work out problems every time so that the formulas just end up getting memorized. Don't tab your books until 2 weeks before the exam. The goal is to know the material by flipping to it every time so that you know exactly where to find it without relying too much on tabs. Many of us work in firms where you are not exposed to all different types of materials, structural systems etc. It is up to each one of us to plug the gaps. In my case, I had a lot of brushing up to do on wood design because I personally don't care much for wood. I had to re-learn the concrete code because I took the test in 2010, I did it with ACI 318-05 and to date know where to find things in that code. ACI 318-14 was a difficult adjustment. AASHTO was a bear as well. Do not skip studying AASHTO if you are a building engineer. It's likely that a straight-forward code lookup from AASHTO might cover you for a curve ball from ACI/AISC/ASCE etc. The David Connor book was a blessing to help go through the code sections in AASHTO. My strategy was to work out all the building problems first and then do the bridge problems last. Put the AASHTO index on the front of the code to make looking up easier. It is critical to know how to analyze problems without the use of a computer, which we use indiscriminately at work. There are many analysis aids, force/moment/deflection formulas available as resources and you should familiarize yourselves with it. I cannot stress the importance of knowing how to shortcut into an answer by using these design aids. Time is always going to be an issue. Work out as many problems as possible in its entirety, don't skip steps or look at the solutions, no matter whether it takes you 20 minutes to solve it the first time. Your knowledge of flipping through the codes and reference material to solve the problem is invaluable. Practice, practice, practice - that's the only thing that will help you cut down on the time to solve a problem. The only way to know what you are tripping up is to work the problems out and cement your understanding of how to approach it.
  13. Used quite a few different materials. Alan Willams - Seismic and Wind Design examples Seismic Design Manual Volume 1 AISC Seismic Design Manual Seismic Design of building structures (PPI) Seismic Design solved problems - Baradar Wood design Breyer for wood diaphragms and shear walls Masonry Design book - Brandow and Hart. Very good book for cheap from the Masonry association of Calif and Nevada. Used the Amrhein book as well for specific checks. Purchased the code master series from SK Ghosh associates. Didn't find it very useful except for the masonry portions.
  14. Just got my results from Florida. Passed both first try. Already have a PE (SE1) but missed out on taking the SEII before they changed exams. Then life and work happened and kept postponing. Very relieved to have this monkey off my back. Another shout out to David Connors book. I hope to do a more detailed post on strategies soon.
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