I failed twice before I passed and I will breakdown how I approached the exam each time (in summary) until I passed:
I gathered way too many practice problems from the other focuses and none on my actual focus of construction.
- I had the six minute solutions to each one except construction because it didn't exist at the time
- I had random civil pe exams that I found online
In other words I was very prepared for the morning but not at all for the afternoon save for having some of the codes.
I had based my assumptions on the exam after taking the NCEES practice exam thinking yeah I got this ( I was very wrong). Taking the actual exam I thought the morning was a breeze and the afternoon crushed me and it showed in my diagnostic. I also had been studying somewhere in the realm of 200 hours.
I licked my wounds and came up with a plan. I knew I needed to really bring my construction knowledge so I bought everything from "www.learncivilengineering.com" in the form of review manuals and practice problems and then I bought every spec ( yes this got expensive). I studied about 100 hours (I had alot of stuff with my house hit me before the exam I had to deal with) and I also did 580 practice problems.
Going into the exam I felt much more prepared and felt pretty good about both sections. I failed again but my score was much higher. This one hit me pretty hard but I eventually shook it off.
After going through the EB boards and asking for some advice I got some great tips from @John QPE and took the review class offered by EET. I am here to tell you that for the price this class cannot be beat. I took both the sections offered through the on demand option and it was great.
Including class time I had about 158 hours and I did 845 problems this go around, it paid off because I finally got that pass notification!
Sorry for the long spill I have been at this a long time but in summary here's advice from someone who has failed multiple times and finally passed.
- Buy/borrow every spec/code the NCEES reccommends
- Also buy the NCEES practice exam they offer in your discipline
- Buy/borrow every book the NCEES practice exam quotes in the solutions section (no these are not on the official list but I swear you won't be disappointed). Just trust me when you get a question and your like where the f*ck did that pull that from you will know if you have the right books.
- Take at least the depth portion of exam review offered by EET. These guys will make you think of stuff you didn't even know would be on the exam. They are also lightning fast with responding to emails if you have questions.
- If your taking construction or transportation I heavily suggest also looking at "www.learncivilengineering.com", it's a great site and has some valuable study material.