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  1. You either have this book in the exam, and can answer relevant questions. Or, you do not - and will need to guess them instead. Buy the book, and review it for about an hour to familiarize yourself with its contents. You'll possibly need it, but it more in the sense you'll need the MUTCD.
  2. I passed the April exam, first time. I have two kids, 1 and 3 years old, full time job and had absolutely no time to be in a scheduled review class of any kind. I spent a touch over $1000 on books and exam fees, and really didn't want to spend anymore on a course. But, on these boards I found the following review course available for free. http://engineeringregistration.tamu.edu/ta...ws/PEreview.htm I just wanted to give it a new shout out. This course isn't the greatest, I skipped some sections since they were no longer on the NCEES exam outline. It is missing many of the new sections. But, it is free and you can review on your own timeline. It really helped me reinforce basic concepts in water and soils that are fundamental and never change, even on a review course that is dated 5+ years. Cheers!
  3. You definately do NOT need to study all the chapters in the CERM - not even close. Get the NCEES outline - it is your map to passing the exam. The NCEES sample exams are your other vital link. I'm a Civil Trans who passed first time through in April. If it isn't on the exam outline don't study it. Pay attention to the percentages - focus your time where the money is. For instance, a Civil Trans guy has a full 20 out of 80 questions coming out of the geometric design section. Do you think the 1 chapter in the CERM is enough for that - not likely. Get some more resources and know that section very well if you're a transportation writer. Conversely, I could expect 0 or 1 question about flexible and rigit pavement - a huge topic cover 2 chapters in the CERM. I didn't spend much time there. Below is how I broke it down, I have the CERM chapter (if available) before each outline topic. NOTE: the formatting sucks when I pasted it into here - and I originally have the Goswami references as well as references from other texts I used for various topics. Some outline topics are not in the CERM, or the Goswami. Do some internet research, get an additional text book and get the info yourself. An example would be the loading section in the structures exam. I found the Das book really good for the geo section. Construction is pretty basic, get familiar with the type of problems on the sample exam. Good luck. I. Construction 20% A. Earthwork Construction and Layout 79 1. Excavation and embankment (cut and fill) 79 2. Borrow pit volumes 80 3. Site layout and control B. Estimating Quantities and Costs 1. Quantity take-off methods 85 2. Cost estimating C. Scheduling 1. Construction sequencing 85 2. Resource scheduling 3. Time-cost trade-off D. Material Quality Control and Production 81 1. Material testing (e.g., concrete, soil, asphalt) E. Temporary Structures 1. Construction loads II. Geotechnical 20% 35 A. Subsurface Exploration and Sampling 1. Soil classification 2. Boring log interpretation (e.g., soil profile) 35 B. Engineering Properties of Soils and Materials Engineering properties of soils and materials (e.g., index properties, identification of types of soils, suitable or unsuitable soil, boring logs) 1. Permeability 2. Pavement design criteria 35 C. Soil Mechanics Analysis Soil mechanics analysis (e.g., soil behavior, soil classification, soil compaction) 1. Pressure distribution 2. Lateral earth pressure 40-4 to 40-10 3. Consolidation 4. Compaction 5. Effective and total stresses D. Earth Structures 1. Slope stability 2. Slabs-on-grade 36 E. Shallow Foundations 1. Bearing capacity 2. Settlement 37 F. Earth Retaining Structures 1. Gravity walls 2. Cantilever walls 3. Stability analysis 39 4. Braced and anchored excavations III. Structural 20% A. Loadings 1. Dead loads 2. Live loads 3. Construction loads B. Analysis 41 / A-44 1. Determinate analysis C. Mechanics of Materials 44-12 1. Shear diagrams 44-12 2. Moment diagrams 3. Flexure 44-11 4. Shear 5. Tension 6. Compression 44-8 7. Combined stresses 44-17 to 44-22 8. Deflection D. Materials 48 (49) 1. Concrete (plain, reinforced) 48 (58) 2. Structural steel (structural, light gage, reinforcing) E. Member Design 50/59 1. Beams FE Ch 20 51 2. Slabs 36 3. Footings IV. Transportation 20% - THIS SECTION REPEATED IN AFTERNOON for a full 25% of total mark (trans exam) A. Geometric Design 1. Horizontal curves 2. Vertical curves 3. Sight distance 4. Superelevation 5. Vertical and/or horizontal clearances 6. Acceleration and deceleration V. Water Resources and Environmental 20% 16/17 A. Hydraulics – Closed Conduit 16-5 1. Energy and/or continuity equation (e.g., Bernoulli) 2. Pressure conduit (e.g., single pipe, force mains) 17-7 3. Closed pipe flow equations including Hazen-Williams, Darcy-Weisbach Equation 17-10 4. Friction and/or minor losses 17-31 5. Pipe network analysis (e.g., pipeline design, branch networks, loop networks) 18 6. Pump application and analysis 19 B. Hydraulics – Open Channel 19-6 1. Open-channel flow (e.g., Manning’s equation) 19-37 2. Culvert design 19-17 3. Spillway capacity 19-33 4. Energy dissipation (e.g., hydraulic jump, velocity control) 5. Stormwater collection (e.g., stormwater inlets, gutter flow, street flow, storm sewer pipes) 6. Flood plains/floodways 19-14 7. Flow measurement – open channel 20 C. Hydrology 1. Storm characterization (e.g., rainfall measurement and distribution) 2. Storm frequency 3. Hydrographs application 4. Rainfall intensity, duration, and frequency (IDF) curves 5. Time of concentration 6. Runoff analysis including Rational and SCS methods 7. Erosion 8. Detention/retention ponds Hydrograph development and synthetic hydrographs 28-1 to 28-11 D. Wastewater Treatment 1. Collection systems (e.g., lift stations, sewer networks, infiltration, inflow) 26-1 & 26 40-45 E. Water Treatment 1. Hydraulic loading 16-17 2. Distribution systems PM SECTION I. Traffic Analysis 22.5% - 9 73 A. Traffic capacity studies 73-15 B. Traffic signals 73-7 C. Speed studies 73-15 D. Intersection analysis 73-8 E. Traffic volume studies 78 F. Sight distance evaluation G. Traffic control devices 73-20 H. Pedestrian facilities I. Driver behavior and/or performance II. Geometric Design 30% - 12 78 A. Horizontal curves 78 B. Vertical curves 78 C. Sight distance 78 D. Superelevation E. Vertical and/or horizontal clearances 74-7 F. Acceleration and deceleration 73-23 G. Intersections and/or interchanges III. Transportation Planning 7.5% - 3 A. Optimization and/or cost analysis (e.g., transportation route A or B) B. Traffic impact studies 73 C. Capacity analysis (future conditions) IV. Traffic Safety 15% - 6 A. Roadside clearance analysis B. Conflict analysis 73-33 C. Work zone safety 74-9 D. Accident analysis V. Other Topics 25% - 10 (A thru D covered in other sections, E,F,G new) A. Hydraulics 1. Culvert design 2. Open channel – subcritical and supercritical flow B. Hydrology 1. Hydrograph development and synthetic hydrographs C. Engineering properties of soils and materials (e.g., index properties, identification of types of soils, suitable or unsuitable soil, boring logs) D. Soil mechanics analysis (e.g., soil behavior, soil classification, soil compaction) E. Engineering economics 86 1. Value engineering and costing 39 F. Construction operations and methods (e.g., erosion control measures, excavation/embankment) 75/76 G. Pavement structures (e.g., flexible and rigid pavement design)
  4. Civil Trans here. I've been holding back my comments until I knew I passed. But I am going to contradict the going census here and state that I don't think Goswami's book is very useful. I bought the CERM and Goswami's both - and reviewed them both. During the exam I refered to the CERM a lot, but the few times I tried cracking Goswami's book it didn't help me at all. I personally don't the layout at all of the book. Poorly organized and presented in my opinion. The CERM isn't great either. It covers too much information. But, if you use the NCEES exam outline to focus your studying EXTENSIVELY and EXCLUSIVELY (as you should be), you will find yourself skipping most of the CERM chapters and sections anyways, you really only need to study maybe about 25% of it. But the parts you do study have enough detail to help you in the exam. By contrast, the Goswami skips several topics on the NCEES outline - so unless you have a lot of other resources you're going to be SOL with this book. Go in with the CERM, and I'd also recommend a copy of Das's geo book as well. I had a super old Das version from the 90's but it was enough to help me a lot on the morning exam. That and my transportation books were all I really needed.
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    I passed too. Letter came to my home. And the Canucks are up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Great weekend so far.
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    Thanks for calling. I'm so glad to hear they are just now working on sending them out. They have only had them for around 1.5 weeks, and they are already starting to get on top of things. Good work guys. Watch out for papercuts and please do strain yourselves. I hope they are taking the extra time to do some nice calligraphy on our envelopes, perhaps using some nice wax and stamping sets. Those poor people in other states who get their results immediately over this new fangled internet thingy are really missing an opportunity to appreciate the finer points of life.
  7. Oregon - because apprehension builds character.
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    Thank you for using your inaugural post to let us know jenn4188! If/when I find that my database entry is updated I'll post it here.
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    That is so many kinds of awesome! They are only going to hold back the Oregon PE results back for just over a week. Those guys are so swell! I sincerely thank you for calling them and reporting on their excellent efficiency Clydeman. We're so lucky here that they use the USPS to get us the results to us in the fastest way imaginable. Long gone are those days of using canoes and foot runners.
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    The race is on then. Which will come first? The Vancouver Canucks win a Stanley Cup Championship or Oregonians receive their PE results! It'd actually be kind of sweet if both happened on the same day.
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    You have to love the anticipation buildup. I've taken the rest of the week off work so I can sit at my laptop and hit 'refresh' every few seconds on the 'find a license' database, all the while looking out the window for the mailman to drive by so I can chase him down to the mailbox.
  12. Build a Liberty Ship during World War II. The average Liberty ship took 42 days, but with the amazing efficiency of NCEES I'm sure if they tried a little they could take it down to 35 days, especially seeing as one group managed to build one in less than 5 days.
  13. Actually, I think you can become a medical engineer that way. You'd be qualified to build bypasses through the arteries and stuff.
  14. Upthread some guys were laughing about how Canadian engineering PE's were given out in a cracker jack box. Guess what? I got a Canadian engineering degree and I wrote the American FE and PE exams. Neither exam was much harder than some of the SEMESTER finals for individual classes I took in school. In Canada, the point is getting the degree. Then, as long as you have 4 years qualified experience they don't retest anyone for the PE (other than an ethical exam which isn't nearly as difficult). Here, the degree is unimportant - you don't even need a degree if you have enough experience. All you have to do is pass ONE TEST. That process is a joke. The test is not a cake walk, but it is just one multiple choice and open book exam. Any fairly intelligent person with good test taking skills should be able to pick up the review books, study like a crazy person for a few months and then have a decent chance to pass this test - even if they never previously cracked an engineering text in their life. Obviously if you take a guy with 12 years 'experience' in the construction field - he has had no or little exposure to many of the topics in the PE exam and has to learn them from scratch anyways. Ever wonder what other profession forces its members to take a comprehensive technical exam 4 years out of school? I can't think of any. Law student write their exam right out of college, medical people like pharmacists might write an exam right out of college. In my opinion it doesn't make a lot of sense to set the bar for being an engineer so low as to pass just 1 exam. To get CPR certification - okay, one exam makes sense. To get a PE, nah not so much. Better to go the Canadian route and have only certified schools which properly weed out the non-engineers over many years and many exams, assignments, projects, labs etc. The 4 years of experience thing is fine. But why should you have to prove you can relearn structures after 4 years when you a transportation engineer? I can't buy into a justification saying someone is more 'well rounded' since any engineer is likely to quickly forget [again] that material you don't use a work anyways. Should cardiologists be taken aside and tested on dermitology after 4 years experience? After all, if they can't prove they know it all they shouldn't be doing heart surgery.
  15. My employer is reimbursing me for around $850-$1000 of my expenses IF I pass. Expenses including exam fees and books. They gave me a signed letter agreement a year ago attesting to that. I had to take my own vacation time on Friday though.
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