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  1. There was 1-2 exam questions on Wood and Masonry when I took the exam, but I don't think the version change on the standards will affect you significantly. I actually brought in an older copy of AISC Steel Manual (Black Book, 2005) and still passed. Good Luck!
  2. Hey fellow Topeka test-taker! I just wanted to say that I passed on my first try but studied like mad for the 4-months prior to the exam I started getting references and obtaining study materials in May. Like you, the first month wasn't very productive, as I barely got into understanding what materials will be on the test and the standard level of difficulty for the test. I studied like mad, because my brother had a bridge background and failed his first civil-structural PE exam and cautioned me. You're probably ahead of me in terms of a starting point though! I don't do much design (and mostly conceptual design, if that) and I am 8 years out of school! That said, I didn't take the courses (mostly because my company will not reimburse) and did a TON of practice exams. I have never done any wood or masonry design whatsoever, and had 5 out of 8 years experience overseas, so I'm not exactly familiar with US construction practice. The reality is that you're a probably LOT more competent on structural design since you've had a significant structural design experience (probably more than mine). The problem is likely that you didn't leave enough time to study at the end, so like you said - I'd probably just start studying rightaway and plan to do the April 2020 exam. You have 4 months til the April 2020 exam, so you should have plenty of time. Especially since you've taken it once, you'll know the kind of questions they're going to ask. I believe in you!! I have some soft copy of study materials that I can share, if you want.
  3. KS Pass!! Got email at 10.43 AM Central Time
  4. i thought results were going to be out today.... this suckss!!!!!
  5. I think I did alright on mine! I think my score should be 34 +- 3 for AM and 31 +-3 for PM. I was able to answer 37/40 AM and 34/40 PM pretty confidently. If I screw up on 20% of them, I would still pass with 56/80 (passing score looks to be 52/80 based on looking through previous posts?). I am keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that I don't mess up on over 20% of the questions. Looks like exam results will be released around early Dec?
  6. I just printed the relevant sections of OSHA, and I ended up printing the Cranes & Excavation sections simply because they are covered in the Construction portion of CERM. Also, my AISC is the black book (13th) edition, and I understand the biggest change from this is the end connection / bolt shear capacity that has been "increased" by about 16.7%. I was reading around, and they changed the connection factor from 0.75 in AISC 13th to 0.9 in AISC 14th which resulted in the increase in Fnv in Table J3.2. I am debating on whether to buy the new version of AISC just to be safe?
  7. I ended up taking a look at the OSHA regulations and found them available here: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/cfr/2016/title29/subtitleB/chapterXVII The Civil - Structural list from NCEES only listed the following: 1910 subpart A (General), D (Walking-Working Surfaces), and F (Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms) 1926 subpart E (PPE and Life Saving Equipment), M (Fall Protection), Q (Concrete and Masonry Construction), and R (Steel Erection). I thought the CERM covered CC (Cranes), and P (Excavations) too, at the very least. Do you guys advice that I print these materials or is it strictly based on the NCEES list? I guess I don't mind bringing more papers just that it will get more confusing
  8. I'm planning to take the Civil - Structural PE Exam this October, and I have been studying like crazy (been studying since May / June this year). It will be my first time taking the exam and despite having read through this forum on people's experiences with the exam, I still don't know what to expect. I started by reading through the CERM to prepare myself for the AM section, and I feel like I have a pretty good sense of the morning session and did pretty well on the practice exams. I've also been going through the PM practice exams and with less than 1-month left, I'd like to get feedback on specific exam resources that I should practice on. These are the practice exam materials I plan to use / have been using: 2014 NCEES Exam (AM & PM): These are the first ones I did back in July and were fairly easy... I got a pretty good score and did pretty well (30 ish?) on the AM despite taking about 2.5 hours to complete. 2014 Lindeburg Practice Exam (AM & PM): These are pretty great, not easy but I can understand most of the references. Didn't time myself to do them though as I would just fail if I do that. 2012 Goswami Practice Exam (AM & 2x PM): lot of people commented that these are the most reflective of the actual exam. I timed myself on the AM and they took the full 4-hours, but I did 30-ish I think. The first PM exam was brutal so I didn't time myself (I think I still need some studying on my PM). Planning to time myself for the second PM exam this coming weekend though 2014 Subasic Structural 6 Mins Sols (20x Structural AM, 80x Structural PM): Holy crap! These are tough questions! She goes into VERY small details on each problems!!! I learned a ton from these problems, but there's NO WAY that they take 6 mins. I thought I was familiar with ACI, AISC and ASCE already but I couldn't remember ACI having details on footing rebar distribution, shear wall rebar limits, etc. It seems that she has a background in Masonry, so the masonry questions are also very tough. I learned a lot about wood connections too. I have been going through these problems for 2 weeks and about 75% complete now... I was going through them last weekend, and only managed to complete about 15 questions through the weekend (a good 10 to 15-hour study session) 2014 Giancaspro Structural Depth Practice Exam (2x PM): Starting on this right after the Goswami practice exam to gauge myself Once I"m done with the Giancaspro, I am pretty much out of materials to study though!! Any other references / practice problems that anyone here could recommend doing within the 1-month that we have? I thought about going through the study sessions, but I thought I'll try it out this first time and if I fail - I'll bite the bullet and pay for the expensive study sessions... I also intend to bring the materials prescribed by NCEES (IBC, ASCE, ACI, AISC, Masonry and NDS Wood), and the Civil Engineering Reference Manual + the Structural Engineering Reference Manual. I was planning to skip AASHTO, PCI and OSHA, but rethinking my decision on the OSHA one...
  9. Looks like I posted in the wrong forum earlier and have no idea how to delete them... I'm in IL, recently graduated (May 2011) with my MSCE with an emphasis in Structures. I was reading up online and discussing with a couple of coworkers and have a few questions: My coworker was saying that we can take the test before we have 4 years of the required experience. The license just wouldn't be valid until I have obtained the required experience. Is this right? From my understanding, as a structural guy, I'm supposed to take the SE exam, but I was wondering if I can take the PE exam as well? Would this be useful at all if I'm doing strictly structural work? If I only have an SE and I'm transferring to a state in which SE doesn't exist so a PE is required instead (like Indiana), how would that work? Would the SE license be acknowledged as a PE license instead?
  10. Hi everyone, I'm in IL, recently graduated (May 2011) with my MSCE with an emphasis in Structures. I was reading up online and discussing with a couple of coworkers and have a few questions: My coworker was saying that we can take the test before we have 4 years of the required experience. The license just wouldn't be valid until I have obtained the required experience. Is this right? From my understanding, as a structural guy, I'm supposed to take the SE exam, but I was wondering if I can take the PE exam as well? Would this be useful at all if I'm doing strictly structural work? If I only have an SE and I'm transferring to a state in which SE doesn't exist so a PE is required instead (like Indiana), how would that work? Would the SE license be acknowledged as a PE license instead? Thanks!
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