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  1. My study method was to buy 2008, 2010, and 2014 NCEES sample exams, and over-solve all of those problems. I made a solutions manual, tabbed, with a table of contents, that I brought with me to the exam. I did not use any PPI sample exam material, only reference material (meaning, CERM, and that's it). I used CERM for 80% AM, and my reference book 20%. PM, CERM 60%, Gupta 5%, Fluid Mech book 5%, and W/WW Engineering (Davis) 10%, and my reference book 20% or so. These books are really only useful if you have studied them beforehand and have some familiarity!! I took a review course, in person, by ASCE, the cycle before my exam, and found it not worth the money. So many topics were covered poorly, and the new exam specs marginalized the value of the transportation sessions. It did have a good seismic component, though.
  2. Hi everyone, I passed the WRE exam in 2015 (along with the CA exams), and I made a site to share my study plan. Please check out simplecivilpe dot com if you are so inclined. BTW, I did not take the EET course, but as everyone on here has said, it has glowing reviews.
  3. 120 Solved Problems for Survey exam by Cuomo (I think).
  4. Passed all 3 first try. Did Civil Water Resources. 8-hr: I only studied the NCEES practice books (3 different years), using CERM and 2-3 other books (Fluids, Hydrology, W/WW Treatment). I used no PPI material other than CERM. Now, all the problems I solved, I "over-solved" and made a nice solution book, where I had CERM and reference text pages noted, key equations, little tidbits, etc. Any topic the problem covered, I searched out in CERM/references info related to it, and made notes to try and give as complete an explanation as possible for the problem. I tabbed and referenced this homemade solution book at least 15 times during the exam. Seismic - I studied Hiner and used 7-10. I went thru the mc problems in Hiner 3 times, and did the depth problems twice. I had 7-10 tabbed very well, made a "commonly used" section of Hiner/7-10 material at the front of my binder. I had this tabbed very well. Survey - I studied 120 as my major source. I simply did problems over and over and they slowly settled in. The day before the exam, I did the two Mansour practice exams. I crammed Survey for 10 days after I finished the Seismic and 8-hr exams. I started studying in January. I have a 2 year old at home and time was tight. Total breakdown of study hours - 92 hours 8-hr (80 hours in Jan Feb, and 12 hours of review right before the exam), 60 hrs Seismic, all in march and april, and then 30ish hours Survey. About 20% of my studies was with 2 other candidates which helped, asking questions AND explaining things to them was beneficial. In October, I took an ASCE review course as my undergrad is not civil engineering, and I wanted exposure to the topics before really beginning my studies in Jan. I felt the course was poor in general, though the structural/seismic guy was good. Survey, construction, were worth little.
  5. I am a water resources person and do no structural or surveying at work. I passed both first try, April 2015, using Hiner and 7-10 for Seismic (and I customized 7-10 so I knew exactly where things were), and using "120 Solved" and a little bit of Mansour. Congrats to all those who passed, and keep at it those who will take it again!
  6. Bumping an old thread. I have a BS in environmental science and am pursuing an MS in CE (really its EnviEng, but the degree is CE for some reason). I took the California FE exam in April 2012 and passed it. I also found that in CA, if you have a MS from a school with an accredited program (which my school is - for the BS degree, which is fine) your degree will count towards the PE. And, for some only requires 1 year of experience. The graduate degree counts for 5 of the 6 years required experience. (kinda weird). I was a bit apprehensive about signing up the for MS program with a BS, but a senior engineer at my workplace actually has a BS in biology and an MS from the same program I am attending....and he is now a CA PE. That gave me the confidence to go ahead and sign up. Now, passing the PE....that may be tough.
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