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  1. As I read it, your clock to take the SE starts at PE licensure (I think it used to be the date of your exam, and is now date that your license was issued, but I could be reversing that). I don't have any information about how CA would treat taking the test early, but based on their other exam policies I think you'd get a favorable response and it's worth asking.
  2. The level of bitterness in this thread is hilarious to me.... Passing the SE is a significant career milestone, to be sure. But despite the effort that goes into it, very few people actually need to pass it to continue their careers. At the end of the day, it's one choice (among many) to enrich your value as an engineer and progress in your career. If the test turns out to not be your cup of tea, so be it -- find another way. We are problem solvers, after all. I took the test one year ago, and found it challenging to be sure, but not so horribly contrived as suggested here. In fact, several of the "bridge" questions seemed trivial to the point I felt they were included purely to accommodate engineers from a vertical background.
  3. I don't know how much this swings the balance back in CA's favor, but I had two of my references submitted from NV SEs. Generally I think CA is OK with references from any SE state with similar requirements.
  4. California is out. Passed both bridges. I felt very similarly to onemanwolfpack -- could have been right on that edge of pass/fail. Certainly didn't feel as good as coming out of the PE. But now... now I'll never have to know.
  5. Congrats all! I've always suspected the state boards wait until late Friday afternoon to minimize the number of emotionally charged phone calls they receive. This is really the biggest flaw with my strategy of taking the test in CA... I have to wait until late afternoon Pacific!
  6. I had a similar experience to ExhibitGuy in CA. Like him, I included references to the board rules/laws that spelled out where and how I was allowed to double-dip. I also pro-rated my work experience during the MS program, as I worked 20-30hrs/week during that time. It sounds like in your case (not allowed to double dip) you may not be able to do much. But it only costs an application fee and some time to try!
  7. I've heard results from MT and ND are out
  8. Cal, I spaced mine as far apart as possible (granted, I also took the 8hr concurrently) to allow the most possible specialized cramming for each subject.
  9. I'm going to base my response on taking the exam in CA (based on your reference to it and username). As SP points out, there may be other ways to skin the cat in other states. For California: The clock on experience to sit for the SE starts at licensure (the old wording was confusing about test dates, but I believe they just recently revised it). That means all exams passed, application accepted, etc. Check the wording of the board rules themselves to be sure -- the website may be lagging behind. It is not decoupled like the PE, and I do not think it will be decoupled in the future. At least for now, you will apply, be accepted, and then register to sit for the exam. The application dates (from what I've seen) line up with PE application dates.
  10. No, your PE exam result remains valid (for at least several years, if not forever -- depends on the state)
  11. Just to confirm, I took the SE (and there's no way those are graded yet) and got a survey.
  12. The twist they threw in was unusual and took me a little while to wrap my head around (like, how do you even detail that physically?). And of course I wasn't a fan of how it changed the method we had to use, I prefer the other one. But in the end, the result I got was reasonable, so it didn't seem too bad.
  13. Bridge vertical and lateral, first time here too. There were definitely a lot of curveball questions -- just unusual circumstances to apply the concepts. A couple of AM questions were tough for me (having never done those particular types of projects before), and the vertical afternoon questions weren't quite what I expected (though not too bad in the end -- as long as I didn't overlook some obscure code provision). I also felt the time crunch, which isn't usually an issue when I take tests. I also thought there might have been a typo on an AM seismic question that had a very low design parameter... or maybe I just messed up the code minimums. Who knows? I was definitely thankful to be taking Bridges instead of Buildings. I didn't think the 2hr problems really took that long, so I was able to reallocate some extra time into the two shorter problems.
  14. It's also heavily dependent on which exam you're taking. I took two rolling bags (~80lbs total) of references in for the SE. And that was the required codes plus SERM and CERM. Not much extra material -- I ended up using 90% of it. Some tests (Mech, maybe?) are more conducive to fewer references.
  15. In Spring 2013, it was at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. I suspect it will be there again this year (as will I) -- although I haven't been able to find anything to confirm that yet. All disciplines are mixed (or were, at least).
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