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  1. I have a question about building a house pad for our "soon to be built" home. I'm trying to get quotes for the amount of fill (red clay) I'm going to need, and I didn't really agree with the amount my first quote said. Does anyone have a way to determine how many 24 cubic yard truck loads I will need adding for compaction? Our land is not too level, so I'm estimating about 3 feet of fill on average. The pad is going to be about 95 feet by 85 feet. Thank you for anyone's input.
  2. I received an e-mail today from AASHTO. It shows members can get a PE Civil Reference Bundle with 40% off. The bundle comes with the following: A collection of all six AASHTO publications that are currently required for the PE Exam: A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 6th Edition Roadside Design Guide, 4th Edition AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, 1st Edition Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, 2009 Edition Highway Safety Manual, 1st Edition Guide for Design of Pavement Structures and Supplement, and Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide, Interim Edition: A Manual of Practice. This collection provides a discount of 40% off the price of ordering each these titles individually. Member Price is $686. I thought I would just pass the info along. Good luck your exams.
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    Once my PE license number comes in, I'll be getting a 7% increase. (I work for a state agency)
  4. If you failed this time, don't give up. I failed the FE 3 times and passed the Civil - Transportation this cycle on my second attempt almost 8 years out of college with 3 kids at home. I only put in about 50 hours of study time my first attempt and failed with a 40/80 back in 2015. This time around, I put in about 100+ hours of studying. I do recommend taking Testmasters ( is usually offered in Baton Rouge before the April exam and the CERM was included) or at least borrowing notes if you know someone who has taken it. Also, there were way more look up questions than I expected, but I was lucky enough to have access to just about of all the recommended references from my workplace. Without those, I probably would have failed. Make sure you have HCM, Greenbook, MUTCD for sure. I also recommend having the Roadside Design Guide, Planning Design and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, and some sort of pavement and geotech book. If you can get all of the recommended books, go for it. You never know if that one lookup question may be the deciding factor if you pass or fail. If you are retaking the exam in the fall, just take a little breather then jump back into studying and take a prep course if you can. I think anyone can pass this exam, since I did. Good luck to you all.
  5. I passed Civil: Transportation in Louisiana. My second attempt. Failed Oct. 2015 with a 40/80. I borrowed a co-worker's Testmaster's notes and studied at home when I could. It was difficult to find time to study due to 3 kids at home and a wife that works every weekend. I thought the AM was a little challenging but the PM was fairly easy this time around. For those who did not pass, just keep studying and you will pass.
  6. I'm in the same boat as you. This is my second attempt with 3 kids at home ( 11, 8, and 4) hopefully we have better results than our first time. Good luck.
  7. I took it in Louisiana and the proctor let us keep our pencil and gave me two that were left by other people.
  8. Congrats on your accomplishment. I was in pretty much the same boat as you. I failed it 3 times and finally passed it last April. I had 2 kids while I was in school and working full time to support them. By the time I passed the FE, we had another child that June. I was so excited when I passed and it couldn't have come at a better time. I was lucky enough my boss let me study at work the last time when we didn't have much going on.
  9. The last time I failed in October 2010; I failed with 126 points. I felt I was real close too. Which state? Louisiana
  10. The last time I failed in October 2010; I failed with 126 points. I felt I was real close too.
  11. I passed in April 2013 and took the Civil Afternoon. I felt it was fairly easy this time after failing it in school back in 2010. I didn't study at all while in school and failed with a 52.5%, so I feel I was really close to passing without studying. I studied from New Year's to exam time this time around because I really needed to pass it. I focused on the morning session while studying and used the Lindenburg manual. I only used 2 practice civil exams for the afternoon session. During the exam, the morning session took me longer than I would've like because I had to guess on the entire thermo section. I finished to Civil afternoon session with about an hour left and felt confident win I was done. Good Luck when you take your exam.
  12. On the October 2010 fe exam, I scored a 126/240 52.5% and still failed.
  13. Well first thing's first, stay positive and confident about your ability to pass the test. Then analyze your diagnostic report, determine what your defeciencies are and develop a plan/strategy to improve those deficiencies. I think there are a couple of important strategies for both the FE and PE. First is having a good comprehension of the subject matter. If you have a good comprehension of the subject matter, familiarize yourself with the FE Supplied Handbook and know how to use your calculator efficiently, you can probably pass the exam with minimum studying even if you don't remember how to solve most of the problems by hard. If you don't have a great comprehension of the content areas, you're probably going to have to spend more time studying/reviewing the various subjects and developing good strategies to work the problems (i.e. learning how to use the manual to plug in the right equation or using your calculator as a shortcut for some of the problems) but I think it's still very possible to pass. I knew going into the exam that my defecient areas were Chemistry and Electricity/Magnetism because it's been 10+ since I've taken a course in either of those areas. So I spent some time watching review lectures for those two subject areas but spent most of my time doing practice problems on the Exam Cafe using the FE Supplied Manual and the calculator I actually used to take the test. How did the analysis provided by Exam Cafe compare to your results? I found Exam Cafe was very helpful in preparation and found many of the problems (moreso morning session) to be very similar to problems on actual FE Exam.
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