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About David Connor, SE

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    Structural Engineering
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    PE
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  1. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    My advice, split up the components. Do lateral first since it is easier to study for, in my opinion.
  2. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    Congrats!
  3. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    I was thinking more about AASHTO being switched over to the 8th edition at the end of this year.
  4. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    If you haven't seen my book on AASHTO SE exam questions, please look into it. I specifically wrote it for us building engineers who have to answer AASHTO questions on this exam. Lots of people have told me it was a great help on the bridge questions.
  5. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    Yes, that is brutal. I had noticed over the last couple SE Exam iterations that the pass rates were going up, which I thought was a good thing. I'm not sure if NCEES noticed the trend too and decided to try to get things back to the 30% neighborhood, but those pass rates definitely seem too low.
  6. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    To those that passed - congratulations! You can now move on with your life. To those who did not pass, just remember this is THE MOST DIFFICULT exam that is given by NCEES. Hang in there, you can do it. And if need be, if you can wait until next April to retake that will give you some more time to study. It is a year long process for sure. Although you will probably get caught by a code change.... Finally, I nailed the over/under date! Should have taken some bets.
  7. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    I know it's tough waiting this out folks, but the results will come soon! I'm sticking with my prediction from a few weeks ago with the over/under date being this Friday. Hang in there!
  8. David Connor, SE

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    In 2014 the results came out around June 17th. They seem to come out a little earlier nowadays, so June 15th is probably the over/under date.
  9. David Connor, SE

    Best Board to take the Structural Engineering Exam

    Oh wow. There was 8-10 when I took it 4 years ago. 4 is lower than what I'd expect. Where do you live daywa1ker? I'm in Greenville. Also, did you get licensed in California? Email me at davidconnorse@gmail.com if you don't mind. Don't need to have a meet and greet on the forum.
  10. David Connor, SE

    Best Board to take the Structural Engineering Exam

    Good to know about Illinois. Thanks!
  11. David Connor, SE

    Best Board to take the Structural Engineering Exam

    South Carolina wasn't too bad. Especially if you are already a PE in the state. Got approval to take it quickly. The test site was OK. It's in Columbia, SC. It was a little cold at the October exam, but April was fine. Lots of cheap to mid-price hotels near the site. The SCPE Society brought free pizza for everyone at lunch, so that was nice too. There will probably only be about 10 people taking the SE in SC, maybe more now, but probably not too much. Because of the low number of exam takers, each SE examinee has a full table to themselves to spread out reference material. They don't have rules about which reference books you can bring in like Illinois. Pretty much bring whatever reference you want as long as it's binded, etc.
  12. David Connor, SE

    PPI SE Course, anyone taking it?

    Weird, yeah, if you are looking at it on your iPhone then the subjects don't show up. I did it in Blubeam so it sometimes doesn't show properly. It shows up in Blubeam, and yes, it's the same calendar from my website. Good luck!
  13. David Connor, SE

    PPI SE Course, anyone taking it?

    To me the SE lateral exam is easier to study for because you pretty much know that about 75% of the exam is going to deal with seismic questions, and 25% of the exam wind questions. Concentrate much of your studying on ASCE 7 - Seismic. The attached is a study calendar that I came up with when I was studying for the SE exam and you can see how much time I devoted to each subject. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/ae78ab_adf09b6bd2a64872bdd05459b561e6ca.pdf The vertical exam is more difficult to study for because the kinds of questions they can come up with is much more broad. But if you follow the NCEES Specification of subject matter for the exam and give proper time to each subject in proportion to what is going to be asked (i.e. don't study cold-formed steel for 2 weeks, because there will only be 1 question) then you should be OK. Also, the vertical exam is difficult, even though the general consensus is the lateral exam is more difficult. A lot of depends on your experience. If you live on the west coast then probably all of your projects deal with lots of seismic issues, so you will probably think the lateral exam is easier than the vertical. However, both components are difficult. If I were you I would take it one step at a time. Just concentrate on the PE now and don't even worry about the SE exam until you get passed the PE.
  14. David Connor, SE

    PPI SE Course, anyone taking it?

    My advice is to not overload yourself. Not saying you can't do it, but why kill yourself. I would do the PE until I pass, then SE lateral (easier to study for in my opinion) until I pass, then SE vertical. But if you live in a state that let's you have a "PE" by passing the SE, then just do the SE.
  15. David Connor, SE

    PPI SE Course, anyone taking it?

    I taught the concrete and bridges section after TehMightyEngineer. I only did it once because of time constraints with my day job. I like a good economy, but I am really busy because of that and just don't have time to balance work, personal, and teaching the PPI SE Exam review course. I got some good feedback from some of the my students, but those tended to be the one's that passed. However, one of the advantages of taking the PPI class is that you get copies of all of there SE exam review books. I think that would cost around $500 if you just bought them separately. They are all good books in my opinion.
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