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  1. I had the CERM, SDRM, SERM, AISC, ACI 318, NDS, and the masonry code. I reviewed problems out of these when I only did self-studying the first time I took the test. The second time I took the EET Depth Course. The course helped to eliminate a lot of the unnecessary information that you won't need to know come test day. I followed the course and tabbed the EET binder as well as the codes as I went along through the class. I took my time and made sure to note code sections on review problems for help later if I had a questions on them. The biggest thing I wanted to avoid the second time taking the test was having to hunt for answers. I solved this problem by tabbing and performing lots of practice problems. Organizing your practice problems most certainly helps a lot too. If you prepare and organize well, you should do fine.
  2. I took the EET structural depth on demand course in preparation for the October 16 exam. I did self study only the first time I took the exam and failed with a 52/80. EET's course are highly regarded as being well worth the money. Do the extra problems at the back of each section and know how to navigate the binder and you should do well on the exam. Good luck!
  3. How good are the binder that EET provides for the SE courses? I took their Civil-Structural Depth On-Demand and the binder was my main resource for the afternoon.
  4. Code-based structural design courses can be a bit difficult. In particular my two concrete classes were probably the most difficult at the time. These were reinforced concrete design and prestressed/masonry concrete design. The reinforced class was taught well and I learned the material through lecture and a lot of self study. Homework design problems would typically take hours to get through (new to the material at the time). Three-hour final exam was only three problems long . Prestressed/masonry class was much more difficult. I had a young professor and English was not his first language. I learned more about prestressed/masonry studying for the PE than I did in that class.
  5. Six minute solutions is a good resource for making sure you understand concepts. However, the problems are way more in depth than what you will see on the exam. I'd recommend the NCEES practice exam for a more realistic view on what problems on the exam will look like.
  6. For the afternoon depth you have the choice of: construction, geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resources and environmental. The morning breadth will cover aspects of all of these and more. Reference: http://ncees.org/engineering/pe/. I to have used the Exam Café from PPI. While it was a good resource for studying conceptual problems, a lot of the time the analytical problems were nothing like you would see on the exam. Some were overly easy and some were beyond the scope of the exam.
  7. I ended up taking the exam twice before passing. The first go around the company I work for paid for the ASCE Civil/Structural PE Exam Review Course. It did a great job of reviewing the morning portion but only provided one 2-hour session on reviewing for the afternoon. I felt confident about my structural skills and performed only about 30-40 practice problems and the NCEES practice exam for my afternoon studying. My first attempt was 30/40 morning and 20/40 afternoon. I was very frustrated and disappointed with my first attempt at the exam. I felt I was readily prepared for the morning portion but spent way too much time digging for answers during the afternoon portion. In short, I needed a more concise "here's what you need to know" type of studying method. I did my research and settled on the EET On-Demand Depth Review course. EET's binder was my primary resource the second go around on the afternoon portion of the exam. Periodically I would crack open one of the codes to find an obscure code reference but overall used that binder for about 90% of the problems. The binder does a great job of organizing information and has the different topics tabbed for you already. I added additional tabs, notes, and references to the binder as I went along through the review course. As I had questions, the professors readily answered emails and I never felt like I had to wait a long time to get answers. One thing I will say is to not neglect the am section. I didn't study very much for the morning the second time around and I wish had done more. In your studying make sure you cover each item identified on the test outline. Skirting some can easily result in easy points being missed. Good luck in your studying and keep at it! You'll get it done the next go around.
  8. Civil/Structural April 2016: Company paid for ASCE civil review course (breadth). I briefly looked over code references prior to exam. Went through NCEES practice exam. Solved a few problems for each afternoon area. Failed with 50/80. October 2016: Re-reviewed ASCE breadth notes. Paid for EET Structural Depth On-Demand Course. Spent 1-2 days per weekend studying for about 3 months (fortunately I work 4-10's and get long weekends). Solved close to 200 problems in all categorizes covered by the exam (put into an organized/tabbed binder). Probably close to 250-300 hours of studying. Pass. I work mainly as a mechanical engineer (BSCE, MSME) that does seldom structural analysis and/or review. My exam review was more extensive due to the lack of regular code usage at work. Put in the work and you'll get the results.
  9. EET Structural Depth participant here! I took the On-Demand Course and spent my weekends watching the sessions and solving the sample problems. Overall, I used the binder for about 80-85% of the questions on the structural depth. The remaining questions were either conceptual or code look ups. I would highly recommend EET's classes to anyone.
  10. I did the ASCE prep session for breadth and EET structural depth. I would also highly recommend EET's course.
  11. Congrats fellow Washingtonians!
  12. +1. That EET binder covered 85-90% of the structural depth portion of the civil exam for me. The rest of depth was code look ups and conceptual problems. My company paid for an ASCE breadth review. Overall it was okay but the organization of the EET course was much better. Then again I am comparing breadth vs. depth. I would highly recommend EET.
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