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  1. I self studied and passed from the first attempt. I was out of school for about 5 years when I took the test and only used the FE Civil Review Manual by Lindeburg. I studied for about six months prior to taking the exam ( on a rate of an hour/hour and a half a day - five days a week ). Two weeks before the exam, I re-worked all examples and practice problems in the book. You need to work out as many problems as possible by hand without looking at the solution and use the pdf NCEES reference handbook to look up equations and other information. Keep in mind that the exam is all about time management so skip the questions you are not sure how to solve and move on, do not linger and get caught on one question. Signing up for a prep. course is not a bad idea, but again, make sure to solve problems by hand to improve efficiency.
  2. I remember when I first saw this thread for October 18. I was like boy the wait does suck and it only had been few days. Though this was nothing compared to how my feelings got manipulated here during the results week lol
  3. If I were you I would have brought alternatives other than the stop watch just in case. I find it odd that the exam administration are inconsistent with providing visible clocks in the exam room. Taking away watches /time devices without providing alternatives is just unfair regardless of what was instructed prior to exam date. Especially for such a stressful daunting exam.
  4. Took the FE when I was 31. Passed first time Took the PE when I was 34. Passed first time.
  5. I would say it depends on the State where you take the exam. You should have received an e-mail by now with general instructions and what is/is not allowed to be used on the exam. My coworker said they were not allowed to bring digital clocks or smart watches to the exam but there were already available large clocks easily visible in the test room. He took the test in Baltimore/ Maryland. However, Where I took the test in VA we were ok to bring watches and clocks but there were no available clocks in the test room. I brought a $10 wrist watch from JCPenney and a small clock from Walmart. I tried to avoid fancy and loud stuff just in case.
  6. I had the EET morning binder and found it to be very, VERY useful. It was so good on the Water Resources and Hydrology/Hydraulics topics that I felt it would also serve me well on my WRE Depth ( which it did ) without signing up for the depth class. I have two comments though: For some reason EET morning does not cover engineering economics subject. You will probably find 1-2 questions on your exam. I also found the structural part to be little disorganized and lacks some important concepts and literature which I refereed to CERM for during my studies. But since you already signed up for the Structural Depth you shouldn't have that problem I assume.
  7. For October 2018, I would say Geotech. Depth was moderately difficult, Construction & Structural were closer to the easier end, WRE & Transportation close to the harder end. This is my personal impression from people I spoke with after the exam, from posts on couple of forums and also pass rates. Difficulty of each discipline ( and even morning portion) can change significantly from cycle to cycle just to make it a less predictable exam and therefore a more challenging one.
  8. The rule of thumb is to go to the exam over prepared so you may need to do little more than just the NCEES practice exam. From what I've heard, Structural Depth in October 18 was easier than April 18. Transportation and WRE Depths were the hardest this past October. I took WRE. The morning was much more challenging than I anticipated and I barely finished on time. If the exam is difficult then it should be difficult on most and the cut score gets adjusted accordingly. Keep your fingers crossed and be prepared. And most importantly, sleep well the night before the exam.
  9. You will need the CERM to answer couple of conceptual/definition questions. I also used the Support Material at the end of the book.
  10. With the difficulty level of October 2018 Exam, I seriously doubt I would have made it by relying on CERM
  11. I agree with you that Goswami books can be frustrating and it does have some errors but I benefited from the ideas presented on the questions. What reference materials are you currently using to solve problems ?
  12. The Green one though I used both the Blue and Green books. Check the link below https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071777113/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1 I found it very useful for the WRE depth but it was NOT the only reference I used for the depth portion of the exam.
  13. I recommend including Indranil Goswami-Civil Engineering PE Practice Exams to your list. Solve all the 40 depth practice exam questions.
  14. Maybe switch disciplines ? I have Masters in Structural but decided to go with WRE depth and passed the first time this October. Although WRE was much harder and more challenging than I anticipated, I ended up saving a lot of time preparing for the test by not going through all the reference books required for the Structural ..... Structural material is huge and the topics it covers seems endless. I actually now feel a more well rounded engineer after studying water and wastewater treatment processes which I found it to be very interesting specially the activated sludge process and water chemistry. If I were you I would give Structural a third try and then switch in case it did not work out ( I hope it works for you next time ). From what I've heard, EET structural depth class is really good so you might want to signed up for that one.
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