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  1. Let me share with you something @TehMightyEngineer shared with me a couple years back when I took the PPI course, just before he stopped teaching the course to build a aeroplane. Just because you fail doesn't mean all the studying goes down the drain. You are probably 95% of the way there, now you just need the extra 5%. I bet your studying is actually done and you just need to work on speed and avoiding traps. You took the EET course. Every weekend, see how fast you can complete a homework set or the practice test, or even the PPI 6 min solutions or PPI building test. That's just a four hour commitment each week, then you go back into that exam and CRUSH it. I failed the vertical last fall after I thought I passed it. Expected mid thirties on the morning, but got low twenties. Did practice problems of vertical week before the exam, went in there, and CRUSHED it. Also, i hear you on the bridge problems. I thought they were very weird.
  2. Alright. I'm done. This is no way to live my life. I'll check website again in a month. Results are generally released to the licensing boards 14-16 weeks after the exam.
  3. Typically we get results 6 weeks after the exam, but NCEES has instructed Ashlei to tell us we've actually gotten results typically 8-10 weeks after exam. With that said, do we usually get results 2 weeks after exam or is that just Ashlei trying to manage our expectations? I was expecting Illinois results late this week or early next.
  4. The one with the least bureaucracy. Illinois will be last btw, sorry to break it to you.
  5. Well I nailed that question, which I thought was fair. If they are going to let people slide on that problem, I hope they cut me some slack on the lat pm foundation problem.
  6. I think they mean that they waited 10 weeks to grade the exam instead of the usual 6.
  7. If I pass the exam When I pass the exam, I will probably make a lot of unnecessary high cost purchases.
  8. CurrentSE. Nah, if you are going to start publishing, throw your whole name down like David Connor, SE.
  9. For the load factors, I made sure the combo table and gamma table were on the same page. In AASHTO, you would have to flip the page back and fourth. No time for that! The flash cards are for quickly becoming familiar with the 30 different load cases. There are 4 just for live load alone! I tried to add pencil notes to address foot notes. I made sure to add in a pencil note compilation of the extreme states, such as phi for P-M interaction, bolts, and piles in tension.
  10. Its usually been six weeks, right?
  11. I also recommend making some flash cards on quizlet to quickly learn the load cases. Same with all those adjustment factors in wood, or any new nomenclature for that matter.
  12. I brought it i and did not use it once, however, i do recommend having a small notebook containing some of the useful appendices, such as D6 for calculating composite beam capacity, your load combos and load factors, factors of safety, and maximum moment-shears-reactions tables for simple spans. The notebook will also add as a catch all for any misc. pencil notes you decide to write down. I had my AASHTO bound into 5 different notebooks: the four analysis chapters, steel and alumnimum, concrete, wood and foundation stuff, and finally joints, railings, sound barriers.
  13. How many more years, if ever, do you think it will be before they update these concrete tech notes for ACI 318-14?
  14. I think that's right. I'm not worried about IBC switch at all. I'm worried about AASHTO switch. I have enormous amounts of notes in my AASHTO code and I hear the next edition is pretty different. Hopefully I passed and it doesn't matter. Actually, I'm not worried about AASHTO switch. Everyday I grow more competent as an engineer and if I have to study one more code, than so be it. Its an opportunity for me to learn more. It would make it easier for me to help younger engineers in the office study for the exam when their time comes.
  15. FutureSE, let me know if you decide to write the book. I don't want to swoop in and steel your idea out from under you. Otherwise, I'll spend every weekend writing "A Midwesterner's Guide to the SE Seismic Exam" this summer, full of example problems, tips for the test, and my unsolicited theories of life and this world.
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