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  1. Hi everyone, Long story short - APEGA (The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta) required me to take the FE exam in order to get my license in Alberta, Canada. I'm internationally educated, I took my BSc in Poland and MSc in England, hence this weird requirement. Anyways, I found out that I passed the exam two days ago. ... and that's what made me think - why stop half way? Take the PE exam, get your license in the US. I'm probably never going to use it as I am happy where I am, but why stop now. Does anyone know what is the best board to register with in the case like mine? I was thinking about Texas, as Texas does a lot of oil and gas structures like Alberta so there is a chance that I could make some use of my PE license in the US, but I don't know how they would treat a case like mine. I know that Engineers Canada has some sort of agreement with Texas Board of Engineers, but the only thing that I found based on that is that Texas Board accepts engineers from Canada and waives the requirement for US citizenship/visa/permanent residency. Any suggestions?
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    Anyone use text book "FE Civil Practice"

    I would recommend getting the ncees practice exam instead of going to the actual exam to waste your time and money. You can buy it online. I took the FE civil 2 weeks ago and I found out I passed two days ago. That was my second try. At my first try I failed though, but I don't regret it that was a trigger for me to prepare much much more for the second attempt (I put around 30hrs preparing for my first try vs approx 100hrs into my second try). It's good to "to give it a try" for the first time but only when you feel like you have a good chance to pass. For the second try, you need to be absolutely prepared, or maybe like 80% prepared like I was Anyway, Lindeburg's materials are very good for prep and believe me, the fact that they cover even more than the actual exam scope may only help you. I know it can be very annoying when you try to find the reference in the handbook and you're not able to, so you don't know whether this kind of question may happen on the exam or not. I went through that too. That's why I would recommend spending like a week just studying the FE reference manual on its own. That's a good technique too btw, get a reference handbook + Lindeburg's review manual, study the equations from the reference manual and if there's something unclear, check them in the review's manual. It's like studying from the different perspective, instead of starting from the question to equation to solution, start from the equation and then check what kind of problems and question you may get on the exam. it's like going backwards. I used Lindeburg's review manual, practice problems, bought the NCEES practice exam and at the end of the day I ended up getting PPI2Pass on-demand course as well.
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    Failed FE Civil... any recommendations?

    I took the exam again on Tuesday week ago. I got my results today and I finally passed. Just a few friendly advices to those who were at similar situation as me. 1. Don't be a cocky idiot thinking you know everything and don't need to study too much. That's what caused me to fail at the first time. 2. Take a review course with one of many online reviews of your choice. I took PPI on demand course and I found it very helpful. It helped me to organize my knowledge. I watched all of the classes online and then printed them again to go through them again. 3. Review every single topic. After my first failure I felt like the second part of the exam was my strong side so I didn't prepare that much for it and that was a mistake. I put a lot of pressure on the first part and during my second try I was able to answer to pretty much every single question because I was very well prepared for it. The second part was where I felt like I failed because I didn't prepare to much, I thought I was good at it, but I was not. I thought I wouldn't pass because of my poor performance on the second session. If I had spent a week extra on the second part of the exam preparation I wouldn't have to be worried about my results. 4. Make yourself familiar with the FE reference handbook. Not just "familiar". You need to know where every single equations that you frequently use is located and know how to use the equation. There's not that many of them if you start to highlight the most frequently used ones. Seriously. I did that and then I realized I probably could have written them down and memorized them. There are always those questions that are not that popular but you can still find them using keywords from the questions in the search option. I spent about a week just going through the reference book all over and over again. 5. Don't give up. It doesn't matter how many tries it takes, eventually you'll pass.
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    Anyone use text book "FE Civil Practice"

    There is a lot of practice problems in that book that are not referenced in the FE reference manual. Also, questions are much more complicated than the actual exam questions. Just my opinion.
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    FE Civil - onlinetechnicaltraining.net - recommendations?

    DLD I got that one. Already went through it. Just wanted to get more problems like that one. There should be at least 5 tests available in the form of the actual exam IMO, not just one.
  6. Hey Everyone! Just a quick one: has anyone ever used this: https://onlinetechnicaltraining.net/course/fe-exam-civil/fe-review/ ? Any recommendations? I failed my first FE Civil attempt (56%), been too long out of school. For my second try I went through PPI FE on-demand course, went through all of them. However, I still feel like I haven't done enough practice problems. I want something that is exactly the same form as FE Civil Exam, not over-complicated. For my first attempt I used M. Lideburg practice book (approx 20-30hrs) and IMO their questions were too complex, not the same form as FE Civil Exam. I also used the PPI online quizzes, but these were completely useless, like most people noticed. Any thoughts?
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    Passed FE Other Disciplines with APEGA(Canada)

    That is not quite true, right now APEGA assigns the FE exam to foreign educated engineers (even tho their degree is 100% recognized) and even to engineers that "they think are not educated well enough). Happened to my Canadian friend who graduated from uni in Ontario. I am another example, BSc and MSc from Europe (Poland and England) with excellent recommendations, projects history and chartered status and that wasn't enough for APEGA. I need to take FE exam.
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    Failed FE Civil... any recommendations?

    any thoughts on ppi2? I watched SOPE, TESTMASTERS AND PPI2 and ppi2 seems the best for what I need (I would like to focus more on exam questions and they offer about 1000 FE-like questions). I feel like during my prep with Lindberg's FE review manual I did more complex questions, and the questions on the exam were much more simple so I am looking for smth like that.
  9. Hello everyone, Just a quick introduction, I am a Structural Engineer from Canada (originally from Europe). I have 6 years of experience in structural engineering only (never done any civils). I moved to Canada 2 years ago from Europe, I have my education from Poland (BSc) and England (MSc) and I used to work in several European countries before I came here. I had my foreign education assessed by Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and they said that I need to pass FE Civil exam in order to get my ticket in Canada. OK, I thought and I booked my exam in exam centres in Canada... It didn't really bother me as I thought I was good at what I was doing (at least that is what other engineers say). I regularly solve complex structural engineering problems and back in the UK I was in special engineering projects team, solving irregular structural analysis and design issues. I was offered to join a partnership in Canada (and I did) and my partners encouraged me to get a ticket. I didn't really know much about the FE exam, I thought it would be pure structural analysis and design (that is how it looks like in the UK, iStructE chartered engineers must pass structural exam). Then I realized that the entire exam was more complex, many questions covering different aspects of engineering but less complicated. I panicked, things like math, hydraulics and fluid mechanics I had like 8 years ago and they didn't really bothered me since then. I realized I have had not enough time to pass, overall I spent about 30h on the exam. Furthermore, I always thought that differential equations were not covered within the scope of FE Civil exam (it's not mentioned there, even though it's a scope of calculus, but at other disciplines differential equations were distinguished from calculus). I was wrong, I had 3 questions on differential equations :)) On the exam day I found the entire on-screen FE Reference book completely disappointing (I went through it before the exam and I purchased a hard copy so I knew what was there). Scrolling was f* up, every time I tried to scroll it would bounce back, zoom-in and zoom-out didn't work (e.g. if I tried to zoom-on on the equation on pg let's say 5 it would zoom-in but on page 4 or 6)... Lots of time wasting just trying to navigate through the FE reference book. I spent 3h on the first part and 2h on the second part, and obviously I run out of time on the second part so I had to quickly guess around 15-20 questions. Now, I have my results (I knew and I wouldn't pass right away) and I know I need to prepare much more than my first attempt. Stop being an arrogant and prepare like for every other exam. I have my lesson. Below is my diagnostics and you can see that my performance was really poor. Surveying was on of the parts that I had to guess due to lack of time, I didn't get any preparation on environmental engineering (environmental engineering is separated from civils degree in Europe) etc. I am thinking about taking on-demand courses at school of PE or at Testmasters, I do not have any in-class prep courses since I am in Canada and this test is mostly US... Any thoughts, good people?
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