Way to go JayP! That's awesome for you. Congrats! I must agree with the AASHTO questions (hope this doesn't violate any rules) I thought half of them were ridiculous for those of us in buildings. I admittedly just answered 'B' for those and moved on to save time. Afternoon I thought was not bad with a couple exceptions of sub parts. I only took lateral as I already passed vertical.
that said ... I have been lurking here for a while (no idea if I passed as my state is one that drags ___ in releasing results, no doubt to ruin my Father's Day) I believe I have picked up on a major issue through my attendance at several years' Structures Congress and participation and application at ASCE 7 subcommittees. It is very clear that this exam no longer fits the definition of a test of minimum competency but is rather a means to counteract the stated mission of ASCE to increase its membership, which has been reiterated multiple times in speeches at S- Congress. Whether it is just a faction within the group, those who help create the questions for the NCEES exam, or a more broad group remains to be seen. Regardless, this exam is not a test of engineering ability, it is a measure of ensured exclusivity. What other explanation could there possibly be? This exam format is not that old, the complexity of the codes has increased a lot in ten years, and the overall length of virtually all of the codes has increased as well.
So, I am going to lay a challenge out there to those of you who have the SE designation (in particular if you or you know of a long standing license holder, if you are lurking around) but have not had the pleasure to endure the modern version of the exam with the current codes. Take this exam as an anonymous person along with the rest of us and see how you fare. If you take it and pass, good for you, you proved wrong my theory of intentional ensured exclusivity. Otherwise, if you fail, I am correct in my conclusion that this exam is not a measure of minimum competancy and the ability required of newer engineers exceeds the ability of existing, experienced licensed engineers.
What's more, those of you who have passed both vertical and lateral, you can take much pride in the fact that you have exceeded the ability of those more senior to you who cannot achieve what you were forced to undergo.