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  1. I do recommend PPI just for the sake of the one-on-one with the instructor and collaboration with classmates. Here are some things that helped me: -Get all your books early and every time you study, lay them out on a desk the size of the testing desk. Put your books in the same place every time. The more you simulate how you will actually take the exam, the more comfortable you will feel. Personally, I separated into 4 stacks: materials (steel, concrete, timber, masonry), AASHTO, design codes (IBC/ASCE 7, etc.), everything else. -Break up AASHTO into 4 sections: Ch. 1-4, Ch 5, Ch 6, everything else -Make a binder with helpful cheat sheets. For example, I made a quick-reference for rebar development lengths. -You need to study every chance you get. I took 1 week off for a vacation about midway through and studied about 400 hours total. You are going to sacrifice a lot of time, but your family and friends are also going to sacrifice time with you as well. Make sure to tell them upfront the commitment you are making. You don't want to have to retake the test and have them go through it again. (That was a big motivator for me) -If you have a weakness, the test will exploit it. You need to know everything or at least where everything is located. -Don't bring extra books that you don't need. You will just waste time thumbing through them. -Make notes in all of the references. I drew pictures. I wrote what page number to go to instead of the section because it's quicker to find a page number. I made a chart of beta values for concrete. if a section called for iteration, I made a table when possible. Etc. Anything that saves you time and brain power will help. -Leave time to study your weakest subject last. That way, it is the freshest in your mind. But you need to make sure you have enough time to study for it. For me, I left about 1 month.
  2. I took the PPI course and the bridge exam. I passed my first try.
  3. I took the PPI course, and I passed in my first attempt. I studied about 400 hours between the course and personal study. I bought all the references from the PPI course and used almost all of them while studying--though not necessarily on the test. There is a lot of debate on taking 1 vs. 2 days. I went with taking both in 1 sitting. Personally, I felt the exams had much different material so it wasn't difficult switching from from vertical to lateral. After studying for about 6 months almost nonstop, I would not want to put my family through that again. You are going to sacrifice a lot of personal time if you do the studying correctly. Personally, if you're going to put in a lot of hours studying for the vertical, the lateral isn't that much more difficult (at least for bridges). The right answer for me was to take 2 days in one sitting, but yours might be different. Personally, I would recommend the PPI course, especially if you are taking both days.
  4. When I studied for the PE, I did not take a class. I read through the entirety of the structural sections of the Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CERM) and worked through all of the example problems in the structural sections. I tabbed the heck out of the CERM. I found the PPI practice questions to be slightly more difficult than the test. So if you can work through those without issue, the test should be no problem. I studied every morning for 1 hour for about 2-3 months, and I was over prepared. The morning seemed very easy to me. I believe I finished about 2 hours early in the morning and 1.5 hours early in the afternoon. Focus on the problems you know first and then go back. I think I skipped the first 5 problems because I was so nervous and then went back to them. If you put in the effort, you can pass.
  5. Please say it ain't so! That's a huge change. It will conform better with the IBC, but it's a big change nonetheless.
  6. Hey all! This is my first post here. I'm studying for both the vertical and lateral portions of the SE. Does anyone have any tips or references for the afternoon portion of the lateral forces for bridges? It looks like there are barely any study materials out there for bridge engineers taking this exam.
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