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    EIT
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  1. In reading thru your story, there aren't any glaring omissions or issues with your prep that I can see. It sounds like our prep and background was/is similar. This was my first attempt. I chose Civil Construction and passed. I've been out of school for 20yrs and have worked in more of an administrative capacity for most of that time, so I needed to not only refresh but re-learn a lot of material. I have two young kids at home and work 50-60 hr weeks. I used EET for breadth and depth but didn't put in as many hours as you did. My only comment would be this: I spent a lot of time doing problems. Over and over, again. And then again. And then again. And then again. Again and Again. I only used EET's practice problems, their exams, the NCEES practice exam and the 6-minute solution book. But, I spent most of my time doing and re-doing the EET problems. I probably did them all 4-5 times and some more than that. I didn't care about simulating the exam, I only worked at recognizing problems and their solution path as quickly as possible. In preparation, it wasn't enough for me to understand the problem and solution, the goal was to be FAST. The only way I know how to do anything fast is for it to be almost second nature. And that comes thru practice. Lots of it. By the time I went thru all of EET's problems once, I would go back and redo them. I rarely remembered the individual problem details. I did this until I could quickly assess and do the problem without reference to procedure or theory. I took only the EET materials into the exam and opened them a handful of times to reference formulas I couldn''t recall and for the Safety questions. Other than that, I motored thru. Oh, and geometrics. I didn't review that at all pretest so I did use EET's materials to muddle those couple problems. In my opinion, the majority of pretest preparation/study should focus on speed and how fast one can recognize problems. If this means doing the same problem 10 times in a row until it's burned into your brain, so be it. Speed. It's the key. Hang in there. You'll get it.
  2. Here’s my 2 cents, hopefully it is helpful I took the exam (Construction) for the first time in October and passed. I would very much recommend choosing that depth, especially if that’s your background. The test is very manageable and passable. I’m not quite sure what to make of the lower pass rates, but I didn’t find it overly difficult. I did take a prep course, EET, and would absolutely recommend them. Frankly, I think anyone planning to take the Construction portion should 100% go with EET and this is why: I graduated and passed the EIT/FE in 1999. For the past 20yrs I’ve worked in construction but primarily in administration with very little technical work. However, in the past couple years, I’ve started to get more involved technically and decided it was time to finally get my P.E. Once I decided to start the process, the next decision was deciding on the best prep method. Self-study or a course. Considering I hadn’t cracked a text book in 20 yrs, hadn’t thought about Open Channel Flow, Free Body Diagrams or Effective Stress in an eternity and work 50-60 hrs/week with two young children. I needed to be efficient and re-learn most of my engineering education in a very short time period. So, I decided on a course and I decided on EET. I had a co-worker that used them and recommended them, so I signed up for their Breadth recordings and live Depth course. Their course started July 20 and their final practice exam was a week or so before the test. I did not follow their course to a tee. I didn’t start studying in earnest until August and lost most of September to life. However, I did use their webinar recordings and caught a live teaching whenever I could. EET’s material consists of two 3”, 3-ring binders. One for the Breadth and one for the Depth. Those two binders were the only materials I took into the exam. I planned on taking the SP(4) Formwork book but forgot it. As an aside, there were 3 formwork questions that required the use of that book (F&%k!!!). Anyway, their course and their materials got me up to speed quickly and thru the exam. Their materials were accurate and reflective of what I saw on the exam. I can’t say enough about their program and definitively recommend them. In my experience and opinion, EET is all you need to pass the Construction portion.
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