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  1. In the morning test, you will get 40 multi-choice questions, and I made 27 right. So that is 27/40. To pass the morning test, you need to make at least 28. In the afternoon test, you will get 4 questions if you take the building (3 questions for bridge). NCEES will grade your answer as A, IR or U. "A" is "Acceptable". "IR" is "Improvement Required". "U" is "Unacceptable". Anytime, you will fail the exam if you get "U" for any question. I think you will still pass the exam if you get one "A" with "IR" for others. NCEES does not give clear details on the passing score for the afternoon test. There are lots of discussion about it in the forum. Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have other questions.
  2. My majority work is about steel and concrete. I also worked on wood a little bit and with almost zero experience on masonry. But as you know, people do not do hand calculation in the daily work. So the experience can only give you limited help unless you read the codes very carefully and did a lot of hand calcs in your work. To be honest, I never used the tables in AISC manual in my daily work. I worked on bridges for about 5 months. And it does not help with my exam at all. So I was focusing on AEI lectures after work. I cannot say how many hours for studying. It took me about 4 weeks (Feb. 1st to Feb. 28, 2019) for the vertical exam. That means 100% focusing on it. I spent every hour I can on this. From March 1st, I started the lateral preparation. The exam date was April 05, so I did not have enough time for lateral. I passed the vertical but fail the lateral in the April exam. In my opinion, the vertical exam is easier than lateral, and the AEI PE classes cover some chapters of the SE vertical test. I retake the AEI class in August and spent about 2 or 3 hours on the lateral exam for the work days. I need to take care of my kids on Saturday, and could study about 4 or 5 hours on Sunday. It took my about two months to finish the lateral preparation. Hope this helps. Best luck!
  3. I cannot say that AEI's binder covers 100% of the test every time. But based on my experience (one vertical and twice lateral), it covers more than 90% of the test every time. So my suggestion is focusing on the binder first. It will help you at least get a good score, and do your best engineering judgement on the rest. I think this should be enough to pass the test. If you feel confident on the binders and still have time, you can absolutely search code references, which will increase the chance passing the test. Hope it helps. Good luck.
  4. Just_SE

    S.E exam books

    I highly recommend AEI ( Advanced Engineering institute). I took both vertical and lateral classes (building) with them. I did my first trial for both vertical and lateral in April 2019, passing vertical and fail lateral (27/40 AM, A, A, IR, U). Then I passed my lateral in Oct 2019. I only took AEI's handout and required codes with me for both exams. AEI's handout in really detailed and helpful. I can almost find all the things I need for the exam from their handout. Hope this help. Good luck for the exam.
  5. On their website, click on the "Classes" tab and find the "SE Vertical Forces", under the "Show Live Webinar Info & Schedule", you will see that the first class starts on Jan 12 (Sunday). If you enrolled the "On-Demand" class, you will have immediate access to the recorded lectures for the Oct 2019 class, as long as your account is approved. You will also have access to the new lectures of the lived class after they upload weekly. Hope this will help. Good luck for the exam.
  6. Sorry to hear about this. I am also a structural guy and passed my PE in Oct 2018 with my first trial. Hope my suggestions will help. I think it is really important to make sure you understand the concepts before spending much time on practice questions. Just think about it, all the questions are 6-min questions, so the calculation should not be too hard. But if you do not have a basic concept on what NCEES is asking, you cannot solve it. Right? There are so many topics for the AM test, you need to make sure that you are familiar with you materials and find the references fast enough to get time on calculation. The PM portion is a little bit harder than the AM, since it is deeper. You need to have solid concept on basic structural engineering design, especially for the topics that you might not do in you daily work. Just in case you are really looking for online classes, I would like to recommend Civil PE Breadth from EET (Engineering Education & Training) for AM portion and Civil PE Structure Depth from AEI (Advanced Engineering Institute) for PM portion. These two classes used to be one same institute which offers both breadth and structure depth. But since this October, Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Zayati (who taught structure depth at EET) started their own business. I would like to say their classes cover majority of the topics in the exam, and they also offer practice problems and mini exams for each topic, as well as a full-time simulated practice exam two weeks before the exam date, so you can test if you are fully prepared. Also, all the instructors are really professional and responsive. You will get quick reply whenever you have questions to ask. Their handout is really detailed and straightforward. They have a summary sheet for each topic which contains important concept and equations. At last, do not lose your confidence. You will never fail until you give up! Give yourself some confidence and some rest. And then try it again! Good luck!
  7. Hi all, I passed my PE-structure in Oct 2018 and just passed my SE exam in this Oct test. I saw people asking about what classed to take for the exams. Since many structural engineers failed the PE-structure exam because of a no-good performance in the afternoon depth portion, I would like to highly recommend the PE Structure Depth lectures by AEI (Advanced Engineering Institute) and share my experience here. Hope it will be helpful. I have about three years experience on building design and one year experience on telecommunication tower analysis when I took the PE exam. With AEI's help, I passed the exam easily with my first trial. I would like to give a 5 star rating on AEI's PE-structure depth lectures. Their handouts are really detailed and helpful. They divide their handouts to chapters (concrete, steel, wood, masonry, structural analysis, etc). And they have summary sheets for each chapter which contains important requirements and equations. Besides, they provide homework practice problems and mini-exams for each chapter, as well as a simulated practice exam two weeks before the exam date. Their practice problems are really close to the level of the real exam questions, and the summary sheet can help you get the answer as soon as you can. Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Zayati are really professional and responsive. I can email them questions at any time and usually get their answers on the next day. I even got their reply when they were overseas. I hope this will help if you are looking to take PE-structural and looking for a class. Follow their lectures and work on their practices, you will find that the exam is not that hard to pass! If you want to know more information, here is their website https://www.aei-california.com. I also post another review on AEI's SE class. To those who are interested in SE exam, below is the link of my review, you can click on the arrow at the top right corner to read. Feel free to let me know if their is anything I can help you with. I know how it feels when I know I am passing, and I would like to share the happiness with you all. Hope everyone can get a Pass on his/her next exam. Best wishes.
  8. Good luck. Their classes are really helpful. Focus on their handouts and follow their classes and suggestions, you should be good. Good luck!
  9. Hi all, This is my first post. I just pass my SE exam in this Oct test, and saw many people ask about what lectures to take. I would like to highly recommend the AEI (Advanced Engineering Institute) SE lectures and share my experience here. Hope it will be helpful. I have three years experience on building design and one year experience on telecommunication tower analysis. I passed PE exam in Oct 2018 with taking EET Civil Breadth and Structural Depth (Now AEI). I took both SE Vertical and Lateral (Building) exams in April 2019 with taking EET SE Vertical and Lateral lectures (Now all SE lectures change to AEI). I passed the Vertical with my first trial and failed the Lateral (27/40, A, A, IR, U). I did my second trial on Lateral in Oct 2019 and made a pass. I am living in North Carolina, and high seismic design is not something I did in my daily work. So their lectures really helped me a lot. I would like to give a 5 star rating on AEI SE lectures and PE (structural) lectures. Their handouts are really detailed and helpful. They divide their handouts to chapters (concrete, steel, wood, masonry, seismic, wind, bridge, foundation, etc). And they have summary sheets for each chapter which contains important requirements and equations. Besides, they provide homework practice problems and mini-exams for each chapter, as well as a simulated practice exam two weeks before the exam date. Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Zayati are really professional and responsive. I can email them questions at any time and usually get their answers on the next day. I even got their reply when they were overseas. I worked on lateral preparation for about one month for my April exam, which is not enough and I even did not finish all their lectures. But I still got a very close grade. AEI provide free one-time repeat if did not pass for the first attempt, and I can get full access to all the old and new lectures with their detailed explanation on any questions I had. After completing the repeat lectures and all their practice exams. I was very confident for the exam. I only took their handouts and the required codes to the exam, without any other references. Their practice problems are really close to the level of the real exam questions, and the summary sheet can help you get the answer as soon as you can. I hope this will help if you are looking to take PE-structural or SE exam and looking for a class. Follow their lectures and work on their practices, you will find that the exam is not that hard to pass! If you want to know more information, here is their website https://www.aei-california.com. Feel free to let me know if their is anything I can help you with. I know how it feels when I know I am passing, and I would like to share the happiness with you all. Hope everyone can get an acceptable on their next exam. Best wishes.
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