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Highly recommend EET. Took the SE Vertical course for the Fall of 2018, and just passed the October 2018 exam. I took the SE exam in 2014, both the Vertical and Lateral without any refresher course and didn't do well. I don't think I would have passed without taking the course. I'm still debating whether to take the Lateral in April or October of this year. But I'll definitely be signing up for the course again. The course has already started for the April exam so I need to make a decision soon. The course is rigorous with plenty of practice problems. I believe if you put in the time and take advantage of everything the course has to offer you'll be at a level required to have a shot at passing. The 2 instructors who teach the SE courses are very knowledgeable were always available for questions. Hope I'll have the same success with the Lateral! Have heard mixed opinions on the Lateral being easier/harder than Vertical.

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26 minutes ago, LACO84 said:

Highly recommend EET. Took the SE Vertical course for the Fall of 2018, and just passed the October 2018 exam. I took the SE exam in 2014, both the Vertical and Lateral without any refresher course and didn't do well. I don't think I would have passed without taking the course. I'm still debating whether to take the Lateral in April or October of this year. But I'll definitely be signing up for the course again. The course has already started for the April exam so I need to make a decision soon. The course is rigorous with plenty of practice problems. I believe if you put in the time and take advantage of everything the course has to offer you'll be at a level required to have a shot at passing. The 2 instructors who teach the SE courses are very knowledgeable were always available for questions. Hope I'll have the same success with the Lateral! Have heard mixed opinions on the Lateral being easier/harder than Vertical.

i think a lot depends on how much seismic design you do in practice, making the lateral easier or not.

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To everyone aspiring to pass the SE Lateral (and I would certainly assume vertical, although I did not take this portion of the course) I recommend to take the EET prep course.  I went into the test this October feeling aptly prepared - after having taken both parts this past April and feeling overwhelmed on both days.  The course requires a dogged determination to keep pace and ensure you're spending enough time with each topic, but that's what you have to expect if you're trying to pass this test. The information provided is very solidly written, well organized, and easy to follow and reference.  The two instructors - Ahmed and Foued - are great at what they do and passionate in helping each individual student grasp the material with their out of class availability.  I have recommended this course to everyone that's asked about it since.  People that have come to me at work and browsed my study materials were so impressed that they've considered taking the course even without the express intent of sitting for the exam!  Can't speak highly enough about it.  If you want to pass, take this class!

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I'm officially registered for vertical april 2019 :12:

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Wow, what a great class!  Now I've got the same feeling waiting to get my practice test back as I did 6 months ago from NCEES

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ugh I didn't keep up the way I wanted to and haven't even done the practice exam yet :(:(:( failllllllllll. great class though, I agree!

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4 hours ago, cal91 said:

Still have a week to study! :)

yep. just made my countdown schedule of topics!!

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On 3/25/2019 at 7:40 PM, tj_PE said:

ugh I didn't keep up the way I wanted to and haven't even done the practice exam yet :(:(:( failllllllllll. great class though, I agree!

No worries, I haven't either. But the final week will be fun. It reminds me of that scene in Star Wars: A new hope, where they are explaining the plan to destroy the death star. And with similar odds. My hope is that in the afternoon, when I open that problem pamphlet and stare in panic at whatever madness NCEES has concocted...I'll suddenly feel calmed by a voice over my shoulder.

"Is that you, Dr. Ibrahim?" I'll say.   

"Yes," he'll reply. "May the (understanding of lateral) force (design) be with you."

At which point I'll rock the test and burn all my codes right outside the facility upon completion, to show my unshakable confidence. 

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31 minutes ago, Nathan55 said:

No worries, I haven't either. But the final week will be fun. It reminds me of that scene in Star Wars: A new hope, where they are explaining the plan to destroy the death star. And with similar odds. My hope is that in the afternoon, when I open that problem pamphlet and stare in panic at whatever madness NCEES has concocted...I'll suddenly feel calmed by a voice over my shoulder.

"Is that you, Dr. Ibrahim?" I'll say.   

"Yes," he'll reply. "May the (understanding of lateral) force (design) be with you."

At which point I'll rock the test and burn all my codes right outside the facility upon completion, to show my unshakable confidence. 

I hope you're testing in Seattle.

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41 minutes ago, tj_PE said:

I hope you're testing in Seattle.

Unfortunately no. But the good thing is that as it turns out, the tears I've collected from my previous attempts make a rather exquisite accelerant; so the pyrotechnics should be visible in both Seattle and Seneca, SC (NCEES HQ) despite the distances involved.

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6 minutes ago, Nathan55 said:

Unfortunately no. But the good thing is that as it turns out, the tears I've collected from my previous attempts make a rather exquisite accelerant; so the pyrotechnics should be visible in both Seattle and Seneca, SC (NCEES HQ) despite the distances involved.

cool, cause I remembered I'm not taking lateral so I wouldn't be there anyway. I'll be sure to stand outside from approx 3p EST through 5p PST waiting for the show.

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22 hours ago, tj_PE said:

cool, cause I remembered I'm not taking lateral so I wouldn't be there anyway. I'll be sure to stand outside from approx 3p EST through 5p PST waiting for the show.

That's good to split them up. Lateral is where the true fun begins. EET is a legit class; the instructors have taught excellent material. Around 50% of people will pass vertical on the first try, which is approaching the pass rate of some of the more difficult PE exams. After that walking, into the lateral exam reminds me of when Batman meets Bane the first time in The Dark Knight Rises. Batman is confident, but things go badly very quickly.

*I enter the testing site, feeling good*

Test Proctors: Ah. The Vertical Exam has cost you your strength. Victory has defeated you. 

*I turn in test*

NCEES Graders: You engineer like a younger man. Nothing held back. Admirable...but...mistaken. *marks essay problem 'improvement required'*

*One Essay problem shows I don't know what I'm doing, but I valiantly fight to get enough points*

NCEES Graders: Theatricality and deception...powerful agents to the uninitiated PE graders. But we are initiated, aren't we? *marks essay problem 'unacceptable'*

*I receive the email from NCEES on results. Did I pass?*

NCEES Graders: Ah yes.....I was wondering which would break first. Your spirit...or your body! *marks results unacceptable for licensure*

*I send another check to register for the test again*

NCEES: Your precious test registration fee! Gratefully accepted! We will need it.

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On 3/27/2019 at 10:48 AM, Nathan55 said:

"Yes," he'll reply. "May the (understanding of lateral) force (design) be with you."

 

4 hours ago, Nathan55 said:

NCEES Graders: Ah yes.....I was wondering which would break first. Your spirit...or your body! *marks results unacceptable for licensure*

Can we get some Marvel quotes next?

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17 minutes ago, onemanwolfpack said:

 

Can we get some Marvel quotes next?

*Initial confidence as I walk in, I've taken this test before, right? I have experience*

NCEES: Well, if you consider failure experience.

*I ask NCEES chatbots if there is a way to find out what I did wrong in the essay problems*

NCEES chatbot: No you cannot. But...I know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right...yet...to fail nonetheless. It turns the legs to jelly. Dread it...run from it....your unacceptable results arrives all the same. 

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Some of you may have spent this past weekend studying furiously. I did not. 

The good news is I programmed a simulation which provided me with all 14 million six hundred and five possible outcomes for this saturday. 

The bad news is I only passed in one of those scenarios.

We're in the endgame now.

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6 hours ago, Nathan55 said:

Some of you may have spent this past weekend studying furiously. I did not. 

The good news is I programmed a simulation which provided me with all 14 million six hundred and five possible outcomes for this saturday. 

The bad news is I only passed in one of those scenarios.

We're in the endgame now.

Nathan... There was no other way.... (Cal turns to ashes...)

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12 minutes ago, cal91 said:
6 hours ago, Nathan55 said:

Some of you may have spent this past weekend studying furiously. I did not. 

The good news is I programmed a simulation which provided me with all 14 million six hundred and five possible outcomes for this saturday. 

The bad news is I only passed in one of those scenarios.

We're in the endgame now.

Nathan... There was no other way.... (Cal turns to ashes...)

I can't wait for Endgame so we can get some quotes that are a little more optimistic (hopefully).

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17 hours ago, onemanwolfpack said:

I can't wait for Endgame so we can get some quotes that are a little more optimistic (hopefully).

I'm with you there. When the test is over I can focus on cool new movies. Oh and, based on the new trailer from this morning...

*turns in test to proctors*

NCEES graders: You could not live with your own failure. And where did that bring you? Back...to me.

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Came here for advice on EET for SE exam...but got so much more 😂

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47 minutes ago, Weaveman said:

Came here for advice on EET for SE exam...but go so much more 😂

TLDR: do it :) 

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Took bridge vertical for the first time in April 2018.  Studied a ton and failed.  Decided if I didn't change the way I prepared, the result would be the same.  So I took the EET vertical class and passed vertical in October 2018.  Then took the EET lateral class and passed lateral on the first attempt in April 2019.  Everyone knows that there is a crazy amount of material covered on this test.  EET does a good job of focusing you on the stuff that is going to be on the test.  With the binder that you receive for the class, they have taken all of that reference material and given you the stuff that you are most likely to need, especially in the AM.  I'm not saying that the binder totally replaces all of the codes (you mostly still need things like AISC and NDS tables and charts), but having so much of the information in one place minimizes the amount of shuffling around you need to do during the exam.  I struggled to finish the exam in the allotted time, so every minute is important.  A few minutes saved by not having to dig books out could mean having time to finish another question or two, which could be the difference between pass and fail.  They also provide some great reference material and guidance for the PM bridge questions.

I'm quite certain that I wouldn't have passed the SE without the EET class.  It's not that I wasn't capable of doing it on my own, but at this stage in life (with work and 3 kids, etc.) there were just not enough hours in the day to spend the amount of time it would've taken.  Don't get me wrong, between the lectures, homework, and mini-exams, completing the class is a lot of work.  And its not cheap.  But in my opinion, the class focuses you on the important stuff and makes the most efficient use of your time.  So to me, that made it worth the price.

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Hi All,

First post here. I just passed the SE exam and wanted to give a big shoutout to EET. I took both components in the Fall and passed one, retook the course (it's free one time only) and learned a whole lot more this time to pass the second component this April. I feel I can sit here all day to write a good review about this course but it is simply not enough to justify how impactful this course has been not only to help me pass, but made me a better practicing structural engineer. Both instructors have exceptional knowledge in this field and they actually cared every step of the way in helping the students. Take this course and ask questions! There are a lot of materials covered on the exam and self-studying is simply not efficient. The course is built in a way to help you understand the material and the instructors were very responsive in answering questions any time and date of the week. The course is not cheap for a reason, because it offers so much in return. Join the SE club by signing up EET! 

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