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Very disappointed, 2nd lateral attempt.... AM: 28/40, PM: steel and concrete: Acceptable, Wood/Masonry: improvement req’d; General: Unacceptable. Whereas last Spring I got Acceptable on the General question. So annoyed!!!!!! This last General question was ANNNOYING AS HELL and it may have cost me the exam? But, who knows???

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Dang, you were close. I recall the time I passed lateral everyone was complaining about one problem that I found easy; but when I failed vertical I was complaining about a problem that everyone else said was easy. Sometimes you just need the exam questions to be "favorable" to your own skill set it seem. Luck of the draw I guess, at least you're not consistently deficient in one topic.

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8 hours ago, TehMightyEngineer said:

Dang, you were close. I recall the time I passed lateral everyone was complaining about one problem that I found easy; but when I failed vertical I was complaining about a problem that everyone else said was easy. Sometimes you just need the exam questions to be "favorable" to your own skill set it seem. Luck of the draw I guess, at least you're not consistently deficient in one topic.

I dunno, after two attempts I don't know what is next. If I was younger I would leave this field for something different. I cannot imagine a way to be any more prepared than I was this time. It is an enormous commitment for a "competency" exam in which so much is riding on passing it. I wish I chose a different path; I certainly do not encourage anyone to enter this field.

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Still waiting on Illinois to release the results. It is SO VERY HARD to see everyone getting their results and still be waiting. I am hoping for today!

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WA was out yesterday, btw. 

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Illinois is out on continental testing.  I failed.  Will be interesting to see my diagnostic.  I felt really comfortable on the exam except for one afternoon problem (the vertical wood) that I just completely bombed.

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4 hours ago, SE-wishes said:

I dunno, after two attempts I don't know what is next. If I was younger I would leave this field for something different. I cannot imagine a way to be any more prepared than I was this time. It is an enormous commitment for a "competency" exam in which so much is riding on passing it. I wish I chose a different path; I certainly do not encourage anyone to enter this field.

I understand what you mean (and agree it should not come down to luck of the draw if you know your stuff), so I offer you (and anyone else considering taking the SE exam) my thoughts; the exam is brutal (a little too much IMO) but it also means that if you pass this you should be respected as an engineer who is on-top of their game. The extreme difficulty adds distinction to someone calling themselves an SE in my mind. I highly doubt there are many license exams in the professional world harder than than the SE exam. I took the exam in a region that doesn't require an SE precisely because of this extreme challenge.

When I finally passed the SE exam I felt that I had learned just as much from studying for the SE exam as I had in college. I also felt that the SE exam had exposed me to many more things that I just hadn't fully learned in daily work. It was what truly allowed me to personally feel confident going out in the world and stating, "I am a structural engineer!"

I know it doesn't help with your immediate goals, but each time you work toward the SE is 6 months of effort to making yourself a better structural engineer. I spent 2 years working on the exam and it was brutal, but when I finally passed it was the sweetest feeling. Think of how many PDH hours or meetings or college courses we take that do nothing for us professionally. This time is not wasted, whether you pass or not.

So, with that, take a break to regroup. Figure out what you need to do differently this time around. Don't just do the same thing over again as it clearly didn't work. Try to mix things up and re-engage yourself so you can get back on the horse 100% motivated. You're so close, it would be a shame to quit now.

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Unfortunately I did not pass second time around, I am really bummed, put hopeful. The sad part is that I knew my stuff but could not illustrate it to the grader for the afternoon. I will have to do it again and I have to come up with a way to tackle the afternoon this time. My morning was 30/40 and afternoon was IR,IR,U,A

Yaz

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I needed a break on this exam. This past year has been a nightmare after a nightmare. Each time my studying was interrupted by personal disasters. In the spring it was my grandmother passing away 3 weeks before the exam. This fall it was my son being born 15 weeks premature a month before the exam and spending every moment i wasn't sleeping or working, studying or in the hospital. I was praying that this exam would go easy on me. But as per usual, The exam was designed to hurt, break, and punish you for your career choice, and it certainly did that.

Now all that is left is the waiting in Connecticut, but i'm really not holding my breath. Who knows maybe I got lucky and the exam grader was kind.

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5 minutes ago, YAZRABADI said:

Unfortunately I did not pass second time around, I am really bummed, put hopeful. The sad part is that I knew my stuff but could not illustrate it to the grader for the afternoon. I will have to do it again and I have to come up with a way to tackle the afternoon this time. My morning was 30/40 and afternoon was IR,IR,U,A

Yaz

Sounds like we were comparably close for lateral bldgs.  Such a bummer right? I was 28/40; A,A,U,IR.  That 3rd problem (General Analy) was awful, I kept flipping back and forth trying to get it straight in my mind; I went from Acceptable in the Spring to Unacceptable in the Fall on it, how does that happen?!

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40 minutes ago, rickaccused said:

I needed a break on this exam. This past year has been a nightmare after a nightmare. Each time my studying was interrupted by personal disasters. In the spring it was my grandmother passing away 3 weeks before the exam. This fall it was my son being born 15 weeks premature a month before the exam and spending every moment i wasn't sleeping or working, studying or in the hospital. I was praying that this exam would go easy on me. But as per usual, The exam was designed to hurt, break, and punish you for your career choice, and it certainly did that.

Now all that is left is the waiting in Connecticut, but i'm really not holding my breath. Who knows maybe I got lucky and the exam grader was kind.

When you eventually pass this exam, it will be crazy to look back and think about what you were able to overcome on your road to SE.

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1 hour ago, TheBigGuy said:

When you eventually pass this exam, it will be crazy to look back and think about what you were able to overcome on your road to SE.

WHO SAYS THAT BULLSHIT CAN'T GET YOU A PASSING GRADE

Edit: That being said, I wrote all of the stuff down that I knew how to do. It's awesome that got me far enough to get the credit on that stupid general analysis problem.

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