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First post here although I lurk from time to time,l... first time taking it this fall... I made a 42/80 Civil Structural. Trying not to get too down on myself and as ironic as it sounds it's extremely motivated me and I've applied to take it again in April.

I don't want to risk studying alone again and looking over the same stuff so I'm looking at a prep course to refine my depth portion where I struggled the most.

I'm looking at both School of PE as well as EET. Right now I'm leaning towards EET as of this moment.

My question is for those who have taken EET Civil-Structural as well as any other depth. Is it best to get the On-Demand prep for the breadth portion? On the depth portion will the Live Webinars be better in having the ability to watch live and ask questions? Any and all comments are welcome.

Those of you that have just found out you passed  Congratulations!!!

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I've taken SoPE in the past but this last round, I decided to go with EET.  Even though I'm an enviro, I was so weak in water that I figured I'd need all the help I could get.

I can't speak for the structural exam, but EET is really good about providing a great binder, lots of practice exams, and homework questions.  I seriously think it's one of the main reasons I passed this round.

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I have heard good things about School of PE. I passed the April Transportation depth 1st try, but I did not take any classes, so I cannot personally attest to any of them. Just passing along what I have heard from other people that I know personally, and SOPE comes up a lot.

 

Hope this helps, and keep after it!!

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I think I'm just the person you are looking for. I took Civil Structural in April 2018 and failed with 48/80. I took it again this October and passed! The first time around I used School of PE for breadth and depth portions. I found the breadth to be very good from School of PE, however the depth was greatly lacking. The second time around I used EET. I did not like their breadth notes and lectures, however their depth was AMAZING! The notes they provided for the depth were so good I rarely need to reference anything else. I'm not sure if your company would reimburse you for these courses, but I know a big part of my success was taking the best of these two courses and combining them. For the exam I took my breadth notes from School of PE and my depth notes from EET, along with all the other required references. 

I also am a big fan of on demand, because you can start much earlier than the live classes. I don't think the live schedule leaves you with enough time to do practice problems on the material. If I had to take the exam again I would start the at the beginning of January. That gives you one month to watch lectures for breadth, one month for the depth lectures and the month before the test (March) just for practice problems. Last but not least, get familiar with your notes provided by the course you are going to take. 

I know exactly where you are coming from taking it the second time. One of the hardest parts of the exam is structuring your study schedule. Don't hesitate to ask any question you have on the courses or anything else. 

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29 minutes ago, USC_Engineer PE said:

I think I'm just the person you are looking for. I took Civil Structural in April 2018 and failed with 48/80. I took it again this October and passed! The first time around I used School of PE for breadth and depth portions. I found the breadth to be very good from School of PE, however the depth was greatly lacking. The second time around I used EET. I did not like their breadth notes and lectures, however their depth was AMAZING! The notes they provided for the depth were so good I rarely need to reference anything else. I'm not sure if your company would reimburse you for these courses, but I know a big part of my success was taking the best of these two courses and combining them. For the exam I took my breadth notes from School of PE and my depth notes from EET, along with all the other required references. 

I also am a big fan of on demand, because you can start much earlier than the on demand classes. I don't think the on demand schedule leaves you with enough time to do practice problems on the material. If I had to take the exam again I would start the at the beginning of January. That gives you one month to watch lectures for breadth, one month for the depth lectures and the month before the test (March) just for practice problems. Last but not least, get familiar with your notes provided by the course you are going to take. 

I know exactly where you are coming from taking it the second time. One of the hardest parts of the exam is structuring your study schedule. Don't hesitate to ask any question you have on the courses or anything else. 

You hit the nail on the head. Thank you so much for the advice and congratulations on passing.

Did you take On demand or live webinar specifically for Structural Depth?

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I took On Demand for all of the topics including structural depth. If you are diligent with a study plan I think its the best option. Just make sure you do the homework problems that correspond with each topic as you watch the lectures. It helps the lecture material sink in more.  

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Thanks again man. I think I’m going to go ahead with EET and use a few School of PE notes for the morning which I heard were good.

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10 minutes ago, ads0221 said:

Thanks again man. I think I’m going to go ahead with EET and use a few School of PE notes for the morning which I heard were good.

Just saw that I made a typo above, I meant to say the live classes don't leave you with enough time. Also one last piece of advise make sure you take every reference listed listed by NCEES. 

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I’ve got all the references. I’m thinking about doing live for the depth exclusively in case I have any questions as well as keep me on a schedule.

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I’ll add another recommendation for EET. The reference binders are great. Here’s a good (disturbing) bit of proof: I made a very dumb mistake and meant to sign up for the Water Resources PM exam, but somehow selected Construction instead. I didn’t know of my mistake until I sat down to take the test. I had taken the Water Resources depth EET course, and the EET breadth course as well. The EET binder for breadth luckily contained a lot of things needed for the Construction PM exam, and I was able to pass. I had other references as well, but the EET binders were invaluable.

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I took the PE Civil Transportation in October for the first time and passed the exam. EET was great to help me to be prepared in such a short time of two months. Special thanks to Samir who was always available to answer my questions!

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I second the opinion about School of PE: great for morning preparation (really great, I feel I could answer correctly around 35-40 questions, and still had 1 hour left), but very weak for Structural afternoon part.

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Don’t feel down. According to some of the Texas posts, this was an extremely hard exam! I think the cut score is around 46/47. That’s really low. I took structural last April, my 3rd attempt, and it was the hardest exam. You can do it. Just keep going at it. I highly recommended EET. Also, having done this 4x, there’s a bit of luck as well. It’s crazy how different each exam can be and you just never know what they’ll throw at you. 

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3 hours ago, USC_Engineer PE said:

I think I'm just the person you are looking for. I took Civil Structural in April 2018 and failed with 48/80. I took it again this October and passed! The first time around I used School of PE for breadth and depth portions. I found the breadth to be very good from School of PE, however the depth was greatly lacking. The second time around I used EET. I did not like their breadth notes and lectures, however their depth was AMAZING! The notes they provided for the depth were so good I rarely need to reference anything else. I'm not sure if your company would reimburse you for these courses, but I know a big part of my success was taking the best of these two courses and combining them. For the exam I took my breadth notes from School of PE and my depth notes from EET, along with all the other required references. 

I also am a big fan of on demand, because you can start much earlier than the live classes. I don't think the live schedule leaves you with enough time to do practice problems on the material. If I had to take the exam again I would start the at the beginning of January. That gives you one month to watch lectures for breadth, one month for the depth lectures and the month before the test (March) just for practice problems. Last but not least, get familiar with your notes provided by the course you are going to take. 

I know exactly where you are coming from taking it the second time. One of the hardest parts of the exam is structuring your study schedule. Don't hesitate to ask any question you have on the courses or anything else. 

now my recommendations for you - support EBdotcom and make sure you stick around to help others! :) 

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Mate,

I took SoPE as well as EET this fall. With little over three weeks for the examination, it was a tough call. SoPE was great with breath portion. I was not happy with the depth, although I was looking for more practice. EET feel right through for depth. I got the recommendation for EET in this site. Hands down, I would recommend EET. All the very best for your spring exam. Thanks.

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3 hours ago, ads0221 said:

First post here although I lurk from time to time,l... first time taking it this fall... I made a 42/80 Civil Structural. Trying not to get too down on myself and as ironic as it sounds it's extremely motivated me and I've applied to take it again in April.

I don't want to risk studying alone again and looking over the same stuff so I'm looking at a prep course to refine my depth portion where I struggled the most.

I'm looking at both School of PE as well as EET. Right now I'm leaning towards EET as of this moment.

My question is for those who have taken EET Civil-Structural as well as any other depth. Is it best to get the On-Demand prep for the breadth portion? On the depth portion will the Live Webinars be better in having the ability to watch live and ask questions? Any and all comments are welcome.

Those of you that have just found out you passed  Congratulations!!!

I am on the same boat except I failed structural twice. I would love to get ideas from Civil - Structural examinees here and not study by myself

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3 hours ago, USC_Engineer PE said:

I think I'm just the person you are looking for. I took Civil Structural in April 2018 and failed with 48/80. I took it again this October and passed! The first time around I used School of PE for breadth and depth portions. I found the breadth to be very good from School of PE, however the depth was greatly lacking. The second time around I used EET. I did not like their breadth notes and lectures, however their depth was AMAZING! The notes they provided for the depth were so good I rarely need to reference anything else. I'm not sure if your company would reimburse you for these courses, but I know a big part of my success was taking the best of these two courses and combining them. For the exam I took my breadth notes from School of PE and my depth notes from EET, along with all the other required references. 

I also am a big fan of on demand, because you can start much earlier than the live classes. I don't think the live schedule leaves you with enough time to do practice problems on the material. If I had to take the exam again I would start the at the beginning of January. That gives you one month to watch lectures for breadth, one month for the depth lectures and the month before the test (March) just for practice problems. Last but not least, get familiar with your notes provided by the course you are going to take

I know exactly where you are coming from taking it the second time. One of the hardest parts of the exam is structuring your study schedule. Don't hesitate to ask any question you have on the courses or anything else. 

This is very helpful! 

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26 minutes ago, Azadeh said:

I took the PE Civil Transportation in October for the first time and passed the exam. EET was a great to help me be prepared in such a short time of two months. Special thanks to Samir who was always available to answer my questions!

I will definitely  take the EET transportation depth.

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The answers I've gotten so far have been extremely helpful and thanks to everyone for the recommendations.

I'm going to sign up for EET in the next week or two.

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EET's water resources depth is the absolute best!  

 

I have three kids (3 and under) and decided to take the course to help prepare in the midst of a crazy life.  I am so thankful for Nazrul and the course. I just did the on-demand course as my goal was to study without my kids even knowing I was studying (yes, that means early morning and late nights).

 

Just heard that I passed first time and seriously think anyone on the fence about a course should sign up for EET.

 

Ryan

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I took the Civil Structural this past April and failed with ~42 or 43 and passed this exam. Now, before I state what I am about to say I am only stating what worked for me. Don’t sign up to take the review courses. The structural pe exam is long... I used every second, both exam cycles, and still wish I had more time. Not that that questions were ‘too hard’ but more of the questions just take time.

I had a friend that had the EET binder and I gave it a look over after I failed in April and it seemed to be a GREAT resource for the breadth portion of the exam. Problem was, I felt good about the breadth section in April by only using the CERM. To me, the more material you have as a crutch, the more time you waste.

For the morning I was CERM only with some other practice exam books. I familiarized myself throughly with them just so I knew where to find some of the ‘similar’ topic questions that could have been asked on the exam. Excess time is key in the am.

Now, for what helped me tremendously. The exam schedule states the last 6 questions on the exam are code questions. Have all code books. As soon as the evening section started, I flipped to the end and did the last 6 questions. To me, if you have the material they are gimme questions. In April, I got the 5 minute warning and still hadn’t made it this far in the exam- thus nit having time to look them up. After receiving my diagnostic, that section I got 0-6 questions. To me, that was killer. So, I went into this cycle wanting to give myself he best opportunity to succeed so I wanted to make sure to get the last 6 correct. I am positive I got 5 out of the 6 correct (I did not have the AASHTO). After I found and answered all these code question, I went to the beginning of the evening section and started working problems like normal.

so, what worked for me was HOW I took the exam, not necessarily the prep work. I will also say that after I took and failed the exam the first time, I better understood how I needed to study and know the code books better. I truly felt I knew the code books better after taking the exam than before (which was a good and bad feeling at the same time).

keep your head up and keep expanding your understanding. Anyone who has failed the exam WILL pass if it’s something you truly want and realize how to better themselves and exam scores.  

 

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