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    Civil/Geotech/Railroad
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    EIT
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  1. I passed the Oct 2017 civil-construction depth exam (2nd attempt) after being out of school for many, many years. I'm 57 years old so don't let age dissuade you. Here was my strategy after failing the first attempt: Review Courses: The Ultimate Civil PE Review Course and EET's Breadth and Depth Practice Exams: For construction depth, include as much geotech review as possible. My practice exams included ones from EET, Ultimate Civil Engineer Review Course, Goswami, NCEES, Beth Lin Hartmann, Learncivilengineering.com, and
  2. I was fortunate and passed this second attempt at construction depth. After my first attempt last April, I considered switching depth sections - I'm glad I didn't. Build upon what you have learned. My prep included EET depth and breadth on-demand sessions and the on-demand Ultimate Civil Engineer Review Course by Isaac. EET is great at re-teaching you principles, and Isaac's course is 99% problem solving w/o going deep into theory . I would not have passed without taking both. Isaac's construction and geotech review modules are a must. Also, there's no doubt my field experience with conc
  3. Excellent! I wish you the very best. Maybe we will hear in a couple of weeks.
  4. As good as EET is, they can't cover everything. In addition to EET last April, I also took The Ultimate Civil Engineer PE Review by Isaac. He doesn't get into theory much - it's more of practice problems - tons of them and a couple of great practice exams, and it helped very much. Some of the questions just plain require experience. Had I not had a hands-on geotech and materials testing background, I would have been guessing at some of those, as none of my references covered specifics of materials testing.
  5. That's a very tough question, as the NCEES scoring policy seems complicated and really involved, with stats people and testing professionals analyzing results. I am fairly confident I got 60/80 for sure, and hopefully guessed at least 25% of the rest correctly.
  6. Agree 100% - this exam was more straightforward. Additionally, EET was great. I wonder if the very low percentage of persons passing construction depth in the past (usually the lowest % of any discipline) prompted NCEES to review the difficulty level?
  7. In April, they had results out after only 4 weeks.
  8. I thought this exam (my second attempt) was easier than the April exam. I can't giv away specifics about the exam due to NCEES rules, but I'm kicking myself for missing some word/theory/basic knowledge problems that I later found in my references - ugh.... And you are correct, there were some curveballs to see if you know the subject matter or took the time to thoroughly read the question. A simple geotech question nearly got me until I realized my mistake due to rushing. I felt more confident and less stressed on this attempt. If I take it again, I'm adding a couple of reference books tha
  9. Thank you very much. I appreciate your thoughts and advice. I really enjoyed EET's review (and the great binder). I plan on using my NCEES diagnostic report to address my weak areas, and I will buy more practice problems to perhaps be introduced to more possible questions and topics. Thanks again.
  10. I went through the EET breadth and construction depth review on this first attempt and failed (50/80). I also worked practice exams for breadth and depth from four other books outside of EET. It was clear from my diagnostics report that EET was very helpful to me and I would have scored much lower without their help. However, I was surprised by what was left off the exam, particularly in the depth section. EET and my review books placed a great deal of emphasis on certain types of problems, and their omission caught me off guard. I am in the process of re-grouping to do better in Octobe
  11. Hi everyone: I took the Civil PE several years ago. At that time, the breadth section included questions regarding wastewater and water treatment and processes such as determining BOD and hardness. However, in my current review course for civil - construction depth, and in the NCEES civil PE exam specs, it appears those topics are not part of the test and have been moved over to people taking the environmental PE or civil - water resources depth. Of course, we are still tested on hydraulics and hydrology, but I was wondering if you may know if water and wastewater treatment are still cove
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