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  1. I'm probably one of the outliers here with SE at 26. FE was at 20, and PE was at 23. I'm definitely more than a little shocked on the FE age. I'm thinking the PE is a conglomerate of all the disciplines. I bet if just the civil PE was analyzed, the age would be younger.
  2. Honestly, I think NCEES does a good job of explaining them. (Although I did not think so prior to the exam). The NCEES practice exam is extremely easy compared to the actual test. It's been well established that describing the actual problems is a bad idea, so I'll try to generalize them. You are going to have to draw something - whether that be rebar, welds, geometry, etc. For lateral, there are only a select few sections of code that problems can be based from. (Wind and seismic requirements). Since there are not a lot of provisions, study all of those and draw pictures in your
  3. I do recommend PPI just for the sake of the one-on-one with the instructor and collaboration with classmates. Here are some things that helped me: -Get all your books early and every time you study, lay them out on a desk the size of the testing desk. Put your books in the same place every time. The more you simulate how you will actually take the exam, the more comfortable you will feel. Personally, I separated into 4 stacks: materials (steel, concrete, timber, masonry), AASHTO, design codes (IBC/ASCE 7, etc.), everything else. -Break up AASHTO into 4 sections: Ch. 1-4, Ch 5, Ch 6,
  4. I took the PPI course and the bridge exam. I passed my first try.
  5. I took the PPI course, and I passed in my first attempt. I studied about 400 hours between the course and personal study. I bought all the references from the PPI course and used almost all of them while studying--though not necessarily on the test. There is a lot of debate on taking 1 vs. 2 days. I went with taking both in 1 sitting. Personally, I felt the exams had much different material so it wasn't difficult switching from from vertical to lateral. After studying for about 6 months almost nonstop, I would not want to put my family through that again. You are going to sacrifice a lot
  6. When I studied for the PE, I did not take a class. I read through the entirety of the structural sections of the Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CERM) and worked through all of the example problems in the structural sections. I tabbed the heck out of the CERM. I found the PPI practice questions to be slightly more difficult than the test. So if you can work through those without issue, the test should be no problem. I studied every morning for 1 hour for about 2-3 months, and I was over prepared. The morning seemed very easy to me. I believe I finished about 2 hours early in the morni
  7. Please say it ain't so! That's a huge change. It will conform better with the IBC, but it's a big change nonetheless.
  8. Hey all! This is my first post here. I'm studying for both the vertical and lateral portions of the SE. Does anyone have any tips or references for the afternoon portion of the lateral forces for bridges? It looks like there are barely any study materials out there for bridge engineers taking this exam.
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