NCEES Podcast on transition to Computer Based SE Exam

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David Connor SE

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Dec 3, 2015
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Not sure if this has been posted or not, but it's an NCEES podcast with information about the transition to the Computer Based SE Exam.

Biggest takeaway is that the SE Exam will now be a 4-part 20+ hour exam. But once you pass a part, you are done with it. No more having to re-do the AM multiple choice questions (breadth) if you did well on them, but not well on the essay (depth).

Essay will now have "scenarios" with 10-12 questions for each scenario. Will have different types of questions. Graphical/sketching, add info to details, fill-in-blank, multiple correct answer multiple choice.

Also, you won't be able to bring in outside materials or study guides. No more bringing in crates of references.

The standard references (codes) will be searchable pdfs. I think this will be a hindrance because I would write notes in the hard copy codes that I had. How do you search for a certain value for "phi"? Etc. Plus it's just a lot easier to use actual books when you are in a timed situation in my opinion.


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Thanks for posting this. It's really interesting to hear. I agree with you that not having hard copy references will be difficult, or at least take some getting used to. I passed the civil PE on the last P&P administration, and I'm so glad I didn't have to make the transition to CBT for that. I don't have the option to take the SE exam yet, so I guess I will just have to figure it out.