Congrats, what do you think made the difference this time around? Did you change anything in particular?
Thanks Nathan. I think the two major differences were my time spent on studying and consolidation of most of my references into one binder.
In previous attempts the hours I spent studying were not consistent. I would study a bunch in one week and take a break in another. This time around I think I was more consistent and studied about an hour or two after work each weekday and the majority of my weekends. I worked on a lot of practice problems too. I think I started this routine in February to prepare for the April exam.
I also became less reliant on switching between multiple code books when doing practice problems by consolidating as much as I could into a binder. By sorting through codes and deciding what information was most relevant to consolidate, I feel like I had a better grasp of the material this time around.
I don't work with AASHTO for my job, but I made more of a commitment to becoming familiar with it this time as well. I found the notation section of each chapter to be helpful for the problems I have never seen before. The notation section has section numbers for the constants/variables related to the chapter. From there I could sometimes find the equations I needed to solve bridge questions.
Overall I feel like I took a much bigger commitment to studying and making that the priority aside from work. I honestly didn't feel confident about how I did after taking the exam. It was a big sigh of relief after seeing the results.