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Not particularly encouraging news Scott, but I guess that I would have
to agree with you.  I just took the Structural II exam last Friday, and
the morning session was a easy one for me since the problem was
something I do on a daily basis, but the afternoon problem was not easy
for me, although the project I'm working on !TODAY! is unfortunately
helping me to see the mistakes I made in the afternoon.

I have most of the references others have mentioned including the NCEES
book and all are pretty valuable; I just should have done more problems
outside my scope of daily work in preparation for the exam.  I think
I'll be going back in October.

Albert J. Meyer, Jr., P.E.
Martin-Espenlaub Engineering

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott E Maxwell [mailto:smaxwell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 1:32 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: Study materials for Structural I exam

I would say _yes_.

The Struct II exam is much tougher and the majority of the people don't
pass it first time least that is my understanding and was
in my case, as well as several everyone that I have ever personally
to take it.

Someone mentioned the NCEES book.  I considered it work the $60 or so
the one short section on grading methodology and philosophy section plus
the sections on how they grade each of the sample problems.  I did not
specifically practice the various problems, but did read through how
graded them which gave insight into what they look for.

With regards to the Structures I exam, I felt that it was easier than
Civil PE exam...mainly because as a structural engineer I don't do
like waste water systems design, highway/traffic design, etc.
I problems are ALL structural problems and that is what I do for a
<grin>  Presumably, if you have been out working for 4 years, there
shouldn't be any thing new on the exam for you.  The possible exception
for those people who have not been exposed to wood or masonry on the job
since most structural college programs don't address either and there is
problem of each on the exam (you should recieve from NCEES or that
agency actually running the test a desription of the what the 8 problems
will cover in basic terms...1 concrete, 1 steel, 1 bridge, 1 masonry, 1
wood, 1 lateral (wind/seismic), 1 foundation/retaining wall, and 1
"special performance" (called it general "catch all")).

Hope that helps.

Scott Maxwell

On Tue, 18 Apr 2000, Todd Hill wrote:

> Is there really a big difference between the Struct I & Struct II
> Besides maybe the complexity?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:wlpolhemus(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 9:35 AM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> Subject: RE: Study materials for Structural I exam
> I got a book titled "Structural Engineering License Review: Problems
> Solutions (Second Edition)," by Alan Williams, Ph.D., S.E., C.Eng.,
> published 1997 by Engineering Press, P.O. Box 200129, Austin, TX
> ISBN 1-57645-016-3.
> Seems very complete. I think Amazon had it for <$60.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jack_Creviston(--nospam--at) [mailto:Jack_Creviston(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2000 7:41 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Study materials for Structural I exam
> Does anyone know of any good study materials for the Structural I
exam?  I
> ordered the NCEES book, and I'm not too impressed.