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I would assume that the large fee for the Struct II exam is a function of
supply and demand.  There is not much demand for the Struct II exam, thus
fewer people take it and therefore the ecomonies of scale just aren't
there to make it affordable for NCEES to charge a smaller about.
Besides...keep in mind the it takes MUCH more effect to "grade" the Struct
II exam since it does not contain ANY multiple guess problems (I am
assuming that the Struct I exam is now in the same format as the Civil PE
exam...all multiple guess).

With regards to the Struct III exam, I am not much help yet...I am
currently planning on taking it (if permitted, etc.) in the spring.  I am
sure that someone on the list will offer some insight into it for you.  If
not, wait a few months until I have completed torturing myself, and then I
will likely be able to offer some insight.


On Thu, 2 Nov 2000, John MacLean wrote:

> Donna Friis wrote:
> <A quick question for those who took the October NCEES Stru I exam: any
> advice on whether an expensive HP or TI calculator is worth the investment?>
> Donna:
> I wrote the exam last Friday in Washington using my trusty HP 32S II (Just
> the basics, Ma'am) and barely needed anything more than +, -, x and /. I
> don't think I even used a trig function. I had an HP 48G as a backup but
> didn't pull it out.
> I've used HP calculators for years and really recommend them for
> Engineering. Unfortunately they seem to be drifting away from RPN (Reverse
> Polish Notation) with most of their new models which I think is a shame. RPN
> is great!
> You should have spare batteries or a backup calculator. Having your only
> calculator go down halfway through the exam would be a real shame!
> Not having an AASHTO Code caused me a lot more grief! But I don't think even
> that was a show stopper.
> I understand that the pass rate for the April 00 exam, at least in
> Washington state, was about 88%. I found the exam pretty straight forward
> with ample time to do the questions the long way.
> I have a couple of further questions on the exam process if anyone has a
> quick answer:
> 1.  What's the deal with the $450 fee to write the Structural II exam? It
> seems rather large!
> 2.  Does anyone know anything about the special Washington State Structural
> III (Seismic) exam? The April results for it were less than 20% pass. How
> does the exam compare to the Special California Seismic exam for Civil
> Engineers?
> 3.  Does anyone know anything about the British Institute of Structural
> Engineers exam process? There is some talk that it will be introduced up
> here in British Columbia to qualify Structural Engineers.
> Cheers,
> John MacLean