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- From: Scott Maxwell <smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu>
- Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 05:07:03 -0400 (EDT)
Eric: When I took the exam, I found the NCEES practice exam to be useful if for no other reason than it gave some idea of what the problems might look like in overall "form". It also had a section (if I recall correctly) explaining the grading process and "mentality" (i.e. what they look for in your solutions). This helped me when I took it for the second time (I had taken and passed the morning part previous...without having purchased the practice exam). To me, the best thing to do is make sure you know the code and reference material standards/codes. One "part" of the exam in essence is being about to find the right stuff in a timely manner. And you need to know ALL the major materials (wood, steel, concrete, masonry) as all of them are fair game and in fact, you will likely see questions on all the materials. I also found it useful to take my textbooks from my steel, concrete, wood and masonry courses (actually did not have a masonry course, but had gotten a textbook). As I can find stuff in those books quickly, I found that they can sometimes help you find stuff in the codes as they will frequently list section references in the codes. Of course, it certainly helps more if the textbooks are up to date (i.e. use the same codes that you will use). I also found that they could be useful if I got stuck on a problem and they had an example in the textbook that was similar. As to studying, to me, that is largely a "personal matter" as how one studies is largely dependent on the person. For me, I did not study all that much, but that is largely because I am fortuante enough to not need to study much for tests (I have a semi-photo graphic memory...although it is getting a little rusty) but also cause I was fortunate enough to get good, practical design experience in ALL major materials. Thus, my studying was largely just doing my day to day job. The main actually "studying" I did was re-read (VERY BORING) through some sections of the code (at that time, I used the BOCA code for Struct II exam...but did the same thing with the 97 UBC code when doing the Struct III exam for my WA SE license) that I was a little rusty on. My only potentially useful advice on studying is to figure out which areas you are weak on and "bone up" on those areas the most. What "boning up" entails will depend on you. It could be doing a bunch of example problems. It could be reading a bunch of books. It could be placing a brick under your pillow. <grin> Ultimately, what worked for me or someone else on the list, may or may not work for you. My best overall advice is don't stress about it too much. You can always take it again and when you do take it again (I am playing the odds...VERY few people pass it on the first try), you will have a better idea of what you might need to do prepare for it. Good luck. Scott Adrian, MI On Thu, 8 Jun 2006, Eric Tompos wrote: > I am schedule to take the Struc II exam this October. Aside from the > obvious required references such as the material design codes what > references and/or study guides have people found to be 'essential' to their > success on the exam. I have already obtained the PPI reference manual and > study guide as well as the NCEES practice exams. > > > > Regards, > > > > Eric Tompos, PE > > NTA, Inc. > > > ******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* *** * Read list FAQ at: http://www.seaint.org/list_FAQ.asp * * This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers * Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To * subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to: * * http://www.seaint.org/sealist1.asp * * Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at)seaint.org. Remember, any email you * send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted * without your permission. Make sure you visit our web * site at: http://www.seaint.org ******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ********
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