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This all assumes that it has NOT changed since I took it roughly 4 years ago the last time...
It is essay (i.e. long hand calculations with partial credit).  It is an 8 hour exam.  There are 4 problems to do...two in the morning and two in the afternoon.  In each session, if I recall correctly, there are three that you have to do and the second is a choice between a bridge and building problem...but both could be a choice between a bridge and building problem...I just don't recall for sure.  I do know that you DO NOT have to do bridge problems if you don't want (i.e. they are optional).
I don't know how close it is to the new CA SE III format as I have not taken the CA SE III and now that CA accepts the WA SE for reciprocity, it looks like I never will if I want my SE in CA.  I would suspect that it is rather similar.
I am not aware of any study guides, but there might be some.
It makes the Struct II exam look least compared to how the Struct II exam was when I took it.  And it makes the Struct I exam look like a complete joke (as well as the Civil PE exam).
My best advice, study and know all four major materials. Every time (third time was the charm...but then I am never too fond of studying and did not study much...besides, if you get to do well rounded design...i.e. all materials and wind and seismic...on a regular basis, then should be in pretty good shape without studying) I took the exam, all four materials were covered each time.  Know the wind provisions and the seismic WILL get a problem on each at least.  Time is definitely a factor, so make sure you know where stuff is and don't have to waste too much time looking it up.  You can bring books and codes, so you can bring textbooks and such as "crutches", but if you have to use them too much, then you are likely dead.
Good luck.  Let me know if you have any more questions and I will see if I can answer them.
Adrian, MI
-----Original Message-----
From: Jake Watson [mailto:jake.watson1(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2008 4:53 PM
Subject: WA SE III Exam

I am looking into taking the Washington SE III Exam.  The exam program on WA's website is very generic and of little help.  I have tried looking for a study guide or other references which may shed some light on it.  So far, I have come up empty.  Can anyone shed some light on this exam?  What is the format (essay, multiple choice, a mixture)?  Are sample or past exams available?  Bridge codes are listed in the program.  Is bridge content compulsory or optional?  Are there study guides available that I simply can't find?  How close is it to the new CA SE III format?

Jake Watson, SE
Salt Lake City, UT