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    joshschr | Male | 42 years old | Barnesville, MN

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Well, the wait is over.  My last blog was posted around the time I took my Structural Engineer licensing exam, so I guess it's appropriate that this is my next post.

First, thanks to the well-wishers. I knew as I was taking the test that I had some people thinking about me, which is just one of the many great things about CBR.  

And secondly, I didn't pass.  I honestly didn't expect to.  I wasn't prepared for it.  Which isn't to say I didn't prepare for it, I just wasted a lot of time trying to find a good place to study and didn't find it until about 3 weeks before the exam.  It is suggested that a candidate spend 14 weeks or 300 hours studying.  Obviously, there are barely 300 hours left in 3 weeks after you take out work and the occasional trip to the loo, so I didn't quite put as much time into it as I needed.

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Wish Me Luck!

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If my calculations are correct (and I really hope they are today), when this posts, I'll be sitting in a small room at Bismarck State College with around 30 other professionals taking an exam to earn my Structural Engineer license. 

I earned my Professional Engineer license back in 2004 while I still worked in Kansas.   I spent more than 200 hours studying that time, starting about over 2 months before the test and covering all the areas of Civil Engineering: environmental, transportation, geotechnical, water resources, and structures.  I was earning my master's degree at the time, and I counted my time in class as study time.  I had also taught half of my company's PE structures review for 3 years by then.  The NCEES doesn't give a score for the test, just pass/fail, so I don't know how well I did, but the 8 hour, 80 question test took me roughly 5 hours. I felt good going in, and better coming out, but the test only had a 65% pass rate at the time, so I didn't do too much premature celebrating.  I was pleasantly but mildly surprised when I got the results saying I passed, just in time for Christmas.

4 years later...
I had always planned on taking the SE exam within a year or two of earning my master's degree, so when my boss told me I should take it this fall (earned my MCE from KU in 2006), I didn't have to be signed up kicking and screaming.  But then the late summer/early fall got away from me.  We were involved in 3 weddings since the end of August, and we've both been busy with work and parent stuff.  I tried studying at home.  Didn't work.  I tried studying at work.  Didn't work.  I finally got desperate and crashed the MSUM library to study, and wow, what a difference that made.  I got maybe 40 hours of studying done there versus 30 at home.  I could get more done in a 3 hour session than I could in a weekend at home.  But I still didn't get to cover all the topics I needed to for this exam.

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