On one hand, it was the course I struggled with the most during school, but on the other, it was one of the most fascinating subjects I studied. I was fortunate to have Ken Carper (an expert in forensic engineering and all around awesome guy) as my professor for multiple terms. While his courses were difficult, I feel like they exposed me to many of the concepts that I’ll need to know for the SS exam. Now I just have to dust of my old textbooks/notes and remember it all.
I took a shot at the sample questions in the NCARB Exam Guide and got a 17/38 correct. Ouch. While I obviously didn’t know all of the concepts or equations, almost everything looked familiar. With some serious study, I should be able to pull this off.
I scheduled my exam for May 20, which gives me about 9 weeks to prepare. That’s probably a little bit longer than I need, but it was one of the only weekend appointments available in May, and the sooner I can get this over with (or at least attempted) the better. That being said, I do have a lot of material to learn, as well as a little design competition I’ve been considering entering, and a whole slew of Timbers matches to attend, so I’m sure the dreaded day will be here before I know it. And speaking of Timbers, the last time I took an exam on match day I passed. Here’s hoping history repeats itself!
This exam has had me worried since I first heard about the whole ARE process (you mean I’m going to be tested on this stuff again?!) but now that I have a few other subjects under my belt I’m ready to finally face my fears. I just never would have guessed they’d be in the form of 125 multiple choice questions.