NCEES SE Exam Item-Writing Session - San Francisco, January 10-11, 2014

NCEES is having an Item-Writing session in San Francisco on January 10 and 11, 2014 for the NCEES 16-hour SE Exam.  The location has yet to be determined but it will be somewhere near the San Francisco airport.  The purpose of the session will be to create questions for both the constructed-response (written) and multiple-choice portions of the exam.  In addition some of the attendees may be asked to “pre-test” some problems.  Given the experience that California SEs have by working regularly in high seismic regions, this item-writing session is a way for California SEs to have significant input into the national NCEES SE exam.  Item-writers are asked to bring a copy of the 2012 IBC and ASCE 7-10, and well as one other material reference (ACI, AISC, NDS, etc.) that may be shared during the session.

NCEES has been rotating the item-writing session around California over the years and is looking for SEs for this session who live within about a 150 mile radius of San Francisco.  Travel expenses will be paid and meals provided for all, and hotel accommodations provided for engineers who live beyond a reasonable commuting distance.

Other than the writing and grading sessions in Clemson, South Carolina (to which California SEs are also welcomed and encouraged to attend), the item-writing session in California is the only other location across the U.S. where item-writing is conducted.  Input from engineers who work in high seismic areas is critical to making this a successful and relevant examination.  Your participation in this exam process as a practicing SE is very important to California and nationwide.

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming session, please send an e-mail to Jason Gamble, P.E., Exam Development Engineer at NCEES (jgamble  For additional information please contact Jason Gamble at the e-mail address above, or contact Carl Josephson, S.E. ( or at (858) 558-2181 ext 112.

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