IStructE Exam Knowledge Folder

IStructE Exam Knowledge Folder

We’re excited to announce our latest product, the IStructE Exam Knowledge Folder for the IStructE Chartered Membership Exam!

This knowledge folder covers all sections of the exam as well as materials and example calculations and detail drawings.

The Structural Exam IStructE Knowledge Folder’ is an essential guide for how to tackle the IStructE Chartered Membership exam.

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What does it include?

The knowledge folder is the most important file you will prepare for the IStructE exam. It contains all of your reference information that will help you with each section of the exam. This knowledge folder is split in to three sections

  1. About the exam – How to prepare for the exam and what to bring.
  2. Exam sections – What each part of the exam requires and what to include.
  3. Materials – Information about the common design materials and design approaches.

The appendices of the knowledge folder also include example calculations and detail drawings to help you produce your best work in the IStructE Exam.

Simply put, this knowledge folder contains all of the reference information you need to pass the notorious IStructE Chartered Member Exam.

Throughout the document there are a number of TSE tips, including:

  • How to pick your question
  • How to manage your time
  • How to structure your initial thoughts
  • How to size initial members
  • How to write the letter (Section 1b)
  • How to format design calculations
  • A wind loading trick you may not know…
  • How to include notes in your drawings
  • Drawing tips for Section 2d
  • How to ace section 2e
  • Where candidates lose marks and how to avoid common mistakes
  • And many, many more…

This guide will help you to maximise your productivity on exam day, and maximise the consistency of your answers, to give you greater confidence in your ability to obtain a pass.

How much does it cost?

The current price for the Knowledge Folder is £150.

We put this knowledge folder together to ensure that the information and guidance necessary to pass the IStructE Exam was widely available and accessible to all candidates. Putting together this knowledge folder took hundreds of hours and the combined experience of many engineers over many months. We look forward to hearing your feedback and any suggestions for future revisions.

What does it NOT include?

While the information in the booklet is transferrable and usable for Question 3, the bridge question, we do not offer specific design tips for bridge superstructure, substructure and loading, as we decided to focus on Questions 1,2,4,5. We hope to include Question 3 guidance in future revisions.

Also note: The guidance in this booklet does not attempt to teach you how to become a structural engineer! There is no substitute for hard-won, real-world knowledge, but the exam tips and advice we provide can help you to demonstrate your knowledge effectively, and allow you to reach your full potential on exam day. The exam is like no other you will have taken, so effective preparation is key.

Frequently Asks Questions

What quality controls do you have for your e-book?

The e-book is written by the team at The Structural Exam and has been compiled using years of combined knowledge and experience.

We maintain a revision history in the front cover. Our information has been checked over by other Chartered Structural Engineers to ensure we deliver only good and correct information.

To ensure a high standard of English language, our e-book is written by a native English, and checked by 2 other native speakers. As part of our quality control we also ensure at least one more non-English native speaker checks that it is simple to read, flows well and is understandable.

Is there a guarantee that I will pass the exam if I buy your book?

While we try our best to give you the information to help you format your answers, it is up to you to do the necessary practise to ensure you are fully prepared for the big day. You should also complement this knowledge folder with your own information and reference materials to best help you prepare for the exam.

Is the e-book relevant for the next exam?

The information in this pack was last updated in September 2022.

Will you mark my practice papers?

We offer a practice paper marking service, for those who have completed a whole question and want to get personalised, independent feedback from The Structural Exam's experienced team.

How can I understand the exam better?

Understanding the exam is your crucial first step to getting the post-nominals ‘CEng MIStructE' after your name. Chartership is the gateway to your dream career and all that stands in your way is the notorious IStructE CM Exam. To better understand the challenge that lies ahead of you we have produced the IStructE Exam Guidance Pack which details what the examiner is looking for in each section. It is your must-have companion during your preparation!

Am I allowed to share the e-book with a friend or colleague?

No. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, you are not allowed to make a copy without the permission of the copyright holder. As the original creators, we, The Structural Exam Ltd. are the copyright holder.

Each e-book is for individual use for the person named on the side of each page of the e-book. An example of prohibited usage is one person in a company buying a copy and distributing to several other colleagues. We monitor e-book usage carefully and take legal action in cases of non-compliance.