Structural Systems (SS) focuses on the Identification and incorporation of general structural and lateral force principles in the design and construction of buildings.

Structural Systems Details
Intro Time    
Multiple-Choice Testing Time 3 hr 30 min 125 items
Scheduled Break 15 min  
Intro Time    
Graphic Vignette Testing Time 1 hr Structural Layout
Exit Questionnaire    
Scheduled Appointment Time 5 hr 30 min  

Study Resources

Preparing for Structural Systems? You can find sample questions, examples of passing and failing solutions for a sample vignette, and suggested references in our exam guide. Plus, review a list of formulas available during the test, and use our SS practice program to solve sample vignettes, and our prep video series to learn more about the multiple-choice and vignette sections.

SS includes sections on the following content areas:

  • General Structures
    • Principles: Apply general structural principles to the design and construction of buildings.
    • Materials & Technology: Analyze the implications of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and construction details related to general structural design.
    • Codes & Regulations: Incorporate building codes, specialty codes, and other regulatory requirements in the design of general structural systems.
       
  • Seismic Forces
    • Principles: Apply lateral forces principles to the design and construction of buildings to resist seismic forces.
    • Materials & Technology: Analyze the implications of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and construction details related to seismic forces.
    • Codes & Regulations: Incorporate building codes, specialty codes, and other regulatory requirements related to seismic forces.
       
  • Wind Forces
    • Principles: Apply lateral forces principles to the design and construction of buildings to resist wind forces.
    • Materials & Technology: Analyze the implications of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and construction details related to wind forces.
    • Codes & Regulations: Incorporate building codes, specialty codes, and other regulatory requirements related to wind forces.
       
  • Lateral Forces – General
    • Principles: Apply lateral forces principles to the design and construction of buildings.
    • Materials & Technology: Analyze the implications of design decisions in the selection of systems, materials, and construction details related to lateral forces.
       
  • Vignette: Structural Layout
    • Design a schematic framing plan for a one-story building with a multi-level roof.