Best Architectural PE Exam Review Materials
Part 1. Sample Exam
Architectural PE Sample Exam (ASCE)
Principles and Practice of Engineering: [Paperback]; ISBN 0784410909; Prepared by the Professional Exam Development Subcommittee, Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE
Description of the Architectural PE Sample Exam
You may wonder why the first reference cited for the Architectural PE Exam is a sample exam. While it is one of the few resources available for this exam, it is probably also the most important for you to obtain. There are not many ‘reference manuals’ that I am aware of, so you will need to really make the best of this sample exam to guide your studies.
This is the Second edition of the Architectural Engineering PE Exam Sample Questions and Solutions Manual, and it can be used as a sample exam, or merely as a source of sample problems. The manual has 80 questions intended to be done in two four-hour segments, just like test day. The book covers each of the four areas on the Architectural PE Exam. Topics also include: Licensing Requirements, Description of Examinations, Examination Development, Scoring Procedures, Examination Procedures and Instructions.
Note: Links on this page may earn a commission, but at no additional cost to you. Thank you in advance for supporting this site.
Part 2 – Codes and Standards for the Architectural PE Exam
Here are the Codes and Standards required for the Architectural PE Exam, as cited by the AEI of ASCE; though these are not cited in the PE Exam specifications. Given the fact that this list is published by the group that essentially writes this exam, I would highly suggest you get as many of these references as possible.
- International Building Code, 2009 Edition, International Code Council, Inc.
- International Plumbing Code, 2009 Edition
- International Energy conservation Code, 2009 Edition
- ASCE 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, 2005 Edition, American Society of Civil Engineers.
- ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook 2005, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air-Conditioning Engineers
- ASHRAE HVAC Applications Handbook 2003, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air-Conditioning Engineers
- ASHRAE HVAC Systems & Equipment Handbook 2004, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air-Conditioning Engineers
- ASHRAE Refrigeration Handbook 2006, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air- Conditioning Engineers
- ASHRAE Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air-Conditioning Engineers
- ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 – Energy Standard for Building Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air-Conditioning Engineers
- IESNA Lighting Handbook; 9th Edition
- SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 3rd Edition, Society of Fire Protection Engineers
- ASPE Data Book Volume 2: Plumbing Systems, American Society of Plumbing Engineers
- Comment: I am not clear why Volumes 1 & 3 are not needed ??
- NFPA 70 National Electric Code 2011 Edition, National Fire Protection Association
- NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems 2010 Edition, National Fire Protection Association
- NFPA 14 Standard for the Installation of Standpipe, Private Hydrant, and Hose Systems 2010 Edition, National Fire Protection Association
- NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code 2010 Edition, National Fire Protection Association
- NFPA 20 Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pump for Fire Protection, 2010
- NFPA 101 Life Safety Code 2006 Edition, National Fire Protection Association
- ACI 318, 2002 or 2005 Edition, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, American Concrete Institute
- ACI 530, 2008 Edition, Building Code for Masonry Structures, American Concrete Institute; Also ACI 530.1
- ACI 530.1, 2008 Edition, Specifications for Masonry Structures, American Concrete Institute
- AISC Steel Construction Manual, Thirteenth Edition, American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.
- NDS, National Design Specification for Wood Construction & National Design Specification Supplement, 2001 Edition, ASD, American Forest & Paper Association.
Part 3 – Additional References for the Architectural PE Exam
If that were not enough, you may also want to take a look at this manual. I have not personally reviewed this, but I would probably pick it up if I were taking this exam.
3a – Architectural Engineering Ref Manual (1998) ; ISBN10: 0079136923
Comment: I have not reviewed this manual, but you may want to check it out.
3b – NCEES Structural I Sample Exam
3c – Engineering Economy textbook containing equations and tables related to time value of money.
Part 4 – A Note About the Architectural PE Exam:
Not all of the states allow you to take the Architectural PE Exam. namely Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, Cal, Hawaii, RI, Mass, and VT. I am not clear their reasoning, but if you are in one of these states you will need to look at a different discipline, I suppose. Here is a map showing the states allowing versus not allowing the
Part 5 – Contact the AEI of the ASCE for more information about the Architectural Engineering PE Exam
Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191