Best Civil PE Exam Study Materials

CIVIL PE EXAM Study Materials

**Updated 4/25/2015**

 

The Civil Engineering Reference Manual by PPI now has a 14th edition, and the Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam now also has a 14th edition.  You will obviously want to use the most updated version of both.

An Overview of What You Need:

The three things that will help you the most in your preparation for the PE Exam are as follows: A core reference manual, a Lot of problems, and a sample exam. For your depth review, you will also need to gather your design standards, when applicable.

The majority of your review should come from doing problems, and you will need the reference manual to help you through the problems. First skim the relevant chapters, and then work the problems for those types of problems. At some point in your review, you will want to take the sample exam to ascertain how you are doing, and determine what you need to focus on the most.

Reference Guide

Try to find a good reference guide that covers most of the material. Guides such as the Civil Engineering Reference Manual are a must. There are other publishers, but this is really the one that has been tried and true. Read a more complete review here.

Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam (Hardcover)

By (author) Michael R. Lindeburg; ISBN10 = 1591264537 | ISBN 13: 978-1591264538 | Published by Professional Publications, Inc.



Comprehensive Civil Engineering Coverage You Can Trust

The Civil Engineering Reference Manual is the most comprehensive textbook for the NCEES Civil PE exam. This book’s time-tested organization and clear explanations start with the basics to help you quickly get up to speed with common civil engineering concepts. Together, the 90 chapters provide an in-depth review of all of the topics, codes, and standards listed in the NCEES Civil PE exam specifications. The extensive index contains thousands of entries, with multiple entries included for each topic, so you’ll find what you’re looking for no matter how you search.

This book features:

  • over 100 appendices containing essential support material
  • over 500 clarifying examples
  • over 550 common civil engineering terms defined in an easy-to-use glossary
  • thousands of equations, figures, and tables
  • industry-standard terminology and nomenclature
  • equal support of U.S. customary and SI units

After you pass your exam, the Civil Engineering Reference Manual will continue to serve as an invaluable reference throughout your civil engineering career. 

Topics Covered

  • Construction: Earthwork Construction and Layout; Estimating Quantities and Costs; Construction Operations and Methods; Scheduling; Material Quality Control and Production; Temporary Structures; Worker Health, Safety, and Environment
  • Geotechnical: Subsurface Exploration and Sampling; Engineering Properties of Soils and Materials; Soil Mechanics Analysis; Earth Structures; Shallow Foundations; Earth Retaining Structures; Deep Foundations
  • Structural: Loadings; Analysis; Mechanics of Materials; Materials; Member Design; Design Criteria
  • Transportation: Traffic Analysis; Geometric Design; Transportation Planning; Traffic Safety
  • Water Resources and Environmental: Closed Conduit Hydraulics; Open Channel Hydraulics; Hydrology; Groundwater and Well Fields; Wastewater Treatment; Water Quality; Water Treatment; Engineering Economics
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Civil Engineering PE License Review (Kaplan); ISBN10 = 1427761396


Civil Engineering PE License Review (Civil Engineering: License Review) (Paperback)

By (author): James Banks, Braja M Das, Bruce E Larock, Thomas Nelson, Alan Williams

Each chapter of Civil Engineering PE License Review, 17th Edition is written by an engineer specializing in the relevant subdisciplines of civil engineering. The book offers a focused review of terms, concepts, equations and analytical techniques in the six primary topic areas of the PE Civil Exam: structural engineering, water resources, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering and construction engineering.

This review book helps busy engineers identify and review key topics and analytical techniques relevant to the PE exam and provides the most current exam information possible.

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Civil Engineering All-In-One PE Exam Guide: Breadth and Depth 2/E [Hardcover]

Goswani; ISBN10 = 0071787720


"All-in-One is All You Need."

The most complete, up-to-date civil engineering PE exam guide

Ace the civil engineering PE exam on the first try! Fully revised for compliance with the new PE Civil syllabus, new specifications, and the latest design standards, Civil Engineering PE All-in- One Exam Guide, Second Edition, covers all the material included on the Principles and Practice of Civil Engineering (PE Civil) exam, given by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Featuring more than 200 pages of new material, this edition includes a new chapter on highway pavement design.

This authoritative volume is presented in the Breadth and Depth format of the actual exam and contains equations, diagrams, exam preparation strategies, and more than 150 end-of-chapter practice questions with solutions. Designed to help you pass the exam with ease, this detailed, comprehensive resource also serves as an essential on-the-job reference.

COVERS ALL EXAM TOPICS, INCLUDING:

  • Structural: loadings, analysis, mechanics of materials, materials, member design
  • Geotechnical: subsurface exploration and sampling, engineering properties of soils and materials, soil mechanics analysis, earth structures, foundations, retaining structures
  • Water resources and environmental: hydraulics, hydrology, water treatment, wastewater treatment
  • Transportation: traffic analysis, geometric design, transportation planning, traffic safety
  • Construction: earthwork construction and layout, estimating quantities and costs, scheduling, material quality control and production, temporary structures

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Design Standards Library
For the Civil PE Exam, the structural, construction, and transportation modules have design standards that will be necessary.
First, gather all of the references that NCEES has specified to be covered on the exam. If you are taking a depth module that cites specific references (such as Structural, Transportation, and the Construction depth modules), you certainly want to gather those materials for your depth module. Also, consider some of the materials for your breadth exam library as well. I have mentioned steel before, and underscore it is an important reference.

Practice Problems

One of the keys to passing the PE Exam is to work a ton of problems. You will need to obtain plenty of practice problems.

Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam, 14th Edition:

A Companion to the Civil Engineering Reference Manual [Paperback] |  Michael R. Lindeburg PE (Author); 754 pages | Professional Publications, Inc.; Thirteenth Edition, New Edition edition (April 26, 2012) | ISBN-10: 1591264545 | ISBN-13: 978-1591264545



Comprehensive Practice for the Civil PE Exam 
 
Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam contains over 750 problems designed to reinforce your knowledge of the topics presented in the Civil Engineering Reference Manual. Short, six-minute, multiple-choice problems follow the format of the NCEES Civil PE exam and focus on individual engineering concepts. Longer, more complex problems challenge your skills in identifying and applying related engineering concepts. Problems will also familiarize you with the codes and standards you’ll use on the exam.
 
Solutions are clearly written, complete, and easy to follow. U.S. customary and SI units are equally supported, and units are meticulously identified and carried through in all calculations. All solution methodologies permitted by the NCEES Civil PE exam (e.g., ASD and LRFD) are presented. Frequent references to figures, tables, equations, and appendices in the Civil Engineering Reference Manual and the exam-adopted codes and standards will direct you to relevant support material.
 
Topics Covered
  • Construction: Earthwork Construction and Layout; Estimating Quantities and Costs; Construction Operations and Methods; Scheduling; Material Quality Control and Production; Temporary Structures; Worker Health, Safety, and Environment
  • Geotechnical: Subsurface Exploration and Sampling; Engineering Properties of Soils and Materials; Soil Mechanics Analysis; Earth Structures; Shallow Foundations; Earth Retaining Structures; Deep Foundations
  • Structural: Loadings; Analysis; Mechanics of Materials; Materials; Member Design; Design Criteria
  • Transportation: Traffic Analysis; Geometric Design; Transportation Planning; Traffic Safety
  • Water Resources and Environmental: Closed Conduit Hydraulics; Open Channel Hydraulics; Hydrology; Groundwater and Well Fields; Wastewater Treatment; Water Quality; Water Treatment; Engineering Economics
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Sample Exam

To get a feel for the exam day experience, and also to help you ascertain where you are in your studies, you will need to take a sample exam about half-way to two-thirds of the way through your preparation.

Civil PE Sample Examination, Fifth Edition (July, 2014) by Michael R. Lindeburg PE  

ISBN-13: 978-1591264569 | ISBN-10: 1591264561


Civil PE Practice Examination (Paperback)

By (author): Michael R. Lindeburg PE

The Most Realistic Practice for the Civil PE Exam
 
Civil PE Practice Examination contains six 40-problem, multiple-choice exams consistent with the NCEES Civil PE exam’s format and specifications. The morning breadth exam covers a variety of civil engineering topics. The five afternoon depth exams (construction; geotechnical; structural; transportation; and water resources and environmental) prepare you for the depth exam of your choice and provide additional practice for the morning exam subjects. 
 
Consistent with the actual exam, the problems in Civil PE Practice Examination require an average of six minutes to solve. Enhance your time-management skills by taking each exam within the same four-hour time limit as the actual exam. Then, evaluate your performance using the six individual answer keys. Comprehensive step-by-step solutions demonstrate accurate and efficient problem-solving approaches. Solutions also frequently refer to the codes and references adopted by NCEES to help you determine which resources you’ll likely use on exam day.
 
Civil PE Practice Examination will help you to:
  • effectively familiarize yourself with the exam scope and format
  • quickly identify accurate and efficient problem-solving approaches
  • successfully connect relevant theory to exam-like problems
  • efficiently navigate through exam-adopted codes and standards
  • confidently solve problems under timed conditions
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Mike’s Civil PE Exam Guide; ISBN10 = 1453716343


Designed to help you pass the Civil PE exam the first time! This morning session guide provides you with 40 realistic morning session exam problems with detailed solutions. Learn the study methods that have helped hundreds of EIT's pass the test the first time through. Visit www.peexamguides.com for a free sample problem.
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An Approved NCEES Calculator for the Civil PE Exam

You will need a calculator for the exam. NCEES has limitations on the calculator you can use, so be sure you follow those requirements.  Pick on one of the calculators below. I recommend buying it early and using the calculator at work as well as during studies. You can pick these up anywhere you buy electronics.

Casio: All Casio fx-115 models. Any Casio calculator must contain fx-115 in its model name. (This is Andy’s Personal Choice for calculator)



The Casio FX-115ES Advanced Scientific Calculator features over 279 functions and provides its user with everything they need for most mathematical calculations. The calculator's functions include complex number calculations, matrix and vector calculations, statistics, and 40 metric conversions. Its standout feature is its 2-line natural textbook display that displays fractions, formulas, square roots and other expressions as they would in textbook. It is extremely versatile, and can be used in courses ranging from basic pre-algebra to calculus, and also has applications in physics, engineering, biology and statistics.
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Hewlett Packard: The HP 33s and HP 35s models, but no others. Texas Instruments: All TI-30X and TI-36X models.

TI calculator must contain either TI-30X or TI-36X in its model name.

Civil ‘Depth’/ Afternoon Exam Materials

If you are taking the construction depth exam, I am told that this book is a great supplement for this portion of the exam.

Construction Depth Review Book (Ruwan)
0972865764

Civil PE Professional Engineer exam Construction module,Third Edition (Paperback)

By (author): Fourth Edition Available at Amazon, Ruwan Rajapakse, PE

New third edition of the best selling book Civil PE Construction module is a vast improvement from the second edition. The book is designed to be used with the practice problem book. New third edition contains many more new examples with step by step worked solutions with illustrations. New chapters on shoring and reshoring of multistory buildings, construction equipment productivity, loading on formwork, welding (various welds and symbols), construction grade stake markings, horizontal curves and vertical curves in highway construction, surveying, and machine horse power computation has been added. Chapters on quantity takeoff, estimating, mass haul diagrams, dynamics and statics have been improved and new examples with step by step worked solutions have been added.
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Civil PE Exam Review Courses

A PE Exam review course can be a helpful way to study for the PE Exam.

Civil PE Review Course – Online

This course by PPI is one, which come that I would highly suggest. Well, I am a bit biased, because I am the instructor.  I have taught the class since 2012.  We cover all 5 sub-disciplines of the Civil PE Exam.  (Note, use the code ANDYS54U and save another 5%!).

Another review program that I personally offer is the Civil PE StudyCast:

Don’t buy into the idea that courses can help?  Check out this video expaining why a PE review course can help you prepare for the PE Exam:

 

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