NCEES recently approved a new calculator model for the PE (Civil) exams in 2017. The complete list is now: Casio: All fx-115 and fx-991 models (all Casios must have “fx-115” or “fx-991” in its model name.) Hewlett Packard: HP 33s and HP 35s models (but no other HPs) Texas Instruments: All TI-30X and TI-36X models (All Texas Inst calculators must […]

The Highway Safety Manual 2010 (HSM) is introduced for the Spring 2015 PE Exam. The first rule is that there are no accidents anymore, only crashes. The word accident suggests that there is some kind of inevitability to automobile collisions. “Accidents will happen.” The word crash, however, suggests that the unfortunate could have been avoided. […]

PE exam questions are defined in two ways: By discipline By morning or afternoon There are five disciplines of the PE exam: Construction Geotechnics Structures Water and Environmental Engineering Transportation The examiner, NCEES, broadly defines each discipline. However, there are overlaps. Unlike in College, where courses identified disciplines, the PE exam is a little loose. […]

We launched the new FE Exam (Civil) subscription to help prepare for the new FE Exam.  The subscription offers six full-length (5 hour plus) practice exams, just like the real exam.  Each exam is different.  Each follows the exact format of the actual exams.  Each offers detailed scores, and solutions.   There are also specialist […]

NCEES has launched the computer-based exam for the FE.  This means engineers sitting the FE will no longer fill in the little circles with a pencil for their answers.  My guess is that the computer-based PE Exam for Civil engineers will be coming.  So if you find working directly to a screen, instead of on […]

Myth 1: Online Learning Is Impersonal Many educators feel that an online classroom provides an impersonal and limited learning experience, but this viewpoint can apply equally to the in-person classroom experience if the educator is functional, expedient, and antiseptic in delivery. Nonetheless, virtual engagement sounds oxymoronic. Yet, the virtual learning experience has an intensity that […]

The PE Review Practice Exams used to be offered as PDF files you download, and print.  However, new subscribers will access the online format. These new exams offer substantial advantages over the existing downloaded PDFs: The problems will draw from a large database of problems, thereby increasing variety. The new online exams will be strictly […]

As we all know, NCEES structures the PE into two exams: AM and PM which it identifies as “breadth” and “depth” respectively. Each exam has 40 questions. Each lasts 4 hours. The only difference is that the AM exam has 5 disciplines and the PM exam has one. This means that both breadth and depth […]

For anyone over 40, taking the PE Exam may seem like a younger persons endeavor. Not so… Here’s a recent comment we received from Carla, responding to this post, The Holiday Spirit and that looming PE Exam: I really like the article Holiday Spirit and that Looming PE Exam. However, I do not consider myself a “young engineer”. I’m 50 years old and even though I graduated […]