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 […]
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When you were an undergrad, you tackled thousands of problems. Almost always, you were given data and required to find the solution. Life was so straightforward. All you had to do was to find the relevant equation, plug in the numbers, manipulate the equations, and out popped the solution. Well, by now, you probably realize […]
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. […]
The examiners take special measures to identify flawed questions before scoring takes place. They look for ambiguity, gender or ethnic bias, technical accuracy, and unusual statistics. The PE Exam is not graded ‘on a curve’ and so there is no set percentage of candidates who pass each time. But there are procedures in place to […]
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. […]
Why should you be thinking about the PE or FE exams at Thanksgiving time? You should because now is the time to prepare for the April Exam. The earlier you start your preparation, the following will happen: you’ll have a gentler preparation time – less work per week the material will sink in better – […]
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 […]
For those of you out there that are ASCE members (and you should be if you’re serious about becoming a Licensed Civil Engineer), there’s a webinar from ASCE that’s just for you. Free for ASCE members, it’s a step-by-step explanation of how to become a PE. The webinar, Path to Professional Licensure, will cover the basics of the […]
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 […]
New Year Resolution: get my PE License! How many of us put of that beast of an exam or worse yet, try the exam again without proper preparation and practice? I heard a politician on the radio the other day. He was talking about the Fiscal Cliff, taxes, and entitlements. He was explaining how how […]
Did you know that other disciplines are increasing their requirement for professional licensure? In the wake of the Gulf Oil-spill, PE’s will now have to approve oil rig systems. Maybe Chemical PE’s will catch up with Civil PE’s, one-day.
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 […]
Do you cover both breadth and depth? Many potential subscribers ask: “Do you cover Construction in both breadth and depth?” Sometime I get “Why are your Practice Exams not separated into breath and depth?” So here is an attempt that explains the PeReview.net approach to the breadth or depth question. As we all know, NCEES […]
See the blog post by “Phenom”, Ramblings… He describes his inability to get started on his PE Exam preparation. Yes, preparation can seem to be an overwhelming task. ~ the pereview.net team
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 […]
Here’s a question from Jacqueline that’s stumping all of us; anyone know the answer? It is my understanding that you cannot take a drafting compass into the exam, so how do you plot mohrs circle for the triaxial test problems?
This article shows how early preparation characterized as “little and often” is so much better than last minute cramming.
A Civil Engineering PE Review is more critical to Civil Engineers than any other branch of engineering. This article explains why Civil Engineers have to put their professional opinion on the line.
This article offers a transition from school to work by explaining how the experience of a tough 4-year degree in Civil Engineering with all the exams, fails to prepare us for that PE Exam. The article shows how the examiners change the emphases and methods of examining from those we learned from our professors.
The PE Exam is so broad, so random, and so unpredictable that it needs a different approach. Instead of wading through many big fat books, this article shows how preparation should be comprehensive but focused. It stresses the importance of practice.