Your references are dependent upon your PM exam selection. You need more for the PM than the AM exam. You should compile your own collection of references and use them throughout your preparation because you’ll get to know your way around them. And you’ll be preparing in the same way as actually taking the exam […]
In addition to knowing the material, there is another factor to consider in your success at passing this exam: Test-taking techniques. There are many people who can know the material, but fail the exam because they simply are not good test takers. And the 8 hour PE exam will test your test-taking ability, to the […]
Eligibility for the PE exam is generally associated with: Having a Civil Engineering or related degree from an EAC/ABET Accredited engineering program, Several years of professional experience, usually 4, A pass in the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, and Endorsements from a professional engineers. So, if you are eligible, you need to contact the National Council […]
Study Tips for the Civil Engineering PE Exam | Learn How to Study … Easily!
How long did it take you to get you PE exam results after you took the exam?
Take a good dictionary into the exam if you’re a non-native English speaker, or if you went into Engineering to avoid writing!
Always make sure your units match those in the alternative answers.
Approximately 75-80% of the transportation related problems will come from information related to the HCM and AASHTO Green Book.
As you go through the test, remember that some of the problems may contain facts that you may find useful in subsequent questions.
Attitude matters — be confident and careful.
Don’t expect all the morning questions to be easy, and all the afternoon’s to be tough — it works both ways.
Don’t read things into the problem, but read each carefully — like an engineer! Then, read it again. Sometimes, you will catch something the second time through that you did not see on the first reading.
Know your licensing board rules.
Don’t underestimate this brute of an exam — when was the last time you put your head down for 480 minutes in one day?
Get a good night’s sleep the night before the exam — our ability to concentrate is inversely proportional the quality and quality of our sleep.
If you get nervous in exams, you’re not alone. The three ways to overcome anxiety are practice, practice, and practice. Repetition kills apprehension.
If you’ve never been to the location for the exam, don’t wait for exam morning to find it for the first time.
Look at what is given, but don’t be surprised by unessential information. The examiners want to assess your understanding of engineering problems, not your algebra.
Make sure you have the NCEES recommended references.
Most problems involve only 2 to 4 steps; occasionally 5 or 6. If you devise a ten-step solution, take another look at the problem.
No one can learn the material for you, so you must do the work.
Nothing suffices for knowledge, of course, but the ability to take a test properly can make a difference of up to 10% or so, in many cases.
On the day of the exam, arrive at the exam center early; give yourself plenty of time to get there.
Online subscriptions, taking traditional classes, or buying big books, are different methods for different people. The important idea is that you should be doing at least one — two’s even better.