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PE Civil Exam Review Course Structure
Our PE Civil exam review courses are comprised of fundamental information students will
want to know for
the exam. Designed using NCEES’ exam specifications and complete with 96 hours of
matter expert instructor-led lectures, these courses have been specially crafted to not
only increase the
likelihood of obtaining a passing score, but also enhance our students’ learning
experiences. A combination
of 48 hours of refresher sessions, which allow students to experience theory and
and 48 hours of workshop sessions, which give students the opportunity to solve
problems, provides a strong foundation for exam day success.
Books by School of PE
Our highly acclaimed instructors collaborated to create these inclusive, yet concise
guides that offer an array of expertise. A streamlined approach allows you to make the
most of your study time by focusing on understanding the necessary content.
PE Civil Exam Review Guide (vol. 1 & 2)
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Our New Study Hub: One Place for All Your Study Needs
Our reimagined Study Hub was designed to enhance our students’ studies and help
them approach exam day
with confidence. With our Study Hub, students can study anytime and anywhere
with an internet connection.
While developing this resource, we considered every aspect of learning from our
resulting in a streamlined study resource our students love for its many
features, like the ability to study flash cards and access eBooks, make
timestamped annotations on lecture videos, and more!
know that our students are often juggling other responsibilities in addition to
their review course, which is
why we ensured our Study Hub’s accessibility on mobile phones and tablets with
our Study Hub app.
Questions to Instructors
Ask instructors questions while watching lecture videos.
Communicate and interact with your classmates.
Watch, pause, and resume lecture videos where you left off.
Make timestamped annotations on lecture videos and bookmark
recordings to easily review at a later date.
You can also download, review, and annotate lecture notes.
Test Your Knowledge
Practice different problems using the Practice Portal Pro.
Select a topic and quiz yourself on important definitions.
You can also bookmark cards that you want to revisit.
Study Using Any Device
Download the Study Hub app to take your studies
need is an internet connection for a seamless experience.
Study Hub’s new feature, the Personalized Study Plan,
you to create a personalized plan that is tailored to your study
needs and schedule.
All eBooks are accessible through your Study Hub.
Topics Covered in the Common Section
This section of the course, consisting of 48 hours, is taken by all
PE Civil students.
Hydraulics and Hydrology
Means and Methods
This section of the course, consisting of 48 hours, is individually
selected by the student.
Water Resources and Environmental
Our PE Civil exam review course is offered via our Ondemand, Live Online, and Onsite
Ondemand - Want to start studying
right away? When you register for an Ondemand course, you will
receive immediate access to lecture videos and instructor-developed course notes.
students have full autonomy over their study schedules as well as access to our
Personalized Study Plan through which they can set priorities by ranking their
available time and mark any days they will be busy, and get daily reminder emails on
need more attention. Access to Ondemand materials will be available in four-, six-,
Live Online - Do you prefer
structured, real-time instruction? Our Live Online classes offer an
organized schedule and mimic a traditional classroom, except everything is virtual.
register, you will receive immediate access to certain course features, like eBooks,
flash cards, and
Practice Portal Pro. These classes are available in both weekend and weekday options
to better fit
our students’ busy schedules. All classes are recorded and available for three
months in students’
Study Hubs after their classes conclude.
Onsite - Do you learn best in a
classroom setting? Our Onsite classes provide a traditional classroom
experience with live interaction with your instructor and classmates. Raise your
hand to answer
questions, engage in dialogue, and flag your instructor down when you need help,
just like you did in
high school and college! When you register for Onsite classes, you will receive
instant access to
certain course features, like Practice Portal Pro. Onsite classes are offered in
across the country.
If you can’t decide on which delivery method is right for you, contact one of our
Student Success team
members for help. They will get you on the right track with the best course for your
What do our students say about our PE Civil course?
Our past students have great things to say about our PE Civil course:
"I did not plan on pursuing my PE, and therefore spent a few years
without working a single
engineering problem. I ended up taking a job contingent upon me pursuing
therefore had to refresh myself. I took the School of PE course for both
the FE and PE exams and
passed both on the first try! Overall it was well worth the investment
and will help build your
confidence for the big exam."
-- Mr. Youmbi, PE City of Baltimore
"Fantastic test prep course! The review material and course layout was
super helpful to my
success on passing the Civil PE exam. I tried taking another course, but
unfortunately did not
receive the same results. I would recommend this course in a heartbeat
based on the way they
approach the study material."
-- Mr. Welch, PE Timmons Group
Everything You Should Know About the PE Civil Exam
Typically, individuals seeking professional engineering licensure will have to follow
several steps, including earning a four-year engineering degree, passing the FE exam,
obtaining at least four years of experience in the field of engineering, and then
passing the PE exam. Our Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Civil exam review
course was designed to facilitate success on exam day. This exam is the final step for
individuals who have already passed their FE Civil exam as well as obtained their EIT
Before Taking the Exam
Before they can take the PE Civil exam, licensure candidates will need to fulfill several
requirements. Although each state may have different requirements, they generally will
all follow a similar pattern. Individuals will need to earn a four-year degree from an
ABET-accredited university, take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Civil
exam, earn at least four years of experience in the field of engineering, pass a
background check, and submit a report detailing their work experience. Because each
state has different eligibility requirements, we suggest you check with your state board to ensure you
are fulfilling them properly.
PE Civil Exam Fees
To take the PE Civil exam, exam candidates will need to pay $375 to NCEES. Each state may
have different registration
procedures, so be sure to check with your state licensing board in case there
are separate applications or fees required to register.
The PE Civil exam is designed to gauge an individual’s competency in civil engineering.
This exam is computer-based and administered at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE testing
centers year-round. Including both multiple-choice questions and alternative item types
(AITs), it uses the International System of units (SI) and the US Customary
Materials and Resources
On exam day, individuals will receive a virtual version of the only reference material
that can be used during the exam, the NCEES PE Civil Reference Handbook. A free
copy of the PE Civil Reference Handbook is available for download through the
student’s MyNCEES account.
They can also download the free NCEES Examinee Guide to learn more specific details of what to
expect on the day of the PE Civil exam.
After the Exam
After taking a computer-based exam, results will typically be available 7-10 days later.
NCEES will send an email to each candidate with instructions on how to see results
through their MyNCEES account. More information about how NCEES scores exams can be
found here. Please see
NCEES’ website for further details
about engineering exams.
Interested in signing up for one of our PE Civil exam review courses? With three
delivery options, we are sure
to have a course that fits your needs. Our Student Services team is ready to answer
questions you may
have. Register now!
PE Civil Exam FAQs
exactly is the PE Civil Exam?
According to NCEES, the Principles and Practice of
Engineering (PE) Civil exam tests for a minimum level of
competency in civil engineering. It is designed for
engineers who have gained a minimum of four years’
post-college work experience in their chosen engineering
long does the PE Civil Exam last?
The exam appointment time is nine hours and includes a
two-minute nondisclosure agreement, an eight-minute
tutorial, an eight-hour exam, and a fifty-minute
there an open-book exam for the PE Civil Exam?
Although in the past exam takers would be allowed to
their properly bound exam reference materials, the
exam is no longer offered for PE Civil exams. All PE
exams have been transitioned to the CBT exam format.
is the format of the PE Civil Exam?
The PE Civil exam includes multiple-choice questions as
as alternative item types (AITs)—which include but are
Multiple correct—allow examinees to select multiple
Point and click—require examinees to click on part of a
graphic to answer
Fill in the blank—provide a space for examinees to
response to the question
Drag and drop—require examinees to click on and drag
to match, sort, rank, or label
Is the Civil PE Exam Pass Rate?
As of December 2021
PE Civil: Construction—53%
PE Civil: Geotechnical—54%
PE Civil: Structural—62%
PE Civil: Transportation—63%
PE Civil: Water Resources and Environmental—67%
Pass rates from PMI’s website.
is the salary of a Civil Engineer Pe?
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the
salary of a licensed civil engineer is $88,050.
the PE Civil license so important?
Obtaining your PE Civil license is important in many
PE license gives you credibility, boosts your
provides the legal ability to design plans and stamp
documents, increases your career value, and more. In
general, a PE license not only makes you a more valuable
engineer but will also help you stand out to employers.
I register for the PE Civil exam?
The registration process can vary between states, but
states will require you to apply to your state board for
approval to sit for the exam. According to NCEES, once
approved, you will be able to register with NCEES to
schedule an exam. Examinees will be provided one attempt
testing window and no more than three attempts in a
period. Examinees register and schedule appointments
their MyNCEES accounts. During the registration process,
examinees select their exam location. Next, they are
presented with a list of available exam dates. If
are not happy with the choices, they can browse through
available dates at other NCEES-approved test centers.
NCEES’s official registration process:
Review your licensing board's approval and
Create a MyNCEES account.
Register and pay for the exam.
Receive authorization notification from NCEES to
Schedule the exam.
Receive the appointment confirmation letter from
are the recommended PE Civil Exam references and prep
We recommend School of PE’s PE Civil exam review course
exam review guides, which have been designed with the
of subject-matter expert engineers and provide the
and tools you need to succeed. NCEES also generates
will exam day look like?
NCEES computer-based exams are administered exclusively
approved Pearson VUE test centers. You will want to
your appointment confirmation letter, an NCEES-approved
calculator, a government-issued picture ID, and any
pre-approved items. You will also want to arrive at the
Pearson VUE test center 30 minutes before your scheduled
appointment to check in. Once you arrive at the test
you will be provided a copy of the NCEES CBT Exam Rules
Agreement to review and must sign it digitally. A
VUE representative will check the items in your
to make sure they are all allowed. Any unapproved items
be placed in a test center locker (if available). You
have a digital photo and palm vein scan taken to help
your identity and protect the security of the exam. You
then be escorted into the testing area, where your
will be verified once more. Your proctor will provide
with a reusable booklet and marker for scratch work and
will have a chance to ask them any additional questions.
proctor will then launch your exam.
is the exam format?
According to NCEES, the exam is divided into two
You’ll be given the entire exam time at the beginning of
test. There are no individually timed sections, so
your time accordingly. After you see approximately half
the questions, you will be prompted to review and then
submit them. You will no longer have access to those
questions after you submit them. You will then have the
option of taking a scheduled break (see next section).
Manage your time accordingly to ensure that you have
of time to complete the remaining questions.