Prepare for the PE Civil Exam
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FAQs for the PE Civil Exam
The exam is an 8-hour open-book exam split into the AM—Breadth and PM—Depth sessions. It contains 80 total questions: 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour AM session, and 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour PM session.
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The PE Civil exam tests for a minimum level of competency in civil engineering. You need a minimum of four years of post-college work experience to be able to sit for the exam.
The latest pass rates released by NCEES for the PE Civil exam were:
- First-time test takers: 63%
- Repeat test takers: 40%
Can't decide which PE Civil depth section to take? Choosing a depth section is a big decision, particularly if you're unsure of the best route to take. Isaac Oakeson, PE, of Civil Engineering Academy, put together this video explaining how to best choose a depth section when you're not sure what direction is best for you.