Prepare for the PE Civil Exam
Brand new Live Online courses for the CBT exam are enrolling now! These new courses have been fully redesigned to prepare you to pass the closed-book PE Civil CBT exam.
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What Makes PPI PE Civil Exam Prep Different?
Constantly updated PE Civil prep materials. Your prep will be the most up-to-date, relevant content available. We pay close attention to whenever the NCEES® PE exam specifications are changed, so you always have practice materials that will help you pass. Our courses are fully updated to help you prepare to pass the new PE Civil CBT exam.
Lessons from professional engineers. Through lectures, problem-solving demos, strategy sessions, and office hours, your prep will be centered around instruction from experts who know the PE Civil exam inside and out.
A proud reputation as leaders in PE Civil exam prep. We’ve been helping civil engineers advance their careers through the PE exam since 1975. Our courses aren’t just updated to the newest standards—they’re also based on decades of experience, which means we know what it takes for our students to succeed.
Proven PE Civil exam prep designed to help you pass. You’re ready to take the next step in your career, and our PE Civil exam prep is made by people who know how to get there. After enrolling in a course, you’ll receive expert reference materials, homework assignments, detailed class notes (plus the NCEES Handbook), as well as access to online quizzes, practice exams, flashcards, and more.
A passing guarantee. When you take one of our PE Civil Live Online courses, we guarantee you’ll pass. And if you don’t, you can take one of our PE OnDemand courses right afterward for free.*
*Conditions and restrictions apply. See https://ppi2pass.com/pass-guarantee for more details.
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FAQs for the PE Civil Exam
The PE Civil Reference Handbook should be used as a reference. You should know the content of it well enough that you can easily find what you're looking for during the exam, saving you time and avoiding additional stress. However, don't rely too heavily on it. If a topic is in the exam specs, you should study it in-depth regardless of whether or not it's in the Handbook. Learn more in our Ultimate Guide to the PE Civil Exam.
The PE Civil exam is an 8-hour closed-book CBT 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.
The recommended amount of study time for the PE Civil CBT exam is approximately 300 hours. To make sure that you are covering the right content during your study time, think about enrolling in a PE Civil exam prep course designed specifically for the CBT exam. PPI offers three different prep options for the PE Civil exam to suit the amount of prep you need and the format that works best for you:
Live Online Course Bundle: This option is best for examinees who want an all-in-one solution to preparing for the PE Civil CBT exam and would like to attend scheduled class sessions. The Live Online course bundle will prepare you for both the depth and breadth portions of the exam.
OnDemand Course Bundle: The OnDemand course bundle is a great option for students or professionals with busy schedules who want to study on the go or at inconsistent times. You'll receive access to pre-recorded lectures, problem-solving demonstrations, and exam strategy sessions from licensed engineers, as well as homework assignments and reference materials.
Self Study - Learning Hub and Print Bundle: Students or professionals who need a refresher before they take the PE Civil Exam, but may not need a full review course, might find that the Learning Hub and Print option is for them. With this option, you’ll get access to the PE Learning Hub and printed review and practice materials.
No, the PE Civil exam is now a closed-book CBT exam. October 2021 was the last exam in the open-book format. In 2022, the exam transitioned to a closed book Computer-Based Test (CBT) that is available to take year-round. You will not be able to bring any books into the exam. Your only reference will be an electronic reference supplied by NCEES.
The PE Civil exam is a closed-book CBT exam that 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.