PE Civil Reference Manual (Print or eTextbook)
PE Civil Reference Manual
Available in Print or eTextbook
Michael R. Lindeburg, PE’s PE Civil Reference Manual, 16th Edition (CERM16) is the only reference you need to prepare for the Breadth portion of the PE Civil exam. This comprehensive manual follows NCEES exam specifications and addresses complex topics by parsing them into condensed, understandable, readable sections. Offering a complete review of all exam topics, this reference manual is up-to-date to the current exam specifications and design standards, and employs instructional design to enable comprehensive understanding that builds exam confidence. The PE Civil exam is an 8-hour, open book exam. Use this reference manual to fully prepare for the exam, and bring it with you on exam-day for your must-have reference.
- Complete exam review for the Breadth portion of the PE Civil exam
- Brief overview of each afternoon Depth exam
- Up-to-date codes including: AASHTO, HCM, IBC, ACI and more
- Recommendations for a study schedule to keep you on track
- Exam tips for exam-day readiness
- One year of access
- Ability to download the entire eTextbook to multiple devices, so you can study even without internet access
- An auto sync feature across all your devices for a seamless experience on or offline
- Unique study tools such as highlighting in six different colors to tailor your study experience
- Features like read aloud for complete hands-free review
PE Civil FAQs
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.
Yes, and you can bring your PPI review materials with you on exam day.
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.