Civil Engineering Academy - Civil Engineering Reference Manual "CERM" 16th Edition Book Review

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Civil PE Exam Strategy - Part 1 (Which Exam Should You Take?)

In this video, I go over the format of the Civil Engineering PE Exam and go over my recommendations on which exam to choose, based on your education, work experience and the characteristics of each Civil Exam: Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources & Environmental. Keep in mind that the paper-and-pencil versions of the Civil exams are scheduled to be administered by NCEES only through 2022. In 2023 they will be converted to a computer-based test format, which will change everything about how you prepare for the exam. I explain more about why I think you should take the Civil Exam before this conversion in my article, “Change Is Coming,” at I hope this video helps you understand the exam format better and helps you make the best choice for you. After you watch it, let me know how this video has helped you. You’ll find lots more videos on my YouTube channel on fundamental mechanical and civil engineering topics. If you’d like to see more videos like this as they become available, subscribe to our channel. And if you’d like to hear more from Dr. Tom’s Classroom follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. If you’re preparing for the PE Exam, DTC also offers Civil PE Exam and Mechanical PE Exam reviews. You can learn more at Thanks, Dr. Tom (AKA Dr. Thomas H. Brown, PE) DTC Founder and Mechanical Engineering Instructor

Passing the PE Civil Exam: Breadth Topics

Pass the PE Exam! Here is a summary of the topics that are on the morning/breadth portion of the PE Civil Exam. Hope this helps you pass!

Top 4 Reasons Why I Like The Civil Engineering Reference Manual

I did a quick review of the Civil Engineering Reference Manual by Michael Lindeburg, PE. I cover the top 4 reasons why I like this book and I'm positive you will too! PPI's Website: Use CEA15 to get 15% off any book they have there! In full disclosure we have partnered up with them as an affiliate and we earn a small commission for referring this to you! Good luck on the exam and let me know what you think about the book! For more tips and reference head to: For a FREE 3-part video series on how to prepare, take, and PASS the PE head here: Thanks and good luck on the exam! What books would you like me to review in the future??

What Score Do You Need to Pass the Civil PE Exam? The civil PE exam is less than 2 months away, and no doubt you’re already thinking: What score do I need to pass? (If you’re not thinking about it, I might need to check your pulse. A little healthy anxiety about the test is what you need to keep going!) Another question that I frequently get around exam time is: How is the exam scored? The NCEES website contains detailed information about the exam scoring process, including how they “determine the level of performance that corresponds with minimal competence in that discipline”--aka the score you need to pass the PE exam! 60-70% of first-time test takers pass; on average, 35% of repeat takers (holla! 🙋🏽‍♂️) pass the PE exam. That’s okay. Don’t let the numbers discourage you. Just know that if you are repeating the test, you HAVE to put in the work. You can’t get lazy because you've studied the material already. You MIGHT (and it’s a big MIGHT) see the same problem as the last exam you took, but you really need to get exposure to problems you haven't done before so you can be ready when they spring up on the next PE exam. I’m breaking down all this info for you in my Quick Tips Video #7 this week. After a few short minutes, you’ll know: *How many question you need answer correctly on the PE exam (roughly) *What score you need to pass the PE exam *Where to find all the up-to-date information on PE exam scoring Let me know if you have any questions!

Which Civil PE Exam is the Easiest? Which Civil PE Exam is the Easiest? I get this question A LOT. Before I answer it, I have a question for you. Do you have your Civil Engineering Reference Manual (aka CERM) near by? If so, grab it because you’ll need it to understand the answer. There. Now, the CERM is divided into the 5 civil engineering specializations I talked about last week. (If you didn’t see that video, click ) Each category has a lot of valuable information, but the quantity of information varies widely. Also, keep in mind that each specialization has a certain number of standards that you have to bring into the exam. You should consider both of these items when you’re wondering about which PE exam is the easiest. In all honesty, to be adequately prepared for ANY of the PE exams, it will take A LOT of time and effort on your part, but this CEA Quick Tips video will help you narrow down: Which specializations require the least/most prep What the required standards are for the PE exam And finally, my opinion on the Top 2 “easiest” PE exams.

The Civil Engineering Reference Manual has changed it's name to the PE Civil Reference Manual (still CERM for some reason). This is the 16th edition that just came out this year (2018). It is the go to reference for your civil PE exam. Check out my own take of it and let me know if you have any questions on it!

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