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Civil PE Sample Examination [Paperback]

Michael R. Lindeburg PE
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February 29, 2008 159126135X 978-1591261353 Second Edition, New Edition
Engineers agree that taking a sample exam is the best way to learn where you need more study. Civil PE Sample Examination offers you six 40-problem sample exams, one covering the morning portion and five covering the afternoon disciplines. You won't get more realistic practice anywhere else. These sample exams replicate the exam format, level of difficulty, and time pressure. Even bubble answer sheets are provided. There's no substitute for this experience.

The Most Realistic Practice for the Civil PE Exam

  • Cover the morning portion and each of the afternoon disciplines.
  • Check your problem-solving methods with step-by-step solutions.
  • Mentally prepare yourself for the pressure of working under timed conditions.
  • Identify topics that require extra review.


Since 1975 more than 2 million people preparing for their engineering, surveying, architecture, LEED®, interior design, and landscape architecture exams have entrusted their exam prep to PPI. For more information, visit us at www.ppi2pass.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.; Second Edition, New Edition edition (February 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159126135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591261353
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, is one of the best-known authors of engineering textbooks and references. His books and courses have influenced millions of engineers around the world. Since 1975, he has authored more than 30 engineering reference and exam preparation books. He has spent thousands of hours teaching engineering to students and practicing engineers. He holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too difficult - source of a frustrating day May 10, 2008
I used this book prior to taking the PE exam, as a practice test - blocked out the whole day, stuck to the schedule, etc. In general, I found the problems to be very complicated and involved (NOT six minute problems), and the test was just too difficult. I was not able to complete this test in eight hours. When I took the actual PE exam a short time later, it was much simpler, and I finished both sessions with time to spare.

I will say this - if you can take the exam in this book in 8 hours, and get over half of the questions right, then you should have no problem on the real thing.

For a set of practice questions that more closely resembles the actual exam, I recommend the NCEES published book. Those questions have a comparable level of difficulty and take about the right amount of time to solve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I passed first time, so no complaints here! January 5, 2007
The sample problems in this text prepare you only in the sense that it gets you back into thinking again like a college student preparing for a big exam. Being a few years out of college, reviewing these problems got me back into study mode.

Most of the problems in this book are much more difficult and involved than the problems on the actual exam.

When I began studying I looked at the large pile of reference books on the floor and freaked out thinking I'll never remember all of topics covered in the PE. I calmed down, ordered this book (after receiving advise from several others who passed the PE before me). I felt much better and more prepared after a week or two of reviewing the material in this book.

Overall, I recommend this as well as the reference guide by Lindeburg. Both are much better than you originally think. After the exam, you'll be glad you had them along!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage February 21, 2011
If you are taking the Civil / Structural exam this book has nothing to do with the real exam, you will waste your time on this book. If you are taking the 16 hr structural test again this book will have nothing to do with the test and you will waste your time.

There is no point in writing a book which is so far above and beyond the level of the exam. Lindeburg has this ridiculous philosophy of trying to prepare people to a practical exam with excess, in most cases unnecessary and time wasting, theory. 90% of the structural afternoon questions are theory intensive and do not reflect the type of problems in the real exam. Real exam tests your ability to think practically and implement your engineering knowledge into the solution, you are not expected to blow 30 minutes on a question by solving equations.

This is the last time I am spending any money on Lindeburg's garbage books. This is literally the worst book I have ever seen! I want my money back!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs polishing March 21, 2007
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There are many errors in this book. Some of the problems require some obscure methods in order to solve them. I doubt the PE Exam is as hard as some of the problems in this book. The online NCEES sample exam seemed more realistic in regards to the material tested. I wouldn't recommend this text except that there aren't really any better alternatives so I would say it is better practice than nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Sample PE Exam October 19, 2009
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The Civil PE Sample Examination by Michael Lindeburg, PE and PPI is a very thorough sample examination. It is also more difficult than the NCEES Civil Sample Examination and from what I have heard is more difficult than the actual PE exam. The questions are well worded, with few ambiguities, with more variety and overall questions than the NCEES sample exam. The solutions are somewhat more comprehensive than the NCEES sample exam though I do wish they were cross-referenced to the Civil Engineering Reference Manual, also by Mr. Lindeburg. Additionally, the solutions do not always use the same notations as the Civil Engineering Reference Manual, though the discrepancies are not so great as to require too much digging for clarification. I like that the breadth problems are grouped by discipline. Overall, I highly recommend that prospective engineers use both this and the NCEES sample exam. This sample exam would be best used, I think, in the middle of your studying timeline to focus your remaining study time on your individual problem areas. Take the NCEES Sample Exam within the last two weeks of studying to get a better idea of the actual test problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay sample exam. August 25, 2009
This practice exam is just okay. It's a good practice if you use it as a timed exam, and it will help identify the areas you need to spend more time studying. If your short on time for review--stick w/ the NCEES sample exam.
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3.0 out of 5 stars unnecessarily complicated problems July 14, 2013
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Lindeburg is in the business of OVER-preparing soon-to-be-examinees. He offer's money back guarantees, and the only way to not lose his shirt doing this is by assuring not just that the examinees are prepared, but far-over-prepared. Thus, he provide example problems that are FAR more complicated than they need be. Your money will be much better spent on the 6 minute solutions books which are also more complicated than the test, but not the the obscene degree that Lindeburg's are.
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