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Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam: A Companion to the Civil Engineering Reference Manual Paperback – February 29, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1591261308 ISBN-10: 1591261309 Edition: Eleventh Edition, New Edition
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.; Eleventh Edition, New Edition edition (February 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591261309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591261308
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,733 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.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Enlighten Me on April 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
The practice problems coordinate with the Lindeburg reference manual. So there is a lot of stuff in this book that is not tested material on the PE Exam. I also found that the construction area was severly lacking in content. Be careful when using this reference as some of the approaches to answering questions(specifically scheduling and geotech/earthwork) are excessively long and roundabout or just outright wrong. The suggested solutions are not always the quickest way to answer a problem leaving a lot of room for error. Just compare this to the NCEES (they write the PE exams after all) practice exam as well as the Peurifoy, Oberlender, and Hinze text books, and you will find that the Lindeberg contrasts to what is taught in these (which is what you should follow as they are referenced in the practice exam).

If you are contemplating using this book as your main study guide, don't. If you are using this to supplement the NCEES practice exam and the Six Minute Solutions workbooks, you will also find this lacking. Bottom line, this is an okay reference, but should not be on your list of essentials for studying for the exam.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Marshall on April 30, 2009
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Tried to use this to study for the PE Exam, but found that the problems are significantly harder than those on the exam. If you can complete these problems, you will have no problem on the exam; but if you can't, don't get discouraged because these problems are so much harder than those on the exam. I ended up not using this book for practice because I was getting so discourage when I was trying the problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Schaefer on August 29, 2010
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The questions in this guide are not like what you will see on the exam....this book is much more challenging. I think their goal was to cause you to be overprepared....which is hard for the PE. I strongly recommend this guide, do the practice problems, all of them. ALL OF THEM!! If you know this material, you'll make it through the breadth section of the exam just fine. The NCEES practice problems are good, do them as well, but you'll find that the NCEES questions are much easier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bottle buyer on June 14, 2012
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Not too much to add about the quality of the reference that hasn't been stated already. Yes the problems are likely harder, on average, than you will experience on exam day. But my personal methodology was to prepare as much as I could put up with and only have to go through the process taking the exam once. To that regard, the reference suited my needs as I passed one-and-done.

SUMMARY: Good reference, harder than exam questions, but it is the most comprehensive (as far as its breadth and depth) question-based reference you will find on the market.
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I took the CA Civil PE in Oct 2011 and passed the survey + 8-hour portion first time (didn't study for the seismic). I studied one day a week for about 6 weeks prior to the test. I used this book in conjunction with the practice problems. I can tell you, this book is ridiculously too in depth. It's good if you like to go into the test completely over prepared but you will spend a lot of your time researching on a lot of material that won't be on the test. I definitely wouldn't recommend anyone studying the ENTIRE book but to focus primarily on the afternoon section you choose. You will have to brush all other materials but nothing too in depth e.g. you don't need to review the theorems or proofs of equations.
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I used the practice problems to help prepare for the Civil PE Transportation exam and was generally disappointed. When I took the test I discovered that the practice problems were not very representative of the test, tended to be much harder than the test, and finally failed to cover several important questions on the afternoon exam. Overall, I would suggest skipping this book and just go straight to the NCEES for their practice problems.
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It's a great bookof knowledge. However, I have the 7th edition as well and the only thing different is that there are no practice problems in the 11th edition at the end of the chapters. Maybe 2 or 3 sections have been added. There is one big Construction section added, but you could prolly get that info from a construction engineering manual. So - in closing you need a Lindeburg text. I'm not sure it has to be 11th edition.
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By LACP15 on May 10, 2015
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As preparation for the PE Exam, I did not find this book very helpful at all. It is a completely different format than what you'll find on the actual exam. I took the exam twice, and for the second exam, I had the guidebook written by NCEES, which was far more helpful. This book now sits on my desk at work for occasional referencing, which is really the only value that I've gotten from it. Otherwise, I'd give it only one star.
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