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Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam: A Companion to the Civil Engineering Reference Manual [Paperback]

Michael R. Lindeburg PE
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February 29, 2008 1591261309 978-1591261308 Eleventh Edition, New Edition
The best way to prepare for the Civil PE exam is to solve problems—the more problems, the better. Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam provides you with the problem-solving practice you need to successfully prepare for the morning and afternoon portions of the Civil PE exam, and now includes 175 new Construction Engineering problem.

Build Your Confidence and Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills

  • More than 700 problems, similar in format and difficulty to the actual exam
  • Coordinated with the chapters in the new edition of the Civil Engineering Reference Manual
  • Step-by-step solutions explain how to reach the correct answer most efficiently
  • Updated structural and transportation problems based on the new design standards


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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 (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,587 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's decent, but there's better options April 22, 2010
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Problems much harder than on exam April 30, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Passed my PE, used this book August 29, 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive question-based reference June 14, 2012
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Problems not indicative January 23, 2014
By paul
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The problems in this review book are generally veryin depth and much more detail than someone studying for the exam would need. You get lost trying to study.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tons of Typos March 16, 2013
This book has so many typos, I think it might have actually HURT my chances on the exam. How can I learn anything when I have to spend so much time trying to figure out what mistakes the authors made?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Questions not representative of the Civil PE Test April 14, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what i needed February 15, 2012
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I am really glad for the book and the condition that I recieved it. It was tatally new. Moreover, for the excelent time of shipping.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Another review book for the national 8 hour
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. Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by Michael Tran
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy
I have studied for pe exam from refrences book and thought i knew evrything , when i bought this book i understood that i knew nothing,
I wish i bought this book at first, it... Read more
Published on February 8, 2011 by Parham
5.0 out of 5 stars just like the exam
I wish there were more problems for each section, but the type and format of problems are very similar to the exam. Very helpful for studying
Published on December 21, 2010 by okee
5.0 out of 5 stars PE Review Material
One of the best reference materials for the Civil PE Exam. It is recommended by the test givers.
Published on September 28, 2009 by Jonnye Mcelyea
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I used this to study for the April 2009 PE exam, and passed the first time! It covers so many subjects, many of them much more than you'll need for the exam. Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by J. Van Valkenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs one to take the PE I guess
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... Read more
Published on May 8, 2009 by Amazon Customer
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