Civil PE Exam – Construction Depth
Welcome to LearnCivilEngineering.com. This site is designed to provide a one stop location for any Engineer-in-Training (EIT) that is currently studying for the Civil PE Exam – Construction Depth. If you follow the steps provided below while studying you will become a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.). This site has all the information you need to study for and pass the civil PE Exam. Some of the material you still have to buy, like the NCEES Reference Books, CERM, and some practice problems books. A lot of the study material shown on the site is not developed by me so I have linked to other websites for though lecture notes and videos in order to give you access to the best free information available.
Important Information: Studies have shown that an average person only retains 5-10% of the information received in a lecture or after reading. However, if that same person is to read and do practice problems immediately after to reinforce learning, retention goes up to 75-85%. So, this is important to note, no matter what courses you take or books you read unless you are working problems after you study, chances are you are going to forget the material. This website gives you a lot of practice problems but you still should go out and get the ones I recommend and you need to actually work the problems.
The following steps are the best sequence to use this site in order to pass the PE Exam.
Step 1: Go to and read my post on the 10 Keys to Success for the PE Exam.
Step 2: Go to my Exam Material section and order your books – Do not skip this step. You can sell them back after you pass the test. You need them for the Exam. Also it is important to note that the free engineering manuals are just for reference if you want to dive in deeper to a specific subject for a little better understanding. You will not have to print them out for the exam, the only ones you need for the exam are the ones in the reference section. I have also just starting developing a page to allow you to search for the best deals for the required books. Go to the book search page for that.
Step 3: Sign up for the newsletter (left) and get four free gifts. Download a free copy of the PE checklist to follow while preparing for the exam, a PE Study Schedule to develop your study plan. Also I provide you with a great conversion table and a problem index to use for easy referencing during the exam.
Step 4: Study….When following your schedule go to the Exam Modules on this website to study. There are notes and videos for each engineering section. When you are watching the videos on the Texas A&M website make sure to print out the notes and follow along. When I studied for the exam the Texas A&M videos were the only study material I used for the Geotechnical, Structural, Water Resources and Environmental, and Transportation portion and I felt the morning portion was easy ( I maybe didn’t know 3-4 questions). In each section I provide a lot more information for you to review. For the construction section I created a lot free notes and example problems for you to study. I just added my first two products which are “Guide to Passing the Construction PE Exam” and “The Construction Depth Practice PE Exam“. If you are taking the Construction PM portion these are must buys, which will give you all the knowledge to ace the PM portion and save you huge amounts of time trying to figure out what to study.
Step 5: Support the website, by giving a little money. All the money I earn from your donations or from book sales goes right back into the website. I have recently been able to hire engineers to help me develop new practice problems and soon I will have enough to redesign the site which will make it quicker and more user-friendly. So please support the site so I can continue to grow it for all the future engineers.
Step 6: If at any time you have questions about the material, what to study, or just general questions about the exam join the forum and ask the question. Also join the Facebook or LinkedIn groups and I will provide you with updates and other information.
Okay that is it….It is time to get started…Start with step one and work your way down……
Mark F. DeSantis, P.E., PMP
FREE PE Exam AM Questions (52 questions)
Currently working on AM Exam practice exam questions. The plan is to put up at least one question per subject area that could be asked, so there will be more than 8 problems per discipline. Go ahead and download, let me know what you think.
Completed: 5 Geotechnical, 11 Transportation, 14 Structural, 21 Water Resources/Environmental, 1 Construction