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How to Pass the Civil Professional Engineer Exam

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Are you ready for the next stage of your engineering career? Passing the civil professional engineer exam requires experience and the following steps.


Things You Will Need

professional civil engineer application
CERM
6 Minute Solutions
Colored Tabs

Step 1

Mail in your application with the required recommendations from professional engineers that you worked with.

Your application must demonstrate that you have enough experience to sit for the professional engineer exam.


Step 2

Get a copy of the current Michael Lindeburg's Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CERM).

Use this book as a reference in your studying by tabbing the tables and equations (color coordinate by sections is highly recommended). Know how to use the index to look things up quickly. Do not spend time reading the entire book. The equations in the book helps clarify new concepts, but are not reflective of actually exam questions!


Step 3

Get copies of the Breadth and Depth Specifications for all 5 sections from the NCEES.

Pick one or two sections to focus your area of study. For the sections you did not study, know how to use the index on the CERM index to solve the quick and easy questions.


Step 4

Get copies of the Six Minute Solutions workbook.

The practice problems in the Six Minute Solutions reflect the type and length of questions you will encounter in the Civil Professional Engineer exam. Study these problems carefully. The key is to understand methodology at solving the problems and where to find the equations or look up tables in the CERM.


Step 5

As you work problems and use the reference tables in CERM, consider purchasing other recommended reference material for your chosen sections.

Nothing worst to miss a couple of questions because you are too cheap to buy a reference manual. And once you pass, you can always sell them on half.com or ebay.com to recoup most of your cost.


Step 6

Consider creating an equations notebook or binder to write down the equations you used in your studying, condensing into 3-4 pages for each section and noting the pages for the tables used in the CERM (color coded by sections like in Step 2).

This way you can retrieve common equations quickly in the exam. Good luck!


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Tips & Warnings

Consider making a copy of the CERM index and putting it in your equations binder for easy access when you need to look things up.

Don't just read the material, do the practice problems!


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