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Civil Breadth PE Exam Review Course

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Update Regarding the Computer-Based Test (CBT) Transition 

The course material reflects the current specifications from NCEES. We recommend downloading the NCEES Civil Reference Handbook from their website and using it along with your studying – that PDF will be your primary reference during testing! We updated the Pathceed review course to reference the NCEES handbook throughout the lessons. You can still download and print all the Pathceed course content, but you are no longer allowed to bring personal references to the exam. 

Course Description

This course is for Civil Engineering professionals looking for a complete program to prepare for the 40-question breadth section of the Civil PE Exam. The lessons cover large amounts of information in a reasonable amount of time. We rehearsed, recorded, and edited the lessons to deliver a clear yet fast-paced curriculum. The course includes 12 hours of lessons that cover all the breadth topics on the NCEES specifications. You will review the five civil engineering disciplines that will show up on the exam, including construction, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and hydraulics. It takes away the guesswork in preparing for this broad licensing exam.

By the end of the course, you will have covered all the basic Civil Engineering concepts and solved exam-like problems for all topics on the breadth section of the Civil PE Exam. All presentation slides will be available for you to download and print. The slides include notes, equations, tables, diagrams, and example problems for your convenience. 

Course Content:

  1. Quantity take off methods
  2. Cost estimating
  3. Project schedules
  1. Construction loads
  2. Construction methods
  3. Temporary structures and facilities
  1. Lateral earth pressure
  2. Soil consolidation
  3. Effective and total stresses
  4. Bearing capacity
  5. Foundation settlement
  6. Slope stability
  1. Dead and live loads
  2. Trusses
  3. Bending
  4. Shear
  5. Axial
  6. Combined stresses
  7. Deflections
  8. Beams
  9. Columns
  10. Slabs
  11. Footings
  12. Retaining walls
  1. Open channel flow
  2. Stormwater collection and drainage
  3. Storm characteristics
  4. Runoff analysis
  5. Detention/retention ponds
  6. Pressure conduit
  7. Energy and/or continuity equation
  1. Basic circular curve elements
  2. Basic vertical curve elements
  3. Traffic volume
  1. Soil classification and boring log interpretation
  2. Soil properties
  3. Concrete
  4. Structural steel
  5. Material test methods and specification conformance
  6. Compaction
  1. Excavation and embankment
  2. Construction site layout and control
  3. temporary and permanent soil erosion and sediment control
  4. Impact of construction on adjacent facilities
  5. Safety

Access Period and Renewal:

The course access period is 180 days (6 months) from the day you register. On average, students spend 3-4 months studying for the Civil PE Exam. This review course can help you structure your study plan. If you fail the exam, you can renew the course access period for free, one additional time. Please see the “Product Renewal Policy” section in the terms and conditions for more information. 

About the Exam:

The NCEES Civil Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) is an 8-hour computer-based exam administered year-round at approved testing centers. The exam is broken up into a breadth section in the morning (40 multiple choice questions, 4 hours) and a depth section in the afternoon (40 multiple choice questions, 4 hours).  Visit NCEES

Watch a Full Lesson for Free:

Evaluation is important in any successful journey. We encourage you to watch the 1-hour structural mechanics lesson – it’s free! Check out how we designed the course lessons to help you succeed.