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CONTENTS
1 Breadth Exam No. 1 
2 Breadth Exam No. 2 
3 Structural Depth Exam 




4 Geotechnical Depth Exam 
5 Water Resources & Environmental Depth Exam 
6 Transportation Depth Exam 
7 Construction Depth Exam 
8 Breadth Exam No. 1 Solutions 




9 Breadth Exam No. 2 Solutions 
10 Structural Depth Exam Solutions 
11 Geotechnical Depth Exam Solutions 




12 Water Resources & Environmental Depth Exam Solutions 
13 Transportation Depth Exam Solutions 
14 Construction Depth Exam Solutions
PREFACE




This book contains 280 questions divided into seven 40-question clusters. There are two (Chapters 1 and 2) breadth (AM) exams representative of the NCEES guidelines for the Principles and Practice of Civil Engineering. The detailed solutions for these two exams are in Chapters 8 and 9, respectively. These exams are followed by five depth (PM) exams—Chapter 3 (Structural Depth), Chapter 4 (Geotechnical Depth), Chapter 5 (Water Resources & Environmental Depth), Chapter 6 (Transportation Depth), and Chapter 7 (Construction Depth). The detailed solutions for these exams are in Chapters 10 to 14, respectively.




There are two ways you can use this book. Early in your review process, you can use the entire set of 280 questions as a repository of practice problems. The questions have been formatted to be similar to those on the actual exam given by the NCEES. As with any other set of solved problems, remember that reading through example solutions created by someone else is not adequate preparation for an exam such as this. I find that when I am reading the solution to an example, unless I police myself consciously, I sometimes don’t think about why the solution starts the way it does.




I find myself checking the arithmetic and that the numbers in step 1 lead to the numbers in step 2 and so on, but I don’t ask myself, “Would I have started the solution the same way, based on the specifics of the question?” In any kind of problem solving, the initial setup of the solution is more than half the battle; the rest is usually just arithmetic and algebra.




A second way to utilize the book is to combine one of the breadth (AM) exams with the depth exam of your choice to create a full 8-hour exam. Take this timed exam toward the end of your review, when you feel you are adequately prepared. The one thing that may be perceived as missing from these exams is qualitative and “look-up” questions. These could literally be from anywhere and how well you are able to answer them depends on (1) your familiarity with these codes and standards and (2) your ability to “see the big picture” in a particular subject.




This ability is what I like to call the difference between knowledge and wisdom. In order to develop this wisdom, you must supplement problem solving with readings from a few well-written and well-organized books. You probably need this level of wisdom only for your depth area, so allocate your limited time accordingly. In using these and any other practice exams, you should develop and implement test-taking strategies such as making multiple passes through the exam without getting bogged down in unfamiliar areas, practicing effective time management, and effective




use of tabbing all materials. It is perhaps unavoidable that on an exam such as the PE, you will spend some time on a particular question before realizing that it is “not going well” and decide to move on to the next one. If you have prepared well, you should have a very good handle on your strengths and weaknesses. 

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