Civil Engineering Academy

Welcome to Civil Engineering Academy!  The purpose of this site is to help you on your journey to becoming a professional engineer by preparing, taking, and passing the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Civil FE and PE exams.

There are many reference sites out there, but this site will provide you the best breadth and depth practice exams you can find.

Everyone knows that practicing problems is the absolute key to pass, so to help you we provide the most free video-practice problems you'll find.  Yes, for free.  

And if you need a little more hand holding to get the job done then we have made an excellent review course that includes exams, lectures, and more.  All to help you ace this exam.   

As you are well aware, passing the test will take a ton of work.  There are no quick gimmicks to passing this, but you can do it if you put in the time and effort and we are here to help!

This site will help you by providing these specific benefits:

  • We will refer you to great books and resources that will help you ace the FE, and the breadth and depth exam, and get you started on the right foot. 
  • We will work free video practice problems step by step.  Yep, step-by-step.  And did I mention free.
  • ​Provide excellent breadth practice exams that we have made.
  • ​Offer excellent depth exams covering all 5 major topics including: tranportation, geotech, structures, water resources, and construction!
  • Give killer tips, tricks, tactics.  Anything and everything to do with passing the FE and PE and your career as a civil engineer.
  • Provide life-like FE exams that will challenge and test you.  This is content that has been requested to add to site so you'll see more and more FE content in the months to come.  The FE is the first step to getting your PE.

Welcome Video - What Civil Engineering 

Academy is All About

Where to Start and Some Quick Advice

on How to Pass the Civil PE Exam

It has been my experience that the key to doing well on the PE exam is to absolutely crush the breadth portion of the exam.

Think about it – if you can get close to 100% on the morning exam then you only need to get 16 more questions right in the afternoon to get 70%, which is approximately what you need to pass. You can get a combination of both; say get 36/40 right in the morning and 20/40 in the afternoon, either one works, but you can see that each time you run these numbers it is imperative that you do well in the breadth portion – and the key to that is to practice, practice, practice!

​Now, even though you have to absolutely crush the breadth exam, it doesn’t mean that the depth section should be ignored. Quite the opposite really.

People have suggested that you should be spending about 60% of your time in your depth subject so you are prepared for it. The morning can be much easier but the depth will heavily test your knowledge in that field. So again, if you can crush the morning portion and give it your best in the afternoon then your chances of passing are very high.

In order to make the most of this site I encourage you to do the following:

1.  Head to the NCEES website and register.  They'll direct you to your state's individual department of professional licensing so that you have all the necessary requirements done.  If you are good to go with your state, then finish registering with NCEES by choosing a date for the exam and what depth section you are going to take.  It's go time.

2.  Head over to the resources tab and start purchasing what books you need. Getting your resources early is imperative.

3.  I would then start looking at the instructional videos that go over problems in detail. These will help get you in the mood of practicing problems.

4.  The blog might have something that is on your mind as it covers everything from what I took for the depth portion of the PE exam to what type of calculator you need.  Check it out!

5.  Buy practice exams.  Take a breadth exam at the beginning and end of your journey to test your skills before you dive into the real thing.  We also have depth exams to help you.  Practice makes perfect, make sure to get exams in.  It's a must!

All in all I’m sure you will find something of value here. The journey can seem long but take it one step at a time and you’ll get there. I promise. 

This is site is and always will be a place where content is continually added to help you with your PE exam. If you have any suggestions that might help you in your journey to pass then I would love to hear them! I wish you the best of luck!

We would love it if you could share this site with others too.  If you have friends or other colleagues that are in need of passing the FE or PE then share the site with them below!  We appreciate it!​

Your information is simply amazing. Thanks!!

Jorge Rubalcava 
Civil Engineer

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