Changes are coming to the civil engineering FE exam and we are here to discuss it. The NCEES organization loves to change the specifications every few years and with the exams going CBT (computer based testing) I can imagine that they might even do it more to keep things fresh. Needless to say, they civil FE exam is changing on us. If you are taking the exam in July of 2020 then you'll need to download the NEW civil FE specifications at NCEES.org.
You'll also need to download a new FE handbook as they upgraded it to 10.0 (we'll talk more about this later). The main changes we see are that they combined sections and upped the amount of problems in those sections and they completely removed Computational Tools.
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Like I said before the NCEES changes these specifications every so many years. I'm sure in the future we will be back to separating things and adding some random topics back in (like Computational Tools). But don't you worry. The core concepts of engineering never change so those will always be around no matter what happens to the spec.
In fact, we did a little poll on our course, The Ultimate Civil FE Review Course, and most students said that they didn't really care that the spec changes as long as they simply have practice problems to work. This is a huge sign that things change on the spec but those core engineering topics of geotech, transportation, structures, construction, water resources, math, statistics, etc., just never change.
Having said all of that check out our latest video we made detailing and comparing the new spec with the old one.
What do you think about the changes? Like them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments!
I also cover this in an episode of The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast. Go check it out!
You can also download our free PDF comparision from the old spec and the new July FE specificiations right here. This detailed chart will show you quickly all the changes between the two.
I hope these tips help you navigate your studies for the FE exam!