The Magic Number
The civil PE exam is almost here, and no doubt you’re already thinking: What score do I need to pass? (If you’re not thinking about it, I might need to check your pulse. A little healthy anxiety about the test is what you need to KEEP GOING!)
Another question that I frequently get around exam time is: How is the exam scored? The NCEES website contains detailed information about the exam scoring process, including how they “determine the level of performance that corresponds with minimal competence in that discipline”–aka the score you need to pass the PE exam!
Civil PE Pass Rates
On average, 60-70% of first-time test takers pass the exam; it drops to 35% for repeat takers (holla! 🙋🏽♂️). That’s okay. Don’t let the numbers discourage you. Just know that if you are repeating the test, you have to put in the work. You can’t get lazy because you’ve studied the material already. You MIGHT (and it’s a big MIGHT) see some of the same problems on the next PE as the last exam you took, but you really need exposure to problems you’re not as familiar with, so you’re as prepared as possible when you take the test again.
I’m breaking down all this info for you in my Quick Tips Video #7 this week. After a few short minutes, you’ll know:
- How many exam questions you need to answer correctly to pass (roughly)
- What score you need to pass the PE exam
- Where to find all the up-to-date information about PE exam scoring
Let’s do it.
What did you think of this Civil Engineering Academy video short? Leave a comment below and let me know how your PE study prep is going.
Also, if you missed last week’s blog, it’s a good one from a professor of mine on Low Impact Development. I’d love to hear about any LID projects you’ve been working on.
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