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#1 jvh4

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:35 PM

According to the NCEES PE Civil Test Specifications, traffic problems including highway capacity, etc. are no longer included in the morning exam (only geometric design). The NCEES practice test from 2000, has traffic problems and the latest practice exam does not. This leads me to beleive that recently NCEES has removed the subject from the breadth part of the exam.

However, both the ASCE review class and my colleague's NH based review class still cover it as a topic and dedicate a full 2 hour class to traffic, and the internet is quiet on the subject.

I guess I will attend the review class just in case, but it seems my study time would be better served working on my area of depth.

Anyone else have insight on this?

#2 sac_engineer

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:53 PM

This is correct. Only horizontal and vertical curve questions are addressed in the morning portion of the exam which also include safe stopping distance along a curve and determining design speeds.

Traffic and capacity topics are only in the transportation depth (afternoon) exam.

#3 ajosh

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 05:31 PM

That is very useful information, thank you.

#4 geo pe

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:15 PM

You will not see anything out of NCEES Exam Specification for Transportation AM. I hope that helps!

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 05:41 PM

Does anyone know if compound curves or spirals curves on the exam? It doesn't specifically mention that in the syllabus but it seems like some of the non ncees books have problems related to those 2 topics.

Edited by roadwreck, 02 February 2012 - 07:12 PM.


#6 ptatohed

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:51 PM

Does anyone know if compound curves or spirals curves on the exam? It doesn't specifically mention that in the syllabus but it seems like some of the non ncees books have problems related to those 2 topics.



kenny, I feel nearly 100% confident that spiral curves are not on the exam. I recommend skipping spirals in your studies. I did.
As for compound curves, while I don't recall seeing any on the exam, it might very well be a valid exam topic. I'd know how to work the basics. Same with reverse curves. Good luck.




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