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PE Civil (Construction)-- Highest failing score

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i got 2 out of 7 also in estimating also. I'm also sticking with construction. im in too deep with the books now. I hope in April they take it easy with the word/conception problem in the morning. They took my lunch.

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I failed in Apr 12 and passed Oct. I remember being surprised by the # of AM and PM concept or qualitative questions in Apr. I had luck looking in the back of CERM for a key term within the question, and writing every section number that might apply in the questions booklet. As I starterd to rule out sections as I looked them up, I would cross them off the list I had made. If I wasn't confident when I left that question, at least I had a good starting point when I came back to it. Sometimes, I would come back after a while, and with a fresh set of eyes, the answer seemed apparent. Maybe it's overkill. Just an idea.

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I agree - if one needs to pass PE with construction - one should be very good in Scheduling and Estimation. and Should score minimum 32/40 in AM

If you can score 32/40 in the morning, you should be good to go regardless of the depth you take... because getting 22/40 in the PM is a pretty low bar.

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I agree - if one needs to pass PE with construction - one should be very good in Scheduling and Estimation. and Should score minimum 32/40 in AM

If you can score 32/40 in the morning, you should be good to go regardless of the depth you take... because getting 22/40 in the PM is a pretty low bar.

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yup I agree 32 in the morning would have done the trick.

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Yeah that's another one "Other Topics" did poor on this. What are the "Other Topics"?

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The other topics are depth portions of other modules. As you can see from below alot to study, but every depth module has to account for some "other topics" in their afternoon section.

Groundwater and well fields (Groundwater control including drainage, Construction Dewatering)

Subsurface exploration and sampling (drilling and sampling procedures)

Earth retaining structures (a. Mechanically stabilized earth wall, b. Soil and rock anchors)

Deep foundations (a. Pile load test, b. Pile installation)

Loadings (a. Wind, b. Snow, c. Load paths)

Mechanics of materials(Progressive Collapse) - Materials (a. Concrete(Prestressed concrete, post tensioned), b. Timber)

Traffic safety( Work zone safety)

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i am currently practicing mechanical engineering, but have a civil-construction degree and passed this exam on my first try. i found the afternoon portion very easy. i disagree with the "wild card" description everyone is so quick to use.

i just took october, and thought the afternoon was cake compared to the morning portion. i received the most help by studying the ncees practice exam. if you look in the solutions, they give you the references the problems were sampled from. purchase a few of these books, especially the nunnally construction methods and management! there were a handfull of answers this exam i referenced from the index. i got the seventh edition used for less than 6 dollars on amazon. tab the osha book, these are also gimmes. use the CERM, goswami pe manual, and all the recommended texts per ncees and you'll do fine. stay away from any of rujapakse's books. fck that guy. i purchased his manual and solved every problem before i realized all the amazon reviews were submitted by him: "practice, practice, practice." i felt that not one problem in his book was reflective of what i was tested on.

i only solved 28 problems on the morning and had to guess the rest. with the above references, i solved 38 in the afternoon portion. not sure how many of those were correct, but i achieved a passing score.

tl;dr this test was not unreasonably difficult. with the proper references and preparation you can pass with confidence.

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Anybody can do a search and find countless topics on the construction issue. I've been in Civil construction for over a decade and also run a part time excavation business, I have plenty of construction experience in every facet imaginable (dirt, buildings, bridges, etc.). Take it as you will, but you'll find after you take it a few times that it's a wild card, I saw questions I can't even imagine were even on a PE exam. I can't tell you how many people i've talked to who have tried construction, failed, and switched to trans and passed it the first time. Four co-workers/friends all took construction (several times) and all wish they had just taken trans.

I found the best thing to do is study the things that are easy like scheduling, estimating, OSHA etc...., questions you know will be on it and are easy.....it will be the questions you can't study for that will take you down.

Just a recommendation. Had I not spent so much on my books, I would have switched to trans and passed sooner.

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Anybody can do a search and find countless topics on the construction issue. I've been in Civil construction for over a decade and also run a part time excavation business, I have plenty of construction experience in every facet imaginable (dirt, buildings, bridges, etc.). Take it as you will, but you'll find after you take it a few times that it's a wild card, I saw questions I can't even imagine were even on a PE exam. I can't tell you how many people i've talked to who have tried construction, failed, and switched to trans and passed it the first time. Four co-workers/friends all took construction (several times) and all wish they had just taken trans.

I found the best thing to do is study the things that are easy like scheduling, estimating, OSHA etc...., questions you know will be on it and are easy.....it will be the questions you can't study for that will take you down.

Just a recommendation. Had I not spent so much on my books, I would have switched to trans and passed sooner.

i doubt the NCEEs got all correct answers for all questions.

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