Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.; Sixth Edition, New edition (December 2, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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WAY harder than the actual PE exam, this practice exam actually was so hard that working through the problems actually ended up hurting my confidence, which I didn't think was worth it, so I ended up putting it down and working off of other NCEES practice exams. Those were way more similar to what I encountered in the real exam!
I took the breadth and the transportation depth sections of this book, and there are unfortunately a handful of reasons why i'm only giving this three stars. The most glaring reason is 1) It is out of date with the test material in that the breadth test included chemistry and water treatment questions, which are no longer part of the morning portion (the transportation section IS, however, up to date with the 2015 AASHTO revisions). 2) The breadth portion was significantly harder than the actual morning test, though it did help me feel very prepared for it. 3) The transportation portion in this book contained a great deal more in the way of calculations than the actual test did (a lot more curve geometry, etc.) however, the actual test, I felt, went light on this. Instead, the actual test included a lot more looking up basic criteria in the required manuals (HCM, AASHTO, and MUTCD), granted, that's not something you can really study for anyway, so perhaps that was intentional. Just know that it will be on the actual test. HAVE THOSE BOOKS and don't let the actual test catch you off guard when it feels like it's not following the same format. 4) I noticed what I believe was at least one error with their solutions. It should also be noted that many of the problems are taken EXACTLY from previous versions of this same book. Though things like the transportation section have been updated, older versions would still give you the same review material (minus transportation, plus even more chemistry). If you're on a tight budget and know what sections to ignore, an older version may still be helpful for you.Over all, though, it was nice to have this test and the corresponding solutions for the actual test, as I was able to look up a question or two and almost just plug and chug with the new numbers.
This version is not the most up to date. This is not to the 2015 exam standard for masonry, steel and concrete.
mildly useful, decent basic information, no relative information for Transportation. Better off getting Specific Transportation Help
Great review for the actual exam. Tough questions that got me prepared.
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