Paperback: 816 pages
Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.; Fourteenth edition (July 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Just as with the CERM, this is way more in-depth and involved than needed to pass the exam. The majority of the problems (not just the ones that say "one hour" are much more time-consuming than the problems on the test. You have to pick and choose what problems you are going to do, because trying to do them all will get you a divorce and a trip to the psychiatric ward. That said, this is still your best option for getting as many practice problems in as many fields as possible, since buying the 6 minute solutions for each of the 5 fields will really hurt your wallet. My advice, do a couple problems from each section you review in the CERM, then move on. Get to the practice tests earlier in your studies, you can always come back for further review if necessary.
Practice problems are EXTREMELY more difficult than the PE Exam. Would NOT recommend using it to study for the exam. Also a lot of changes have happened since the publication of this book. Especially in the transportation area (HCM). If you decide to get this book, and become frustrated, just move on to another study source.
Book is extremely thorough, but also overwhelming and problems are more complicated than actual test. I crammed for the PE exam without ever using this book (due to overwhelming nature and lack of time) and fortunately still passed (with extreme amount of luck and I'm honestly an extremely good test taker). So quite frankly, I'm glad I did not waste time trying to solve problems in this book, but if I had, then I'd be an even more informed engineer and nothing wrong with that!
I'm studying for the April 2016 exam and the books up to date and in the answers it labels the equations that are being used. The only downside side is that some of the solutions are not fully explained so some questions have solutions but no explanation of how they got it.
Very good review for the Civil PE, problems are pretty intense, but if you can work these, the ones on the PE should be a breeze.
Good review questions, contains a mix of homework-set type problems and exam-type problems.
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