When I took them a couple years ago, I found some of the
various review books that ppi2pass.com offers to be useful.
For surveying, I used the "Surveying Principles for Civil
Engineers" as well as their "120 Solved Surveying Problems" and "Civil Surveying
Sample Exams". The first one was the main one that helped me...but I also
used the other two to get an idea of what some problems might look
For seismic, I probably found their sample exam book and
seismic problems book to be more useful than the "review"/"comprehensive" book,
but all helped some. The real thing is to make sure you know the code...in
particular, where things are in the code.
In general, the surveying was a lot easier than I thought
it would be...the only reason I thought it might be tough was because I had not
used any of my surveying class stuff since college. But, the surveying
questions were generally more "trig" type questions along with some basic
surveying type stuff (which the first book I mentioned really dealt with just
I was way less worried about the seismic exam...especially
after having dealt with the Struct II exams and WA Struct III exams I had dealt
with. It is fairly basic seismic stuff. So, if you do seismic design
on a daily basis, you likely should not have too much of an issue with
In order to get registered as a PE in
California, I am required to take the Special CE examination. It covers
topics in seismic design and civil surveys. My examination is scheduled in
October 09. I would like to study one or two books which would cover all
the subjects in the examination.
Please make recommendations.