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Architectural Engineering PE Exam Study Guide Version 4.0
(7 customer reviews)
Version 4.0 of the Architectural Engineering PE Exam Study Guide is now over 190 pages of information packed reference material, example test problems and recommended "test-day" materials for use in taking the Architectural Engineering PE Exam written by a licensed professional engineer (PE) with over 20 years practical experience in consulting engineering, project management and construction administration. This study will help you prepare for the Architectural Engineering PE Exam and will increase your odds of success. There are now over 120 example problems and topic discussions covering every category listed on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying website.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1371632 in Books
- Published on: 2013-05-01
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 11.00" h x .43" w x 8.50" l, 1.01 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 190 pages
Most helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
Sadly, the only option...
By Mal S
This study guide COULD be a really helpful tool, with more time and attention to detail. As it stands, it's a sloppy finished product, but is sadly the only one out there for ArchE PE examinees.
So many issues...
1. Many of the sample questions are copied from the ASCE practice problem set, the official resource which is half the price of this book.
2. The answers are on the same page, which makes it difficult to use them as practice.
3. The format varies GREATLY from question to question, and section to section. Some have explanations, some just say "Answer is A"... great, why??
4. The author's advice is shoddy. His mockery of other examinees in the intro basically discredits him immediately. Beyond that, the list of resources he gives is NOT an end all. Having just taken the PE, I can safely say that EVERYONE taking the ArchE PE had at least one SUITCASE of books. Not an exaggeration, and not a frivolous amount.
5. Some sections are just practice questions and others actually have an overview/are presented like a real study guide (herein is why the book got two stars: the construction/contracts section was useful - but save yourself the 75 bucks and print the CSI Masterspec sections on contracts).
6. An editor would have gone a long way. Typos are important, especially when it's things like missed decimal points.
Overall, skip this. Get the ASCE practice problems and print all the resources they have listed in the back. Save yourself the $75.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Very worthwhile, but numerous errors are frustrating
This is a review of Version 4.0 (released May 1, 2013). I am currently studying for the April 2015 Arch. Eng. PE Exam. While I haven't taken the exam yet, I can tell you that this study guide is a very worthwhile purchase. Nowhere else will you find all the topics and suggested resources for this exam laid out all in one place with example problems on almost every topic.
That said, there are a number of errors and other annoyances in the example problems that have made the process of studying pretty frustrating. These range from grammar mistakes, missing units, and missing assumptions, to answers that are flat out wrong.
One quick example: If you include the units in the author's worked solution (lb/in^3 * in^2 * in), you get an answer in "lb", but the units of the listed solution are "psi". The question asks for the pressure (psi), so the solution with "lb" units is clearly wrong. I am left not knowing how to solve this problem since I can't find a similar problem online or in textbooks.
I've spent more time that I would have liked stumbling over errors like this. I really hope the author releases an errata sheet to correct these errors and fixes them in the next edition. Despite the errors, I would highly recommend this study guide to anyone taking the exam.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Useful, but has some issues
Overall, I found this book useful at outlining the types of questions that would be asked. That being said, in no way should anyone rely on this as your main resource for passing the exam. The author tries to encourage bringing as few resources to the exam as possible, but I do not agree with this approach. I just took (and passed) the exam in April 2015, and had a full suitcase, a cardboard box, and backpack filled with books/binders. If I had to do it again, I would have taken even more resources. This exam in particular covers such a wide range of topics that you should not try and constrain yourself to "only" a few binders as suggested. Take as many as you feel comfortable with as every person is different in their experience and familiarity with the exam content.
Also, I completely agree with the other comments regarding the several errors and grammar issues. It made it frustrating when you spent hours trying to understand why you weren't able to get the "correct" answer and then realized that the book was incorrect. It also leads to second guessing other questions when you know there are several errors.
In summary, I recommend using this book as a starting point to become familiar with the exam content. However, the majority of your time should be spent working practice problems (outside of this book).