HP 35s Calculator Programmed for the Civil Engineering (Transportation) PE Exam


For Pre-Programmed Calculators there may be shipping delays due to short supply of the HP 35 s calculators from HP. Program Guides are unaffected.


If you are wondering which is the best calculator to use in the Civil Engineering (Transportation) PE Exam, you have come to the right place. Programs and equations that have been specifically designed for solving typical questions in this exam are already entered into the calculator and a guide book is included that contains simple instructions on how to use them. The guide book also summarizes the applications, variables, program text, and miscellaneous notes. This guide book helps the user become familiar with the programs and equations and how they are used for standard question types. (Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the list of programs and equations)

This product is more than a list of equations pre-typed into the calculator. It is a combination of programs and equations, that are expanded to incorporate the calculation steps involved in standard NCEES questions. The programs and equations reduce multiple calculation steps into just a few key presses. In most cases you simply enter the variables presented in the question one by one, and out pops the answer! This product utilizes the HP 35s’ full programming capabilities, and applies them to your exam. This is significantly more valuable than just typing in equations copied from the NCEES Supplied Reference Handbook, or other published study aids.

All of these programs and equations have been carefully selected, reviewed and tested by licensed professional engineers, and are guaranteed to be error-free. A lot of time has been spent developing and checking these programs and equations. The use of this product will provide greater accuracy and speed in tackling the numerical questions on the exam, and allow more time to be spent on the descriptive and abstract questions. The programs are designed to give maximum flexibility to accommodate uncertainty in the format of the information presented in a question and in some cases, diagrams are provided to clearly illustrate the parameters that are being calculated. Instructions for using the programs are very simple and intuitive, and the guide will not be needed during the exam.

The calculator can operate in either RPN (reverse polish notation) or regular algebraic mode and all of the programs will operate in either mode. No programming skills are needed to enter or execute any of the programs. The instructions provided in each version of the program guide are very simple. The user will not have to refer to the HP 35s User’s Manual, although a copy of this is included with the package.

The program data may be erased if the user resets the calculator or removes the batteries without replacing them immediately. Although it is unlikely that the data will be lost in error, all program text is provided so that the calculator can be reprogrammed if this occurs. Batteries are new and should last at least two years.

The HP 35s is the most advanced RPN calculator that is permitted in the engineering licensing exams. The NCEES permits pre-programmed calculators to be used during the exams, and there is no restriction on the data that may be programmed into a calculator provided that it is an approved model. The official NCEES calculator policy can be viewed at http://ncees.org/exams/calculator-policy/

The calculator provided in this package is brand new, the box has been opened only for the purpose of programming the calculator, and all standard HP 35s accessories are provided.

Please refer to the feedback comments from PE candidates who have recently purchased this programmed calculator and used it in recent examinations. The ExamTools EBAY account has 100% positive feedback. Many users have indicated that they probably would not have passed the exam without the help of this programmed calculator.

Shipping is by USPS Priority Mail. All items are shipped out within five days of receipt of payment (usually within two days), and all shipments are insured by the carrier or guaranteed by ExamTools.

If you already own an HP 35s calculator and would like to send it to ExamTools for programming, there is a $40 discount. This includes entering all of the program data and providing a copy of the program guide. The calculator and payment check should be sent to ExamTools with a note indicating which exam it is to be programmed for. If paying by Paypal, please make payment directly to sales@engineeringexamtools.com, and include a comment that you are sending your own calculator in for programming, for the Civil Engineering (Transportation) PE Exam.

Included in the package:

  1. HP 35s calculator, programmed for the subjects tested in the Civil Engineering (Transportation) PE Exam
  2. Detailed reference guide for the programs entered in the calculator.
  3. Official HP 35s User Manual.
  4. Leather case.
  5. New batteries.

Program/equations list

Below is a sample of some programs and equations provided for the Civil Engineering (Transportation) PE Exam. The full list is subject to updates based on feedback, new additions, and changes to the NCEES exam content, however, all of those listed below are included. (Note: Some of the subjects have more than one program included in the calculator, for maximum versatility and application to different question types)

  • Simultaneous equations up to third order
  • Equations of linear motion
  • Area of regular polygons of any order
  • Vector combinations up to third order
  • Centripetal forces
  • Banking of curves
  • Uniaxial stress-strain
  • Shear stress-strain
  • Thermal deformation analysis
  • Fixed end moments in beams
  • Ideal gas law
  • Brake power
  • Shear stress in axles
  • Stress in springs
  • Drag force on objects in fluid
  • Bernoulli equation
  • Head loss in fluids
  • Fluid discharge from tanks
  • Population projections
  • Material hardness test
  • Strain energy due to axial load
  • Strain energy due to torsion
  • Tension in parabolic cable
  • Length of parabolic cable
  • Live load reduction
  • RC beam – min. tension steel
  • RC beam – maximum tension steel
  • RC beam – stress/strain parameters
  • Short column – critical load
  • Slender column – critical load
  • Masonry wall – balanced design
  • Time value of money equation


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