Program Guide for the Civil Engineering (Structural) PE Exam


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Programs/Guide Only – Calculator not included

This guide book contains instructions for entering programs and equations for the Civil Engineering (Structural) PE Exam into your Hp 35s calculator. These programs and equations have been specifically designed for solving typical questions in the Civil Engineering (Structural) PE Exam. The guide book also summarizes the applications, variables, program text, and miscellaneous notes. The guide 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) The guide book is the same version that is included with the programmed calculator package for this exam.

The guide book is more than a list of equations to be typed into the calculator. It contains 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.

Your HP 35s calculator can operate in either RPN (reverse polish notation) or regular algebraic mode and all of the programs and equations in the guide book will operate in either mode. No programming skills are needed to enter or execute any of the programs. The instructions provided are very simple and the user will not have to refer to the HP 35s User’s Manual.

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

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The guide book will be provided in electronic format immediately upon ordering, and the printed version is 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 on the full programmed calculator package (separate item listed above). This includes entering all of the program data and providing a copy of the program guide book. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Program/equations list

The Civil Engineering (Structural) PE Exam program and equation list is as follows (Note: Some of the subjects listed below have more than one program included in the calculator, for maximum versatility and application to different question types)

  • Simultaneous equations up to third order
  • Vector combinations up to third order
  • Uniaxial stress-strain
  • Shear stress-strain
  • Thermal deformation analysis
  • Fixed end moments in beams
  • Shear stress in axles
  • Stress in springs
  • Drag force on objects in fluid
  • Bernoulli equation
  • Head loss in fluids
  • Fluid discharge from tanks
  • Material hardness test
  • Strain energy due to axial load
  • Strain energy due to torsion
  • Tension in parabolic cable
  • Live load reduction
  • RC beam – min. tension steel
  • RC beam – maximum tension steel
  • RC beam – design moment capacity
  • RC beam – shear capacity
  • RC beam – cracked moment of inertia
  • RC veam – effective moment of inertia
  • RC beam – stress/strain parameters
  • Short column – critical load
  • Slender column – critical load
  • Steel beams – shear center location
  • Shear stress in bolted connections
  • Moment due to eccentricity
  • Masonry wall – balanced design


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