The PE Exam can be available in paper or CBT form. For Civil Engineers, the exam is given in paper format and is offered in April and October. All updates to the exam specifications are published six months before the test date. All reference materials that are used during this exam must be bound. The test is eight hours long, is divided into two sections, and consists of 80 questions. The PE Civil Exam assesses the candidate’s knowledge of construction, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources and environmental topics. The morning session will cover all five subject areas while the afternoon session will explore the specific civil engineering specialtythat was chosen by the examinee at the time of registration.