PE Exam Dictionary

No matter if you are taking Construction, Structures, Geotechnical or Transportation in the afternoon, everyone will see 8 Water Resources & Environmental Engineering problems on the morning (breadth) portion of the exam!

Everyone taking the PE Civil exam should have a copy of A Dictionary of Civil, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering with them during the exam.

A Dictionary of Civil, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering

Book cover

  • Hardcover: 468 pages
  • Author: Harry C. Friebel
  • Publisher: Golden Ratio Publishing; 1 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0983908500
  • LCCN: 2012952387
  • Size: 9 x 6 inches


Here’s a simple test of some words you might encounter during the morning portion of the exam:  Do you know what floc is?  How about hydraulic conductivity, piezometric level, or surfactant?

Did you answer them all correctly?  If not, are you really going to take the PE Civil exam and not have an appropriate dictionary in hand?  Are you really going to risk getting problems incorrect simply because you do not understand the word?  Why?  It’s open book – bring a dictionary!


Don’t trust us, then check out reviews on Amazon regarding: A Dictionary of Civil, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering: Click here

Other Reviews

Below are some of the reviews personally emailed to Golden Ratio Publishing.

Fall 2014 Civil PE exam:

Yes, I used your dictionary about 5 times. There were questions about bacteria in water and environmental terms I had never heard of.
My afternoon discipline was geotechnical. I did use a dictionary- your dictionary in fact. I can’t remember what I looked up, but I do remember getting two or three answers from the book.
I brought a dictionary. My feeling about the dictionary is simple, if there’s a 1% chance I can use it to get 1 question right I am taking it with me.  I will not get an easy question wrong because I was too lazy to bring it.  If I didn’t have one I would have certainly bought one.  Passing the PE will help me get a raise, which would have covered the cost of a dictionary anyway.
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know I passed the PE. Hoorayy!! Anyways just wanted to thank you and feel your class was the force that was needed to get those extra points and pass the test.  Your book was used on a few questions and I’m sure those few questions helped me get to a passing grades.

Spring 2013 Civil PE exam:

“I used it to confirm 2 morning questions and 4 afternoon! I really felt it was a must have for the afternoon especially to help with those environmental terms.”
“I’m really glad your dictionary was helpful!  I used a scientific dictionary on my first attempt and it didn’t help with any words I looked up.”
“I used it on the NCEES practice exam and it was helpful.”
“I tabbed your dictionary and the CERM’s appendix with little tabs that have the alphabet. Probably saved me a few minutes at the end when I was scrambling for answers!”

Finally two reviews from National PE review course instructors regarding: A Dictionary of Civil, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering.

“One of my students told me he felt he did not pass the exam the first time because he didn’t have a book like that to help define some of the environmental terms in the qualitative questions. But he’ll be prepared for that this time. Thanks.”
“Excellent reference for the Civil PE Exam. Definitions are always a component of the Water Resources/Environmental depth exam.”

Maybe a review from Midwest Book Review (Volume 12, Number 5, May 2013) will convince you:



About the Author

Harry C. Friebel, Ph.D., P.E., is a Hydraulic Engineer and a Civil – Water Resources and Environmental Engineering – P.E. review course instructor. Dr. Friebel has formerly taught Hydraulic Design to both undergraduate and graduate students.

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