Architectural Engineering PE Exam

The Architectural Engineering PE Exam tests proficiencies in:

  • Building Systems Integration
  • Electrical Systems
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Structural Systems
  • Project Management and Construction Administration

The Architectural Engineering PE Exam is tailored specifically for engineers who’s primary business focus is building design, commissioning, project management or other construction related engineering.

The exam consists of 80 questions – 40 in the morning and 40 in the afternoon. You will have 4 hours in each session with a one hour lunch break.

Take the time during the lunch break to review what you can remember from the morning including the format of the test, content being covered and your general, overall “feeling” for how you performed in the first half. You can then make adjustments to your game plan, review material that appears to be dominating the exam and give yourself time to relax. Also, it’s a good time to eat something.

Approximately 17% of the exam covers Building Systems Integration. Topics include:

  • Building vibration, noise, lighting, and climate control
  • Analysis of building construction
  • Energy efficiency
  • Applicable standards and codes
  • Americans with disabilities (ADA) requirements

Approximately 25% of the exam covers Electrical Systems. Topics include:

  • Electrical systems, short circuit and grounding analysis
  • Power distribution
  • Voltage drop and lighting calculations
  • Fire alarm
  • Applicable standards and codes

Approximately 25% of the exam covers Mechanical Systems. Topics include:


  • Fan and pump laws
  • Psychrometrics
  • HVAC system analysis


  • Domestic water, sanitary waste and vent systems
  • Fire protection systems

Approximately 25% of the exam covers Structural Systems. Topics include:

  • Types of construction
  • Structural Components
  • Loads – gravity, lateral, temperature, settlement, construction
  • Analysis of frames, structures, stability, and deflection
  • Foundations

Approximately 8% of the exam covers Project Management and Construction Administration. Topics include:

  • Requests for information, change orders, architectural supplemental instructions, etc.
  • Submittal and alternate process
  • Design and construction scheduling
  • Construction administration
  • Contracts

The pass rates for the Architectural Engineering PE Exam (as of 2016 data) are 86% for first time test takers and 33% for repeat test takers. This pass rate can increase with proper preparation and the use of relevant “test-day” reference materials.

Architectural Engineering PE Exam Study Guide

To help increase the pass rate, a comprehensive study guide for the exam is available to help engineers taking this exam. The study guide includes sample questions with solutions, commentary on the various topics, a test-day resource list, recommendations for study, a list of formulas and a list of useful websites.

Architectural Engineering PE Exam Study Guide

Architectural Engineering PE Exam Study Guide

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