Principles and Practice Online Exam Prep


The Online Bundle Covers All 7 PS Exam Categories with Videos, Handouts, and Practice


Crunch Triangles, COGO, Horzintaonal and Vertical Curves, and More with a Pre-Programmed HP35s

Prep Book

Test Your Mettle with a Simulated PS Practice Exam that includes the same types and number of questions as a real PS test.

Principles and Practices Online Prep Course

Are you ready to crush the PS exam?

Complete 7-Category Online PS Prep Course​

The PS Online Prep Bundle ($499) has everything you need to know to pass your Principles & Practice of Surveying exam on the first try! Every category tested on the actual PS exam is reviewed in the 7 modules below. Enjoy slide decks, videos, handouts, and quizzes in each module. Only need to study one topic? Click any one of the modules below to purchase individually (only $99).

Please click any one of the following modules below to see the course outline and description.  Full-Length Practice Exam is only available with course bundle.

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Professionaly Programmed by Tony Nettleman

Buy Your Pre-Programmed HP35s with Confidence! Every Calculator comes with a printed user guide to get you started using the programs as well as a free online course where you can watch Dr. Nettleman run the survey programs as you follow-along with your own unit.

  • Run a Traverse: Traverse by coordinates or traverse by azimuth/distance
  • Inverse: Finding the azimuth and distance between two points
  • Stub: Find the second coordinate using an initial coordinate plus azimuth/distance
  • Intersections: Find the bearing-bearing, distance-distance, or bearing-distance intersections
  • Construction Curves: Compute horizontal curves and vertical curves given two variables and a starting location
  • Bearing/Azimuth: Convert back-and-forth between bearing and azimuth
  • Triangles: solve for the missing variables of a triangle given two known values (angles or sides)

Practice, Practice, Practive

Full-Length Practice Exam Book

The Principles and Practice of Surveying Full-Length Practice Exam book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date exam which consists of 100 questions. The book is CBT-compliant, contains the question categories in the same proportions as the real exam, and is written by a PhD land surveyor. This practice exam is available in the PS combo, or can be purchased separately.

Some Of Our Clients:


Our goal is to have every NLC, INC Student pass on the first try! 

But, if you don’t pass after completing an NLC, INC Online Course, we will provide you with:

1. An additional year of online access to the NLC Online Course at no cost to you

2. A 15 minute one-on-one phone call with Dr. Nettleman to discuss areas of improvement

3. Up to 24 credit hours of additional online lessons in the subject area you need the most

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Q: What kind of products does NLC Test Prep sell to help me pass the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) Exam?

A: NLC Test Prep sells three products that will help you PASS on the first try: the PS Online Course, the PS Practice Exam Book, and a Pre-Programmed HP35s calculator. 

Q: Is your course material up-to-date?

A: Yes. This course was last updated in February 2019 and is updated every 12 months. 

Q: I need a Certificate of Completion to be reimbursed by my employer. Do you offer such a thing?

A: Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion after passing the afternoon exam with a 70% or higher.

Q: What exam does this test prep bundle cover?

A: The PS Test Prep bundle prepares students for the Principles and Practice of Land Surveying exam.

Q: What is the difference between the Principles and Practice of Land Surveying exam and the Professional Land Surveyor exam?

A: They are the same exam. The correct name is the Principles and Practice of Land Surveying, but some people refer to it as the Professional Land Surveyor exam.

Q: Is the PS exam the only test I need to take to become a land surveyor?

A: No. The requirements to become a Professional Land Surveyor differ in every state, but licensing usually requires at least three exams: The FS, the PS and a state-specific laws/ethics exam.

Q: How much does the PS test prep course cost?

A: You have two choices: buy the individual modules for $99 or purchase all the modules as a “bundle” for $499. If you buy the bundle, you get all the modules for a 20% discount and also get a FREE full-length practice exam.

Q: How long do I get access to the course material?

A: Every student gets the content for 12 months. A one year extension may be purchased for $99 if needed. Please e-mail [email protected] for extensions.

Q: How do I know that your courses cover all the subjects tested on the PS?

A: The sections of the PS exam are explained in the “Exam Specifications” PDF on the NCEES website. The same document was used to create this test prep bundle. You can find the  here.

Q: Do you recommend any other resources in addition to this online course in order to pass this exam?

A: Other PS exam study materials include textbooks, study books, and extra practice exams questions. The best extra resources include a full-length PS exam in hard-copy form and a pre-programmed HP35s calculator can be purchased from our site. Brown’s Boundary Control and Wattles on Legal Descriptions are excellent textbook resources. 

Q: Can I ask questions or make comments as I go through these modules?

A: Absolutely, every content page has a comment box at the bottom. Posting a message will alert NLC Prep, which we answer once-per-week.

Q: I keep hearing about this phase “CBT” but I’m not sure what that means. Can you please explain it to me?

A: Recently, the PS exam was updated to not only be a Computer-Based Test (CBT), but it also now contains different question types than the usual multiple-choice-with-one-correct answer format. To learn more about this new format, please visit

Q: How can I keep in-touch with you as I progress through the study materials?

A: Facebook and LinkedIn get updated often. You can also send us questions via these social media platforms. For a more private message, please e-mail NLC Prep at [email protected] .

Q: If I don’t like what I purchase, can I get a refund?

A: Yes, we offer no-questions-asked refund up to 14 days from the purchase date of your test prep materials.  Items must be returned in their original condition. Online course users may not have taken the final exam, books must be clean and un-written in, and calculators must be in original working condition with all original programs still installed and functional. Please see our Terms & Conditions page for more information.

Q: I’m not quite ready to purchase the bundle, but I would like some practice answering PS questions. Are there any free resources out there?

A: Absolutely. Head to NLC’s YouTube page for dozens of answered-and-explained PS questions.