My Last Friday ME PE test Experience
Posted 03 November 2011 - 02:58 PM
The afternoon was like a kick in the nuts! I got the exam after lunch determined to work faster, but the problems were more in depth. I could certainly work the problems, but much much slower. There are no "Gimmi problems" in the pm portion. I really "f" up the afternoon portion. Probably only worked 10 correctly. This is an open book exam, but if you have to open the book for every problem, you are doomed.
I need to put together a new study plan and get started preparing for april. New plan will include the following plus?:
1) Working breadth style problems over and over to build speed.
2) taking time to work a couple "timed" sample exams
3) Work as many MD depth style problems as possible.
4) Keep a log of study time. I think this might help build confidence knowing how much you studied.
Let me know if anyone has any advice.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:14 PM
Worry about what to do after results come out ... And hopefully it's figuring out how to write good thank you notes to your references.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:05 AM
I feel like I did very well, especially in the morning. I used MERM for 90% of the questions and have the index printed separately, alphabetically tabbed and put in a binder. Use this throughout your study to get your speed up in looking up things you don't know. I used Mark's Handbook once, the Machinery Handbook 2-3 times and Shigley once or twice. MERM covered nearly everything.
I think MERM is a weak in bearing design and gear design. So you will need Shigley in case some of those questions come up. Also I loved having a really good conversion book. It can be a tremendous time saver.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:49 AM
The most important thing is NEVER give up. There is a possibility that you passed, but it sounds likely that you didn't. You have a good plan for next time. Work a LOT of problems. Hoping for the best.
Well, I have just now felt like signing on and thinking about last Friday's exam. I am pretty sure I did not make it....
Let me know if anyone has any advice.
Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:58 AM
I tracked my time and at times it was a confidence booster and at times I felt like I hadn't studied nearly enough but I think it helped motivate me to really push it that last month to maximize my hours. I also made up a schedule the last 6 weeks to make sure I could hit every topic at least a little with the time I had remaining. That really helped me keep moving forward even though I didn't have time to hit each topic as well as I could have given more time. Had I used a schedule like that the entire 4 months I was studying I would have been much better prepared. As is, hoping I won't have to do this again. Good luck to all of us.
Posted 13 November 2011 - 12:52 PM
The biggest thing is work as many problems as possible and get to know your references inside and out. My MERM was tabbed like crazy but I was able to quickly find things because I'd used it so much doing practice problems that I knew roughly where the tabs for different info were.
Double star for this portion - this was key on my success.
I litterly wore the binder our in the MERM.
Posted 01 December 2011 - 03:03 PM
I do feel like I have retained a fair portion of my previous studies. Hopefully I can build on that and really just focus on working tons of mechanical design problems and take several timed practice exams. I do need to see about getting another reference book. Maybe Shigley Machine design handbook. I do have an old college Shigleys text book. Is this diffent than the Shigley machine design handbook? Also, I have the MERM which has a few examples in the book, however, is there seperate MERM book of practice problems?
Please edumacate me on Shigley and MERM practice problems if you can. Thanks again for everyones help.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:44 PM
I would get this book:
Also be sure to have the NCEES practice problems.
I also signed up for an online course thru PPI that included many more practice problems.
Tim, I was in the Passing Zone with PZRich this past time. What was your screen name?
Posted 02 December 2011 - 03:08 PM
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