I made a similar post on another thread, but wanted to capture my experience here. Overall, I took a minimalist approach and it worked just fine. I passed
Overall hours studied: ~200 hrs
1. MERM - This is the bread and butter of my studying. 95% of the content I reviewed was out of this book. I simply reviewed the relevant chapters for TFS and did all of the example problems. I hardly used it during the test itself due to #3.
2. Engineering Unit Conversions - This is a must have during the exam and is beneficial for studying.
3. Self Made Equation/Appendices Book - I compiled each chapter into an equation sheet and their respective appendices. This book REALLY made the difference for me. I was able to navigate everything so much faster than with the MERM. I had the MERM for back-up or for unknown definitions, but this book was my execution playbook.
I did not use any other NCEES exams, SMS, EngPro Guides, or any other reference. I also didn't refer to any problems during the exam
How did I study:
1. MERM Problems - I worked the relevant MERM problems in the actual MERM itself. I did this only one time.
2. MERM Companion Problems - I worked about 80% of the relevant problems and felt that the problems were sufficient for understanding the material.
3. NCEES 2016 - I worked this three times with about 96% on my last attempt. I honestly didn't find much value for this other than exam formatting. It was good for understanding the PE problem structure, but I didn't get as much use out of it as many other posters.
4. SlaythePE - I worked this exam once, but was stubborn to pay for the solutions. It kicked my butt when I did it and got me to focus harder is about all.
What would I have done differently? Although I passed, I still would have done some stuff differently.
1. Get the Companion Problems earlier - These are integral to studying and really complete the MERM problems
2. Work the chapters carousel method - I would have hopped chapters after each problem rather than slamming a single chapter at once. I got really bored doing all one problem.
3. I probably would have brought something for control valves since I know very little about the them and the MERM does a weak job covering it.
That is my experience!