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  1. On the FE - Spend most of your time studying the material in the middle of your experience and knowledge level. For example, if you're great at math, you can spend less time on that area. If you are absolutely terrible at Control Systems, then don't waste much time on that topic (focus on some simple examples only). Then if you are 'ok' in engineering economics and transistor/logic circuits, then spend 80% of your time getting faster at solving those problems. For the PE, it changes from a sprint to a marathon run. Use a similar study plan to what I just mentioned for the FE, however spend much more time on the 'depth' of questions and problems. You have more than twice the time to work on a PE problem than you had on the FE, so they tend to make them a bit more complex. Although be ready for the unexpected - I believe I saw the same problem in computer logic design on both tests (which I can't describe in any more detail without risking sanctions from NCEES). The difference was that I did not have enough time to work it out during the FE exam, however I did have the time on the PE exam.
  2. I will avoid doing any advertising for the YouTube 'FE preparation' videos I recently put up (for free), but I think my story can help others frustrated with that 'sprint' test known as the FE exam. First, let me say that I graduated with my Engineering technology degree (mostly electronics and computer engineering) back in 1986 - well before many of you were born. I followed that up immediately with earning my Masters in Computer Science just three years later, then I worked as a programmer, a leader of software development teams, then as an information security consultant, until I have finally settled-in as a computer security compliance officer. I was then fortunate enough to be selected by my employer to attend a fully-paid MBA program (2013), during which I earned my MBA (in 2015). Now in what will likely be my last full-time role now, I found that I needed to get my PE license to help ensure my promotability. So, even though I had not attended any engineering courses in over 25-years, I started working on passing the FE exam. It was on and off at first, but then I fully focused in late 2016, which eventually lead to my passing the FE exam in December of 2017 (first attempt), and the PE exam in April of 2018 (also first attempt) less than 4-months later. BTW, my one year anniversary of passing that final test is just two days from now. I attribute my success at passing both those of those tests so late in my career (and no formal related education in so many years), to being laser focused on getting it done. It was NOT easy passing that FE exam. In fact, if you had asked me to place a bet that day after the test, it would have been that I failed. As it turns out, however, everything I read (and watched YT videos on) was true - if you can reach that 60% correct threshold, you can pass it. I actually found the PE easier to pass, although I will leave that story for another day. The key things I suggest you keep in mind during every study/practice session are: It is a sprint to answer 110 questions - which means you can only average 2.909 minutes to answer each question - keep that in mind at all times. Make sure you add a time-stress component to every sample test, and block of questions you work on during your studies. Keep you smart phone handy with the stop-watch app ready to click, and use it at every opportunity. For example, if you are about to answer a block of 10 sample questions, stop working on them at 29 minutes. Then total up your correctly answered score. If you got at least 6 correct, then move on to the next batch. Only use a PDF reader on your computer when using the FE handbook during your studies. You will not have a hard copy available to you during the FE test (however, if you are fortunate enough to get a paper-based PE exam {most gone within the next 2-years}, then have a hard-copy of the the FE manual with you for that test). Unfortunately, it is difficult to get a copy of that specific extremely 'primative' PDF viewer being used by Pearson VUE (though I understand it is available from TOGAF in a free-trial version). I mention that because it is VERY difficult to use the supplied reader during the test. It forces full-pages to the screen and does not scroll well, and if you search for something it open up a table-of-contents of links to all the matches, which forces you to click on many poorly matched instances. I could go on complaining about that POS, but I've digressed enough already. Finally, the most important thing, is that you understand which type of questions you have a chance of answering, and which you do not. I found that the A-B-C technique (mentioned earlier in this thread) was a great starting point, however I needed to refine it to include sub-categories within in each topic. Doing so, allowed me to identify that I had no !@#$%^& chance at answering any Laplace Transform problems, so I chose to try the first one I encountered, and when that took me more than 3 minutes and I still could not figure it out, I skip the remaining 10 to 12 that I encountered during the test. That saved me over 30 minutes that I was able to better use on problems I had a chance at answering. A friend of mine said it best - it's like a WWII combat situation, where the Division commander has to choose to sacrifice a Battalion in order to save a significantly larger number of lives within the entire Division. There is more I can suggest, but I will leave that for a future post. Good luck to all of you still on that stormy road. David Rivera (YT Channel: PE4Doers)
  3. I have begun a YouTube series of videos on preparation for taking the FE Exam. It will be presented in about a dozen parts, and some parts will take more than one video (since I'm trying to keep each video within 20 mins). This evening I have posted the first two videos completing part 1. FE Prep, Part 1, Video 1 of 2 - Introduction: https://youtu.be/Fq9qr1Y2LZI FE Prep, Part 1, Video 2 of 2 - The Test Center: https://youtu.be/P--TJL4NvJ0 FE Prep, Part 1, Video 2 of 2 - The Online Test Experience: I am a newbie in the YouTube environment, so please be kind. As new videos are uploaded as part of this series, I will post updates here with the links. You can also visit my YouTube channel a PE4Doers, and open the playlist FE Exam Preparation at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBP4QXQvniTfMHh_QILp8xq3oyWQBzdhN I hope some find the information and material lessons I will be creating helpful as part of their FE test preparation. David Rivera
  4. I based my original suggestion based on the New York board. In NY you are allowed to use the title even after your registration expires. You are only restricted in 'Practicing', which means using your Stamp or providing professional advice to individuals or organizations that are not covered by the "corporate exclusion" (supported by all fifty States) for Professional engineers.
  5. Good advice. The only thing is, even nearly a year later, its hard to think about that wait and see any humor in it.
  6. Yes, you have the give the Office of the Professionals a call at the NYS Department of Education. The number is located on their Website.
  7. Just start using it - you passed the exam. As long as you don't put a Seal with your name on an engineering document you won't be violating any of the Ethics (or in some cases State) rules/laws. Obviously, you have to wait until your license number is actually assigned (continuously check your State professional licensing Webpage), to order your seal. Also, if your State offered PE License plates (as New York does), you will need a copy of your actual State registration certificate before you can put in an order for them. Congratulations, and don't worry about the little things anymore - only the jealous or slighted (and I'm not only talking about those 'without' a PE - you will see) would even think of question it
  8. I understand that the scores are provided to the State Boards, however most will not share them with the applicants. I know that's the case for New York, since after I passed and it was taking soooo long to get my license issued, I gave them a call and they confirmed they got my scores for both the FE and the PE. However, when I asked if they could share those numbers with me, they informed me it was against their policy to do that. Maybe if you can befriend someone at NCEES or your State board you can find out.
  9. engineer123, to answer both your questions: 1) Yes, they asked about 80% of the folks I work with who applied to "add additional detail" and/or "explain further that this work was engineering related." 2) I honestly don't believe it has anything to do with which exam you choose to sit for - it seems to be more closely related to how they read your specific experience.
  10. Congratulations ChebyshevII Welcome to the club - the club of PE's part of the least certified group of EE's. One thing that did result is my renewed interest in the hardware and firmware design fields. I bought a Terasic DE-10 design board as part of my preparation for the exam, and I just finished building an experimenters box with it's multiple power supplies/adapters and multiple bread boarding options on a large Plexiglas top cover. Now I am almost done assembling a new high performance desktop PC (Intel i7 8700 6-core chip, 16gig Memory, SSD and M.2 drives) where I will be installing multiple operating systems and doing some Verilog/VHDL designs. I just need an increased budget to take that all where I would like to get it.
  11. Now you should 'Pay Forward' and help those in line behind you
  12. I have forever been trying to get my 'Hobby Room' (workshop) organized again, but I was derailed first by earning my MBA then by going for the FE&PE. Oh well, maybe when I retire.
  13. I found them to be very fast - less than a week. I submitted the experience for two jobs, and unfortunately they must have been reviewed by two different individuals since one said it was fine and the other had issues.
  14. I had mine taken away from me at the end of the test by a proctor, so I reached out to the test administrative company, Castle Worldwide, through Email and they sent me three of them (one new and two used). I wound up framing the new one with my state issued parchment certificate. You could reach out to Castle, but if you can't get any from them send me a private Email (through EB) and I will mail you one of the two extra I have.
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