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    Woodworking, metal working (incl. welding). Electronic and computer logic hobby design. I also like repairing my own cars.

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  1. When I created a couple of the early lessons for my 'FE Preparation Videos' (as described in another thread within this Forum), I did some research and I found the PDF reader software that NCEES uses for displaying and browsing their FE Handbook during the test. I suspect it was part of an overall S/W package they bought when they decided to move those exams to the computer based delivery method. It is a very poor program, which I explain in one of my videos as something test-takers need to be careful about. As I recall however, they wanted to charge a couple hundred dollars for a single license for the PDF browser - not worth it, in my opinion, even to practice with.
  2. Hi once again everyone - This morning I posted the following video on YouTube covering Part 8 of my FE Exam Preparatory program: FE Prep, Part 8 - Engineering Economics: Techniques & Samples - https://youtu.be/A0E-FUIFHEc In this part I cover an area which most fledgling Engineers should be able to quickly conquer and earn themselves 10 to 12 correct answers on the FE Exam (any discipline). I cover the techniques I used to quickly get tot he correct answers and move through to other areas on the exam that will require more time to finish. As I continue to post new videos are in this series, I will post updates here with the links (although subscribing to my channel would guarantee you know about them as soon as they go up - hint hint). 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 those of you working toward passing the FE exam find the information and material in these lessons helpful. Once I've completed this FE sequence is completed, I plan on creating a new series for the PE exam. Good luck. David R Rivera
  3. Hi again everyone, This morning I posted the seventh (7th) part of my FE preparatory series. I expect to get the eight part up within the next two to three weeks. FE Prep, Part 7 - Getting Ready for the Mathematics Questions: https://youtu.be/Mr-kQgviLLE This 7th part should help you focus on "FE Mathematics", using other resources to catch up on areas you haven't done problems on recently. As new videos are uploaded as part of this series, I will continue post updates here with the links (although subscribing to my channel would guarantee you know about them as soon as they go up - hint hint). 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 many of you working toward passing the FE exam find the information and material in these lessons helpful. Once this FE sequence is completed, I plan on doing the same for the PE exam. Good luck. David Rivera
  4. Last night I posted the sixth (5th) part of my FE preparatory series. I expect to get the seventh part, 7.Getting Ready for the Mathematics Questions posted within the next two weeks . FE Prep, Part 6 - The Calculator: https://youtu.be/_0iMF1ThPDA This 6th part should get you in 'Full Study Mode", with the study focused on what would be most beneficial for you. As new videos are uploaded as part of this series, I will continue post updates here with the links (although subscribing to my channel would guarantee you know about them as soon as they go up - hint hint). 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 many of you working toward passing the FE exam find the information and material in these lessons helpful. Once this FE sequence is completed, I plan on doing the same for the PE exam. Good luck. David Rivera
  5. Bill, Thanks for the positive feedback. I think the video I will be releasing soon on Engineering Economics will be one of the most useful (other than the calculator set). David Rivera PF, MBA, CISSP
  6. Thanks Bill, I very much appreciate you subscribing. With the help of more viewers like yourself I will hopefully be able to continue providing the level of content that everyone should be seeing. Also, see the post edit I just made - a new FE Prep video was posted last night. David Rivera Professional Engineer, MBA, and CISSP
  7. I just post the third (3rd) video for the fifth (5th) part of my FE preparatory series. I expect to get the the fourth (4th) and final video uploaded early next week (that video will be the test, and the answers to that test all in one). FE Prep, Part 5, Video 3 of 4 - The Calculator: https://youtu.be/YentxMVtlTs I have to say that creating this 5th part of my preparatory series has been the MOST challenging for me, since I wanted to ensure the key presses were clear and I solve some sample problems I created. As new videos are uploaded as part of this series, I will continue post updates here with the links (although subscribing to my channel would guarantee you know about them as soon as they go up - hint hint). 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 many of you working toward passing the FE exam find the information and material in these lessons helpful for your test preparation. David Rivera
  8. This weekend I am posting videos covering most of the fifth part of my FE preparatory series. I expect to get the first three parts uploaded by the end of the weekend, with the fourth and final video being uploaded early next week (that video will be the test, and the answers to that test all in one). FE Prep, Part 5, Video 1 of 4 - The Calculator: https://youtu.be/e6P2WA_g1Fw FE Prep, Part 5, Video 2 of 4 - The Calculator: https://youtu.be/g7uNsbIlVfM I have to say that creating this part of my preparatory series has been the MOST challenging of all, since I wanted to ensure the key presses were clear and I solve some sample problems I created. As new videos are uploaded as part of this series, I will continue post updates here with the links (although subscribing to my channel would guarantee you know about them as soon as they go up - hint hint). 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 many of you working toward passing the FE exam find the information and material in these lessons helpful for your test preparation. David Rivera
  9. Today I posted the fourth part of my FE preparatory series. FE Prep, Part 4, Video 1 of 1 - Study Materials & Tools: https://youtu.be/e6P2WA_g1Fw 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 of you find the information and material in these lessons helpful for your test preparation. David Rivera
  10. This evening I have posted the third part of my FE preparatory series. FE Prep, Part 3, Video 1 of 1 - Study Materials & Tools: "https://youtu.be/GPVKV4nZE6Q" Again, 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
  11. I just added a new Video. Let me know if you find it helpful.
  12. 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.
  13. 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)
  14. 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: https://youtu.be/Arftw2Mr1vk 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
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