I took my PE exam in Texas on October 2018 and I passed it. I came to know about this forum only after I took the test. I wish I knew it before. I wanted to share some useful references and books so that it may help someone.
1. NEC 2017, NESC, NFPA 70E, NFPA 497, NFPA 499, NFPA 30B – Try your best to get all the standards mentioned in the syllabus. You might get tested in any of the standards.
2. Stephen Chapman / Wildi for Machines – Both are really good books. I used Chapman and I loved it.
3. Ned Mohan for Power Electronics
4. Power System Analysis and Design by Glover and Sharma – This helped me a lot. I would say this book is a gem. Preparing from this book hugely helped in learning stuff faster.
5. Graffeo – This is a must have book for the exam. Many topics are explained very well in this book. And this is a quick reference for any formula you need.
6. School of PE – I did not take this course since I did not have much time before the exam. But I have heard a lot of people saying that it is a very good way to start the preparations.
7. Hand book of Batteries by Linden – This is a great book for batteries. I would recommend just to have it with you before the exam.
8. Complex Imaginary – I solve all 4 question papers. The problems were pretty easy but helped me to get an idea of the ways we could get tested. It helped me a lot how to focus my preparations.
9. NCEES Sample Paper – This is a must solve paper. This also helped me a lot in the ways I could get tested.
10. Camara PPI Practice Exams – I would recommend you guys to solve these questions once.
11. Engineering Pro Guides questions papers –The difficulty level in these papers are pretty high. Again I came to know about this paper really late. But I feel solving this question papers might help a lot.
1. I prepared for the test just with the intention of passing the exam. I did not give my best in my preparations. This made me have little panic after the test. I would suggest everyone to prepare in such a way that you are aiming to ace all the 80 questions. This way, you would give your full potential and ace the test.
2. Take something to eat to snack to the exam hall. I was pretty hungry just after 6 hours of exam and it did affect my efficiency of answering.
3. After the exams, do not get scared of anything other people would say. Just stay confident for the result.
4. Even if you fail, do not really worry about that. First of all, you were bold enough to prepare and sit for the exam. And you have failed only in a really tough exam and you have done something very constructive. I prepared for the exam for 6 weeks and I thoroughly enjoyed those 6 weeks. And was waiting for the results for another 6 weeks. I used to just Netflix and chill at home for more than 3 years. But those 3 months, I felt like I am achieving something in life. You guys would feel the same too. So never worry about the results.
Thanks to the forum members:
You guys are doing a great job. I just got my promotion and position hike after my PE.