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FE EXAM PREP TIPS AND TRICKS: PREPARING AND PRACTICING FOR CBT EXAMS View Our Pass Rates Passing an NCEES FE exam is an essential step in an engineer’s career, as it is typically required before taking the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) licensing exam. As many of our students report that the FE exam is more challenging than the PE exam, preparing for the FE computer-based test (CBT) can be overwhelming. In fact, many FE examinees have reported studying up to 300 hours for the difficult exam. To help reduce stress and the amount of time used to study, we have created a list of tips to help you get the most out of studying and to help you pass your chosen FE exam. Review the FE Reference Handbook The FE Reference Handbook by NCEES is the only reference material that you are able to use during your exam. Before you take your exam, you can download it for free from NCEES’ website. We recommend going through the reference handbook a few times so you have a good grasp of where everything is located. Look over the FE Exam Requirements and Specifications Don’t be that person who goes to the exam and forgets to bring an ID. Make sure you fully read all exam-day requirements including registration time, required documents, and accepted calculators. Also, read over your exam’s specifications before beginning to study, as the specifications lay out the ratio of subjects that will be covered on an exam. NCEES’ FE exam specifications and resources can be found here. Strategically Schedule Your Exam When you are scheduling your exam, try not to schedule it around holidays or any other events that may distract you from studying for long periods of time. We recommend preparing for the FE exam at least four months before you take your exam. Practice, Practice, Practice How do you know when you’ve fully grasped a subject? By practicing! Whether you are taking the FE Mechanical, FE Electrical, or FE Civil exam, practice problems are a great way to prepare for your exam. After studying a subject, test your knowledge by practicing 10-15 problems in that subject area. If you can answer the practice problems correctly, you can confirm that you are prepared for that given subject. If you struggle with the practice problems, consider setting some extra time aside to revisit the subject. Finding a way to practice for your FE exam that closely mimics the NCEES CBT experience is probably the most effective way to practice problems. Attend an FE Exam Prep Course Registering for an FE exam prep course is another helpful way to prepare for the FE exam. School of PE offers FE Chemical, FE Civil, FE Electrical, FE Environmental, FE Industrial, FE Mechanical, and FE Other (General) exam prep courses. Because of School of PE’s Prepare, Practice, Pass initiative, student pass rates continue to be much higher than the national rates. School of PE provides comprehensive lectures, instructor-led practice problem sessions, a Practice Portal, which allows students to independently practice problems that mimic the NCEES CBT exam-taking experience, and organized refresher notes that are perfect for helping students grasp even the most difficult topics. School of PE also designs its courses around NCEES’ exam specifications, so students know that they are studying the topics that are likely to appear on the actual exam.
Prepare to Pass Your FE Exam PPI’s newly launched FE Practice Exams accurately simulate the NCEES FE CBT exam you will experience at a Pearson VUE testing center. Within reason, the similarity is as true to the actual exam as PPI could make it. In addition to a true representation of the interface, Practice Exam questions accurately represent NCEES questions in level of difficulty, knowledge area distribution, wording, and multiple-choice formatting. As with the actual exam, Practice Exam questions are grouped by knowledge area, and they can be solved with the searchable online reference document provided. Some features of PPI's FE Practice Exams deviate significantly from the actual NCEES FE CBT exam functionality. These deviations are primarily for your benefit. They are: (1) the ability to pause your Practice Exam at any time for any duration; (2) immediate grading, analysis, and reporting of your results; and (3) the ability to view the full solution of any question on the exam. These features will not be present during the actual exam. After submitting a PPI FE Practice Exam for grading, you will be provided with a detailed analysis of your performance. You may also review your responses, the correct answers, and complete solutions to all questions. Side-by-Side Reference and Problems PPI's FE Practice Exams mimic the CBT experience with a side-by-side presentation of questions and reference material. Answer questions while referencing a fully searchable set of equations, tables, and figures that is equivalent to the NCEES FE Reference Handbook. Timed Exam Experience Like the actual FE exam, PPI's FE Practice Exams are split into two sessions, each with approximately 55 questions (totaling 110 altogether). Schedule five hours and 20 minutes to complete both sessions, with one 25-minute break after completion of the first session. Practice answering questions with a timer to simulate the FE exam’s two sessions and break period. Use PPI's exam-like navigation--such as answer, next, previous, flag for review, and more--to avoid any hesitation during the actual FE exam. Use a 24-inch monitor to further simulate the FE exam experience. Immediate Practice Exam Reporting In addition to a realistic practice experience, PPI's FE Practice Exams offer a summary of all selected answers for review prior to submission, and immediate grading after Practice Exam completion. This reporting covers performance by knowledge area, as well as access to complete solutions for all problems. Click here to learn more about PPI's new FE Practice Exams and other discipline-specific materials that will help you prepare to pass the FE exam.