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I need some guidance on the Machine design and Materials PE exam!

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On 2/12/2019 at 8:00 PM, ct27gt said:

Shooting for 70% score will almost be a guaranteed pass. I think there are only 1 or 2 reported fail scores of 56 across all different disciplines over a few years.

Problems, problems, problems. Don't go really deep into subjects. They test on breadth rather than specifics. Knowing the basics of each area is more beneficial than being very proficient in only a few.

Oh interesting, do you know what has been the lowest score that has passed the mechanical PE? 

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20 hours ago, Abogos said:

Oh interesting, do you know what has been the lowest score that has passed the mechanical PE? 

I don't know what my score was, but I tend to think the lowest passing score was mine back in October :winko:

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3 hours ago, monty01 said:

I don't know what my score was, but I tend to think the lowest passing score was mine back in October :winko:

Haha you never know, you may have the highest score! It must be an awesome feeling! 

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On 2/13/2019 at 10:03 PM, Abogos said:

Oh interesting, do you know what has been the lowest score that has passed the mechanical PE? 

Assume it is 100% and study like it is.  Because it is.

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On 2/14/2019 at 6:32 PM, monty01 said:

I don't know what my score was, but I tend to think the lowest passing score was mine back in October :winko:

No, I had the lowest passing score...😝

Haha. I think most all of us that passed feel this way.

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9 hours ago, ct27gt said:

No, I had the lowest passing score...😝

Haha. I think most all of us that passed feel this way.

So you mean after the test was over you didn’t think you would pass? Haha

 

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On 2/15/2019 at 4:04 PM, Audi driver, P.E. said:

Assume it is 100% and study like it is.  Because it is.

I agree, gotta set the bar high when studying. 

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2 minutes ago, Abogos said:

So you mean after the test was over you didn’t think you would pass? Haha

 

I don't know about ct, but it is just a long day.  I had no clue if I had passed when I walked out.  Some questions are gonna come at you and seem like a little out of left field.  I guess when I left and the many days afterward, I just tended to focus on those problems instead of the ones I nailed. 

Doubt creeps in, and the wait starts to grind on you.  Then you say to yourself, "man I really don't know if i passed".

I believe that if you know the fundamentals and are sharp from practice problems in the key areas, you'll be fine.

 

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23 hours ago, monty01 said:

I don't know about ct, but it is just a long day.  I had no clue if I had passed when I walked out.  Some questions are gonna come at you and seem like a little out of left field.  I guess when I left and the many days afterward, I just tended to focus on those problems instead of the ones I nailed. 

Doubt creeps in, and the wait starts to grind on you.  Then you say to yourself, "man I really don't know if i passed".

I believe that if you know the fundamentals and are sharp from practice problems in the key areas, you'll be fine.

 

Yes I understand, You always tend to think about the problems that gave you a little hard time more so you get a feeling you didn’t do well overall. This was true for the FE exam too, although that one I think is curved but a lot of people I talked to thought they failed it. 

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Is the dr. Timothy Kennedy’s review book the blue book with some explanation for each topic and an example or two? 

Before buying it, I thought it will be more of bunch of practice problems and solutions type of book like 6 minute solutions. 

People who used this book, is this the correct one? What’s the best way to study from this book? 

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On 2/9/2019 at 5:39 PM, Abogos said:

Are you in CA?

Yea it really depends. I have friends that passed it on their first try with minimal preparation and they were really average students in school just 4 years ago. On the other hand, I know some bright students who took it 3 times to pass. I think you just need to practice as much as you can and just know where to find all the information in your references. 

I am also doing just problems right now and when I get tired of it I work on my cheat sheet and tabbing important areas. Trying to stay calm and not stress over it too much. 

Nah, I'm on the east coast (GA) but a majority of my company's projects are out in CA. I agree on the stress part, but I just took my first practice exam after finishing my first pass through all the exam material this weekend. I forgot the kind of endurance that you need to build up to take an 8-hour exam. It's hard to not feel like you're losing your mind :screwloose:

But like you said, problems, problems, problems 'til the hands cramp up!

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On 2/17/2019 at 6:15 PM, Abogos said:

Is the dr. Timothy Kennedy’s review book the blue book with some explanation for each topic and an example or two? 

Before buying it, I thought it will be more of bunch of practice problems and solutions type of book like 6 minute solutions. 

People who used this book, is this the correct one? What’s the best way to study from this book? 

That's the correct one (https://www.amazon.com/Mechanical-Exam-Review-Materials-Engineering/dp/1545055890/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=dr+timothy+kennedy&qid=1550596449&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull) . It is not a collection of practice problems like the 6-min. solution, BUT, for each section it covers they do provide additional samples which you CAN use as practice problems. That's how I used the book, once I reviewed all the material in MERM, I tried to solve the problems in Dr. Kennedy's book without looking at the answers. 

Good luck with studying !

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1 hour ago, SacMe24 said:

That's the correct one (https://www.amazon.com/Mechanical-Exam-Review-Materials-Engineering/dp/1545055890/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=dr+timothy+kennedy&qid=1550596449&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull) . It is not a collection of practice problems like the 6-min. solution, BUT, for each section it covers they do provide additional samples which you CAN use as practice problems. That's how I used the book, once I reviewed all the material in MERM, I tried to solve the problems in Dr. Kennedy's book without looking at the answers. 

Good luck with studying !

Thanks for your input, really helpful. I try to do the same thing as you did.

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On 2/16/2019 at 7:13 PM, monty01 said:

I don't know about ct, but it is just a long day.  I had no clue if I had passed when I walked out.  Some questions are gonna come at you and seem like a little out of left field.  I guess when I left and the many days afterward, I just tended to focus on those problems instead of the ones I nailed. 

Doubt creeps in, and the wait starts to grind on you.  Then you say to yourself, "man I really don't know if i passed".

I believe that if you know the fundamentals and are sharp from practice problems in the key areas, you'll be fine.

 

^^^+1. Right after I felt I did ok, Friday night major doubt creeped in as I thought about all the problems I know I got wrong, and by Saturday morning I was positive I failed. Stayed that way until I got the results on Dec. 6th and frankly I was shocked that I passed. I am so scarred, it is too early for me to try and even help people that post practice problems. Haha. I get stressed just reliving the memory of all the stress. 

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