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MEinMN

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I did the Machine Design & Materials depth.

I used the MERM, FE reference handbook, Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design, the machinery's handbook, and a binder full of worked practice problems, notes, and pages from a few choice sections of college textbooks for areas I felt the MERM was lacking during the exam.

I also brought with me but did not open or remove from my crate the PPI Six Minute Solutions for mechanical systems, the latest (2016?) NCEES practice exam, PPI practice exam, MERM practice problems companion and mechanics of materials by R.C. Hibbeler. I did do all the problems in the six minute solutions, the two practice exams, and most of the MERM practice problems companion in preparation for the exam.
I also took the MDM exam and agree with basically everything in this post (very good advice)- Very similar to my preparation and test taking references. I pretty much had the exact same reference list with the addition of a Materials Science book. I never thought I would need it but actually got 3 answers directly word for word from it. 

I also bought the PPI 'bundle' and completed ALL of the problems that were offered for the subjects that were on the NCEES exam specs multilple times. I spent 200+ hours and took 2 full 8 hour simulated practice exams. I can't stress enough how important that was. It allowed me to understand my speed. Each practice exam I took I still had a lot of time left at the end to look over problems. THis allowed me to be more comfortable bringing more references in to look through at the end. It is all about knowing yourself, your speed, and your strengths.

Online courses weren't helpful except for keeping you on track with studying. The lectures were too basic and broad - not worth the $$.. I took the MNSPE online course.

 

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I passed the PE ME exam

I purchased the PPI2Pass class, just because my employer would reimburse me after passing, and I found it completely useless. In my opinion, the only resources you need for the mechanical portion is the MERM, NCEES Practice Test, Six Minute Solutions, and copy of the ASHRAE books to better understand concepts. 

PPI tries to sell tons of resources but they are all just condensed versions of the MERM - equation book, practice problem book, etc.  The video lecture playback function is terrible. The lecture notes are directly copied from the book, no additional insight from the lecturer. Don't waste your money on this service.

 
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I used only the CERM for the morning and did not study for it. I only read through and highlighted the geotech section. I believe using the index is all you need when you read the problems properly and keep track of units.

I read through the structural section of the CERM twice and highlighted sentences and equations here and there that I felt were important. Then I took the NCEES practice exam as if it were exam day and then studied from those problems afterwards.

 

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Used the PPI review bundle.........concentrated on going through the book 3 times, taking notes on each chapter then organizing them before the test. Biggest thing was going through all of the review problems, examples, and sample tests (PPI and NCEES, 2 come with the package). Towards the end, I took out a few books from my college's library on Communications, Control Systems, and an overall Electronics handbook. 

Ended up passing the first time so it must have been enough...........
Pretty much exactly what I did. I also borrowed some antenna/rf books. Youtube was also quite helpful.

 

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That's great . Could some some one suggest me how to get question bank for electrical and electronics?

 

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read the problems properly and keep track of units.
Yes!!  I was far enough out of school and not doing much design at work that I was out of practice and had to be very conscious of this!  I missed several of the first practice problems I worked due to little mistakes like units.  Never had an issue with this before, but once I realized, I made sure to double check myself every time.  Just because you get one of the answer choices provided, doesn't mean it is the correct one!

 

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CERM and a bunch of practice exams. I also count my failed attempt at an excellent study tool, because it always helps me to know what to expect as far as conditions and how well or unwell I did to use and grow from. 

Also many pep talks and support from fellows on the boards and also at work. My biggest hindrance is always test anxiety and just panicking, so that's what helps me the most. I am terrible at the actual act of "studying" unless I know exactly what is going to happen. 

 

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Industrial Engineering

I passed the PE exam in Industrial Engineering in April of 2017.  I had a really hard time finding study resources to use for the exam.  I ended up creating my own study binder for the exam, and passed it on the first try.  After my frustrating experience studying for the PE exam, I created my own study guide.  All the topics outlined in the NCEES Industrial Engineering PE Exam specifications are explained, with multiple example problems for each specific topic.  My study guide contains over 250 solved example problems, a glossary of 270 industrial engineering terms and definitions, and all the necessary engineering tables.  I have also included my personal email for feedback on how to improve the study guide, and to answer questions.  Good luck!

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578612798?ref=myi_title_dp

 
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Industrial Engineering

I passed the PE exam in Industrial Engineering in April of 2017. I had a really hard time finding study resources to use for the exam. I ended up creating my own study binder for the exam, and passed it on the first try. After my frustrating experience studying for the PE exam, I created my own study guide. All the topics outlined in the NCEES Industrial Engineering PE Exam specifications are explained, with multiple example problems for each specific topic. My study guide contains over 250 solved example problems, a glossary of 270 industrial engineering terms and definitions, and all the necessary engineering tables. I have also included my personal email for feedback on how to improve the study guide, and to answer questions. Good luck!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578612798?ref=myi_title_dp
There is a 2nd edition out for the Industrial & Systems Engineering Professional Engineering Exam Study Guide
 
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