How To Pass The PE Exam

How To Pass The PE Exam – Without Spending A Fortune

How To Pass The PE Exam

To answer the question “How To Pass The PE Exam,” I offer the following 4 recommendations. These are the same recommendations I give everyone who asks. And based on the feedback I’ve received from past test-takers, this preparation method works.

  1. Take a Review Course (if possible)
    • This recommendation is purely subjective. If you are confident you know the exam material well enough, then skip this recommendation. If you’re not so confident then look into review course options. Most universities and community colleges offer some type of PE Exam test preparation course. Be careful when choosing this route. These courses are typically presented by the university’s professors who may approach their portion of the review as an opportunity to “teach” you the information from an entire course in a few short days. This method is truly information overload and may not show you How To Pass The PE Exam.
    • Another option is to take an online review course. Kaplan Engineering, School of PE, PPI2PASS, and the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers are all reputable companies with online courses. Again, take the time to research these companies to make certain they offer what you need in a format that’s beneficial.
    • EngineeringDesignResources.com offers 60-Day Review Courses for Architectural, Civil (Construction, Geotechnical, and Structural), Electrical, Fire Protection, and Mechanical (HVAC/Refrigeration and Thermal/Fluid Systems)
  2. Work as many representative problems as possible
    • This How To Pass The PE Exam activity will give you confidence and feedback at the same time. If you know the subject matter will enough, then you should have no problems working through sample problems. If you could use extra reinforcement in any area, you’ll know immediately by struggling. This feedback is valuable; you can use it to seek out additional information (add to your Test-Day Resource Library©) and work more sample problems.
    • To find practice problems, search the internet based on your specific exam – i.e. Electrical Engineering PE Exam Sample Problems. Or visit EngineeringDesignResources.com
  3. Assemble a comprehensive Test-Day Resource Library©
    • In my blog post 12 Weeks To PE Exam I go into detail about a Test-Day Resource Library©. To summarize, your library should contain resources addressing each of the topics listed at NCEES.org. Put all these resources into tabbed 3-ring binders for easy navigation during the exam. This method will allow you to quickly and efficiently retrieve the information you need without fumbling through textbooks, review manuals, and college notebooks.
  4. Take at least one Practice Exam
    • Taking a practice exam is helpful in 3 ways:
      • First, you will get a feel for the pace of the exam by setting up your practice exam similar to an actual test day. To do this, start the morning section at 8:00 am, work until 12:00, take a 1-hour lunch break, start the afternoon section at 1:00 pm, and finish up at 5:00 pm. This will cost you an entire Saturday or Sunday but the experience gained will far outweigh the cost.
      • Second, you will find subject areas where you need more information or practice. It’s better to find out your weak areas during a test run than on the actual exam.
      • Third, you get to practice using your Test-Day Resource Library©. You will discover what’s usable and what needs to be reworked. You might even find sections that can be trimmed down.
    • To find practice exams, search the internet based on your specific exam – i.e. Civil Engineering Construction PE Exam Practice Exam. Or visit EngineeringDesignResources.com.

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