9Pass Rate Comparisons Afternoon General Exam Takers Source: NCEES
10PE Exam Pass Rates Examination 1st time Rpt PE Agricultural 28% 20% PE Chemical77%27%PE Civil59%26%PE Control Systems78%37%PE Electrical and Computer58%PE Environmental73%PE Structural I46%41%PE Industrial62%PE Mechanical65%32%Source: NCEES (Oct 2005)
11Books and other Material FE Review Manual:Michael Lindeburg, FE Review Manual: Rapid Preparation for the General Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Professional Publications Inc. Belmont, CANCEES FE Reference Manual; 7th Edition (Supplied in the Examination).Your life will be much easy if you get to know this one betterGMU Material (very little duplication with Lindeburg book)
12Preparing for the Exam Three factors to success Commitment commitment plan of actiontime managementCommitment“No, try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”Attitude is importantI got to do this. I can do this. I shall pass the examination
13Plan of Action Know your strengths and weaknesses Helps you focus on your strengths“I shall ace the questions on engineering economy”Weak in certain areas? Not the end of the world“I will focus the least on electrical circuits” (not the same as omit or quit)
14Time Management Attend this class regularly Pay attention Be willing to spend at least 2 more hrs per week (other than the 4hrs in this class)Some of you may need to spend more time than this (depending on when you had these classes the last time)
15Strategies - Before the Examination Don’t memorize - get the conceptsSpend at least 2 more hrs per weekStudy at the same spot each timeWork as many problems as you canGet yourself familiarized with:What topics are in each subjectAnd where they are in the NCEES supplied reference book(I CANNOT EMPHSIZE this point ENOUGH)
16Some Tips from Past Exam Takers The Sooner, the Better“Ten years out of school, I found the FE exam to be among the worst 8 hours of my life. Profit by my example--don't wait so long. Take it while you're in school or just graduated, whether you think you might need it or not. You'll thank me later!”“I graduated 8 years ago with a 3.8 and thought I was still sharp, but I was wrong. Do yourself a favor and take this exam when you're still in school or just graduated. Otherwise you make it twice as hard for yourself. “Study TipsNo need for several references. Use one book. NCEES Handbook (Michael Lindeberg) is good enough.
17Some Tips from Past Exam Takers (2) If you get a copy of the NCEES FE Handbook before the exam from your state board, realize that the Handbook they give you the day of the test may have a few changes. Apparently they keep changing it.The NCEES FE Supplied-Reference Handbook is a necessity. When you work your practice problems, use ONLY the NCEES FE Handbook as your reference, because that's what you'll have to use during the exam.The test is NOT in the same order as the NCEES FE Handbook.Don't expect to go neatly through the handbook.Don’t expect to study for all subjects.
18Some Tips from Past Exam Takers (3) Know what information is actually relevant.Know where to find things in the NCEES FE Handbook.Start early. Many say you need at least 3 months. 6-7 weeks is good enough.Work a lot of problems.Study subjects that have the most questions on the exam, and move down to those that have the fewest questions.Focus more on subject that are your strengths and work down in the list of your strengths.Math is a key subject. If you know your math, you're OK. If not, study up.Can't Beat a Practice Exam
19The Week of the Exam Drive to the exam site see the room/hall in which you will take the examPlan to finish all your other commitments by Thursdayfinish your homework earlydisengage from your routine by 6 PM on Thursdaydo a quick review Thursday night
20The Day (Friday) Before the Test Remember - FE is not just a mental examination, it is also a physical examinationDo NOTHING today - that is,take time off from your routinetry not to review for the exam any morelight review is OKbut don’t start reviewing a new subject todayGo to a moviedo something that relaxes you, butdon’t do something that has potential forinjury, ormaking you tired for the exam dayMost of all - get a good night’s sleepAnd… absolutely, positively - NO ALCOHOL
21The Day (Friday) Before the Test Check the calculator batterieshave a backupCheck pencilshave enough leads for mechanical pencils?Don’t forget - you need a good eraserMost of all - get a good night’s sleepAnd…Absolutely, positively -NO ALCOHOL!!!
22The Day of the Exam Get there early Don’t drink too much coffee don’t drive 50 miles in the morning to get thereDon’t drink too much coffeeDon’t drink too much water eitherDon’t much any crunchy - you could annoy othersBetween morning and AN sessions, don’t talk to anyone - especially not about the morning exam
23The Day of the Exam (2) Stay focussed Most importantly, stay relaxed if you miss a question, it is not the end of the worldIf you don’t know the answer, the answer is always C (or B) - choose only one!Do not torture any whales….
24NCEES Rules Strictly enforced Use only NCEES supplied Mechanical pencilsProhibited items include but are not limited to:cameras; cell phones; desktop, hand-help, laptop, and palmtop computers; databanks; data collectors; organizers; pagers or beepers; PDAs; radios; headsets; tape players; portable fax machines; calculator watches; reproduction equipment; electronic dictionaries; electronic translators; and recorders.Don’t leave the hall in the last half hourGive the book to proctor if you need to go to rest room, get it on the way backProctors guard in front of the restrooms to make sure that people cannot talk to each other at the break)
25Calculator PolicyOnly models of calculators approved by NCEES are permitted in the exam room. No other models of calculators or variations of the models listed below are permitted in the exam room.Approved List of Calculators for the 2006 exam administrations.Casio: All fx-115 models. Any Casio calculator must contain fx-115 in its model name. Hewlett Packard: The HP 33s and HP 35s models, but no othersTexas Instruments: All TI-30X and TI-36X models. Any Texas Instruments calculator must contain either TI-30X or TI-36X in its model name.
26Expectations about this course No guarantee that you will passSpend at least twice as much more time per weekFast paced and hecticNo Spring breakWebsiteMost material will not be posted on the website. Only the keys will be posted.Other
27Useful Websites NCEES: http://www.ncees.org/exams/fundamentals/ Make sure that you check this website for all rules and regulationsReference guide (can get individual chapters also here):Virginia Board:Maryland Board:Professional Publications: