Professional Engineering Exam Review

Reviewing for FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) PE (Principals and Practice) Exams
Jeffrey J. Burchill, P.E.
Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev. 1.1

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Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.Terms and Organizations • • • • EIT – Engineer in Training FE – Fundamentals of Engineering PE – Professional Engineer P&P – Principles and Practice . 1.Creates exam content NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying)* OP (Office of the Professionals for New York State)* .)* .Jurisdiction and Licensing of Professional Engineers NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers)* .Review materials * Contact information provided at end.1 2 .Voice and advocate of Licensed Professional Engineers PPI (Professional Publications Inc.

1 3 .Must be postmarked by May 1st for October exams Fees to New York State .4. 1.Must be postmarked by November 1st for April exams . 4A : Report of Professional Experience (PE) Deadlines .Application to New York State Forms Form 1 : Registration (All) Form 2 : Certification of Professional Education (All) Form 3 & 4 if needed for experience (FE) Form 3 .$345 (PE) Additional fee to test administrator (Castle) Information and forms available on NYS OP website Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.$75 (FE) .

1 4 . Hewlett Packard – HP 33S Casio – FX 115MS or FX 115MSPlus (may have SR designation) Texas Instruments – TI 30X IIS Texas Instruments – TI 36X SOLAR Each year. 1. No other models of calculators or variations of the models listed below are permitted in the exam room. NCEES will review and revise the approved calculator list and then announce the updated list by November 15. The following are the only calculators that will be permitted in the exam room for the 2007 exam administrations.Calculators What is the calculator policy? What calculators may I bring to the exam? Only models of calculators approved by NCEES are permitted in the exam room. Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.

NCEES Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev. Mechanical pencils will be provided. Each pencil has an eraser and is preloaded with three pieces of 0. Candidates may NOT bring lead or erasers.“The Pencil” “Only NCEES-supplied marking and erasing instruments are permitted for use in the examination room.1 5 . If necessary. This is the only writing instrument allowed.7-mm HB lead.” . 1. proctors will issue additional pencils to examinees during the exam.

Afternoon 4hrs. 1. Statistics.  Mathematics. . Economics. Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.  Choice of General or Discipline specific exam .Morning 4hrs.Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Exam tests knowledge of subject matter covered in EAC/ABET accredited baccalaureate engineering curriculum. etc.Closed book. only NCEES reference book is allowed.1 6 .180 multiple choice questions  120 questions in the morning  60 questions in the afternoon . Exam specifications on NCEES website: . Chemistry.

Discipline specific exam: review discipline subject matter  Civil  Chemical  Mechanical  Electrical  Environmental  Industrial Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.Choice: General vs.1 7 . problems are more in-depth .Other/General Engineering exam: Similar subject matter as morning exam. 1. Discipline Specific FE Exam Choices: .

discipline specific exam may be easier Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.1 8 . general exam may be easier . 1.If you are recently out of school.If you have been working. Discipline Specific (Afternoon) Personal choice: .General vs.

1 Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 9 .Specific (Afternoon) + OR Discipline-Specific NCEES Sample questions & Review Manual solutions (discipline-specific) NCEES Sample questions & solutions Civil. Mechanical. Electrical. Industrial 10/16/07 Rev. 1. Chemical. Environmental.FE + FE Review manual General Engineering (Afternoon) NCEES Reference Manual download .PDF or paper Discipline .Recommended Study Materials .

Morning exam 4hrs  Breadth . Mechanical. check with local jurisdiction if in doubt about what reference material is allowed 10/16/07 Rev. Exam specifications on NCEES website . Electrical disciplines .80-100 questions multiple choice .Principals and Practice (PE) Exam The Principles and Practice exams test academic knowledge and knowledge gained in engineering practice.Open book. 1.Afternoon exam 4hrs  Depth: Subject choice for Civil.1 Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10 .

Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev. . 1. .Example: Why is A better than B ? • Unnecessary information may be included in the questions.Check NCEES website for correct versions • Not all questions require calculations.1 11 .Check exam specifications for codes/design standards . • Engineering judgment is needed.PE Exam Overview • Knowledge of codes/design standards is needed.

Electrical. Industrial Select appropriate Codes and Standards needed: Refer to NCEES website for details Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.1 12 . 1. Mechanical. Environmental.Recommended Study Materials .PE Reference Manual Practice Problems Sample Exam NCEES Sample questions & solutions Select appropriate discipline: Civil. Chemical.

Work as many problems as possible . this will increase chances for success. Use calculator of choice when working problems .There will not be time on the exam to become familiar with a calculator.Review before class.“Work” the problem. Study as many subject areas as possible from the exam specifications.1 13 . 1. Take a timed practice exam Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.Exam Study Strategies Follow the review course schedule . don’t just read it. this can help to get more from the session.

Organize and work with your references. etc. Rev.1 Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 14 .A “fresh” copy will be provided at the exam. FE Reference Handbook Use reference materials when working problems .Study Strategies (Reference Material) Use NCEES reference manual when working problems .Have a good index to quickly look up subjects in your reference books + Applicable codes and standards Reference materials 10/16/07 reference manual. worked problems. codes and design standards . text books.This is the only reference allowed in the exam. become familiar with it. . 1.

There is no penalty for guessing . Watch units and conversions .All answers may seem reasonable.If you cannot get a correct answer. 1.Exam Strategies Read the problem carefully.If the problem seems to be taking too much time.1 15 . you may be reading too deep into it or taking the wrong approach. circle the question and return to it if time permits. guess. Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev. what is being asked? Time: .FE exam  2 minutes/problem (morning)  4 minutes/problem (afternoon) .PE exam  6 minutes/problem Watch your time .

1 16 .In the event of a FAIL grade a diagnostic report will be issued Exam Pass Rates FE Exam Examination Module Chemical Civil Electrical Environmental Industrial Mechanical General (April 2007) First-time takers 85% 76% 69% 81% 61% 80% 77% Repeat takers 46% 36% 19% 35% 26% 33% 29% Examination PE Chemical PE Civil PE Exam (April 2007) Repeat takers 27% 34% 27% 35% 30% 100% 25% 37% 81% 67% 66% 73% 64% 89% 38% 51% First-time takers PE Electrical and Computer PE Environmental PE Mechanical PE Naval Architecture/Marine PE Structural I PE Structural II Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.Scoring and Pass Rates • NCEES committee determines score to be minimally competent • No set number to Pass or Fail the exam • 12 weeks to get results from New York State • PASS or FAIL grade is issued . 1.

1.PE exam.1 17 .Summary • Paperwork and Deadlines for New York State • Determine what to study: . general or discipline specific? .FE exam. depth within discipline? • Acquire study materials • Follow review course schedule • Study as many subject areas as possible • Use reference materials when studying • Take a timed practice exam STUDY and you will be successful! Questions? Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.

nysed.htm Professional Publications Inc.nspe.1 18 .ncees.ESF http://www.org New York State Office of the Professionals http://www. 1. (Review materials for exams) http://ppi2pass.Resources and Information SUNY.esf.op.org Reviewing for Professional Engineering Exams 10/16/07 Rev.edu/outreach/pd/2007/pe/ National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveying www.com/ppi/PPIShop National Society of Professional Engineers http://www.gov/pe.