Thursday, 17 March 2016

Tips and Tricks to Beat the FE Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) is a 110 question, 5hrs 20mins, computer based exam. The exam can be overwhelming to some, but if you are equipped with the right tips and tricks of the trade, you would be better prepared and more confident to challenge the FE exam.

Manage unwarranted stress

Based on FE exam review material, according to Michael Lindberg the passing scores are tentatively around 70% for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, (although the scores are not published officially by the NCEES). Candidates appearing for the exam should focus on the subjects that they have a stronghold and also place equal emphasis on other questions to have a comprehensive learning experience. By concentrating on all questions you can manage unwarranted stress.

Focus is key

When you first look at the exam questions, quickly sort the questions based on the subject you are strongest in and those that you are weakest in. Tackle the ones you are confident about, and in an organized fashion keep moving on. How you prioritize your time and focus on tackling the questions systematically is key to completing the FE exam efficiently.

Tackling Problems

While taking the FE exam prep course you might most likely will be stuck with a problem that you might find difficult to solve. The answer can’t be found in the supplied reference handbook. Chances of solving it with the help of a calculator is likely or unlikely. You may or may not even have the  liberty to disregard the answers and take a calculated guess. But, a simple trick might just work  in your favor. You have a better chance at guessing the right answers if you take a leap of faith and select from the multiple choices made available for you to guess.

Program Scientific functions to use your calculator

We all tend to make mistakes, unintentionally of course. It is better to be on the safe side and use the calculator to solve the problems rather than entirely relying on your own manual calculations.  Not just for the accuracy of the calculation, but also for the speed with which you can complete solving the problem – a calculator is ideal for scientific calculations.

These tips and tricks should push you in the right direction and boost your confidence in confronting the FE exam. 

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