If you are preparing to be an engineer, you must always be aware of how challenging your exams can be. Besides having to deal with complex topics, you would also have to make it through examinations with questions that can prove to be difficult and confusing. Often, candidates find it extremely hard to score well in the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. It is necessary that you study for FE exam smartly, to not only do well in the exam but also enhance your knowledge and skills.
How can you get better FE exam prep?
Needless to say, your performance in the FE exam would have a direct impact on your higher studies and your career as an engineer. Moreover, the whole purpose of an examination is to assess a candidate’s knowledge and skills. Hence, proper preparation would help you get better at engineering in general. Here are five best tips for FE exam preparations:
- Attend a preparation course
One of the most effective ways to prepare for the exam is to attend a preparation course for it. Leading engineering institutes offer comprehensive courses for the PE exam preparations. Considering that you choose one of the leading institutes for it, the course should cover all the relevant topics. Preparation courses from top institutes can help you understand the concepts better, learn from experts and get more practice. You could opt for one of the online FE exam prep courses and learn through on-demand videos.
- Learn the easy topics first
The best way to start preparing for such exams is to first start with the easy topics/subjects. By doing so, you build your momentum to study, and you learn the foundations. Without understanding the basics of engineering, it will be more challenging to jump into learning the more complicated topics. As you begin to grasp the basics, you will see the progress and feel more motivated to continue studying and eventually pass your exam.
- Schedule your exam strategically
Candidates appearing for the FE exam do have the advantage of being able to pick the exam date as per their convenience. It would make sense to strategically schedule your examination to give yourself enough preparation time. Also, avoid scheduling the exam right after an event or a holiday that could distract or otherwise prevent you from studying.
- Practice exams
While preparing for any major examination, it is wise to appear for practice exams first. Solving these exam papers would help you get more familiar with the questions that you are likely to face in the real exam. Moreover, practice exams are great for sharpening your time management skills, as you would become more accustomed to the format.
- Go through the free FE Reference Handbook
The only reference material that candidates can use during the exam is the FE Reference Handbook from NCEES. Once you download it from the NCEES website, go through it thoroughly. It would give you an idea of the important questions. Moreover, being familiar with the handbook would allow you to refer to it more quickly during the exam, without spending much time looking for the topics you need.
Hopefully, you would find these tips to be helpful. If you are enrolling yourself for a preparation course, do make sure to choose a reliable one.
If you want to know more, make sure to watch the video at the top of the page where I talk more in-depth about those helpful techniques to manage test anxiety. Also, check out my YouTube channel for more FE Exam test videos, tips, and study tricks.