I agree. Take a practice exam and see how you do.
I didn't take the FE until more than twenty years after school. I thought there was no need for it in electrical engineering. I was right, but later in life I had my eye on a side job which required a PE. I highly recommend you take it in your senior year or soon after graduating, before the info goes away. I had to study hard, every night, for more than 4 months before I felt confident to take it. Again, that was >20 years after graduating. I'll bet, as a recent student, all you need is a month. April 13th might be fine, but I think you'll need to "hit the books" seriously from now until then.
You may be better putting it off until the Fall. If you fail, you won't be able to take the test until next April... I think. If I remember correctly, you don't get the pass/fail until it's too late to register for the next test.
I used a review book by Lindeburg. It was VERY good. I found the questions on the actual test to be easier than his practice tests. I blew through the test with confidence. I passed on the first try and knew I passed as soon as I finished.
Some of the compound questions in part two are kind of funny. Each question builds on the answer of the one before it, so get an early one wrong and you're dead. There was one where they put a current through a solution and asked how much of each gas would be made. Then they said it was in a sealed half dome capsule and asked for the pressure after so many minutes. Then said the half dome was held down by 12 bolts, and asked for the stress on a bolt. Then finally asked how long can the current run before bolt failure. I skipped the last step until I finished the rest of the test.
Remember these are multiple choice questions, so the only way to spoof you is to give "common mistake" or "partial answer" type questions. Don't short cut. You'll need to calculate everything as if it's not a multi-choice... and check your work... to be sure you don't get spoofed.
And also remember the test is timed, so you need to be comfortable enough with the equations not to have to look up most of them. And there is a timing strategy. Questions that will take some time, like figuring out when the bolt will fail, need to be put aside so you can answer quicker questions. If you have time, go back.
Even though I am an electrical engineer, I opt'ed for the "general" test in the afternoon. I was told by a few sources it was easier. I can't tell you it was, having not taken the electrical section, but it wasn't bad.
Get the Lindeburg review book.
Last edited by maikai; 02-27-2013 at 10:57 PM.