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EIT/FE Exam Study Materials

cutieflutie08cutieflutie08 Registered User Posts: 362 Member
edited July 2011 in Engineering Majors
What is the most popular study guide for the EIT/FE Exam? (Or is the one on the exam website sufficient?)
Should I get a separate practice exam book as well?
Also, what is the most popular study guide for the Mechanical afternoon section?
I am going to take it this fall as a senior, in California.

I have selected Mechanical as my afternoon section, being a Mech/Aero. Do most Mechanicals just do mechanical, or do a lot of people do the "General" section for the afternoon?

I know popular is not synonymous for best, but I am basically looking for the equivalent of what the Princeton Review is for the SAT/APs.
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Replies to: EIT/FE Exam Study Materials

  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 2,724 Senior Member
    The most popular study guide for the General morning portion is the "FE Review Manual" from ppi2pass.com. PPI is probably the biggest publisher of FE and PE review materials.

    The PPI manual includes a morning sample exam. However, if you want the most realistic preview of the actual exams (in terms of both format and difficulty), then you should get a sample exam from ncees.org (the publisher of the actual exams)

    The NCEES website also offers the "FE Reference Handbook"; you can order a hard copy or download it for free. You should get familiar with the Handbook, because it is the only reference that you are allowed to consult during the FE exam. However, the Handbook is not a study guide; it's just a compilation of formulas, graphs, and other information that may be needed to solve FE problems.

    When I took the FE exam (several years ago), I chose the "General" module for the afternoon; the FE Review Manual from PPI worked well for both the morning and afternoon sections. However, you would probably want additional materials if you take a discipline-specific module in the afternoon. I'm sure you can get those from PPI as well.

    Also make sure you have a calculator that meets NCEES exam requirements. Do all your exam practice with that calculator so you are thoroughly familiar with it.
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Registered User Posts: 6,608 Senior Member
    Hey Corbett, how is the afternoon general section? I come from a materials background with minimal exposure to the mechanical aspect of it, and I'm a little worried that I'll have hardly any knowledge of the other fields they ask about. :(
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 2,724 Senior Member
    All FE exams cover the same "general" topics in the morning section. So everyone has to brush up on "general" topics (using, for example, the PPI FE Review Manual).

    For the afternoon section, you can choose from different modules. One option is to continue with "general" topics (except that the afternoon "general" questions are typically longer and more involved than the morning "general" questions).

    If you do a good job of studying for the morning "general" section, then you should also be able to handle the afternoon "general" module. That's what I did.

    But some people prefer to switch gears in the afternoon, and take a discipline-specific module in the afternoon. One advantage to this approach is that it helps to start preparing you for the PE exam down the road, since the PE exam is entirely discipline-specific. A discipline-specific FE module is a bit like a shorter, easier PE exam.

    Both approaches are workable, it's just a matter of personal preference.
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