That first step can be the hardest

When starting your preparation to take and pass the mechanical PE exam the first thing you should really stop to think about is WHY you want to take the exam. You should be asking yourself some questions here. Does your job require it? Is it a personal goal? Do you just want a fancy piece of paper to hang on the wall? Spend some time on this. If you find out that taking and passing the mechanical PE exam is not for you you'll save yourself a lot of time and money....

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Practice, Prepare, Pass!

Part of your preparation for the Mechanical PE should include taking at least one practice test. The two sources of practice tests that I know of are from PPI HERE as a take home exam IIT HERE as a mock in person exam. That leaves everyone outside of the Chicago area with the option of PPI’s exam. So how should you use this practice exam to it's maximum potential? Just dive in and start working the practice problem? Not quite. Here are my recommendations for you. ....

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"Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows."
- Havelock Ellis

I know what you're looking for here, a nice laid out schedule detailing the exact steps you need to take, the exact practice questions you need to solve, the exact books you should bring to the test.I get it.

We're engineers, we love following discrete steps to achieve our goals. We love where questions have only one correct answer. But we also love solving interesting problems… I’m sorry if this is a disappointment to you, but I don't have an exact study schedule here for you to follow. All I can give you is some guidance.....

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The day is almost here!

All of that hard work studying is about to pay off. The PE exam is right around the corner. You’re getting excited and a bit nervous of what's to come. What should you do? First let's start off with what you should not do and then move onto a few ideas of what you could do instead......

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Probabilities and Distributions and Percentages oh My!

We're not in Kansas anymore. I remember back in college me and my fellow classmates would keep a running tab on our grades in every course. We knew exactly how the professor calculated our final grades. We had these spreadsheets that displayed how much the homework was weighted, what extra credit we received, how each exam was factored into our grades, and how much the final was worth......

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This one is short and sweet (if you graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET school..). The minimum requirements to take the Mechanical PE exam are a bachelors of science degree from an ABET acreddited school and 4 years of engineering experience after passing the FE. This level of education and experience will work for ALL states.

Now for the exceptions.....

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First things first. I'm assuming that you have already determined that you meet the requirements for taking the exam. If you don't know this yet, refer to "How and When to take the PE-Your Journey Starts Here" and "Minimum application requirements" first.

One of the most tricky things about applying for the PE exam is the order of events. There are two main stages: applying to your state's board and applying to NCEES for your seat.....

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"You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to."
-Frodo

I just read one of the most extreme accounts of how someone tried to calculate their score on the PE exam. As the person was filling out their scantron sheet for the test, they would put a mark next to each answer they thought they had answered correct.

They kept a running tally during the test on how many questions they thought were correct. They were doing this so they could “figure out how many more points they needed to get in order to pass”. This strategy is wrong in so many ways….....

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“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”
-Lewis Carroll

Ok! So you’re all signed up for the mechanical PE exam and ready to start studying. But where to start? If you’re looking for how you should study, I’d recommend you reading “how to study for the pe exam and use your time wisely”.

If you’re looking for what you should study, this is the place. First place to start when figuring out what to study brings us right back to when you filed your application.....

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You’ve spent the last few months behind a stack of books studying and preparing for this day! Want some last minute advice for things you can do to make sure you pass the mechanical pe exam the first time? Here they are.

During high school I ran cross country. To this day I can still remember our coach yelling out “relax and accelerate!”. When you’re running, if you’re not relaxed, your body will tend to tense up and restrict your movement.....

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