An Engineer’s Guide to Studying and Passing the Professional Engineering (PE) Exam

The PE or Professional Engineering examination tests your understanding of engineering theories as well as your experience in your selected specialty CISM exam . In most states, successful passing of the FE exam is required before you can apply for the PE Exam. The time between the two tests varies from state to state but it is usually four years. 

Theoretically you are not required to study all of these diverse engineering subjects to pass the exam. However, the probability of passing the exam is higher if you are able to study more subjects. Remember, part of the test does test you on theories and principles on subjects you might not have studied since college. Thus, it is a good idea to fully refresh yourself on such topics. One effective tip to consider before you embark on the studying process is, come up with a strategy for preparing for the exam. This strategy will vary from engineer to engineer but should primarily be to determine which topics you would like to focus more on during the studying process.

Based on a survey of recent P.E’s, one of the most successful strategies for passing the PE exam is following the broad approach. The strategy is to review the fundamentals of the different subjects in a very broad manner. Most of the subjects are from the undergraduate level and it is as such not a Herculean task to cover the fundamentals. The strategy has helped many engineers to pass the PE exam since the examination includes many fundamentals questions.

The second approach, though not as popular as the broad approach strategy is according to one engineer, for “those examinees who are short of time for preparation” is to focus on subjects in which they expect most questions to be from. This strategy fails if the examination does not “cooperate” with the subjects that you have spent your time preparing for