Just took the FE Mech Exam, AMA!
By - avajula
I took mine last Monday and I don't know how I feel. I know I did well in some sections (Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Calc, Mechanical Design) but my first half had so many conceptual questions especially in Statics and Dynamics. I really hope I pass because I don't really have the expendable income to take it again.
I felt exactly the same and I passed! The second section came to me so much easier than the first. I would bet you passed too!!
I did! Thanks for reminding me to check and Congratulations!
Congrats! Second half was much better for me too. Also got the good news this morning
Was it true that the conceptual questions have increased. Like how many conceptual questions did u encountered. Was there good similarity between the level of difficulty in the FE Practice Exam 2020 snd d exam u took ?
Not sure if the number of conceptual questions increased but there were a fair number of them. I'd say about 10-15% of the questions were conceptual. But the majority of them were easy to look up and find in the handbook. I wouldn't stress too much about those.
The practice exam was a good representation of the range of difficulty any given problem for a topic could be. A lot of easy gimme questions and then some that are a fair bit more complex. I wouldn't rely on the practice exam to get better in a certain subject though, stick to your study book for that (I used Lindberg). If you didn't do well on, let's say, a thermo problem then don't just learn how to do that one problem from the practice exam, go back and review some more thermo.
Were there any questions that caught you off guard?
Yes, but only in the sense that it was a question where I wasn't confident in my answer. If you've studied a bit you know what sorts of questions to expect for each topic. None were wildly out of the blue though based on my studies (a couple months of a couple hours a day, not crazy in depth).
I took it last week, and am not confident I passed. The practice exam in no way addressed the scope or difficulty. People kept wishing me good luck going into it, and my thought was that I was well prepared and didn't need it. Lesson learned for me is that the problem set is randomly generated for the exam, and luck is very much a factor.
I took it yesterday and feel the same way. Apparently you'll know your results tomorrow and I'll know mine next Wednesday? I'll keep my fingers crossed for both of us :) at least it's out of our hands at this point
So I actually passed!! Fingers crossed for you too!
Congrats to you too!
Yooo congratulations!!! I'll keep you posted 😊
A week later .. I found out I passed! Best of luck to you :)
Would all the questions on a specific topic be in sequence or are they randomly scattered?
They are scattered but you can see clearly which subject it is as soon as you do it tho. There we’re few times where I had two questions from the same subject.
Can you use the search function within a chapter or does it always scan the full handbook?
It will always scan the whole book, but you pretty quickly get a general understanding of which sections are on which pages. Also, it lists the search in order of page number, making it pretty easy to just go down the list to find what you're looking for.
I purchased the 2019 NCEES practice exam. Should I order the 2020 one? Is it worth it?
To be completely honest, I'm not sure if there is a significant difference between them. I would expect the two to be pretty similar considering there weren't any alterations to the exam between 2019 and 2020.
Thank you for the reply.