In this article (and video above), I discuss something significant for those who are gearing up to take the PE Exam soon by walking through a last-minute checklist for the PE Exam to ensure you’re completely prepared for exam day.
1 – Essential Documents
First up, let’s talk about the non-negotiables: your documents. You absolutely need to have your NCEES Examinee Letter. Make sure it’s printed out and that your examinee ID number is correct. Equally important is your photo ID. Remember, it has to be government-issued, like a driver’s license or a passport. Student IDs won’t make the cut here.
2 – Calculator and Writing Tools
Moving on to the tools of the trade – your calculator and writing instruments. It’s vital to have an NCEES-approved calculator. Whether it’s from Hewlett Packard, Casio, or Texas Instruments, make sure it’s a model that’s allowed. We have another video focusing on just that – the allowed calculators. And don’t forget to pack a spare battery. For writing, a couple of sharpened mechanical pencils should be in your arsenal. Choose ones with 0.7mm lead for the best writing clarity.
3 – Personal Comfort Items
Let’s talk about personal items. While there are strict rules about what you can bring, there are a few things you’re allowed for your comfort and convenience. This includes your eyeglasses – but leave the case at home. You can also bring a sweater or jacket, and yes, even earplugs are permitted. These small comforts can make a big difference in your exam experience.
4 – Some Optional But Helpful Items
Now, onto some optional but helpful items. A highlighter can be a lifesaver for marking important information quickly. A clear plastic ruler can come in handy for diagrams and figures. And if you have a formula booklet or specific reference books that are permitted, definitely bring them along.
5 – Day Before Preparation
As for the day before the exam, it’s all about planning and organization. Check your route to the exam center and plan your travel with extra time for any unexpected delays. Pack your bag with snacks, water, and all your exam essentials. And, of course, double-check the exam date and time to avoid any last-minute panic.
And that’s it! Your critical item checklist for the PE Exam. With these tips, you’ll walk into the exam room feeling prepared and confident.
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Anthony Fasano, P.E.
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success