In this article (and video above), I talk about a detailed 3-month study schedule that we’ve crafted for those preparing for the PE Exam. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to refine your approach, this guide is your roadmap to success.
This is not just a study plan; it’s a blueprint for success, designed to boost your confidence and readiness for the PE Exam.
Aim to invest between 80 to 100 hours over 12 weeks. The plan predominantly focuses on weekend studies, which allows you to maintain a steady pace without burning out. Throughout the week, engage in smaller, manageable tasks to keep your momentum going and your mind actively engaged with the material. Let’s break down this journey week by week.
Weeks 1-4: Breadth Exam Focus
The first month is all about getting a broad overview. Kick things off with an initial NCEES practice exam. This step is crucial as it helps you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses right out of the gate, and create a baseline. Allocate 4 hours on a Saturday for taking the exam, and then dedicate another 4 hours on Sunday to meticulously assess your performance and plan ahead. Categorize the breadth subjects into tiers based on your proficiency, allowing you to tailor your study focus more effectively. Then over the next 4 weeks prepare for the breadth section based on your needs.
Weeks 5-10: Depth Exam Focus
Now, we shift gears to concentrate on the depth portion of the exam. This phase mirrors the first month’s approach: start with a depth practice exam to assess your understanding of more specialized topics. The weekends during this period should be dedicated to intensive study sessions, targeting specific depth subjects. Again, categorize these topics into tiers to methodically improve upon each area.
Weeks 11-12: Practice Exam Focus and Ramp Down
As you approach the final stretch, it’s time to put your knowledge and skills to the test. Take full-length practice exams under conditions that mimic the actual test environment. This not only builds up your test-taking stamina but also solidifies your accumulated knowledge. In the final weekend leading up to the exam, prioritize rest and relaxation, and ensure all your test day materials are prepared. This phase is as much about mental preparation as it is about academic readiness.
General Strategy and Tips
A consistent theme in this journey is the philosophy that practice makes perfect. Focus on solving as many timed problems as possible. Equally important is the balance between reinforcing areas where you’re strong and improving upon the weaker ones. Don’t hesitate to use all available resources at your disposal, including tutorial videos and practice problem sets. These tools are designed to enhance your learning experience and prepare you thoroughly for the exam.
So, there you have it – a comprehensive 3-month study plan to ace the PE Exam. Remember, the key to success is not just in following the plan but also in adapting it to fit your personal learning style and life schedule. Stay disciplined, stay motivated, and let’s conquer this exam together.
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Anthony Fasano, P.E.
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success