In this article (and video above), I talk about why understanding how to pace yourself during the exam, especially during the FE exam break, is essential to finishing strong. With these expert FE exam tips, you’ll learn how to make the most of your time and avoid common mistakes that can hurt your score. From strategic breaks to effective time management, I’ll cover everything you need to know to succeed.
There are two sections for the FE Exam. The morning section and the afternoon section. Think of it as two separate exams. There will be 51-59 questions in the first half and the remaining total in the second half (for a total of 110 problems).
You can skip, mark, and change answers in the first half all you like BEFORE the break, i.e. if you skip all the way through, then go back and do the skipped problems, you can do that. The moment you click “end exam” at the bottom, to take your break, it will ask you to confirm if you are completely done with the section. If you confirm, the exam will be submitted and you can get up and leave the room. When you come back, the second half will automatically be loaded and ready to start. You will not be able to go back to the first half and any blanks/flags/guesses you left there are submitted and permanent for that attempt.
During Your Exam, You Will Be Allowed Two Types of Breaks: Scheduled & Unscheduled.
When you have your FE Exam scheduled break, you get 25 minutes of freedom to do whatever you want to do. Take advantage of these 25 minutes, Look over material, eat something good, relax, and breathe. Returning to the testing center with time left on your 25 minute break doesn’t do anything for you other than let you begin the second half of the exam a little bit earlier.
You do not get to add any unused time from your scheduled break to your overall testing time which is 5 hours and 20 minutes. Once your scheduled 25 minute break clock expires, the exam clock recommences.
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