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NCEES FE Exam Study Material

Updated on September 13, 2018

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Top Study Materials for the NCEES FE Exam

Although more people take the FE exam than take the PE exam, there are fewer options for the FE examination. Largely, this is because examinees are not permitted by the NCEES to bring reference books into the FE exam.

This makes it a little easier to identify the most popular NCEES FE exam study materials. The top 5 books to prepare for the exam are:

  1. FE Civil Review Manual (Lindeburg, published Feb 25, 2014)
  2. FE Supplied-Reference Handbook, 8th Edition, 2nd Revision
  3. FE Sample Questions and Solutions (by NCEES, several versions by discipline)
  4. FE/EIT Sample Examinations, 2nd Edition (See below how to convert the 2 old format exams in this book into 3 new format sample exams.)
  5. 1001 Solved Engineering Fundamentals Problems, 2nd Edition

NEW FE Civil Review Manual

FE Civil Review Manual
FE Civil Review Manual

This is the #1 top seller. It is lauded by nearly everyone who buys it. Buy your copy now to ensure availability. PPI recently updated this popular review manual to cover all topics on the new CBT format exam. Be sure to purchase the February 25th, 2014 publication, not previous versions.


Absolutely, Positively Buy the NCEES Prep Book!

There are seven disciplines covered in the new FE exams. Each is completely independent of the others. The former, uniform, morning breadth exam is gone. What remains the same is the standard of questions. You will find the closest representation of the quality, variety, and difficulty of actual FE exam questions in the FE Sample exam books prepared by NCEES.

They have seven titles:

  1. Mechanical FE Sample Questions and Solutions
  2. Electrical FE Sample Questions and Solutions
  3. Environmental FE Sample Questions and Solutions
  4. Civil FE Sample Questions and Solutions
  5. Chemical FE Sample Questions and Solutions
  6. Industrial FE Sample Questions and Solutions
  7. Other Disciplines FE Sample Questions and Solutions

Each of these books is 90 questions. They were created as a half-exam according to the old format of 120 morning and 60 afternoon questions. So, you will find 60 morning and 30 afternoon questions. The morning questions were designed for 2 minutes each. The afternoon were 4 minutes each. Overall, 90 questions / 240 minutes = 2.67 minutes per question (2 minutes 40 seconds.) In the new format, you have 2.91 minutes per question (2 minutes 55 seconds.)

To use one of these books as a method to sample your skills, work all 90 problems in 4 hours. Find your percentage correct. Internet rumor is, if you can score 60% raw score, it will scale up to 70. The scaled passing score is rumored to be 70. Personally, I did not trust that. I prepared to score a 70% raw score on the FE exam.

Whatever you do, be sure to protect your $225 registration fee by investing in some practice exams. Make the time to study. It is worth it to pass!

Mechanical FE Sample Questions and Solutions
Mechanical FE Sample Questions and Solutions

This is the Mechanical version of the NCEES practice book.


How do Practice FE Exam Questions Compare to Actual FE Exam Questions?

I studied long and hard for my FE exam. I used just one of the very large, popular FE exam study books. I also purchased a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied-Reference Handbook.

After the morning questions, I felt really great. The questions were easier than I had expected. However, when I hit the afternoon portion, I was glad I had done so well in the morning!

My experience seems typical. I have read other engineers' testimonies of their experience. The FE prep books provide problems more difficult than on exam day. This makes sense that exam book authors would make the preparation materials more difficult. They want their customers to pass and to leave good reviews to elevate sales.

Which NCEES FE Exam Test Will You Take?

Which of the Seven FE Exam Disciplines will you Take?

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Tax Tip for Engineers

Reference books and code books are requirements in engineering. My accountant told me to include these costs as office supplies. So, when buying your books, keep your receipts. Remember your books are an investment. And, you will receive a discount come tax time.

Allow Time to Study

How long should you study for the FE exam? The answer differs for everyone. But, start your review with a sample FE exam. Analyze your score. Note your strengths and weaknesses.

After the practice exam, schedule a conservative (read, longer than you think you need) period for review. And, begin the review.

After two weeks, take another sample exam. Consider the time remaining until your scheduled exam. Will you achieve the practice exam goal before that date?

Continue studying and adjust your target date as needed or preferred. If you want to keep your date, just reduce the number of hours you study per session. But, keep the schedule alive. Don't put it off. Keep studying, keep self-testing, too.

I recommend a minimum three and recommended six sample exams for your study period. Sample exam books are a necessary component of your FE exam study materials. Be sure to buy what you need.

NCEES FE Exam Sample Exams

This FE Sample Exams book contains two complete sample examinations. They are created for the old format. Each exam has 120 morning questions and 60 afternoon questions.

That will not be a problem. Here is how you use these sample exams to create THREE practice exams for the new 110-question CBT exam format.

The new format is 55 questions, a break, and then another 55 questions. You cannot return to the first 55 question set after you close it and go on your break.

Make 3 Practice Exams from the 2 in 'FE/EIT Sample Examinations"

55-Question Set
Exam #1, Morning Questions
Exam #1 Afternoon Questions
Exam #2 Morning Questions
Exam #2 Afternoon Questions
This creates six 55-question exams. Take two of them to make the equivalent of one exam. * All six exams have 160 minute time requirements. But, the 5th and 6th exams both have more than 55 questions. Consider this when analyzing your results.

FE Sample Exams

FE/EIT Sample Examinations, 2nd Ed
FE/EIT Sample Examinations, 2nd Ed

This is rated 4.5 stars. When it comes to the ratings of professional engineering books, Anything over 3.0 is pretty good. Better than 4 is great. TWO COMPLETE EXAMS in the old format (= 360 =960 minutes = 3 new, 320-minute, CBT format exams.)

The best of the NCEES-eligible FE exam calculators. You will have an on-screen calculator to use. But, a hand-held unit will not block the screen and will be easier to use for calculating on the reusable paper.
The best of the NCEES-eligible FE exam calculators. You will have an on-screen calculator to use. But, a hand-held unit will not block the screen and will be easier to use for calculating on the reusable paper. | Source

Barron's FE Exam Review Manual

Barron's FE Exam: Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (Barron's Fe: Fundamentals of Engineering Exam)
Barron's FE Exam: Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (Barron's Fe: Fundamentals of Engineering Exam)

Barron's is one of the top names in academic publishing. This is their 3rd edition, published March, 2015. (So, they are sending it back in time to your address. LOL... It is available for sale in February already.)



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    • Steel Engineer profile imageAUTHOR

      Steel Engineer 

      4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine

      I believe so. The NCEES prepared years for the new exam. They have always verified and balanced sets of questions by putting non-counting trial questions into the FE exam.

      Those questions do not count toward your final score. However, a statistical analysis kicks out heavy outliers (e.g. everyone misses it, or the bulk of answers are equally divided between two choices, showing the question is not well defined.) After that, a board reviews the acceptable questions and decides which will be on future exams.

      So, I fully expect the questions on your CBT exam have already been in exams before 2014.

      You have two disadvantages, as I see it, in the new format. First, you have slightly less time per question. Second, you must close out the first set of 55 questions before your break. You cannot return, so this adds another component to the exam. You must balance your time against the temptation to invest minutes in a few tough questions at the end of the first 55-question set.

      You also have an important advantage. The exam is shorter, so brain fatigue will be less of an issue.

      As long as you practice taking exams, and do well on them, I expect you will pass. I hope you do well! Peace.

    • tamarawilhite profile image

      Tamara Wilhite 

      4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Are the CBT Fundamentals of Engineering exam questions similar to the paper based ones, simply offered on a computer?

    • Steel Engineer profile imageAUTHOR

      Steel Engineer 

      4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine

      Wanamaker: Thank you for sharing.

    • CWanamaker profile image


      4 years ago from Arizona

      I took the Civil FE exam and had very little prep time. Because I found out about the exam during finals week, I was only able to devote about 4-5 hours to studying before I took the exam. My friends and I spent one night and used the Lindeburg book to prepare for the test. Fortunately, we all passed the test.


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