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Been Out of School for a While? Don't Fall for the Misconception that You'll Struggle with the PE Exam

  • 17 July, 2019

As an NCEES exam prep provider, we get a lot of inquiries from people who are unsure of taking their PE because they have been out of school for a while. We understand that taking a big, career-determining exam can be daunting, and people of all ages are fully capable of passing their chosen exam.

So why do people believe this misconception? While it is true that those who take an NCEES exam during or right after college have the information needed to take the exam fresh in their mind, efficiently preparing for your chosen exam with a strategic study and preparation plan can lead to success. As we've worked with many students who haven't been in the classroom for 30+ years, we'd like to say we know a thing or two about what helps those students out the best.

Below are a few tips to ensure you won't miss a beat in the exam, no matter what your age:

Take a Refresher Math Class

There are many careers out there that you technically don't need many math skills for, but as you know, engineering is not one of them. If you're looking to take an NCEES exam and haven't studied math in a while, taking a math refresher class can help you regain the math knowledge you may have forgotten throughout the years. If you think you need a better grasp on vectors, conversion factors, or Quadratic equations, finding a free basic engineering math class will help.

Get Insights from a Professional Engineer

What better is there to prepare for the PE exam than getting assistance from someone who has already passed the exam? By being tutored by a Professional Engineer or even attending an online class that is taught by one, you'll get a great refresher on what will be on the PE exam and know how to approach each problem.

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