FE Electrical and Computer Engineer Exam Tips for Repeaters

Ideally, we all want to pass every test on the first attempt whether it is a driving license (failed three times before I got my driver’s license) or FE Electrical and PE Power Exam for obvious reasons. However, failures are encountered along the way before reaching the goals of every successful individual or company. The important thing to remember is that, with every attempt, you are actually getting closer to the finish line. Hopefully, very soon you will find that the time and efforts spent were worth your while in the long run.

FE Electrical and Computer Engineer

If you’ve done well in school will definitely help you in reviewing key knowledge areas much faster than others who struggled in core courses. To fully capitalize on past performance, practice questions on a FE electrical and computer practice exam as much as you can in order to gain complete proficiency in solving problems on the FE exam.

It may also help to prepare some exam sections in groups of 3 or 4 in order to make use of synergies between them. For instance, the following sections can be looked at as individual blocks:

  • Block # 1 – Math, Probability and Statistics, Engineering Economics, Ethics
  • Block # 2 – Properties of Electrical Materials, Engineering Sciences
  • Block # 3 – Circuit Analysis, Electronics, Linear Systems
  • Block # 4 – Power, Electromagnetics
  • Block # 5 – Signal Processing, Communications
  • Block # 6 -Computer Networks, Computer Systems, Software Development

You can observe that Block # 1 carries the largest weight on the exam as an individual aggregate. As such, my recommendation would be to invest proportional efforts in that area.

ECE is a very diverse engineering discipline (which is part of the challenge in preparing for the FE exam) but for us to pass this exam, we have to stay as close to average in each section as possible while trying for perfect scores in areas of strength. To do so, I suggest categorizing each FE section into one of the following areas:

  • High Competency
  • Moderate Competency
  • Low Competency

One general strategy can involve adopting a priority-based approach as suggested below:

  • Priority # 1 – Try to convert Moderate Competency areas into High Competency areas
  • Priority # 2 –Try to convert Low Competency areas into Moderate Competency areas while maintaining/improving competency in areas of strength

I hope you will find all or at least some of the abovementioned recommendations relevant and helpful.

To put things in perspective, it is worth noting that an average engineering career spans 30 – 40 years therefore in the grand scheme of things minor setbacks like a couple of FE exam failures should be treated as nothing more than a hiccup.

Wasim Asghar – P.E, P.ENG, M.ENG

Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas (PE), Florida (PE) and Ontario (P. Eng) with consulting experience in design, commissioning and plant engineering for clients in Energy, Mining and Infrastructure.