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FE Review Manual: Rapid Preparation for the General Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
(223 customer reviews)
The FE Review Manual is designed to prepare you to pass the general FE exam even if you have very limited study time. You get an efficient review of all the current exam topics; diagnostic exams so you can see what areas you need to study; more than 1,150 practice problems (with solutions); a realistic simulation of the complete 8-hour exam; and free software to help reinforce what you've learned. Plus, the Review Manual is completely in sync (same terminology, formulas, topic order, etc.) with the NCEES handbook that is used during the exam. This combination is so effective that the publisher offers a unique "Pass or Don't Pay" Guarantee: pass the exam, or get a full refund for the book. Please note, software is not included in the book, but you may request software by using the form inside the book. The software is free, but thereis a $4.95 shipping fee.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #915297 in Books
- Brand: Brand: Professional Publications (CA)
- Published on: 2000-05
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 1.73" h x 8.60" w x 11.00" l,
- Binding: Paperback
- 832 pages
- Used Book in Good Condition
From the Publisher
This manual is ideal for the engineering student or the practicing engineer who doesn't have much free time to devote to studying for the FE exam. The text is short and to the point, providing basic theory and relevant formulas and data for each exam topic. Each chapter can be easily covered in an hour or two. This review, coupled with over 1,000 FE-style practice problems and a full-scale practice exam, offers all the preparation needed to pass the test.
About the Author
Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, is recognized among the engineering community as the leading authority on professional engineering licensing exam preparation. The author of many books on this subject, he has taught and supervised exam-review courses for over 25 years. He holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University in industrial engineering. When not writing, he can be found hosting the "Licensing Exam Forum," an online bulletin board for FE and PE candidates.
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From "How to Use This Book" The most successful strategy to pass the FE exam is to prepare in all of the examination subjects. Do not limit the number of subjects you study in hope of finding enough questions in your particular areas of knowledge to pass. Fast recall and stamina are essential to doing well. You must be able to quickly recall solution procedures, formulas, and important data. You will not have time during the exam to derive solution methods--you must know them instinctively. This ability must be maintained for eight hours. When you are using this book to prepare for the FE exam, the best way to develop fast recall and stamina is to work the practice problems at the end of the chapters. Be sure to gain familiarity with the NCEES FE Reference Handbook by using it as your reference for the problems you work. In order to get exposure to all examination subjects, it is imperative that you develop and adhere to a review schedule. If you are not taking a classroom review course (where the order of your preparation is determined by your instructor), prepare your own review schedule. For example, plan on covering this book at the rate of one chapter per day in order to finish before the examination date. It will be helpful to make a few simple decisions prior to starting your review. You should be aware of the different options available to you. For example, you should decide early on to: (1) use SI (metric) units in your preparation; (2) perform electrical calculations with effective (rms) or maximum values; (3) take calculations out to a maximum of four significant digits; and (4) prepare in all exam subjects, not just your specialty areas.
Most helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Review Guides for FE Exams
By Adam P.
I used four books and the NCEES formula books when studying for the FE exam, those being
1) FE Revier Manual by Michael R. Lindeburg
2) Fundamentals of Engineering by J., Phd. Dilworth
3) Best Test Preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam by Nesar U. Ahmed
4) Fundamentals of Engineering: FE Exam Preparation by Donald G Newnan
I found the book by Lindeburg to be the most comprehensive. Other books can be used as supplements, but in all honestly you really just need to understand the basics of the subjects (and the main topics in those subjects). Some of the other books get really detailed problems that frankly I never encountered on the FE exam. My advice is to acclimate yourself with the formula book that NCEES provides and solve problems until you feel that you fundamentally are comfortable with the material. The problems you encounter on the FE exam aren't made to trick you, they are there to test your knowledge in a concise manner. Hope this helps!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Great tool to study
By 3gang mommysierge
The FE Review Manual is designed to prepare you to pass the general FE exam even if you have very limited study time. You get an efficient review of all the current exam topics; diagnostic exams so you can see what areas you need to study; more than 1,150 practice problems (with solutions); a realistic simulation of the complete 8-hour exam; and free software to help reinforce what you've learned. Plus, the Review Manual is completely in sync (same terminology, formulas, topic order, etc.) with the NCEES handbook that is used during the exam.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Good Review of General Exam Topics
I just found out this week that I passed the FE exam using this book to study for the morning exam topics. Having graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering back in 2005 I knew that I would need help to study for the FE exam. I feel that this book prepared me pretty well for the morning portion of the exam. This book will prepare you for only the morning exam if you choose a discipline specific module for your afternoon test. I think that most sections of this book do go into a little more detail and cover additional topics that can help you in the afternoon as well though.
I chose the electrical discipline specific exam for the afternoon. I hear a lot of people saying that it is easier to take the "Other Disciplines" exam in the afternoon even if there is a discipline specific module that matches your undergraduate degree. I have to say though that this goes against common logic and the directions of the NCEES. I chose my discipline because the topics were more familiar than diving even deeper into courses which I had not taken during school... like Thermodynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Heat Transfer, etc... Plus if you look at the passing rates on the NCEES web site, in general there is at least a slightly higher pass rate for those who take their "appropriate" afternoon module if it is available. That was the case at least for last October's exam. I feel that you are bound to be more successful in topics which you have taken courses in and what you focused on in school rather than to hope that the Other Disciplines module will be easier and not as in depth.
I spent roughly five months studying from this book for the morning exam and one brutal month studying from my old college texts and notes for the Electrical afternoon exam. For me I think I made the mistake of trying to learn new topics, like the ones that I listed above. I feel it is better to really focus on the topics that you are familiar with since you will not have time during the morning test to really think through problems. I pretty much skipped over most of the unfamiliar topic questions in the exam except for the very easy ones. I figure that I actually made a good effort of answering about 2/3 to 3/4 of the questions on each half of the exam and then guessed the rest. The content in this book does cover everything that it needs to, but there is not a whole lot (or any?) theory and not much explanation. It is pretty much just a re-presentation of all the concepts and formulas that you need to know. I think that is why it is a mistake to try to use this book to learn any new concepts other than just understanding formula variables.
Also, I think it is very important to get a copy of the NCEES Supplied Reference Handbook to use during your studies. It is important to know the content and layout of the different sections so that you are not searching and wasting a bunch of time during the exam. When I bought mine last fall it was less than $20 including shipping. It is a small price to pay for the benefit of familiarity. Overall I think the FE Review Manual is a pretty thorough review tool for the general portion of the exam.