Appearing for the NCEES FE Civil Exam was the toughest decision of my life. After completing my graduation, I felt the urgency of having a PE Licensure to grow my career and that’s the reason I decided to sit for the FE Civil Exam.
As a newbie, I was not known of the rules and regulations of FE Exam and therefore I visited NCEES website to know the procedures. As the exam format has been transformed into a CBT exam, I was a bit curious and felt good. This is because I have good command over my computer and I know as it is computer-based no one except almighty can refuse me. By the grace of almighty, I have overcome it on the first try. But before appearing for the exam, I prepared for about four long months alongside my regular construction job.
Preparation I have taken
As I thought of appearing for the FE Civil exam, I first made a list of equipment (i.e. things I must have) list. The list is-
- A Calculator (I bought TI-36X Pro, it’s the best and most powerful approved calculator by NCEES)
- My passport
- Registration on NCEES.ORG and payment of $$$.
- Appointment Letter I received upon registration
I thought I would read and practice the problems around 4 to 5 hours a day. But as I was working for a construction company, it was very tough for me to get that time. Moreover, I was so tired after doing rigorous works at the site that I failed to achieve my target. I continuously failed for 2 to 3 weeks to continue my study. But I was determined and I revised my routine. I have decided to study 20 hours a week and prepared a subjectwise routine. A broad determination helped me to study hard and hard and finally it paid off.
The first month of my reading time was a real chaos. But from the 2nd month it was easy for me to study and practice. I had a desktop at my home and I practiced there. I was not involved in any review course. As I was university passed recently, I thought review course is not necessary. By the way, I bought the following books from Amazon-
- FE Civil Review by Michael R. Lindeburg, PE (Get Your Book)
- FE Civil Practice by Michael R. Lindeburg, PE (Get Your Book)
- FE Reference Handbook by NCEES (Get Your Book)
- FE Civil Practice Exam by NCEES (Get Your Book)
As per my view, these four books are essential and may play a vital role in teaching you which theories/problems you need to have deeper knowledge. So, getting the hardcopy of the books is a wiser decision.
Suggestions I May Give Based on My Real Experience
- Try to at least 20 hours a week, the more you can do is better.
- Stick to your challenge, never lose hope.
- Keep your belongings ready.
- Know your time, schedule.
- Find your weak point and work on that.
After few weeks I appeared on the exam, I received an email mentioning that result has been published. The mail suggested me to check myncees account. I checked and find that I passed. I received the certificate two weeks later.