Currently, the PE exams are offered twice a year, in late October and mid April. Plan on intense studying for the first 5 of the 6 months, leaving the last month to pull together all your resources and prepare your mind for the exam. In the years I’ve been helping people prepare for PE Exams, I have taught review courses in many forms: short, long, live, online. I have found 6 months to be the optimal timeframe to adequately cover the range of topics that you need to review at a pace that allows you to truly comprehend the material 200-300. It is also the best timeframe for being able to retain the information for the exam. Start too soon and you run the risk of forgetting things when the exam rolls around. Start too late and there are just going to be topics that will not stick.
So you have decided to take the PE exam, and you want to know what it will take to pass. This is clearly a good question, for the answer will dominate your life for however long you have to prepare. Follow these three simple strategies and your first attempt might very well be the charm.Start preparing for the exam at least 6 months before the exam.
During this 6-month review period, you need to be willing to devote at least 15 hours each week to your review. I realize that’s a big chunk of time each week, but if you are going to look over all the topics you might encounter on the exam, that’s what it’s going to take. Remember, you do not have to address everything you had in school. Many topics you would never see on the PE exam, and others are too hard for most examinees. But you do need to cover the workable topics that will be on the exam to give yourself a familiarity with the types of problems you are likely to see. Being able to recognize a problem and quickly identify its general type is key to solving it quickly, moving on to the next problem, and ultimately passing the exam.
#2 – Organized Review
Because no one can go through every possible resource or problem related to any PE Exam discipline, another key strategy for success is to be organized. Everyone approaches learning a little differently, and an organizational process that works for one person may not be best for another. Here are some organizational strategies that I have found to work for most people.