Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Review

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Dr. Philip Roberts
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Georgia Institute of Technology

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r/MechanicalEngineering • post
36 points • tenchimal
Free FE Exam Review on Cousera

Might be helpful for people who've been out of school for a while.

r/EngineeringStudents • post
14 points • mnikiras
Just passed the FE CBT Civil Exam

I was reading comments and tricks provided here before attending the FE exam and after I passed it, I felt responsible to share my experience with you. It is kind of odd, however as long as it can help someone I will be happy. I am an international PhD student studying civil engineering, and I was thinking about taking the FE exam. It has been around six years or so that I didn't deal with many of undergrad courses such as those appear in the FE exam however, since I have been at school since I was seven and took hundreds of tests, I am good at taking tests and being concentrated for hours. The story started on October 26th, when I planned to take the FE exam some time in November. But, since I couldn't find an available time slot that work for me in November, I was crazy enough to think about taking the test on October 31st. I am kinda crazy, I know! However, at first I didn't pick that time, because I was worried that I might fail and it would cost me 225$. Instead I started watching the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Review that you may find at Georgia Tech ( I found the Georgia Tech. course really useful. I really recommend that free review to everyone.I skipped some courses that I was good at them and just solved the sample questions at the end. For instance, I carefully watched lectures on the fluid mechanics, hydrology and hydraulics and a little bit of probability and I skipped watching other lectures, but solving sample questions at the end of each course. I already remembered the course materials on math, most of probability, statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis and strength of materials. After solving of those questions, I felt I will pass FE if I take the exam on OCT. 31 and I registered for that :) While course materials and questions didn't look hard, but they were a lot. I was worried about other courses such as ethics and economics. So, I looked at those parts and solved couple of questions on those topics from Barron's book. I felt a lot better after solving those questions and felt I was progressing. At this point, I had only one day left and needed to study several courses. Then I looked at dynamics course from reference book which refreshed my mind, and I solved some questions from Barron's book. I forgot to say that I kinda know materials as well. In the day before the exam, I just went through the reference book and paid attention to the equations and their units. While looking at the equations, I was refreshing my mind about topics such as Geotech, Transportation, and design. I didn't study environmental, construction and surveying. Exam day. My exam was consist of two parts : 57 questions in the first part, which include questions on math, probability, computational tools, ethics, dynamics, statics and a little bit fluid mechanics ( there might be more topics that I forgot.) I finished those questions in about 2 hours. I was sure about 55 correct answers to the 57 questions. At that time I was happy, I was thinking that I am going to finish the test in overall 4 hours. However, after the 25 minutes break, it was a different story. Questions were a lot more challenging and probably I was less prepared. One of my biggest challenges in the exam was unit conversion. Please be prepared for that and pay attention to the units given in a question and ones asked in the multiply choices. Overall, I was sure about 40 questions out of 53 and didn't have problem with time. Today, I noticed that I passed. So, I decided to study on 26th and passed on the 4th!

r/FE_Exam • post
9 points • sk1flyer
Free Online FE Review Course

I apologize if someone else has posted this in the past. But this course is pretty helpful for reviewing all of the topics for the FE. It is free to view all the course content. You can also pay for graded practice questions and a certificate but I don't see why you'd need it... Anyway... Enjoy!

r/MechanicalEngineering • comment
8 points • joogle

Coursera has a free FE prep course (with a prof from Georgia tech). I haven’t seen any of it but I would guess it’s high quality.

r/FE_Exam • comment
4 points • 4_jacks

I'm going through the Coursera FE exam prep videos, they are very good and everything seems relevant to Civil.

r/EngineeringStudents • post
3 points • succinctt
Free FE review lecture through Coursera
r/FE_Exam • comment
2 points • tueresmyhero

I was able to sign up on coursera through here:

r/FE_Exam • comment
2 points • cssonawala

There's an online course that you can take for free ( or pay for a certificate) on Coursera that goes into some detail for Mechanics of Materials and some more topics :

I am yet to give the FE so cannot vouch for the similarity to the depth of actual questions there, but seems like a nice refresher course.

r/FE_Exam • post
8 points • zxreth
FE Civil (Passed) - International Student

Hi all, I recently just passed the FE exam on my first attempt. As with most other people on here, this subreddit has proved to be a very useful resource for me and so I thought it’s only fair I give something back by sharing my experience particularly given that I did not complete my degree in the USA.


Firstly some info on me. I completed by Bachelors in Civil Engineering in Australia at the end of 2015 and have since been working at an global engineering consultancy in land development. I decided to take my exam in New York as the approval process was quite simple. All I had to do was submit my bachelors transcript and the degree award itself. The state board then took about a month to approve my degree as equivalent to an ABET accredited one from the USA. After doing so I scheduled my exam in March so that I was able to take the test in August.

FE Prep:

Having scheduled my exam in March, I had a window of around 4 months to study. Given that I am working full time, I assumed (worst case) that I would not study after work at all and so the only study time I would get would be on the weekends. I began by looking at the specifications and separating the topics from strongest to weakest and made a program using MS Project (although admittedly I did deviate from this towards the end).

The majority of the content I learned during my undergrad overlapped with the specifications. However, being a year and a half out of school I needed a refresher and I started going through the Coursera website which I highly recommend to all: In addition to coursera I also viewed several videos from this youtube channel:

Once I had covered all the theory, I began going through as many questions as I could from the 3rd edition of Lindeburg’s FE Review Manual. I supplemented these questions with questions I found online from college FE review courses. Next, I ordered the NCEES sample exam which I also recommend to all. I sat this exam in slightly more strict conditions. In the actual exam you have about 3 minutes per question, I gave myself 2 minutes. I scored about 55% on this exam. This was partially due to silly mistakes such as units being incorrect (I am accustomed to the metric system) and also because I blind guessed several major topics including geotech and environmental. So with 3 weeks to go before the actual exam I had my work cut out for me, I re-visited topics I was weak at and I ONLY learnt how to do the questions in the sample exam for topics which I had blind guessed.

All along I had tracked my progress using a simple excel spreadsheet shown here:

Additionally, I had written questions I thought were particularly important/unique one seperate sheets of paper and reviewed them a week out from the exam and highlighted/noted why I thought they were important.

FE Exam Day:

Contrary to what a lot of people do, I actually studied on the morning of my exam. However, it was nothing too intense I simply went through the notes I made of formulas I needed to memorise (yes, there are some albeit very minimal) and the notes of the questions I separated out.

My exam had 54 questions in the first part and 56 in the second. I got through section one with around 3 hours to go. In between the two sections you are allowed a 25 minute break, I only used 10 and got back into it as I did not want to lose the flow. I walked out of the exam not completely satisfied and the week between taking the exam and the results being released, I had mentally prepared myself for a fail.

My Advice:

When it comes to any exam you often have the difficulty of the questions to deal with or the clock or both. With the FE exam I felt the questions were relatively straight forward however it is time that you are working against so make sure you pace yourself as best as possible throughout the whole exam. There is a lot of content to cover in preparation for this exam so ensure you have a strong grasp on the majority of the topics and you have a fair understanding of the remainder of the topics. In the Civil exam there are 18 topics, I had a strong grasp on about 13 of the topics and the remaining 5 I had a general idea of how to solve some questions.

Goodluck! Feel free to ask me any questions :)

r/FE_Exam • comment
1 points • katfranjen

r/FE_Exam • comment
3 points • djames1957

This is one for civil and mechanical engineering. I am taking the electrical and did the first three weeks as they will be on the electrical fe exam.

r/civilengineering • comment
1 points • Ih8stoodentL0anz

When I was studying for the FE exam, I found a really good FE prep course on Coursera that had a good hydraulics overview. My professor in college was absolute garbage so I had to teach myself a lot of it.

r/FE_Exam • comment
1 points • eLCeenor

I'll preface my comment by saying I didn't really need to study. I just got my M.S. in MechE, and for the duration of my BS & MS (completed them back-to-back) I TA'd for and led study sessions in many of the fundamentals of engineering classes.

The website was perfect for my needs, though. It got me used to working FE exam problems, working through problems quickly, and knowledgeable regarding what content is actually in the NCEES handbook.

If I were you, I'd study by working problems and taking an online FE exam review course, like this one from Georgia Tech. PrepFE is particularly nice for working problems, as it gives immediate feedback and has a nice dashboard for showing you content areas you're weak on.

PrepFE and the Georgia Tech course are the only two things I used to study, and I felt very confident leaving the exam. A nice benefit of PrepFE, is they gave me a couple easy questions that are only easy if you know where in the handbook to look - and the actual exam had nearly identical questions.

r/civilengineering • comment
1 points • LarryLars

Here is an online review course that’s free to sign up for through GA Tech:

r/civilengineering • comment
1 points • justsomerandodude

Georgia Tech offers a free FE review course on Coursera:

I haven't taken it, but doing a review course when I was at college definitely helped me pass the exam

r/FE_Exam • comment
1 points • Eddweirdo

But do look at that list of topics as there may have been some topics which you did not cover in your construction engineering program.

I highly recommend you check out the free FE review course on Coursera. Good luck!

r/FE_Exam • comment
1 points • theblunderwonder

Coursera has a course for FE Review for Civil. I’m planning to take the Environmental FE too (because it’s my major) and this course is great. Just watch the sections that’ll be on the environmental FE.

r/AskEngineers • comment
1 points • StrawberryTornado

I took the FE ME exam earlier this year and I found this course on coursera to be very useful. You can take it for free too, you just won’t get the answers to the quiz questions. There are a lot of examples worked through in the actual lessons though. It’s more geared toward civil, but there are a lot of overlapping areas, especially in the foundational topics like math, stats, and statics.

Other than that, I agree with the other commenters here that the handbook is your most valuable resource. I read all of the applicable sections through several times each.

Good luck!

r/civilengineering • comment
1 points • sally758

Coursera has a FE prep course which covers a lot of the main topics.

r/FE_Exam • comment
3 points • krisdiaz90

Take a look at this youtube channel. Her videos helped me a lot. She is awesome:

I also used this Course review: Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Review | Georgia Institute of Technology

It was only $50 for the course review. The bad thing is it only has certain topics but it helped me to start studing since I had so much info and I did not know how/where to start and also I’m a foreign so English is not my native language. I used those mentioned above, the Linderburg Book and the NCEES manual and practice exam. I solved hundreds of problems as well. Good luck!

r/flatearth • comment
1 points • unkn0wn_assassin

It involves gravity and the amount of a matter(liquid in this case) and if you "don't believe in" gravity then there is no explanation. You can take an online course for free on fluid Dynamics if you want an in-depth explanation. Here is the course if you're interested.

r/FE_Exam • comment
2 points • HuyDang97 . They are free lectures

r/FE_Exam • comment
2 points • environmentalengr
r/civilengineering • comment
1 points • tc2surveyor

Georgia Tech offers a free FE Review Class through Coursera.


r/EngineeringStudents • comment
1 points • thehappiestkind
r/FE_Exam • comment
1 points • bodyposipeach

Thank you for asking this question because I am also in a similar situation. I am about to graduate in Environmental Engineering and take the FE Environmental on May 19th. I also work 25-30 hours a week while taking 15 credit hours.

My university offers a reduced price for the PPI2pass study portal so I have been using that. It's not bad if you are someone that can get information from reading and doing practice problems (I am more of a visual learner so it hasn't been the most effective for me). I am also just started the Georgia Tech Coursera ( that is videos and practice problems split into 8 weeks. I hope this helps me learn a bit better.

Overall, it's f*cking hard to study for the FE while going to school and working (I don't know anyone else personally that's doing it). I try to commit (in this last month and a half before my exam) to 20 practice problems a day and getting through all the Coursera videos I think I need.

Sorry if that wasn't exactly helpful but just know I feel your frustration and I believe in you.

r/AskWomen • comment
1 points • MabelUniverse

Georgia Tech has a good FE Exam prep course on Coursera, among other engineering topics.

Additionally, lectures may be posted on YouTube (like these fluids ones).

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) is another source. I learned SolidWorks there.

r/FE_Exam • comment
1 points • Otherwise-Ad-7012

Can't go wrong with Michaelson Videos. Tons of resources on YouTube. As mentioned above, Kahn Academy is amazing also.

There's also this one on Coursera:

I think Week 3 covered probability and statistics.