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I feel there are several key pieces of information that everyone needs to know to be successful on the Mechanical PE Exam, and I’d like to share those with you. You should not approach this exam in a random or casual manner if you want to pass. You need to make a strategic decision in choosing which Exam to take, you need to prepare strategically, and you need to have a strategic approach to solving problems on the exam itself. In my Exam Strategy videos, I outline the steps I have found can lead to success in each of these areas.

– Dr. Tom

New 2017 Mechanical PE Exam Format and Specifications

On October 31, 2016, NCEES released new specifications for all three Mechanical PE Exams. These new specs resulted in major changes to the format of and topics covered on each exam. There is no longer an AM Breadth Exam and a PM Depth Exam. When you register with NCEES, you will choose one of three separate exams that cover the old PM Exam areas:

• Machine Design and Materials
• Thermal and Fluids Systems
• HVAC and Refrigeration

The new specifications for each exam are divided into “Principles” and “Applications” for each area, basically 50/50 of a total of 80 questions. However, the nature of the problems on the exam will not be changing, just which problems will appear on which exams. As a result, there are no longer any Statics, Dynamics, or Solids on the new Thermal/Fluids or HVAC/Refrigeration Exams, and there are no Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Refrigeration, or HVAC on the new Machine Design and Materials Exam.

In this short video, Dr. Tom reviews the impact of the new NCEES specifications for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exams, and he goes over the changes in the exam format and his recommendations of which exam to choose.

Mechanical PE Exam Strategy – Part I
Mechanical PE Exam Overview and Deciding which PM Exam to Select.

Many of you may already know which Mechanical Exam you will be taking, but I recommend that you view this video anyway for the general information about the exam. In the video, I go over the exam format and the review time required to obtain the 56 points needed to pass the exam. I also look at the pros and cons of choosing each of the Mechanical Exams.

Mechanical PE Exam Strategy – Part II
Recommendations During the Exam

This video is all about exam day strategies: the fundamental key to success, my strategic exam day approach to problem-solving, how to guess effectively, and other important factors to remember about the exam that may seem obvious, but can trip you up on exam day.

Mechanical PE Exam

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