What to bring to the PE exam
The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career.
You are allowed to bring as many books to the PE exam as you wish, which is why on the day of the exam people will literally show up with wagons full of books. While I understand it can be tempting to have every possible piece of information with you, you must be careful of placing too much emphasis on your reference materials. The most important aspect of passing this exam is budgeting your time. You have to answer 40 questions in each of the two 4-hour sessions so you will need to be judicious with your time.
My point is that the more books you plan to use, the more time it will take you to browse through them searching for the answer. This takes away from the examination time resulting in answering fewer questions. My recommendation is to purchase an engineering reference manual for your discipline and do all of your studying using this guide. Michael Lindeburg is the author of many good engineering reference manuals. Taking this approach allows you to really get to know one complete manual, which you most likely will be able to use to answer 75% or more of the exam questions.
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