One of the questions I get asked the most from students is:
“Zach, how many Months do I need to study to pass the PE exam?”
Each and every person has their own individual needs based on industry experience, math background, and test taking skills. This means that it is close to impossible to say exactly how many months you, in particular, would need to study to pass.
But, what I can tell you, is what the successful engineers that DO pass have in common with their studying habits and how long they prepared for.
Ready for the answer?
They study A LOT.
We polled our April 2017 students to find out what the successful engineers that passed the Electrical PE exam had in common.
When asked: “How many Months did you Study for the Electrical PE Exam” to students that passed, here is how they answered:
The large majority of passing students studied between 3 to 4 months before the PE exam by a combined 70%!
That is 35% for 3 months and 35% for 4 months.
If we add up the percentages of students that passed the Electrical PE exam that studied any amount other than 3 or 4 months, it comes out to just 30% of all passing students.
This means that only 30% of all passing students studied for a time amount other than 3 to 4 months leading up to the exam while 70% of all passing students did.
What this means for you:
Statistics can be a great tool to see how large groups of people measure up.
If you want a decent shot at passing the exam, you should be studying for at least 3 months.
If you want a *great* chance of passing the exam, you should be studying for no less than 4 months leading up to the exam!
Now, of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and these percentages are just numerical correlations. In fact, we had a student pass that only started studying 2 days prior to the PE exam. You can read his testimony here: Matt Green – PASSED April 2017 PE Exam Testimony.
Is this common expected result? Definitely not. But what it does is illustrate for us how different each individual’s experience with passing the PE exam can be based on their background when we compare to someone who may have taken the exam multiple times before passing.
This is why it is so important to look at the numbers and see what works the most as a whole and why a review course with a proven track record is so important. Afterall, your goal should be to sign up for the PE exam, put in your time studying, pass the exam, and then move on with both your professional and personal life.
As a quick bonus before we close, how many of our April 2017 exam students do you think passed that studied for a total of 6 months leading up to the exam?
The answer is 100%.
Of course, the number of months leading up to the exam doesn’t really matter if you aren’t putting in the hours each week.
So to compare, next week we will be diving deeper and looking at the results of how the total number of hours spent studying per week also affected the success rate.
See you next week!