You need to practice taking exams in the same conditions under which the actual NCEES exam is administered.
I took a practice exam every other Saturday for three months prior to the exam. Between exams, I focused on two categories: my strongest category and my weakest categories. Investing in your strong area solidifies this base and ensures you will continue to score these points on future practice exams and on the actual exam day. Delving into your weak areas will bring you the "low hanging fruit." Easy topics are learned easily. Some facets of engineering. like pumps, are simple enough- if only you understand the variables used in the equations.
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Be sure to buy a good calculator, a reserve calculator, minimum two practice exam books, and the reference books specific to your exam module.
The two most valuable tools for PE exam review and preparation are taking practice exams and practicing with the Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CERM). To find the cheapest copy of the CERM available, use this page: Civil Engineering Reference Manual