FE Exam Study Schedule – My Personal Study Plan to Pass the EIT Exam

Thinking of preparing for the FE exam feels like a tedious job. You have to study the various topics on the exam specifications. You also have to familiarize yourself in using the reference handbook as well mastering the calculator. It seems like there are plenty of things to do and accomplish. On the other hand, having a good FE exam study schedule can help you organize your thoughts when preparing for the test. So I decided to breakdown all the components of a study plan that you can use as a blueprint when taking the exam.

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​Advantages of Having a Study Schedule

  •  Keeps your review on track
  • Lists all the topics that needs to be covered
  • Gives a timeline that you can follow
  • Better and improved study habit
  • Helps you avoid procrastination
  • Enhanced Productivity
  • Helps to avoid stress
  • Gives a clear action plan
FE Exam Study Schedule

Elements of a Good Study Plan

​Having a study plan is not enough to pass the exam. You should make sure that the plan you are using is effective and coincides with your current situation.

Here is the list of elements of a successful study plan.

1. Personalized

Although there are a lot of study plans online that you can use, it is important to revise it based on your own personal capabilities. I recommend that you just use them as a guide or a source of idea. You should consider your strengths and weaknesses when creating your study plan. In this way, it will be an effective tool when you prepare for the exam.

2. Adaptable

Among the other elements, having an adaptable study plan is crucial in determining your success. As time pass by, your priorities change and your plan should be susceptible to these changes.

For example, if you are already confident with one engineering topic, then you can proceed with the next item that you feel that you are weak. Even if it is not specified on your timeline, you should adapt to these changes and adjust your plan.

3. Straightforward

When choosing a study material, you should only choose 1 - 2 resources. Since there are a lot of books and reviewers available, it is better to have something that is straightforward. Having multiple reviewers will only make you overwhelmed. Using a specific number of books will help you focus and understand the topics better.

Sample Study Schedule

​I provided a sample study schedule that you can use as guide. I used this when I prepared for my FE exam last September 2016. Although I took the FE Civil, you can still apply this to your chosen discipline. Feel free to utilize this study plan and incorporate it in your own.

At the latter part of this article, I will guide you through creating your own study schedule. I will also outline the steps that you can take to bring your plan into life.

Goals

  • To finish all the problems in FE Civil Review Manual
  • Familiarize the FE Reference Handbook
  • Get a 90% Passing Score from the FE Civil Practice Exam

Strengths

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Economics
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Hydraulics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction

Weaknesses

  • Probability & Statistics
  • Computational Tools
  • Ethics & Professional Practice
  • Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Design
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Surveying

Timeline

​Day Number

​​Date

​​Weekday

​​Chapter Number

Subject

1

5/25/16

Wednesday

Introduction

Introduction; Units

​2

​​5/26/16

Thursday

1

Analytic Geom & Trigo

​3

​​5/27/16

Friday

2

Albegra

​4

​​5/28/16

Saturday

3

Calculus

​5

​​5/29/16

Sunday

4

Differential Eq & Trans

​6

​​5/30/16

Monday

5

Probability & Statistics

​7

​​5/31/16

Tuesday

none

Rest

​8

​​​6/1/16

Wednesday

6

Fluid Properties

​9

​​​​6/2/16

Thursday

7

Fluid Statics

​10

​​​​6/3/16

Friday

8

Fluid Measurement 

​11

​​​​6/4/16

Saturday

9

Hydrology

​12

​​​​6/5/16

Sunday

10

Hydraulics

​13

​​​​6/6/16

Monday

11

Groundwater

​14

​​​​6/7/16

Tuesday

none

Rest

​15

​​​​6/8/16

Wednesday

12

Water Quality

​16

​​​​6/9/16

Thursday

13

Water Supply 

​17

​​​​6/10/16

Friday

14

Wastewater Collection 

​18

​​​​6/11/16

Saturday

15

Activated Sludge 

​19

​​​​6/12/16

Sunday

16

Air Quality

​20

​​​​6/13/16

Monday

17

Soil Testing

​21

​​​​6/14/16

Tuesday

none

Rest

​22

​​​​6/15/16

Wednesday

18

Foundations

​23

​​​​6/16/16

Thursday

19

Rigid Retaining Walls

​24

​​​​6/17/16

Friday

20

Excavations

​25

​​​​6/18/16

Saturday

21

Forces & Moments

​26

​​​​6/19/16

Sunday

22

Trusses

​27

​​​​6/20/16

Monday

23

Pulleys & Cables

​28

​​​​6/21/16

Tuesday

none

Rest

​29

​​​​6/22/16

Wednesday

25

Indeterminate Statics

​30

​​​​6/23/16

Thursday

26

Kinematics

​31

​​​​6/24/16

Friday

27

Kinetics

​32

​​​​6/25/16

Saturday

28

Rotational Motion

​33

​​​​6/26/16

Sunday

29

Energy & Work

​34

​​​​6/27/16

Monday

30

Stresses & Strains

​35

​​​​6/28/16

Tuesday

none

Rest

​36

​​​​6/29/16

Wednesday

31

Thermal

​37

​​​​6/30/16

Thursday

32

Beams

​38

​​7/1/16

Friday

33

Columns

​39

​​​7/2/16

Saturday

34

Material Testing

​40

​​​7/3/16

Sunday

35

Engineering Materials

​41

​​​7/4/16

Monday

36

Struct Des: Materials

​42

​​​7/5/16

Tuesday

none

Rest

​43

​​​7/6/16

Wednesday

37

Rein Concrete: Beams

​44

​​​7/7/16

Thursday

38

RC : Columns

​45

​​​7/8/16

Friday

39

RC: Slabs

​46

​​​7/9/16

Saturday

40

RC: Walls

​47

​​​7/10/16

Sunday

41

RC: Footings

​48

​​​7/11/16

Monday

42

Structural Steel: Beams

​49

​​​7/12/16

Tuesday

none

Rest

​50

​​​7/13/16

Wednesday

43

Struc Steel: Columns

​51

​​​7/14/16

Thursday

44

SS: Tension Members

​52

​​​7/15/16

Friday

45

SS: Beam-Columns

​53

​​​7/16/16

Saturday

46

SS: Connectors