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Take a good dictionary into the exam if you’re a non-native English speaker, or if you went into Engineering to avoid writing!
As you go through the test, remember that some of the problems may contain facts that you may find useful in subsequent questions.
Attitude matters — be confident and careful.
Don’t expect all the morning questions to be easy, and all the afternoon’s to be tough — it works both ways.
Don’t read things into the problem, but read each carefully — like an engineer! Then, read it again. Sometimes, you will catch something the second time through that you did not see on the first reading.
Know your licensing board rules.
Don’t underestimate this brute of an exam — when was the last time you put your head down for 480 minutes in one day?
Get a good night’s sleep the night before the exam — our ability to concentrate is inversely proportional the quality and quality of our sleep.
If you get nervous in exams, you’re not alone. The three ways to overcome anxiety are practice, practice, and practice. Repetition kills apprehension.
Look at what is given, but don’t be surprised by unessential information. The examiners want to assess your understanding of engineering problems, not your algebra.
Make sure you have the NCEES recommended references.