Professional Engineer Exam Review Questions

Hi I am studying for the E&CE PE Electrical Exam using the Kaplan Practice Exam book by Edward Graham.
My complaint is that some of the questions are tricky and unique and
not common examples and that I seem to spend 3 hours on a problem. At that rate I would certainly fail the EE PE Exam Is this a common theme or am I simply not bright?
Is there a better book to prepare me with sample questions? I am starting to get discouraged, always having to turn to the answer key, problem after problem.
I passed the EIT and I'm above average intelligent and a very hard worker but i can't seem to make headway lately preparing for this exam. I had a 3.6 in Drexel EE Evening College and I have a MSEE.
Has anyone out there taken this exam? I enjoy studying and reviewing but not 1 problem a night! Can anyone give me guidance as to better methods to prepare?
One example I mention is a BJT npn problem with a Zener Diode at 8.2 Volts, 1ma and 40 ohms stuck in the emitter side. The Zener throws all kinds of loops into the DC and AC small signal analysis to the point that you have to be very very lucky to solve it.
Believe it or not, I believe some of the problems to have incorrect answers.
Appreciate any feedback.
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I would recommend that you go to www.ppi2pass.com and try the forum there for test takers. Most of the people there are Civil Engineers, but there are a few Electrical Engineers.
I used the Reference Manual by Camera and the associated practice problems book available on the above site. I also used the 6 minute solutions book available on that site and the NCEES sample questions. The Reference Manual was most useful for the morning exam session. You will want more specific materials for the afternoon session. I mainly used a power systems analysis text book and an electrical machines text book in the afternoon, along with the NEC Handbook. Shaums books are good study materials too. (I used most of the same books for studying and for the test.) I highly recommend the NCEES sample question book. It appears to be actual test questions that appeared at some time or another.
The questions on the exam seemed pretty doable, but they would do things to be sure you were paying attention. There were one or two questions that I think were put in the test without any correct answer, to see how much time you would waste before you went on to another problem.
In general, I thought the PE exam was easier than the FE exam.
You'll see lots of other advice and comments on the ppi2pass web site.
Good Luck.

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On 1/18/07 11:06 AM, in article snipped-for-privacy@s34g2000cwa.googlegroups.com, "StephernayDad"

I preface by saying that life, as well as engineering, is a series of trick problems. Consider construction of the Brooklyn Bridge for example. Or if you think of power engineering, what happens when you have a power line that is almost a quarter wave in length.
Having said that, when took my PE exam many years ago, I ran into a review book that did not solve a problem correctly.
I had prepared diligently to solve problems using symmetrical components. There had been a question on three-phase faults every exam for many years. There was none when I took the exam. Nevertheless, I knew enough other stuff to pass the first time.
Bill -- Fermez le Bush
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I teach industrial and power electrical PE review classes using the book by Camara, and that book has a lot of mistakes. They publish errata sheets on their web site. Be sure you look into that with yours as well. The test is multiple choice, so you only need to do enough work to be able to identify the correct choice from several. There are likely more than one that look "right". Be sure you are comfortable with the underlying principles, rather than just the answers to some study questions. Check out the web site that was recommended by another poster, as people who have taken the exam recently will have good input for you.
Good luck!
Ben Miller
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