Unlocking the Mystery: How Many Questions are on the FE Exam?

FE FAQ - Do you have to answer all questions to pass?

Are you preparing to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and wondering just how many questions you’ll be facing? You’re not alone. The FE exam is a crucial step towards becoming a licensed professional engineer, and knowing what to expect can make all the difference in your preparation. In this article, we will unlock the mystery surrounding the number of questions on the FE exam, providing you with the essential information you need to ace this challenging test. From understanding the different disciplines and their corresponding question counts to exploring the exam format, we will leave no stone unturned. So, whether you’re a civil engineer, mechanical engineer, or any other discipline, join us on this journey as we delve into the depths of the FE exam and equip you with the knowledge you need to succeed.

At first, the FE may sound intimidating. The exam consists of 110 questions, across 14-17 different subjects (depending on your discipline), that you take over 6 hours. We know that some questions will be fast, and others will take you several minutes to solve the problem.

But when you have around 3 minutes to solve each problem, you may be wondering if they all need to be answered to still pass.

No, But...

So, do you need to answer all the questions to pass the FE exam? Well, no. Technically you can leave some blank and still have a chance of passing. But that’s not going to improve your chances.

Instead of asking if you need to answer all the questions, make a strategy so you can answer as many questions as possible.

Build a Problem Solving Strategy For Your FE Exam

Before you even go to the exam, create a strategy that will prepare you on how to tackle the questions. Here are five things you can do during the FE exam to increase your chances of passing. 

  1. Answer all of the easy questions first. 
  2. Attempt all of the medium and long questions. 
  3. Take an educated guess on the difficult questions. 
  4. Go back through and don’t leave any questions blank.
    • You don’t lose points for getting the wrong answer. If you submit an answer, you have a 25% chance of getting it right, which is better than 0%. 
  5. Flag problems as you go through the exam. For more on flagging problems, check out this video.

But First, Understand Engineering Basics

Being able to attempt all the questions on your FE exam starts long before exam day. While studying, focus on learning the concepts and foundation of engineering.

For example, if you can’t find the reaction of a beam, you will not be able to draw the shear and moment diagram or find the max moment.

Don’t focus on studying only the hard questions; understand the basics first.

If you don't have the basics of engineering, you will not get the difficult or easy questions which will decrease your chances of passing your FE.

The Best FE Exam Prep

As you get ready for your eit exam, don’t focus on how many questions you should get right and instead focus on learning the material. Practice as many problems as you can. Finally, and most importantly, make sure that you are studying the concepts and problems that will be on your exam.

There is a lot of misinformation about the FE, and we have seen a lot of students stuck in the FE journey for years. No one should have to spend years studying for the FE. With the right material, you can make sure you’re always making progress and learning because that’s how you’ll pass your FE exam faster and excel in your career.

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