A kickoff typically implies something fun, like a football game or a concert event. Most people studying for the PE Exam don't exactly look forward to spending time learning and reading through the summer. I get it.
My hope is to make the studying less painful and a little fun. Here's what is coming your way from this site in 2018:
DAILY QUESTIONS RETURN
A popular resource for examinees and experts alike returns June 1st - our Daily Problem series. This is a separate subscription from the Weekly Blog. If you're interested in updating your subscription preferences, signup here and check which series you would like to receive.
2018 PE PREP GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
The 2018 PE Prep Guide is in, and now shipping worldwide. It's my most popular and best-selling resource for Fire Protection PE Exam Prep. If you're taking the SFPE PE Online Review Course, you'll see it regularly used throughout the curriculum.
If you're interested, the 2018 Guide is on sale for one more day - get 15% off when you order on or by Friday, May 25th.
Over 85% of last year's users said they used the PE Prep Guide on over half of the actual PE Exam problems. The 2018 Edition has multiple updates geared to help you pass the exam.
2018 WEEKLY EXAM SERIES STARTS JUNE 4TH
Looking for extra practice? The Weekly Exam Series is your ticket to regular practice that simulates actual exam conditions. It's a series of 20 mini exams that simulate the Fire Protection PE Exam in a weekly, 1-hour session.
Track your progress like never before - new this year - not only will you see your results each week compared against peers, but you'll see your results compared to those who passed and did not pass last year's exam. Track your progress each week and see where your results project on the actual PE Exam.
This year I'm thrilled to also offer repeatable, unlimited on-demand practice. For no additional cost you'll be able to take unlimited 1-hour mini exams that pulls from the largest test bank of fire protection questions currently available. This new feature begins in July.
See more about the Weekly Exam Series here.
This post-exam survey is the single-most helpful way we gather feedback from the exam. Last year's survey contributed major helpful tips that we incorporated into this year's prep guide. We are constantly trying to improve our questions, prep guide, and other online material to help you pass.
If you have just taken the PE Exam, please take just a few minutes and give us your feedback through this quick survey. If it doesn't appear below, you can view the complete survey here.
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It happened again this year. In talking with a colleague about studying for the PE Exam this October this week, he expressed regret about just now getting materials in line to begin to tackle exam prep. I can completely sympathize as beginning the slow climb of the PE mountain can seem daunting, and I felt exactly the same way when I started preparing for the exam.
Perhaps the beginning of the SFPE Online Review Course this past week signals the official start of PE Prep season, or maybe it is because here we jumped the gun a little early this year and have a handful of practice problems already published.
But late start? Come on, it's the middle of July!
Over half of our surveyed examinees from last year didn't even begin to study until July & August.
Does it hurt to get started studying earlier in the year? No, of course not. But in no way does beginning exam prep in July and August doom someone to fail the exam.
One of the most common questions that we hear is simply "how much time or effort does it really take to pass the exam?"
And the answer is 182 hours.
No, no, just kidding. As we detail in the 2017 Prep Guide of course there's not a precise answer as it varies between each person's experience level, test taking ability, and the effort and quality of practice. While the amount of time studying is important, the quality of preparation and intentional practice can be far more important.
What we set to create this year was a way to check how your prep effort is comparing, in real time, to others who are taking the test this fall. Passing the exam is not a simple "the top 62% will pass" each year, but in retrospect if someone happens to land somewhere in that top range, it is probably a safe bet he or she will pass the exam.
The Weekly Exam Series helps to answer the need for additional practice, simulates the pace of the exam, and finally offers some indication of "am I preparing well enough?". If you are a new user and considering joining, do know that July is a perfect time to get started. We're offering a free, no-strings-attached 2 week trial for new users if you sign up this July. Just select the 2-Week Trial on our Weekly Exams page here.
Please do know that it is certainly not too late to get started preparing for the PE Exam. We are thrilled you're here.
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