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.
When I was preparing for the Fire Protection PE Exam, I kept circling back to a handful of questions that I couldn't answer on my own (aside from everything egress-related). Where can I find more practice? Am I studying enough, or too little? If the top 60-70% of test examinees pass the test, where do I fit in?
After much debate and effort, we are happy to introduce the MeyerFire Weekly Exam new this year. The Weekly Exam is a series of timed 1-hour, 10-question simulated PE Exams offered weekly with instant grading and printable solutions emailed immediately following each exam.
Have a little fun, practice consistently, track your improvement and your peer ranking week-to-week with our best method of simulating the actual test environment. We believe in this preparation tool so much that if you don't pass the PE Exam, we will pay for your same sessions next year for free!
How does it work?
Each week (on Monday) a 1-hour, 10-question exam is published for distribution. Users have one sitting to complete the timed exam, which can be taken anytime before midnight on the following Sunday. Immediately after taking the exam, full solutions are emailed to the user along with immediate grading. Once all the exams are scored, a results bell-curve is published on the PE Problems Blog on Monday, such that anyone who took that week's exam can see how they rank compared to others preparing for the exam at this exact point in time.
When does it start?
Our Week 1 Exam is live now. If you're in on the Weekly Exams, you can take this week's exam anytime now through Sunday at midnight.
Read more about the Weekly Exam series here.
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