June 24, 2017
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June 28, 2017
At first glance, it would seem that when the NCEES decided to offer the FE exam repeatedly throughout the year, as opposed to just two times a year, it would be a big improvement. And, no doubt, in the long run it will be. However, in the short run, at the University of X, where all Mechanical Engineering students are required to take (not pass, but take) the FE exam to graduate, we have found that having more options on when to take the exam has negatively impacted our pass rate, at least before adapting to the new schedule. With a few exceptions, our senior mechanical engineering students, who previously took the FE exam in the April offering, passed at a rate right at the national average. During the first year the format of the FE exam was changed, we saw little change to our pass rate; we believe this was because the great majority of our students still took the exam in April or May. This past year, in contrast, our students took the exam throughout the year and we had a substantial drop in our pass rate. In this paper we will detail why we believe this temporary drop in pass rate occurred and what we did to adapt to the changes to return our pass rates back to national averages.
Roney, J. A., & Roszelle, B. N., & Gordon, M., & Davidson, B. (2017, June), Impact of New FE Test Availability Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28470
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