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Online Review And Practice Tests For The Fundamentals Of Engineering Exam

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.406.1 - 4.406.13

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Adrian Ng

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Kurt C. Gramoll

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Session 3522

Online Review and Practice Tests for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Adrian Ng, Kurt Gramoll University of Oklahoma


Within the past few years, the World Wide Web has proven to be a tool of great potential both as an instrument for education as well as for technology application. This is evident with the increase in distance learning sites available on the Internet. This paper focuses using the Internet by students to prepare for the Fundamentals in Engineering Review Project. This project implements the computer-based, distance learning technology to help students and engineers in industry to prepare for the Fundamentals in Engineering Exam (FIE) in their quest to obtain the Professional Engineering License. A common need associated with the FIE exam is a cost-effective method to obtain an adequate review package [1]. In addition, insufficient time to prepare for the exam serves as another problem. This paper elaborates on the methods and technologies used to counter these problems. In general, by having the review online users are able to access the review site at any given time. This allows users to progress through the review at their own rate. In addition, the information presented can be constantly updated to keep up with current standards. Furthermore, instant feedback can be obtained from the users and any mistakes present can be corrected instantaneously. The integration of multimedia technology such as graphics, movie animations, audio narration, and simulations in the review also enables the users to review in an interactive and innovative environment.

1. Introduction

The Fundamentals in Engineering exam is held twice every year in April and November for students in college as well as engineers in industry who wish to obtain a professional certification in the field of engineering. Students in college may elect to take it during the final year of their senior semester or perhaps after graduation. The current exam format consists of two, 4-hour sessions, with question formats covering 15 science and engineering topics. Although there are numerous books and manuals [2,3] geared toward the FIE reviews, none are available on the Internet. This means that newer versions with updated material will render the previous versions inadequate. The newer editions are normally sold at a higher price than previous editions although the updates are minor. In addition, any printing error in the material cannot be corrected and will cause confusion to the user. Furthermore exam questions presented in review books are fixed and users are no longer challenged by these questions after attempting them the first time.

The FIE review project at the University of Oklahoma began in the Spring of 1998 and focuses not only on providing an adequate review package but also to address and to

Ng, A., & Gramoll, K. C. (1999, June), Online Review And Practice Tests For The Fundamentals Of Engineering Exam Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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