Frequently Asked Questions
Can I go to my car during my FE Exam Scheduled Break?
Strolling in to your testing center on the day of your FE Exam might initially feel like a shake down given to a felon walking in to prison.
You have to show identification, disclose all the contents that you have on “your person” (I had to write it, always hear police say it on Live PD), and lock everything not permitted at your desk in a locker for the duration of the exam.
Luckily for us though, there are no “drop your pants and cough” moments.
Once that door closes behind you and that lock “clicks”, I can see how you may feel trapped…but a question that many are asking is this:
Can I go out to my car at all before the end of the exam?
The answer is…maybe.
During your exam you will be allowed two types of breaks: Scheduled & Unscheduled.
When you have your FE Exam Scheduled Break, you get 25 minutes of freedom to do whatever you want to do.
For me, I went out to my car and decompressed a little.
For others, they went to grab something quick to eat.
Take advantage of this 25 minute reprieve from the confines of your testing center to relieve some tension that has made itself a home in your shoulders.
Look over material, eat something good, take a smoke…whatever you’ve got to do, use every single second of it…it’s all that you got.
Returning to the testing center with time left on your 25 minute break doesn’t do anything for you other than let you begin the second half of the exam a little bit earlier.
You do not get to add any unused time from your scheduled break to your overall testing time…5 hours and 20 minutes is what it is.
Once your scheduled 25 minute break clock expires, the exam clock recommences.
So when it comes to your FE Exam Scheduled Break, yes, you can go to your car, and from experience, use it all, but don’t slack in getting back in to position when needed.
Now, during the exam, you may also take as many unscheduled breaks at any point you want by raising your hand.
These unscheduled breaks are not timed, however, they also do not stop your exam time clock…every minute you spend away from your computer is a minute you will lose to complete the 110 problems of the FE Exam.
During unscheduled breaks, you can go hang out at your locker, or go to the bathroom inside the testing facility…but you are on lockdown behind those walls and will not be able to leave the facility.
Straight prisoner mode…but then again, you win, and you are out.
So for the TL:DR folks out there..Stay focused, take advantage of the scheduled break where you can go to your car and decompress…but stay disciplined, get back when needed and continue to dominate your exam.
As always, with Love, Prepineer
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