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HP 33s Scientific Calculator, your best choice for the FE / PE exams

With 32 KB user memory, the HP 33s is the most powerful programmable 2-line scientific calculator offering the choice of both efficient and time-saving HP’s Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) data entry or Algebraic data entry options permitted on the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) or PE (Practice of Engineering) series of examinations.

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Step One - Graduation: The first step is graduating from an accredited engineering program at a college or university.

Step Two- The FE Exam: The first exam in the licensure process is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE). This exam is offered in April and October every year. Most students take the exam right before graduation, or soon after, while the technical information they’ve studied is still fresh in their minds.

Step Three - Work Experience: Appropriate work experience is required for licensure. Once you begin working, you should check with the licensing board in your state to make sure that you are meeting their requirements.

Step Four- The PE Exam: Once you have gained the appropriate experience required, you can take the second exam in the licensure process, the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE). These exams are offered in both April and October.

Updated On: 13.08.26

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  1. On 12-Aug-2013, PE Exam Blogger wrote: 
    I agree the HP 33s is a top contender for the FE and PE exams. However, most examinees will bring a reserve calculator. Unlikely, but not impossibly, the primary can fail.
    I address this and recommend TWO calculators, complimentary to each other:
    Also, why is the 33s superior to the HP 35s?
    Your reply to PE Exam Blogger
    • On 13-Aug-2013, Ron Ross replied: 
      Well, I do feel the Hp 33s is a better pocket calculator than the Hp 35s. However, this site’s comments preceeded the release of the Hp 35s (old site info) and most would say the Hp 35s is the superior calculator. It has a more powerful programming ability that can actually use the 32K of RAM. However, neither are great programmables in comparison to a graphics calculator with real I/O, so all of that programming space has to be keyed in, one keystroke at a time.
      My reason for preferring the Hp 33s, is a better designed (not cosmetically) keyboard layout. Shift functions, size of the calculator and awkward handling of HEX, Dec, BIN conversions by the Hp 35s give me reason to stay with the Hp 33s. I have both, and the size of the Hp 35s is nearly the size of a graphing calculator. Aside from educational restrictions, if I am going to carry a big a$$ed calculator around, it might as well be an Hp 48G.
      Your reply to Ron Ross

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