TECHNICAL SOPEEC EXAMS
The technical SOPEEC exams are tough - plain and simple. In fact, roughly 41% of students fail the exams - ouch.
The more technically challenging examinations include:
applied math (3A1)
applied mechanics (3A1, 2A2, 1A2)
fluid mechanics (3A1, 1A2)
thermodynamics (3A1, 2A2, 1A2)
and require solid math and science skills.
Some consider these technical exams unfair. The suggested study materials do not quite cover all the material that you are tested on.
The number one mistake in preparation for these exams is to simply read and review material. For exams this challenging, the majority of preparation time must be spent working through problems. Reading and reviewing problems just does not get you "hands on" enough.
One must start with a question and a blank sheet of paper and work through the steps, stopping to get more information as required to continue. This is the only way to ensure a solid understanding. This is the only way to ensure you'll do well on the exam.
3 STEP SOPEEC EXAM PREPARATION PROCESS
An age old preparation process has proven very valuable, time and time again. This three step process is simple but takes time. The challenge is in the discipline to carry the process out.
Step one is to work through problems in which you are provided the answers. A great example of this is the simple problems provided in your Pan Global materials or other textbooks. Grab a piece of paper and try to do the example without looking at the solution.
Step two is to work through problems that are more challenging. In a technical classroom setting this step includes working through and understanding all the assignments that were done throughout the year.
In a self study setting this includes working through end of chapter questions in your Pan Global materials. By now you should seldom resort to the solutions.
Step three must include working through exam style questions. It is critical to practice the type of questions that you will see during the exam. An exam is a poor place to be frantically flipping through a textbook searching of new knowledge.
In a technical classroom setting past exams are very often provided. In the SOPEEC setting, past exams are unfortunately not available.
I can tell you from first hand experience that if you set aside the time to perform all three of these steps, you will do very well on your exam.
EXAMPLE OF THE PREPARATION PROCESS
Lets take a look at this three step process with a 2A2 Thermo and Materials example.
STEP 1 - working through Pan Global like examples such as:
Now try and tackle this question yourself, only returning to the video when required.
STEP 2 - working through an assignment style question or an end of chapter Pan Global like question.
Again, tackle this question on your own and sort out where you are confused. I often keep notes on all my confusions and tackle those at the end. You must have this material straight in your head as so often exam question are focused on the harder to understand details that are very likely in your list.
STEP 3 - in this step we are looking to get as close as we can to SOPEEC exam questions. Unfortunately they are not publicly available, however, I would ask take you through an example such as:
Once again, ensure you understand all of the details. As questions where you don't as there will be variations on the exams to test your understanding.
LET'S WRAP IT UP
I hope you see the power in this three step process. Feel rest assured if you work through question of all three step and understand these questions ... then you will ace the exam.
This is the same format that I utilize in the SOPEEC preparation courses that can be seen here.
If you have exam preparation techniques to share, I would love to hear it in the comments below.
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