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Is there any official test for basics of electrical engineering?

  1. Dec 21, 2006 #1


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    I had to withdraw from this semester due to medical reasons and I would rather not repeat the two engineering classes I took - I feel that I can study what I missed and master it. My only option is to take a test my school would give me in those two classes that I couldn't complete and if I pass the tests, I'd get credit for those two classes and be able to continue to higher level stuff.

    The problem is that they don't give those test to anybody and I would like to know if I can take to them some proof that I deserve to take those tests. That proof would be this mystical basics of EE test I'm looking for... :biggrin:

    The two classes I'm talking about are introduction to circuit analysis and introduction to digital systems... I really doubt there's something out there for those but I can study more advanced material if I need to.

    Is there any such test? I know it's a long shot but no harm in asking, and it's driving me insane just wondering so why not.

    Thank you for any help.
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  3. Dec 21, 2006 #2


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    Get a list of the homework assignments for the rest of the semester that you missed in those classes, and do them. Then show them as proof that you are ready for the test. There would not be some other exam that you could take to show that you're ready for those particular exams.

    Oh, and take in something from your doctor as well, to prove that you had no choice but to miss the rest of the semester.
  4. Dec 21, 2006 #3
    I am just curious as to why you only had those two courses in EE?
    Or if you had more than those two courses then why were you unable to complete just those two courses and yet finish the others? << Overly sarcastic remark removed by berkeman >>
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  5. Dec 21, 2006 #4
    AFAIK, there is no "basics of EE" test. In my opinion, other than the basics of analog circuits and some simple digital design, there's really nothing that every EE major will know. I don't know a thing about communications and know almost nothing about computer architecture, but I'm sure that I could bore you to death talking about semiconductors, device electronics, and optoelectronics. Some people that I know have taken the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, but that's so focused on mechanics that it almost has no meaning for a EE.
  6. Dec 22, 2006 #5


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    berkeman - excellent idea, thanks, I guess that's what I'll do. :smile:

    Edit: or maybe not, HW solutions have all been e-mailed out for both EE classes I was in, so I guess it might not really have that much of an impact. I'm doing those problems for practice anyway but I don't think I'll take them to the department now.

    *wonders what that overly sarcastic remark was...*

    I was taking 5 classes - two of them EE... why? uh, pre-requisites I guess? It's not like I can take Advanced Electronics before finishing intro to circuit analysis... :confused:

    And I didn't finish my other classes. I withdrew from the entire semester. Except those other classes were simply general education courses that I can take anytime as opposed to the EE classes that I needed to advanced to higher level ones. It doesn't matter whether I get credit for introduction to literature this semester because it's not a pre-requisite for an EE class like electronics or engineering mathematics.
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  7. Dec 22, 2006 #6
    KCL, I am very sorry, I do apologize. Please forgive me I did not mean to be sarcastic although it appears to be. I wish I did not write it down.
    I was more interested to know about your other courses since I am in EE too.
    Thanks bro, I promise never again.
  8. Dec 22, 2006 #7
    Does your medical condition stop you from attending class? Can you still make it physically to class? If you can, perhaps you can sit-in on the class and learn along with the class without actually being enrolled.
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