It is highly recommended to take the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam in the spring semester of your senior year!
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a professional licensed engineer (P.E.). It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program. The FE exam is a computer-based exam administered year-round at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers.
The FE exam includes 110-questions. The exam appointment time is 6 hours long and is as follows:
Examinees will be provided one attempt per testing window and no more than three attempts in a 12-month period
The FE Examination is $175 payable at the time of the online registration
Passing this exam does not ensure that the student will be certified as an Engineer in Training (E.I.T). To obtain certification, the student must file an application with an engineering licensing board and meet that board’s requirements for certification.
Choosing the exam location and date is typically the last step of the exam registration process
How to Prepare for the FE exam
Reviewing the FE exam specifications, fees, and requirements
Reading the reference materials
Understanding scoring and reporting
Viewing the most up-to-date FE exam pass rates
Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request
Reference Materials and Exam Preparation
The NCEES FE Reference Handbook is the only reference material that can be used during the exam.
You will be provided with an electronic reference handbook during the exam.
For access prior to your exam, you may either purchase a hard copy or download a free electronic copy.
Register or log in to MyNCEES to download your free copy of the FE Reference Handbook.
NCEES offers practice exams. These practice exams contain questions that have been used on past exams and questions written just for study materials to give you extra practice.
The NCEES practice exams now come in paperback print copies. Online practice exams are no longer available. If you have already purchased an online practice exam, you will have access to the exam until the exam is completed or until your purchased time expires.
FE exam results are typically available 7–10 days after you take the exam. You will receive an email notification from NCEES with instructions to view your results in your MyNCEES account. Results include information specific to your licensing board regarding how you should proceed based on your performance.
The only calculator models allowed in the 2018 exams are: