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NCEES Licensing Exams Information

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

  • 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 offered in seven disciplines: Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Environmental, Industrial and Systems, Mechanical, and Other Disciplines.
  • NCEES provides exam specifications (study guides) for each engineering discipline.
  • The exam is 6 hours long with 110 questions.
  • The exam fee is $175.
  • The FE exam is a computer-based exam administered year-round at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers.
  • Exam preparation is offered through NCESS. Practice Exams are available for purchase at $29.95 and under.

Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam

  • The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam tests for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.
  • The PE exam is offered in the following disciplines: Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Civil, Control Systems, Electrical and Computer, Environmental, Fire Protection, Industrial and Systems, Mechanical, Metallurgical and Materials, Mining and Mineral Processing, Naval Architecture and Marine, Nuclear, Petroleum, Software, and Structural.
  • NCEES provides exam specifications (study guides) for each engineering discipline.
  • The majority of the disciplined exams are 8 hours long with 80 questions. Most are administered in paper-pencil format at least once a year, however there are a few that are computer-based.
  • Fees will vary from state to state. For more information, please contact the Missouri State licensing board. (APEPLSPLA)
  • Exam preparation is offered through NCEES. Practice exams are available for purchase for $39.95.

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