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Why might I want to take the FE?

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, better known as the FE exam, is required to become licensed as a Professional Engineer. NCEES site on Professional Licensure


Who can take the exam?

Any student who graduated from or is currently enrolled in their last year of an ABET-accredited engineering program. To learn more about ABET accreditation, please see Accreditation


Are there review classes?

Yes! Once a year the Department offers a review for the Other Disciplines exam. For more information visit the News tab to see more on the imformational flyer and registration form.


How do I register for the exam?

  • Step 1 Application (for current MSU Denver ET students only)
  • Get the FE Exam Student Application (for current students only) at Colorado State Board links:
  • Non-Students (graduates) must obtain FE Exam applications and apply through the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors


What is the FE like?

The FE exam is computer-based and offered year-round. According to the NCEES website:

 "The FE contains 110 multiple-choice questions. The exam appointment time is 6 hours long, which includes a nondisclosure agreement, tutorial (8 minutes), the exam (5 hours and 20 minutes), a scheduled break (25 minutes), and a brief survey."

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Is the exam open-book?

There is one book/reference that can be used during the exam: the NCEES FE Reference Handbook. This will be provided electronically onscreen during the exam. You can download it for free, or purchase a hardcopy.


Are there practice exams?

Yes. NCEES offers computer-based practice exams compiled from past exam questions, with solutions. Available on the NCEES website under Exam preparation Materials


What should I study?

The FE is offered for seven different disciplines, including Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Each discipline has its own expected knowledge. For more information about each discipline read its PDF under FE exam specifications


Where can I take the FE?

You can take the FE at any approved Pearson VUE test center. To find the closest test center click here


What will I need the day of my exam?

  • The ID used during the admission process: government -issued with photo, name, DOB, signature.
  • A calculator that complies with the current NCEES Calculator Policy
  • Key to your test center locker
  • Reusable booklet supplied by Pearson VUE
  • Eyeglasses (without the case)
  • Light sweater or jacket
  • Items included in the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List

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When will I get my results?

Exam results are typically available 7-10 days after you complete your exam. You will receive an email when your results are available on MyNCEES. This will include state specific information.

Results are reported as pass/fail. If you fail, you will receive a diagnostic report covering the major topics and how you did on each.  For more about diagnostics and scoring visit: Scoring


For more information visit the NCEES FE Exam page or by calling the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors at 303-894-7788, or by visiting their website at:

In order to become a licensed PE, you will need to

  • Graduate from an accredited engineering or engineering technology program;
  • Pass the FE exam (see above);
  • Complete four years of experience under a PE;
  • Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam


More information can be found at the National Society of Professional Engineers' website

There are many reasons you may choose to pursue a Master's degree, but if you do you will need to

  • Request transcripts from the Office of the Registrar
  • Fill out the forms for your chosen Universities/Programs
  • write your Statement of Interest/Personal Statement
  • Contact some of your professors to write you a *good* letter of recommendation
    • Be sure you have the information they will need: Universities applying to, your resume, statement of interest, ect
    • Ask early: Professors are busy and if you want a letter of recommendation make sure you give them time to write one, do not ask at finals; but follow up or ask for an email when they submit each letter.
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