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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. Learn more about our accreditation information.
Are there review classes?
Yes! Once a year the Department offers a review for the Other Disciplines exam. More information about the class will be posted online and around the building.
How do I register for the exam?
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.”
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?
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: http://www.dora.state.co.us/aes.
In order to become a licensed PE, you will need to:
More information can be found at the National Society of Professional Engineers’ website
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