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Fundamentals of Engineering Information for CEE Students


What is the FE?

When do I sign up for the FE?

How do I sign up for the FE?


Exam Day Information

I took the exam, now what?

What is the FE?

The FE exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the P.E. license. It is designed for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree.  The exam is created by NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) and administered by state agencies.  Starting in 2014 the exam will be a computer based test (CBT) administered four different times a year.   Students can sit for the exam when they are near completion of their BS degree or have graduated from an ABET-accredited institution, like PSU. Read more about the FE exam on the NCEES website, including FAQs and videos about the new CBT.


When do I sign up for the FE?

Registration for the FE Exam is available year-round. Students can take the exam prior to graduating. We do not recommended scheduling the exam more than 6 months before the anticipated graduation date.  Students should consider the best timing to take the exam for their individual situation. Things to consider when deciding the ideal timing are your strength of knowledge base in the core (math, chemistry, physics, thermodynamics, economics, statistics) and degree specific (structural, environmental, geotechnical, transportation) materials, anticipated graduation date,  and when you will have time and resources to study and prepare. 


How do I sign up for the FE?

All applications are now serviced directly through the NCEES website.

The CBT exam fee is $225 to register with NCEES. Additional fees may be required to register with your state licensing board. 



The CEE Department has an excellent pass rate for current students sitting for the FE Exam. Historically, we lead the national average by between 10 and 20 points. The coursework and studying required for your degree is designed to prepare you for your career, which includes sitting for and passing the FE Exam.  There are numerous resources for study materials, as well as on-line review courses. NCEES offers online practice exams, and it is recommended that you become familiar with the FE Reference Handbook prior to taking the exam. 

Exam day information:

The NCEES sets exam day policies. Familiarize yourself with this information before the exam so you can be ready when the day arrives!

Computer Based Tests are proctored by Pearson VUE testing centers. 


So you took your exam, now what?

Yay! You took the exam!  NCEES will release your exam results usually 7-10 days after completing the exam.  Results will include information specific to your state licensing board regarding how you should proceed based on your performance.