FE Exam Information

Civil and Environmental Engineering

FE Exam Information

Fundamentals of Engineering Information for CEE Students

The FE exam is the first step in the process leading to the P.E. license.  The exam is created by NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) and is now a computer-based multiple-choice test (CBT). The Computer-Based Tests are proctored by Pearson VUE testing centers.

You can read more about the FE exam on the NCEES website, including FAQs and videos.  Familiarize yourself with the NCEES calculator policy before the exam so you can be ready when the day arrives!

All applications are now serviced directly through the NCEES website.

When does CEE recommend you take the FE exam?

Registration for the FE Exam is available year-round. Students can take the exam prior to graduating. CEE recommends scheduling the exam in between the last quarter of your senior year to 6 months after your graduation.  

Students should consider the best timing to take the exam for their individual situation. As with any exam, you will need some time to review and prepare and become familiar with the exam format.  You should consider your strength of knowledge base in the core (math, chemistry, physics, 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 when scheduling an exam date. 

Tips for Preparation

The CEE Department has an excellent pass rate for current students sitting for the FE Exam. Historically, our students are well-prepared and pass the exam on the first attempt well above the national average (+15%).

The coursework and studying required for your degree are designed to prepare you for your career, which includes 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.