Exam FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions: FE Exam

What is the FE Exam format?

Each exam contains 110 multiple-choice questions and is administered via computer at approved Pearson VUE test centers. A 6-hour appointment time includes a tutorial, the exam, a break, and a survey. You’ll have 5 hours and 20 minutes to complete the actual exam.

What does the FE Exam cover?

The exam is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. There are 7 freestanding, discipline-specific FE exams. The 7 discipline-specific exams include Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, and Other Disciplines.

What can I take into the exam room?

The following items are allowed in the exam room: your ID, an NCEES-approved calculator, key to your test center locker, reusable booklet provided by Pearson VUE, eyeglasses, light sweater or jacket, and items included in the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List. An electronic version of the FE Reference Handbook is incorporated into the exam.

How do I register for the FE Exam?

Log in to your MyNCEES account, select the REGISTER button, and follow the onscreen instructions. If you need to create a MyNCEES account, go to account.ncees.org.

How do I schedule my exam?

Once your completed registration is approved, you’ll receive an email notification that you’re authorized to take the exam and are eligible to schedule your exam appointment. To schedule your exam, log in to MyNCEES, select the SCHEDULE button, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Where and when can I take the exam?

The FE is offered year round at approved Pearson VUE test centers.

Where can I learn more?

For more information, download the NCEES Examinee Guide go to youtube.com/NCEESMedia to watch short instructional videos that explain what to expect on exam day.