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Information on Examinations


NCEES Seeks Electrical and Computer Engineer's Professional Expertise and Advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed electrical and computer engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Electrical and Computer exams. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exams, which are used throughout the United States for licensing purposes. The PAKS will be used to update all three of the PE Electrical and Computer exams: Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics, and Power.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing electrical or computer engineering – including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia – to complete an online survey about the tasks and knowledge required of a licensed electrical or computer engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 20 minutes.

"These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice," explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. "The value of this PAKS depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get a large response from P.E.s across all areas of electrical and computer engineering."

For access to the online survey, visit Responses must be received by August 7, 2015. For more information, contact NCEES Exam Development Engineer Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E., at or 864-624-5453.

"HEADS-UP" NOTIFICATION Transition of PS Exam to Computer-Based Testing

The April 2016 exam administration will be the last PS exam offered in pencil-and-paper format. The PS exam will be changing over to computer-based testing.

  • Registration for the computer-based PS exam will begin in mid-2016. More details will be made available at a later date.
  • The first available appointments for the PS exam in CBT format will begin October 1, 2016.
  • The PS exam will be delivered in the same windows as the FS and FE exams.
  • Computer-based PS exams will be administered only at approved Pearson VUE testing centers.
  • Candidates for a computer-based exam may take the exam only one time per testing window and no more than three times in a 12-month period.
  • Effective with the opening of registration in mid-2016, candidates registering to take the PS exam will be required to pay NCEES directly for all exam-related fees. This will be included as a part of the online registration process.
  • The PS exam will have 85 operational (scored) items and 15 pretest (non-scored) items with an appointment time of 7 hours, which will include a tutorial, breaks, the exam, and a brief survey at the conclusion of the exam.
  • The PS exam will remain closed-book. An electronic supplied reference will be delivered with the exam. No other reference material will be allowed at the test center.
  • Examinees will be allowed to bring and use NCEES-approved calculators on computer-based exams.
  • A computer-based PS practice exam will be available for purchase after the April 2016 exam administration.

Year-Round Testing Opportunities

NCEES computer-based exams are offered in testing windows throughout the year during the following months.

  • January - February
  • April - May
  • July - August
  • October - November

Exams are not administered during March, June, September, and December.

The NCEES FE and FS Computer Based Testing (CBT)

The New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors is no longer accepting applications for the FE and FS exams.

For more information regarding the NCEES Computer Based Testing ("CBT") please click here.

For answers to your frequently asked questions, click here.

You are also encouraged to connect with NCEES on their social media sites of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Passing the FE or FS Exams does not automatically approve you for Intern Certification. You must meet all requirements to obtain Intern Certification.

Steps for Certification after passing the FE and FS Exams

Steps for Licensure after passing the PE and PS Exams

Effective June 14, 2013 - The following are required to be in the Board office no later than thirty (30) calendar days prior to the next scheduled Committee meeting: ALL applications, letters of request to re-take the PE Exam, and ALL supporting documentation.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS, ALL DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE APPLICATION AND/OR RETAKE OF THE PE EXAM MUST be received on the application deadline indicated below, by no later than 5 pm, not postmarked. Emails and faxes are not acceptable.

Committee Meeting Date Application Deadline
August 6, 2015 July 6, 2015
November 5, 2015 October 5, 2015
January 14, 2016 December 14, 2015
April 14, 2016 March 14, 2016
June 2, 2016 May 2, 2016

Please note: applications, supporting documentation (that complete a file) and letters of request to re-take the PE exam received after the thirty (30) calendar day deadline will be processed and presented at the next scheduled Committee meeting.

National Exam Statistics

The Board administers examinations to Professional Engineer, Engineer Intern, Professional Surveyor and Professional Surveyor Intern applicants who successfully meet the qualifications set forth in the Engineering and Surveying Practice Act. These examinations with the exception of the New Mexico surveying examination are prepared by the:

P. O. BOX 1686
(803) 654-6824

The National Council provides to all of its Member Boards five examinations:

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)
Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE)

Fundamentals of Surveying (FS)
Principles and Practice of Surveying Pt. I (PS)

Each examination is eight (8) hours in duration except the Principles and Practice of Land Surveying Pt. I which is a six (6) hour exam. The second part of this examination is the New Mexico surveying examination which is a two (2) hour examination and covers the distinctive features of New Mexico law and practice. The New Mexico exam is prepared under the supervision of the New Mexico Board of Licensure. ACT is a major contractor to NCEES and prepares the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination; however, the final approval as to the scope and syllabus of the examination is made by the National Council, through representation from the member boards.

The PE and PS examinations are administered concurrently by all state Boards in April and October of each year. Professional Engineer applicants have a choice of several disciplines in which to be examined. Each fall and spring examinations are given in:

Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Only in the fall are examinations given in the disciplines of:

Agricultural Engineering
Mining/Mineral Engineering
Fire Protection Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering

A passing grade entitles an applicant to licensure as a Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor, or certification as an Engineer Intern or Surveyor Intern as provided for in the Engineering and Surveying Practice Act and the Board's established procedures. Passing the FE or FS Exams does not automatically approve you for Intern Certification. You must meet all requirements to obtain Intern Certification.

Reference Material

The National Council makes available to prospective examinees several publications designed to assist in reviewing and/or preparing for the examination. Additional information and prices may be obtained by writing to NCEES at the above address. The Fundamentals of Surveying and the Fundamentals of Engineering are closed book examinations.

Access NCEES' website for additional information on the national examinations (e.g. exam specifications).