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  • What is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam?
    The FE Exam is a national exam given throughout the year in the United States. Since January 2014, the FE exam is given as a computer-based test. The FE exam is the initial step toward being eligible to take the PE (Professional Engineer) licensing exam.

  • What are the benefits of taking an online review course to prepare before you take the FE Exam?
    The FE Exam is a fast-paced, timed (six hour) examination. The material covered in the exam is comprehensive and wide-ranging. The only reference material allowed during the exam itself, is the most current (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) NCEES handbook which is supplied as a computer-based manual during the exam. As with any major exam, it is vital that you are well-prepared in the subject matter and that you can easily find the formulas, definitions, etc. that are contained in the NCEES handbook in a time-effective manner.

  • What computer resources are needed to enroll in this course?
    You must have access to a computer that can open documents with this file extension: .PDF and has 3 MB to download the online handbook. NOTE: The Adobe Acrobat Reader, which opens .PDF files, is freely available at Adobe.com.

  • Why is the FE Exam important?
    To work toward earning a professional engineering license (PE), you are first required to pass the FE Exam.

  • What is covered in the FE Exam?
    The exam covers subject matter taught in a standard EAC (Engineering Accreditation Commission) / ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited B.S. engineering degree program. You must select one of seven exams: (Che, CE, Env, E, ECE, IE, ME, Other disciplines).

  • How long is the FE Exam?
    Examinees are allowed six (6) hours to complete the exam. The exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. The six hour time slot includes a tutorial, a break, and a short survey at the end. The actual exam time is 5 hours, 20 minutes.

  • What reference material is allowed during the FE Exam?
    The current version of the appropriate NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) reference handbook will be supplied to the examinees onscreen on a 24-inch monitor as a searchable PDF. Only approved calculators are allowed.

  • After you pass the FE Exam, what is your next step?
    Passing the FE Exam is just the first step on the road to earning your professional licensure as an engineer. To continue the process toward earning your PE: (1) You must complete at least 4 years of experience required by your State Licensing Board and (2) Then you should take the discipline-specific (Principles and Practices of Engineering) PE Exam.