The FE exam is the first step toward becoming a licensed professional engineer. The exam is administered year-round in testing windows at approved test centers. Students generally achieve higher scores on the exam if it is taken while the technical information learned during the undergraduate career is still fresh in their minds.
Senior engineering undergrads who are within one year of graduation.
Graduate students and persons who have previously taken the exam should contact the LLR Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors (http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Engineers/) prior to completing any registration materials.
NCEES offers computer-based practice exams that contain questions and solutions from past exams. They also simulate the real format, style, and level of difficulty. Learn more about NCEES computer-based practice exams. (http://ncees.org/exams/study-materials/)
Each exam is 8 hours long, with one 4-hour session in the morning and another 4-hour session in the afternoon. Examinees must participate in both sessions on the same day. Both exams are closed book, and reference material is supplied.
During the morning session, all examinees take a general exam common to all disciplines. During the afternoon session, examinees will take the discipline-specific module of their choosing (this selection takes place when registering & paying for the exam online).
For further exam specifications, visit http://www.ncees.org/Exams/FE_exam.php.
The NCEES FE Reference Handbook is the only reference material that is allowed during the exam. It is an electronic, searchable document provide onscreen during the exam. It is available for free download or for purchase as a hard copy on the NCEES website
Exam results are availably 7 to 10 days after the exam is taken. Exam takers will receive an email notification from NCEES with instructions about viewing results.
Once you have received notification that you have passed the exam and you have graduated from Clemson, you are required to send an official Clemson University transcript to the SC Board in Columbia at:
LLR Board of Engineers & Land Surveyors
PO Box 11597
Columbia, SC 29211-1597
Passing the FE exam is the first step toward licensure. To continue the licensure process, complete the following:
Contact your licensing board regarding its requirements and recommendations for licensure.