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FE Examination

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.

students taking test

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 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.

Exam Format

The FE exam is a 110 multiple-choice test. The exam appointment time is 6 hours long and includes

  • Nondisclosure agreement (2 minutes)
  • Tutorial (8 minutes)
  • Exam (5 hours and 20 minutes)
  • Scheduled break (25 minutes)

Exam Specifications

For exam specifications, visit the NCEES FE Exam page.

You can register for an FE exam by logging in to your MyNCEES account and following the on-screen instructions. Be prepared for the FE exam by:

  • Reviewing the FE exam specifications, fees, and requirements
  • Reading the reference materials
  • Understanding scoring and reporting
  • Viewing the most up-to-date FE exam pass rates

A $175 exam fee is payable directly to NCEES. Some licensing boards may require you to file a separate application and pay an application fee as part of the approval process to qualify you for a seat for an NCEES exam. Your licensing board may have additional requirements. Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request.

The NCEES FE Reference Handbook is the only reference material that can be used during the exam. You will be provided with an electronic reference handbook during the exam. For access prior to your exam, you may either purchase a hard copy or download a free electronic copy.

Register or log in to MyNCEES to download your free copy of the FE Reference Handbook.

NCEES offers computer-based practice exams. These practice exams contain questions that have been used on past exams and questions written just for study materials to give you extra practice.

For further information, please visit the NCEES Exam Preparation Materials page.

FE exam results are typically available 7–10 days after you take the exam. You will receive an email notification from NCEES with instructions to view your results in your MyNCEES account. Results include information specific to your licensing board regarding how you should proceed based on your performance.

After Passing the Exam

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:

  • Obtain at least 4 years of experience deemed acceptable to your licensing board
  • Take one of the Principles and Practice (PE/PS) exams.

Contact your licensing board regarding its requirements and recommendations for licensure.

For information related to the exam, registration, and fees visit NCEES.

For More Information

NCEES Video Series

NCEES has an exam video series on the NCEES Media Channel on YouTube.