Updated for the new July 2020 FE Exam Topics

FE Exam Dates & Schedule + Registration Steps

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When is the FE exam offered?

The 5.5-hour long FE exam is offered in the mornings, Monday-Saturday, every week of the month, every month of the year (excluding major holidays) at any Pearson Vue test center location.

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How do I register to take the FE exam?

In summary, you must register and pay the FE exam fee to NCEES before you're allowed to schedule the FE exam. Below are the steps to register for the FE exam, so you can schedule it.

  1. Create an account on MyNCEES, which is the agency in charge of handling professional licensure for engineers in the US.

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  3. Go to your email to confirm your MyNCEES account.
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  5. After logging into MyNCEES, go to the left hand panel and click on the 'exams' icon
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  7. Click on ‘register for an exam'.
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  9. Fill out all the exam registration prerequisites and then click 'register for an exam' at the bottom of the list.
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  11. Select ‘fundamentals of engineering’ tab and then select the exam you want to take.
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  13. Select the board (state) where you will physically be at whenever you take take the exam. If you move to another state, you will NOT have to retake the FE exam in the new state. The passing of the FE exam is recognized nationwide.
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    Additionally, note that the pdf version of the FE Reference Handbook is free. While a physical handbook is convenient to use (last item offered on this screen), we advise that you get used to using the pdf version of the Reference Handbook instead. Why? because only a digital version of the Reference Handbook will be given to you during the actual exam. You're not allowed to use hardcopies of the FE Reference Handbooks during the actual FE exam.
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  17. Fill out your billing info to pay for the exam registration.
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  19. Finish checkout and follow the instructions on the screen to schedule your exam at the Pearson Vue test center most convenient to you. The exam-day experience at the Pearson Vue test center will look like this: