Updated for the new July 2020 FE Exam Topics

Below are the NCEES category specifications for exam coverage.

Effective ** UNTIL **July 1st, 2020, these are the categories and subcategories specified by the NCEES that this discipline will cover. It includes an estimate of the number of questions you will see on the official exam for each category. PrepFE provides hundreds of questions in proportional amounts to the official exam.

*For the upcoming categories that are effective as of July 1st, 2020, please see the categories here. *

Mathematics

11 to 17 questions

Algebra and trigonometry

Complex numbers

Discrete mathematics

Analytic geometry

Calculus

Differential equations

Linear algebra

Vector analysis

Probability and Statistics

4 to 6 questions

Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (e.g., mean, mode, standard deviation)

Probability distributions (e.g., discrete, continuous, normal, binomial)

Expected value (weighted average) in decision making

Estimation for a single mean (e.g., point, confidence intervals, conditional probability)

Ethics and Professional Practice

3 to 5 questions

Codes of ethics (professional and technical societies)

NCEES Model Law and Model Rules

Intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trade secrets, patents)

Engineering Economics

3 to 5 questions

Time value of money (e.g., present value, future value, annuities)

Cost estimation

Risk identification

Analysis (e.g., cost-benefit, trade-off, breakeven)

Properties of Electrical Materials

4 to 6 questions

Chemical (e.g., corrosion, ions, diffusion)

Electrical (e.g., conductivity, resistivity, permittivity, magnetic permeability)

Mechanical (e.g., piezoelectric, strength)

Thermal (e.g., conductivity, expansion)

Engineering Sciences

6 to 9 questions

Work, energy, power, heat

Charge, energy, current, voltage, power

Forces (e.g., between charges, on conductors)

Work done in moving a charge in an electric field (relationship between voltage and work)

Capacitance

Inductance

Circuit Analysis (DC and AC Steady State)

10 to 15 questions

KCL, KVL

Series/parallel equivalent circuits

Thevenin and Norton theorems

Node and loop analysis

Waveform analysis (e.g., RMS, average, frequency, phase, wavelength)

Phasors

Impedance

Linear Systems

5 to 8 questions

Frequency/transient response

Resonance

Laplace transforms

Transfer functions

2-port theory

Signal Processing

5 to 8 questions

Convolution (continuous and discrete)

Difference equations

Z-transforms

Sampling (e.g., aliasing, Nyquist theorem)

Analog filters

Digital filters

Electronics

7 to 11 questions

Solid-state fundamentals (e.g., tunneling, diffusion/drift current, energy bands, doping bands, p-n theory)

Discrete devices (diodes, transistors, BJT, CMOS) and models and their performance

Bias circuits

Amplifiers (e.g., single-stage/common emitter, differential)

Operational amplifiers (ideal, non-ideal)

Instrumentation (e.g., measurements, data acquisition, transducers)

Power electronics

Power

8 to 12 questions

Single phase and three phase

Transmission and distribution

Voltage regulation

Transformers

Motors and generators

Power factor (pf)

Electromagnetics

5 to 8 questions

Maxwell equations

Electrostatics/magnetostatics (e.g., measurement of spatial relationships, vector analysis)

Wave propagation

Transmission lines (high frequency)

Electromagnetic compatibility

Control Systems

6 to 9 questions

Block diagrams (feed-forward, feedback)

Bode plots

Closed-loop and open-loop response

Controller performance (gain, PID), steady-state errors

Root locus

Stability

State variables

Communications

5 to 8 questions

Basic modulation/demodulation concepts (e.g., AM, FM, PCM)

Fourier transforms/Fourier series

Multiplexing (e.g., time division, frequency division)

Digital communications

Computer Networks

3 to 5 questions

Routing and switching

Network topologies/frameworks/models

Local area networks

Digital Systems

7 to 11 questions

Number systems

Boolean logic

Logic gates and circuits

Logic minimization (e.g., SOP, POS, Karnaugh maps)

Flip-flops and counters

Programmable logic devices and gate arrays

State machine design

Data path/controller design

Timing (diagrams, asynchronous inputs, races, hazards)

Computer Systems

4 to 6 questions

Architecture (e.g., pipelining, cache memory)

Microprocessors

Memory technology and systems

Interfacing

Software Development

4 to 6 questions

Algorithms

Data structures

Software design methods (structured, object-oriented)

Software implementation (e.g., procedural, scripting languages)

Software testing