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.
Who can take the FE exam?
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.
Steps to Register:
- Complete the exam application online by clicking here
- Upon accessing the website, you will be asked to create a User ID and password
- After logging in, you will be prompted to choose a license type - the division is "engineers", and the application type is "seniors fundamentals of engineering (FE) examination"
- You will then proceed to complete the application, making sure that all required information is entered
- Upon approval of the application, you will receive further instructions from the Board by email regarding NCEES registration for the FE exam
- Exam fees can be found here. There are no exceptions. It is your responsibility to confirm receipt of fees before the deadline.
Preparing for the Exam:
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/)
Format of the Exam:
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.
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 More Information:
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying
- LLR Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors