FE Exam FAQs

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How much does it cost?
Exam Registration Fee
PE $265
FE $125
STR $510 per component
Where do I take the exam?

The University of Florida has a testing center just off campus where you can take the exam.

University of Florida DCE
2124 NE Waldo Rd, Ste 1101
Gainesville, FL 32609
352-392-1711

What do I bring with me to the exam?

You will need your exam authorization notice from NCEES, and a signed, government issued id. (NOT a student id)

Can I bring a calculator?

The following calculators are the ONLY calculators allowed during the test. Any others you can not bring in the room with you.

Casio: All fx-115 models. Any Casio calculator must contain fx-115 in its model name. Examples of acceptable Casio fx-115 models include (but are not limited to)

  • fx-115 MS
  • fx-115 MS Plus
  • fx-115 MS SR
  • fx-115 ES

Hewlett Packard: The HP 33s and HP 35s models, but no others.

Texas Instruments: All TI-30X and TI-36X models. Any Texas Instruments calculator must contain either TI-30X or TI-36X in its model name. Examples of acceptable TI-30X and TI-36X models include (but are not limited to)

  • TI-30Xa
  • TI-30Xa SOLAR
  • TI-30Xa SE
  • TI-30XS Multiview
  • TI-30X IIB
  • TI-30X IIS
  • TI-36X II
  • TI-36X SOLAR
How long is the exam?

The FE exam contains 180 multiple-choice questions and is split into a morning session (120 questions) and an afternoon session (60 questions), for a total length of time of about 8 hours. Usually there is a one hour break in between each session for lunch. The lunch will not be provided by the testing center.

Will I get to use any books or notes?

The FE is a closed-book exam. You will be provided with an FE Supplied-Reference Handbook at your seat on exam day.

What if I require special accommodations?

Please look over this link for the specifics of what is required for Special Accommodations.

When will I get my scores?

When results have been released to the Florida board (typically 8–10 weeks after the exam) and validated, NCEES will send an e-mail informing you that your result can be accessed through your My NCEES account.

Learn more about how NCEES exams are scored.

What are my chances of passing?

These pass rates represent April 2011 FE candidates who attended EAC/ABET-accredited engineering programs.

Exam Module First-time takers Repeat takers
Chemical 87% 46%
Civil 79% 42%
Electrical 71% 30%
Environmental 86% 41%
Industrial 71% 62%
Mechanical 81% 32%
Other Disciplines 74% 32%

Other Disciplines module breakdown by examinee degree*

Examinees’ college/university degree discipline First-time takers Repeat takers
Aeronautical/Aerospace 79% 67%
Agricultural 82% 50%
Architectural 73% 35%
Biomedical 80% 33%
Biological 82% 47%
Chemical 79% 36%
Civil 71% 27%
Computer 49% 18%
Electrical 58% 29%
Engineering Physics/Engineering Science 86% 0%
Environmental 80% 24%
General Engineering 80% 28%
Materials 77% n/a
Mechanical 80% 40%
Mining and Mineral 53% 43%
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 86% 75%
Nuclear 86% 100%
Ocean 76% 100%
Other Engineering 60% 29%
Petroleum 61% 35%
Structural 61% 47%

*Only EAC/ABET degrees with more than 50 examinees are reported.

What do I do if I need to cancel my exam date?

You may cancel your exam registration up until the NCEES registration deadline through your My NCEES account. NCEES is unable to cancel your registration after the NCEES registration deadline has passed.

Refunds will include exam fees paid to NCEES minus a $35 processing fee. Funds may not be transferred to a later exam administration date. If you register but do not attend your exam, no refund on exam fees can be given.

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