Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS)
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These exams are the first steps towards registration as a Professional Engineer/Surveyor.
To do engineering consulting work, you must be a professional engineer, which means you must pass the FE and/or FS exams.
Your chance of passing now is probably over 90%. In four or five years you'll have less than a 50% chance of passing.
Enrolled undergraduates who have not yet received an engineering degree before the date of the exam can take the exam once on Purdue's campus using the student application. Graduate students and anyone who received their bachelors degree before the exam date must contact the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency directly.
Register to take the exams online at the NCEES web site and pay your exam fees. Applicants seeking certification as an Engineer Intern will apply to the Board, once they have taken and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.
Registration for the PE, PS and SE will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 20. Registration for the FE and FS is now open year-round for the computer-based exam.
Attend review sessions, spend at least eight hours studying the Reference Manual and a FE Review Manual, and get a good night's sleep before the exam.
These are closed book exams. You must bring a government-issued ID (not a Purdue ID) and your Admission Authorization Notice. You may bring a calculator, but only a few specific models are allowed. Nothing else is allowed in the room during the exam.
About 12 weeks after the test date the results will be sent to the permanent address on your application – make sure it's really permanent!
Licensing and testing agencies, and sources for study materials.