Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

The College of Engineering strongly encourages engineering seniors to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam.

This exam is the first of two exams required for students to become a licensed professional engineer (P.E.). The FE exam is offered in April and October every year to students in their senior year. Exam dates and exam registration deadlines are set by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). In advance of the registration deadlines, exam information is sent to students, departments, and faculty.

The FE exam is 8 hours long, with one 4-hour session in the morning and another in the afternoon. Examinees must participate in both sessions on the same day. The test is closed-book and consists of 180 multiple-choice questions. During the morning session, all examinees take a general exam common to all disciplines. During the afternoon session, examinees can opt to take a general exam or a discipline-specific (chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial, or mechanical) exam.

Various departments in the College of Engineering offer coursework to prepare students for the FE Examination. In addition, the Office of Continuing Education offers a Fundamental of Engineering (FE) Examination Review course as well as a Professional Engineering (PE) Exam Review course.

Signing up for the review courses is a separate step than registering for the exam. If you have questions about exam eligibility or other questions, please contact Associate Dean Bala Ram at (336) 285-2640.