PS exam transitioning to computer-based format

The Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam is transitioning to a computer-based format. The last pencil-and-paper PS exam will be administered in April 2016.

The new computer-based PS exam will allow for year-round testing at approved Pearson VUE test centers. This gives examinees the freedom to pick the exam time, date, and location. The new format will include a digital PS reference handbook. Examinees will receive their results 7–10 days after the exam.

Important dates

December 7, 2015–February 18, 2016
Registration open for the last paper-and-pencil PS exam

April 15, 2016
Last pencil-and-paper PS exam administered

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Will the exam fees change for the new computer-based test?
Yes. The price for the pencil-and-paper PS exam was $250, plus the administration fee charged by the test administrator (for example, $100 for an exam given through NCEES Exam Administration Services). The new computer-based PS exam will cost $300 total, including seat time. This is a reduction of $50 for most examinees.

Will the PS exam still be a closed-book exam?
Yes. The PS exam will remain a closed-book exam. Examinees will be provided with a digital PS reference handbook on exam day.

Will scoring and reporting change?
Yes. Examinees will typically be able to see their results 7–10 days after taking the computer-based PS exam. (The pencil-and-paper PS exam results were released 8–10 weeks after the exam.)