Exam-day policies

NCEES administers some exams via computer and others in pencil-and-paper format.

Learn how your exam will be administered

Computer-based exam-day experience (FE, FS exams)

Admission to the exam

You must present a current government-issued ID upon arrival at the test center. Acceptable forms of ID must be government issued and must include a valid expiration date, your name and date of birth, a recognizable photo, and your signature. Your name must be in English. Valid U.S. military IDs that do not include a signature will be accepted. Student IDs will not be accepted.

The first and last name on your appointment confirmation letter and your ID must match. To help speed up the process while checking in, bring a printed copy of your appointment confirmation letter and arrive at the Pearson VUE test center 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

What may I bring into the exam room?

The most current version of the appropriate NCEES-supplied reference handbook (FE and FS) will be supplied onscreen as a searchable PDF. Learn more at our YouTube channel.

For more information, consult the NCEES Examinee Guide.


Pencil-and-paper exam-day experience (PE, PS, SE exams)

Admission to the exam

To be admitted to the exam, you must bring two items:

  1. Your exam authorization notice. In most cases, this will be available for download via your My NCEES account 2–3 weeks prior to your exam date. A few states mail authorization notices to your physical address. Check your board’s registration page for details.
  2. A current, signed, government-issued photo identification. This is typically a driver’s license or passport. The first and last name on your photo ID must match the name on your exam authorization notice. A student ID card is not acceptable for admittance.

The report time for the exam will be printed on your exam authorization notice.

What may I bring into the exam room?

  • Calculators that comply with the current NCEES Calculator Policy
  • Snacks (such as hard candies, candy bars, gum) and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Wristwatches and small clocks
  • Head coverings that qualify as religious apparel
  • Two straightedges, such as a ruler, scale, triangle, or protractor
  • Approved reference materials
  • Eyeglasses (no case)
  • Handheld, non-electronic magnifying glass (no case)

For more information, consult the NCEES Examinee Guide.