The information below pertains to the October 2013 FS exam. Beginning in January 2014, the FS and FE exams will be offered year-round as computer-based exams at Pearson VUE testing centers. Learn more here.
The FS exam is typically the first step in the process of becoming a licensed professional surveyor. It is designed for undergraduates who are close to finishing an undergraduate degree. The exam lasts 8 hours and is administered in April and October.
FS exam specifications
The FS exam contains 170 multiple-choice questions and is split into morning and afternoon sessions.
The FS is a closed-book exam. You will be provided with surveying reference formulas (PDF) on exam day.
Scoring and reporting
Exam results are typically released to the licensing boards 8–10 weeks after the exam. Depending on your state, you will be notified of your exam result online through your My NCEES account or via postal mail from your state licensing board.
FS pass rates
Pass rates are from the April 2013 exam administration.
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