PS exam

The PS exam tests your ability to practice the surveying profession competently. It is designed for surveyors who have gained at least four years’ experience.

Scheduled exam administrations

PS exam specifications

The PS exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions. It lasts 6 hours and is split into a 4-hour morning session (67 questions) and a 2-hour afternoon session (33 questions). The PS exam uses USCS measurements.

PS exam specification (PDF)

Reference materials

The PS exam is a closed-book exam (see news release here). You will be provided with surveying reference material (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.

Learn more about how NCEES exams are scored.

PS pass rates

Pass rates are from the October 2015 exam administration.

Exam First-time takers Repeat takers
  Volume Pass Rate Volume Pass Rate
PS Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) 259 80% 122 34%