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PE exam pass rates

NCEES has successfully converted, or is in the process of converting, all exams to a computer-based format. To learn more about how a particular exam is administered, select a discipline from the table below.

Pencil-and-paper (P&P) exam format

Most PE exams are currently offered in pencil-and-paper format and available once or twice per year depending on the examinee population. Pass rates are updated after results are released—typically in May for the April exams and in December for the October exams. See the current pencil-and-paper exam schedule.

Computer-based testing (CBT) exam format

Some PE exams are administered year-round via computer-based testing. For these exams, pass rates are shown for the January–June or July–December population (updated in July and January, respectively).

Other CBT exams that have a smaller examinee population are administered on a single day in October each year. For these exams, the pass rates are updated in November. Learn more about the conversion to computer-based testing.

ExamFirst-time takers Repeat takers FormatAvailabilityLast updated
VolumePass RateVolumePass Rate
PE Agricultural and Biological Engineering3382%0N/ACBTOnce per yearDec 2021
PE Architectural Engineering6456%2138%P&POnce per yearJune 2021
PE Chemical14863%4441%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Civil: Construction78649%3345%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Civil: Geotechnical38849%2726%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Civil: Structural123354%5026%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Civil: Transportation146265%3355%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Civil: Water Resources and Environmental138064%3956%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Control Systems17567%4943%P&POnce per yearDec 2021
PE Electrical and Computer: Computer Engineering4549%0N/ACBTOnce per yearDec 2021
PE Electronics, Controls, and Communications20869%0N/ACBTOnce per yearDec 2021
PE Electrical and Computer: Power94259%38340%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Environmental 30671%9141%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Fire Protection23682%2259%CBTOnce per yearDec 2021
PE Industrial and Systems10466%2335%CBTOnce per yearDec 2021
PE Mechanical: HVAC and Refrigeration64371%13649%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Mechanical: Machine Design and Materials35270%6749%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Mechanical: Thermal and Fluid Systems39168%9452%CBTYear roundJune 2022
PE Metallurgical and Materials5682%1225%P&POnce per yearDec 2021
PE Mining and Mineral Processing6551%0N/ACBTOnce per yearDec 2021
PE Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering2662%1233%P&POnce per yearJune 2021
PE Nuclear1753%250%CBTOnce per yearDec 2021
PE Petroleum8656%3027%CBTOnce per yearDec 2021

View the PE Structural pass rates.

*The pass rates for the PE Mechanical, PE Fire Protection, and PE Industrial and Systems exams represent the final pencil-and-paper exam administrations. These exams transition to computer-based testing in 2020. View the exam transition schedule.