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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 Engineering1669%1100%P&POnce per yearDec 2020
PE Architectural Engineering6456%2138%P&POnce per yearJune 2021
PE Chemical23667%4229%CBTYear roundJan 2021
PE Civil: Construction80553%71526%P&PTwice per yearJune 2021
PE Civil: Geotechnical48866%47748%P&PTwice per yearJune 2021
PE Civil: Structural144756%88335%P&PTwice per yearJune 2021
PE Civil: Transportation168570%103851%P&PTwice per yearJune 2021
PE Civil: Water Resources and Environmental185067%93644%P&PTwice per yearJune 2021
PE Control Systems19367%5931%P&POnce per yearDec 2020
PE Electrical and Computer: Computer Engineering3471%729%P&PTwice per yearDec 2020
PE Electronics, Controls, and Communications15262%3222%P&PTwice per yearDec 2020
PE Electrical and Computer: Power64371%N/AN/ACBTYear roundJan 2021
PE Environmental30671%6650%CBTYear roundJan 2021
PE Fire Protection20588%N/AN/ACBTOnce per yearJan 2021
PE Industrial and Systems11763%N/AN/ACBTOnce per yearJan 2021
PE Mechanical: HVAC and Refrigeration66475%4558%CBTYear roundJan 2021
PE Mechanical: Machine Design and Materials43468%3936%CBTYear roundJan 2021
PE Mechanical: Thermal and Fluid Systems49469%3247%CBTYear roundJan 2021
PE Metallurgical and Materials4869%1127%P&POnce per yearDec 2020
PE Mining and Mineral Processing4065%1414%P&POnce per yearDec 2020
PE Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering2662%1233%P&POnce per yearJune 2021
PE Nuclear1258%540%CBTOnce per yearJan 2021
PE Petroleum10663%2737%CBTOnce per yearJan 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.