Skip to main content

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 Biological1369%560%P&POnce per yearMay 2019
PE Architectural9272%2948%P&POnce per yearMay 2019
PE Chemical20968%2232%CBTYear-roundJuly 2019
PE Civil: Construction81757%74435%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Civil: Geotechnical51563%40133%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Civil: Structural143865%84344%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Civil: Transportation167465%115344%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Civil: Water Resources and Environmental171167%84643%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Control Systems22475%6148%P&POnce per yearDec 2018
PE Electrical and Computer: Computer Engineering1258%40%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Electronics, Controls, and Communications10869%5527%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Electrical and Computer: Power104158%74539%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Environmental24865%00%CBTYear-roundJuly 2019
PE Fire Protection16556%7628%P&POnce per yearDec 2018
PE Industrial and Systems6095%2560%P&P*Once per yearMay 2019
PE Mechanical: HVAC and Refrigeration66077%27060%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Mechanical: Machine Design and Materials49075%14239%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Mechanical: Thermal and Fluids Systems49869%21148%P&PTwice per yearMay 2019
PE Metallurgical and Materials4477%1225%P&POnce per yearDec 2018
PE Mining and Mineral Processing7060%1225%P&POnce per yearDec 2018
PE Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering4156%1527%P&POnce per yearMay 2019
PE Nuclear3256%00%CBTOnce per yearNov 2018
PE Petroleum18366%5937%P&P*Once per yearDec 2018
PE Software1650%1100%P&POnce per yearMay 2019

View the PE Structural pass rates.

*The pass rates for the PE Environmental, PE Industrial and Systems, and PE Petroleum represent the final pencil-and-paper exam administrations. These exams transition to computer-based testing in 2019 and 2020. View the exam transition schedule.