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.
|Exam||First-time takers||Repeat takers||Format||Availability||Last updated|
|Volume||Pass Rate||Volume||Pass Rate|
|PE Agricultural and Biological||13||69%||5||60%||P&P||Once per year||May 2019|
|PE Architectural||92||72%||29||48%||P&P||Once per year||May 2019|
|PE Chemical||125||58%||14||0%||CBT||Year round||July 2020|
|PE Civil: Construction||678||61%||669||36%||P&P||Twice per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Civil: Geotechnical||534||66%||361||35%||P&P||Twice per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Civil: Structural||1527||63%||724||41%||P&P||Twice per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Civil: Transportation||1506||70%||1028||45%||P&P||Twice per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Civil: Water Resources and Environmental||1583||71%||895||46%||P&P||Twice per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Control Systems||252||66%||45||33%||P&P||Once per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Electrical and Computer: Computer Engineering||34||56%||8||0%||P&P||Twice per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Electronics, Controls, and Communications||152||67%||44||50%||P&P||Twice per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Electrical and Computer: Power||1106||50%||726||26%||P&P||Twice per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Environmental||204||70%||34||41%||CBT||Year round||July 2020|
|PE Fire Protection||210||55%||89||29%||P&P*||Once per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Industrial and Systems||60||95%||25||60%||P&P*||Once per year||May 2019|
|PE Mechanical: HVAC and Refrigeration||247||79%||N/A||N/A||CBT||Year round||July 2020|
|PE Mechanical: Machine Design and Materials||153||71%||N/A||N/A||CBT||Year round||July 2020|
|PE Mechanical: Thermal and Fluid Systems||137||83%||N/A||N/A||CBT||Year round||July 2020|
|PE Metallurgical and Materials||58||78%||9||33%||P&P||Once per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Mining and Mineral Processing||42||67%||30||60%||P&P||Once per year||Dec 2019|
|PE Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering||41||56%||15||27%||P&P||Once per year||May 2019|
|PE Nuclear||11||55%||5||20%||CBT||Once per year||Nov 2019|
|PE Petroleum||228||63%||0||0%||CBT||Once per year||Nov 2019|
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.