PE Petroleum exam
The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam tests for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.
The PE Petroleum exam is computer-based and administered one day per year. Like other PE exams with small examinee populations, this is a single-day testing event similar to the current pencil-and-paper exams. The upcoming test date is October 22, 2020. Examinees may reserve their seat up to a year in advance at a Pearson VUE test center once they are registered with NCEES and approved by their board. Candidates are encouraged to reserve their seat for this single-day event as early as possible.
The exam includes 85 questions. The exam appointment time is 9.5 hours and includes
- Nondisclosure agreement (2 minutes)
- Tutorial (8 minutes)
- Exam (8.5 hours)
- Scheduled break (50 minutes)
Learn more at the NCEES YouTube channel.
Register for the exam by logging in to your MyNCEES account and following the onscreen instructions. Prepare for the exam by
- Reviewing the exam specifications, fees, and requirements
- Reading the reference materials
- Understanding scoring and reporting
- Viewing the most up-to-date exam pass rates
A $375 exam fee is payable directly to NCEES. Some licensing boards may require you to file a separate application and pay an application fee as part of the approval process to qualify you for a seat for an NCEES exam. Your licensing board may have additional requirements. Familiarize yourself with your state licensing board’s unique registration procedures before registering for a PE exam.
Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request.
Reference materials and exam prep
A petroleum handbook developed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers is the only reference material that can be used during the exam. You will be provided with the electronic reference handbook during the exam.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers also offers exam preparation resources to familiarize you with the exam format and content. For access prior to your exam, visit the petroleum engineering section of exam prep materials or contact the Society of Petroleum Engineers directly.
The NCEES Examinee Guide is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams. Download your free copy to find out more about registering for exams and what to expect on exam day.
Scoring and reporting
Computer-based exam results are typically available 7–10 days after you take the exam. You will receive an email notification from NCEES with instructions to view your results in your MyNCEES account. Results include information specific to your licensing board regarding how you should proceed based on your performance.
Learn more about the exam scoring process.