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the Role of NCEES Exams in the Licensure Process

Engineers and surveyors must typically pass two exams to become professionally licensed. NCEES develops and scores the FE and PE exams for engineering licensure as well as the FS and PS exams for surveying licensure.


NCEES Administers and Scores four exams:

FE Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a licensed professional engineer (P.E.).

PE Exam

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam tests for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline.

FS Exam

The Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a licensed professional surveyor (P.S.).

PS Exam

The PS exam tests your ability to practice surveying competently. It is for surveyors with at least four years of professional experience.

Volunteer to Help Develop Exams

Have you ever considered giving back to your profession by volunteering your time and expertise to the exam development process? NCEES provides tools and opportunities for those of all ages to advance the engineering and surveying professions.

Exam Resources

Why not study with NCEES? You’ll have the advantage of using exam preparation materials developed by the same people who create the exams. NCEES also offers many other resources to help you prepare for exam day.

Calculator policy

To protect the integrity of its exams, NCEES limits the types of calculators examinees may bring to exam sites. The list of approved calculators is reviewed annually.

The following calculator models are the only ones acceptable for use during the 2024 exams:

  • Casio: All fx-115 and fx-991 models (Any Casio calculator must have “fx-115” or “fx-991” in its model name.)
  • Hewlett Packard: The HP 33s and HP 35s models, but no others
  • Texas Instruments: All TI-30X and TI-36X models (Any Texas Instruments calculator must have “TI-30X” or “TI-36X” in its model name.)
Exam Security Tip Line

To report any exam misconduct or an exam security issue, you may do any of the following.

  • Use the message feature in your MyNCEES account to contact NCEES Client Services.
  • Call 800-250-3196, extension 5296, to leave a message. Please provide your name, phone number, and a brief summary of why you are calling so you can be contacted by our compliance and security staff.
  • Call 800-250-3196, extension 5467, to speak to the compliance and security manager.

The information you provide is strictly confidential, and your contact information will not be shared outside the NCEES compliance and security staff.