Exam Availability:
Once a Year

Next Test Date:
October 9, 2024

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 with a minimum of four years of post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.

The PE Architectural Engineering 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. Examinees may reserve their seats 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 your 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 $400 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 by returning to the primary PE page and choosing your location on the map.

For more information on the format of the exam, the topics covered, and the standards required, download the specifications below. PE exam specifications and design standards are posted 6 months before the exam administration. Exam specifications change once every 5–7 years. Design standards change more frequently. The PE Architectural Engineering exam includes multiple-choice questions as well as alternative item types (AITs).