Skip to main content

Exam schedule

CBT exams

NCEES began the process of transitioning exams to computer-based testing (CBT) in 2011. CBT offers many benefits, such as enhanced security for exam content and more uniformity in testing conditions. For most exams, it also provides greater scheduling flexibility.

The following exams are administered year-round via computer-based testing at Pearson VUE test centers.

Pencil-and-paper exams

Some NCEES PE exam disciplines and the SE exam are currently in the conversion process and scheduled to launch in computer-based format between now and 2024. They are currently offered in pencil-and-paper format and administered once or twice per year depending on the exam.

YearPE, SE VerticalSE Lateral
2019Apr 5, Oct 25Apr 6, Oct 26
2020Apr 17, Oct 23Apr 18, Oct 24
2021Apr 23, Oct 22Apr 24, Oct 23
2022Apr 22, Oct 21Apr 23, Oct 22
2023Apr 14, Oct 27Apr 15, Oct 28
2024Apr 12, Oct 25Apr 13, Oct 26
2025Apr 11, Oct 24Apr 12, Oct 25
2026Apr 10, Oct 23Apr 11, Oct 24

PE exams offered once per year

Pencil-and-paper PE exams are offered twice per year except for the following:

PE exams offered in April onlyPE exams offered in October only
Agricultural and Biological EngineeringControl Systems Engineering
Architectural EngineeringFire Protection Engineering
Naval Architecture and Marine EngineeringMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Software EngineeringMining and Mineral Processing Engineering