NCEES announces changes to FS exam

The current specifications for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam will change in January 2014 in conjunction with the exam’s transition to computer-based testing (CBT). In 2010, NCEES announced a move toward CBT. The final pencil-and-paper exam will be offered in October 2013. All FS exams administered before CBT will use the exam specifications currently available on the Exams portion of the NCEES website.

This notice of new domains follows a previous call for volunteers to participate in a content review. The cross-section of participants included licensed professional surveyors, academics teaching surveying courses, and surveying interns. These individuals were surveyed about the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a surveying intern to work in a manner that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

NCEES has posted the major domains for these exams online, and the complete specifications will be available in 2013. For a list of the new FS exam domains for the January 2014 administration, go to