NCEES moves computer-based testing transition of PE Civil exam to 2022

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Civil exam is moving to computer-based testing (CBT), with appointments available year-round at Pearson VUE test centers beginning April 1, 2022. The exam will be offered for the last time in pencil-and-paper format in October 2021. Registration for the April 2022 CBT exam will open November 1, 2021.

NCEES originally planned to complete the PE Civil exam’s transition to CBT format in 2023 but fast-tracked the change as part of its response to COVID-19. After the April 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, NCEES added an extra day to the October 2020 administration and began exploring the possibility of moving the PE Civil exam to CBT earlier than planned.

“Under the current COVID-19 guidelines, fewer examinees can be in the exam room at the same time, so we began discussions with Pearson VUE about transitioning the PE Civil exam from 2023 to an earlier date,” explained NCEES Chief Officer of Examinations Tim Miller, P.E. “This new format will give examinees more flexibility about when and where they take the exam.”

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