NCEES moves ahead transition of PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam to computer-based testing to December 2020

The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Electrical and Computer: Power exam is moving to computer-based testing (CBT). Appointments are available year-round at Pearson VUE test centers beginning December 1, 2020.

NCEES originally planned to complete the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam’s transition to CBT format in April 2021. The organization fast-tracked the change as part of its response to COVID-19 and moved the date to December 2020 to better accommodate examinees. As part of this change, NCEES canceled the October 2020 pencil-and-paper administration for the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam and opened registration for the exam in August. Everyone who had registered for the October exam was notified and given a refund so that they could immediately register for the CBT version of the exam.

The PE Electrical and Computer exam is offered in three disciplines:

  • Power
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronics, Controls, and Communications

The Computer Engineering and the Electronics, Controls, and Communications disciplines will move to CBT after the October 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration. However, these two disciplines—which have a lower volume of examinees—will be offered annually beginning October 2021 rather than year-round.

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