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As the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is computer based, exam applicants are able to schedule their exam year-round. Because of the flexibility computer-based exams present, it is sometimes easy to avoid making a study schedule. However, that doesn’t mean that studying is not required for the FE exam. 

The FE exam, whether it is the Civil, Mechanical, or Electrical exam, covers a wide spectrum of knowledge areas, more so than the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE exam). Below shows a comparison of topics that are covered on the FE Environmental and PE Environmental exams: 

FE Environmental 
  • Mathematics 
  • Probability and Statistics 
  • Ethics and Professional Practice 
  • Engineering Economics 
  • Materials Science 
  • Environmental Science and Chemistry 
  • Risk Assessment 
  • Fluid Mechanics 
  • Thermodynamics 
  • Water Resources 
  • Water and Wastewater 
  • Air Quality 
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste 
  • Groundwater and Soils 
PE Environmental 
  • Water 
  • Air 
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste 
  • Site Assessment and Remediation 
  • Environmental Health and Safety 
  • Associated Engineering Principles 

Although many past FE examinees have reported taking an average of four months to prepare for the FE exam, we understand that not everybody is the same when it comes to studying. Our students can choose our four-month, six-month, or eight-month Ondemand options, but for those who are unsure of how long they need to study for the FE exam, we have built an Ondemand Monthly Subscription review course. 

Our Ondemand Monthly Subscription option allows students to choose how long they want to study. When you sign up for an Ondemand Monthly Subscription, you will gain immediate access to your class materials and recordings. You may study for just a month or two for a quick refresher or study for nine months if you feel the need to. The possibilities are endless! Simply cancel your subscription when you believe you are done studying and are ready to take your exam. 

To learn more about our Ondemand Monthly Subscription option, visit the Ondemand tab on your corresponding course page.