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Everything to Know about FE CBT Exams: Pass Rates, Exam Specs, and More

Nov 30, 2018

So, you're thinking about taking the FE exam? Great! You are on the first step of becoming a Professional Engineer. The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE, previously known as EIT) exam "is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET- accredited program," according to the NCEES.

Since the FE exam is the first exam that an engineer needs to become licensed, it may seem a bit daunting. You may stare at the exam specifications for hours wondering how you can possibly review all of the course topics, and you may eventually decide to sign up for an FE exam prep course with high pass rates.

No matter what studying strategy you decide to stick to, it is always important to have a good understanding of the exam itself. We've broken down some must-know details about the exam below:

General Stats

Number of Questions: 110
Duration: 6 Hours
Type of Exam: Computer
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers (must be NCEES-approved)

Exam Specifications

Each FE exam has separate exam specifications. Each exam specification outlines how the exam is laid out by number of questions per topic. All FE exams have sections dedicated to mathematics and engineering economics, but the other topics in each exam are discipline specific. Check out the exam specs below:
Pass Rates

Check out the national pass rates for all seven FE exams below. If the national pass rates worry you, School of PE's pass rates have been added, as well. Taking a review course can significantly increase the chances of a passing score.

National Pass Rate
School of PE Pass Rate
FE Chemical
FE Civil
FE Electrical
FE Environmental
FE Industrial
FE Mechanical
FE Other

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