20Nov

By Ashley Studer

When I was a kid, I remember going to my family reunion every summer and getting asked TONS of questions about what I wanted to do with my life — more specifically, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In the 4th grade, I wanted to be a teacher. But after that, I changed my mind practically every year. 

After going to college, transferring colleges, and changing my major, I finally decided what I wanted to do with my professional career. Since I’m writing this article now, you can probably guess that I have a background in journalism. And, if you’re reading this, I can assume you are striving to become a professional engineer and are interested in learning about the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam

I get it — choosing what to do with the rest of your life at 18 years old can be difficult, and somewhat impossible at times. Luckily, since you are interested in engineering, you have a little more time than other fields to decide what discipline to go into. If you are looking to take the FE exam, there are seven disciplines you may choose from:


If you are unsure of which FE Exam to take, check out the FE Other (General) exam. This exam is PERFECT for those who do not know which specialty they want to go into. While the other six exams have very topic-specific exam specifications, the FE Other (General) exam combines topics from the other disciplines. You can look at the FE Other (General) exam specifications here.

When deciding which FE exam to take, it is also a great idea to evaluate the pass rates for an exam. Check out a breakdown of FE pass rates below: 

Overall Pass Rates

Exam*
Pass Rate
FE Chemical
74%
FE Civil
69%
FE Electrical and Computer
71%
FE Environmental
76%
FE Industrial and Systems
61%
FE Mechanical
77%
FE Other Disciplines
74%

FE Other Exam Breakdown of Undergraduate Degree* 

Program*
Pass Rate
Architectural
66%
Civil
68%
Engineering Science
76%
Materials
76%
Mechanical
64%
Structural
100%
*As per NCEES 

*Only features examples of degrees that NCEES originally reported 

If looking at the pass rates makes you nervous, taking an FE exam prep review course can significantly increase your chance of passing the FE exam of your choosing. 

The FE Other (General) exam is great for those who are unsure of which engineering discipline they want to focus their career on. Apart from comparing exam specifications and pass rates for the different FE exams, it is always a great idea to call your state board and ask for advice. Happy studying!