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PE Petroleum

Looking for a petroleum engineering training course? School of PE offers exam review courses to prepare students for the NCEES PE Petroleum engineering exam. Courses include petroleum engineering math problems, petroleum engineering questions and answers, and more.


Our PE Petroleum review course offers a thorough review of a majority of the topics that will be covered on the PE Petroleum exam. Our review course covers the following topics: drilling, production/completion, facilities, reservoirs, and project management.

Our comprehensive review course is divided into two parts:

  • Refresher Sessions - These prepare students by reviewing topics that are critical for the PE Petroleum exam. The course allows students to experience some theory and high-probability problems. Approximately 60% of the course is dedicated to review sessions.
  • Workshop Sessions - These allow our students to practice and solve several problems that are standalone and require numerical solutions. Approximately 40% of the course is dedicated to workshop sessions. The workshops consist exclusively of solving problems, which is critical for the PE Petroleum exam.

Our PE Petroleum course is offered through two delivery methods: Live Online and Ondemand.

  • Live Online - Our Live Online method provides instructor-led online sessions. This method offers live interaction with instructors and a structured study schedule. It’s just like being in a classroom except it is online. The PE Petroleum exam is only offered in October each year. To prepare students for the October exam, our PE Petroleum Live Online classes are offered on weekday evenings during our fall session. Select Live Online Schedule from the side menu to find out when our next class session will begin. Register early for our Live Online classes to receive up to $300 in early registration discounts.
    If you find out that our Live Online session has already begun and you want to start studying before our next set of classes begin, you can choose our Ondemand option, which allows you to start preparing immediately.
  • Ondemand - Our Ondemand method provides students with immediate access to course lecture videos, refresher notes, and workshop problems so they can begin studying right away. Select Ondemand Classes from the side menu to register for our free Ondemand Preview to try out our recorded class videos for 30 days.

To learn more about the features that are offered with our different delivery methods, check out our Compare Plans table. If you can’t decide between our Live Online and Ondemand options, you can bundle both options together. Visit our About Fee page to learn more about combining the Live Online and Ondemand options and receiving our early registration discounts.

What makes our PE Petroleum course unique?

  • School of PE has been helping its students pass their exams for more than a decade. Through years of experience preparing exam review courses and obtaining student feedback, School of PE has formulated and strategized what really makes the best review course.
  • To help our students get the most out of preparing for their exams, we have multiple instructors for our PE Petroleum exam review course. Each instructor is assigned to teach a topic that they specialize in, so you can be confident that you are receiving the best instruction for each topic. For more information about our PE Petroleum instructors, visit our About Instructors page.
  • Our user-friendly Study Hub provides our students with the necessary tools to stay organized. Whether students register for a Live Online or Ondemand course, they will be provided with access to their very own Study Hub. From the Study Hub, students can download refresher notes and workshop problems, watch course recordings, and engage with instructors and fellow students.

Everything You Should Know About the PE Petroleum Exam

Getting ready to take the PE Petroleum exam? If you are interested in becoming a licensed professional petroleum engineer, here are some things you might want to know. For the most part, in order to obtain your PE licensure, you will need to earn a four-year engineering degree, pass the FE exam, obtain four years of engineering experience, and then take and pass the PE Petroleum exam. Our Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Petroleum exam review course will help build your confidence for exam day. This exam is the last step in your goal to earning your professional engineering license.

Before Taking the Exam

Before you are allowed to take the PE Petroleum exam, you will need to meet several requirements specified by NCEES. To sit for the exam, you will need:

  • A four-year degree from an accredited university or program
  • A passing grade on the FE exam
  • 4 years of engineering experience
  • A background check
  • A detailed work experience report

Because states’ requirements all vary, we suggest checking with your state board to make sure you are following the right guidelines.

PE Petroleum Exam Fees

A fee of $375 will be due to NCEES before you can sit for the PE Petroleum exam. Because every state may have different registration procedures, we suggest you check with your state licensing board in case there are separate applications or fees required to register.

Exam Specifications

The PE Petroleum exam was created to help gauge an individual’s competence within petroleum engineering. The PE Petroleum exam is 9.5 hours long, consists of 85 questions, is computer-based, and administered by NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test center year-round. Using the International System of units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS), this exam is made up of both multiple-choice questions and alternative item types (AITs). The exam day schedule is as follows:

  • Nondisclosure agreement (2 minutes)
  • Tutorial (8 minutes)
  • Exam (8.5 hours)
  • Scheduled break (50 minutes)

Materials and Resources

A petroleum handbook developed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers is the only reference material that can be used during the exam. You will be provided with the electronic reference handbook during the exam. You can also download the free NCEES Examinee Guide to learn more about what to expect on the day of the PE Petroleum exam.

After the Exam

After taking a computer-based exam, results will typically be available 7-10 days later. NCEES will send an email to each candidate with instructions on how to see results through their MyNCEES account. More information about how NCEES scores exams can be found here. Please see NCEES’ website for further details about engineering exams.

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