Computer-Based Testing


Beginning in Janaury, 2014, the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examinations will be computer-based.

Minnesota applicants will continue to apply to the Board for approval to take the examination. Following approval, applicants will register for the examination through NCEES. Applicants who fail the examination must apply to the Minnesota Board for approval prior to registering for the examination.

Computer-based testing specifics:

  • The October 2013 exam administration was the last administration of the FE and FS exams in pencil-and-paper format. Effective January 1, 2014, the FE and FS exams is only offered via CBT.
  • The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) and Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exams will continue to be offered twice each year (April and October) in pencil-and-paper format, pending further action by NCEES exam committees.
  • Computer-based FE and FS exams will be administered only at approved Pearson VUE testing centers.
  • Applicants must apply to the Minnesota Board for approval for EACH exam attempt. Once approved by the Board, examinees register with NCEES. Results will be released directly to the examinee, typically within 48 hours. The Board will follow-up with a letter confirming the exam results and notifying the applicant of the next steps.
  • Applications for the CBT exams will be available from the Board shortly after the deadline for the October 2013 examinations (late August 2013).
  • NCEES registration for all exams will open Monday, November 4, 2013. The first available seating at a Pearson VUE testing center for the FE and FS exams will be Tuesday, January 2, 2014. Registration for the PE and PS exams in pencil-and-paper format will be for the April 2014 administration.
  • There will be four testing windows for the FE and FS exams annually. Each of these windows will last two months, with a month between them. Therefore, exam appointments will be available in January and February, with no exams offered in March; exam appointments available in April and May, with no exams offered in June, etc.
  • Candidates for a CBT exam may take the exam only one time per testing window and no more than three times in a 12-month period.
  • Candidates will be required to pay NCEES directly for all exam-related fees. This will be include as part of the online registration process and will require payment with MasterCard or Visa.
  • The FE and FS exams will be six hours in length, which will include a tutorial, breaks, the exam, and a brief survey at the conclusion of the exam.
  • The FE and FS exams will continue to be closed book. Supplied reference material for the exams will be electronic and will be available on the NCEES website.
  • Examinees will be allowed to bring and use NCEES-approved calculators on CBT exams.
  • Sample exams for the computer-based FE and FS will be available for purchase after the October 2013 exam administration.

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