The FE (The Fundamentals of Engineering) exam is the first of the two exams that engineers have to pass to become licensed. Applying for the FE exam is beneficial for engineering students and graduates on so many levels. If you have completed an EAC/ABET-accredited 4-year engineering program, or you are still enrolled in one, the next step for you should be applying for the FE exam. Even though there is no expiration date on when you can sit for the exam, it's better to do it while the materials and knowledge you acquired in your college program are still memorized and remembered clearly.
You can apply for the exam at any time, during four two-months periods per year. Although you are allowed to take the exam several times, you cannot exceed three times every 12-months. To register for the exam, you need to have a MyNCESS account, complete the application form, and select when and where you like to take the exam. You can choose any Pearson-Vue testing center. Last, you pay the fees of $175, and you are officially registered to sit for the FE exam.
The exam is now completely computer-based and consists of 110 questions, divided into two sections with a 25-minutes break in between. The total time that you can spend answering questions is 5 hours and 20 minutes. However, the two sections are not timed, and you can spend as much time you want on any question. It is advisable though to time yourself and to manage your time so you'll finish on time.
After taking the exam, you will receive an email with your exam results within ten days. Or, you can view the results on the MyNCEES account. If you pass the exam, you will be informed on how to process to obtain your certification. And if you fail, you will be provided with a diagnostic report that reviews your performance and areas of weakness. The report highlights for you what you need to work on most when retaking the exam.