The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the Professional Engineer (P.E.) license. It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing a qualified undergraduate engineering degree. The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at *NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. *National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
The FE Exam contains 110 multiple-choice questions. The exam appointment time is 6 hours long, which includes a nondisclosure agreement, tutorial (8 minutes), the exam (5 hours and 20 minutes), a scheduled break (25 minutes), and a brief survey.
Very important information on the NCEES website found here: http://ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/
In order to take the FE Exam to become licensed in Mississippi, students must first apply for enrollment as an Engineering Intern (E.I.) through the Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers & Surveyors. For all qualified University of Mississippi students and graduates intending to take the FE Exam, please follow the steps outlined below. This application process takes about 5-10 minutes.
An applicant should go to the State Board of Licensure website: https://www.pepls.state.ms.us.
Scroll down to Application Forms and select Engineer Intern Application & Forms.
The State Board will request qualifying information including arrest records, disciplinary actions, formal name change, etc.
The Engineering Dean’s Office verifies applicant eligibility for the exam (currently enrolled seniors in good standing with the university, and/or having met departmental requirements).
Applicants must then pay the application fee of $25.00 with a credit card or electronic check plus processing fee. The application is stored in the State Licensure computer database and fee payment is deposited into the State of Mississippi Treasury account.
The State Board will authorize approved candidates in the national NCEES database allowing applicants to proceed to the next step of registering on-line with NCEES and selecting a testing center and date. Students must create an account at NCEES using the same email address as was used with the State Board application. The on-line registration process includes a non-refundable examination fee of $175.
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam will be given during four windows per year: January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December. Applicants may take the examination in only one attempt per window, no more than three attempts per year, with up to six opportunities per approved application with the State Board. The application is valid for two years.
Nearest recommended exam location: Pearson Professional Center - Tupelo 431 West Main Street Suite 340 Tupelo, MS 38801 Other approved test sites can be found here: http://ncees.org/exams/cbt/testing-center-locations/
Exam results are usually available within a week to 10 days.
UM graduates and current seniors in Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geological Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering are eligible to sit for the exam.
Refunds will not be given for the application fee for the State Board of Licensure. NCEES does not refund the $175 examination fee. Students taking the FE Exam for a second time will not be required to submit $25 fee to the State Board a second time; however, NCEES will require the full examination fee for students taking the exam each time.
No. You should take the FE Exam as soon as you think you are ready. All 50 states will honor your exam results since it is a national exam. When you are ready to move on to the next step, registration as a Professional Engineer, the State Board of Licensure will provide your FE Exam results to the state in which you will be registered.
Yes, it is possible. However, we recommend enrolled University of Mississippi students apply through the State Board of Mississippi so that the Dean’s Office can help you navigate the requirements, rules and statutes properly and quickly. Other states have different protocol. In some states, applicants are allowed to proceed directly to NCEES to take the exam and only upon passing their exam will they apply to their state board to be enrolled as an Engineer Intern (EI).
Whether the State Board jurisdiction critiques the applicant at the beginning of the EI enrollment process (that being, verification of enrollment in an ABET EAC program and obtaining necessary qualifying information) or at the end of the process, the journey still remains the same.
Since the State Board of Mississippi approves eligible applicants on the front end, enrollment as an EI can be officially recorded as soon as the FE Exam is passed and transcript showing degree conferred is submitted. No waiting until the next scheduled Board meeting.
Eligible candidates include applicants whose education is a combination of a graduate engineering degree PLUS a non-ABET BS degree whose undergraduate education has been evaluated and found to comply with the NCEES Engineering Education Standard. There is a fee payable to NCEES for this evaluation service.
The NCEES Engineering Education Standard may be reviewed here: https://ncees.org/engineering/ncees-engineering-education-standard/ Please independently initiate your NCEES evaluation request and present your approved evaluation to the State Board at the time of application. This will allow the Board to authorize your FE Examination and subsequent EI enrollment.
NCEES only allows certain calculators to be used on the FE Exam. It is the responsibility of the examinee to be aware of those calculators which are allowed and to have one available for use on the exam. Calculators will not be provided by NCEES or the School of Engineering for use on the FE Exam. The list of allowable calculators is reviewed and updated each year and the list is posted on the NCEES web site by December 1 of each year. To see the current NCEES calculator policy and calculators allowed for use on the exam, please visit this website: http://ncees.org/exams/calculator-policy
Successfully passing the FE Exam requires that you know the fundamentals of engineering and have spent some time reviewing for the exam. Typically seniors are ready for the exam but even then they need to have taken certain courses. If you are in doubt about your ability to take and pass the exam, discuss this with your advisor or department chair. They can give you the best guidance.
Yes! The FE Exam is a comprehensive test of the knowledge you have gained throughout your undergraduate education. A structured review prior to the exam will help you recall the information you may not have readily available and to pass the exam the first time you take it. Students who have failed the exam in the past say they believe they would have passed had they reviewed a little. The students who do pass say that the review was a big help in passing. I don't plan to be a licensed Professional Engineer so should I bother to take the FE Exam? Yes, you should. There is no better time to take the FE Exam than when you are in school. While you may not need to be a registered professional engineer for you first job, many engineers have found themselves changing jobs mid-career and having a PE has been a tremendous help to them. Should you choose to do consulting or apply for some governmental jobs, being registered is required. Many employers look favorably upon registration even if it is not specifically required.
The application fee covers the processing and digitally storing of your application at the State Board of Licensure as part of a permanent record. The exam fee you pay to NCEES covers the costs of obtaining an exam and having it graded.
No. The reference manual available on the NCEES website is not a study guide. Some years ago there was no limit on the number of reference books you could bring to the exam. We found that many examinees brought the wrong books, and/or spent too much time looking up reference information. As a result the reference manual was developed. This manual contains all of the data, formulae, tables, graphs, etc. you will need to answer the exam questions. You need to become familiar with the manual so that you can easily find the information you need when taking the exam.
Preparation for the FE is what your undergraduate education is all about. You cannot learn all you need to know for the exam the week before. Early preparation is essential. Keep in mind the FE exam is testing fundamental knowledge typically expected of all engineers. Detailed study of a particular topic is usually not your best use of time. You may want to obtain a few reference books or study guides to help you prepare. A sample exam can help relieve some anxiety by letting you see what the exam will be like.
Mississippi State Board of Licensure
for Professional Engineers and Surveyors
660 North Street, Suite 400
Jackson, MS 39202
Senior Administrative Assistant: Teresa Thompson
National Society of Professional Engineers: www.nspe.org
National Council of Engineering and Surveyor Examiners: www.ncees.org
Kaplan AEC Education: www.kaplanaecengineering.com
Professional Publications, Inc.: www.ppi2pass.com
Mississippi Engineering Society: www.msengsoc.org