NCEES Dates, Deadlines, and Links

BREAKING NEWS: New Schedule for October 2020 Civil PE Exam

The cancellation of all April 2020 paper-and-pencil exams has delayed thousands of exam takers to the October 2020, making the delivery of that exam even more difficult. To deal with this influx of examinees and operate in compliance with capacity and social distancing requirements, NCEES has modified the format of the October 2020 Exams. 
A big change is that the exams will take place over two days—Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 as follows:
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Civil: Geotechnical
Civil: Transportation
Civil: Water Resources & Environmental
Friday, October 23, 2020
Civil: Construction
Civil: Structural
Registration for the October 2020 Civil PE Exams opened on June 1 and will close at 3:00 p.m. EDT on August 20. We recommend that you register as soon as possible, and here’s why…


According to NCEES, “In most cases, this will reduce the number of examinees that can be accommodated at an exam site. Examinees will be allowed to complete the registration process only when a seat is available for their selected site. Capacity and social distancing requirements are subject to change at any time. Any changes that require a further reduction in capacity may result in the cancellation of your exam registration. Please be aware that every effort will be made to accommodate all registered examinees in a manner that protects the health and safety of everyone involved.”

So, if you want to have a shot at taking the October Exam, register now!
DTC is committed to helping our participants until they are able to take the exam. For our April 2020 Exam participants, we extended their access to our courses through the October 2020 Exam. We will do the same if for all our October 2020 Exam participants if that exam is canceled as well. We will also work to accommodate participants on an individual basis if they are unable to be seated for the October 2020 Exam. We are #AllinThisTogether and DTC is here to help. 

As you most likely already know, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is the national nonprofit organization that develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering licensure in the United States. Their website is your source for all the most current and authoritative details on the examination process, rules, dates and deadlines. This page is here to help you zero in on some of the most important details you need to know.

NCEES Website:

NCEES Examinee Guide

This is your PE Exam bible, and it should be where you go to answer all questions about how the PE exam works, registration procedures, and what is and is not allowed during the exam. The Civil PE Exams are still being offered as pencil-and-paper tests, while the Mechanical PE Exam has converted to the Computer-Based-Testing format, so make sure you’re looking at the information for the correct test format. Pay careful attention to what you are not allowed to bring into the exam or have on your desk. This will impact your preparation and could impact your ability to even take the exam.

NCEES Exam Specifications

For each PE Exam, the NCEES provides a detailed list of the topics covered and the applicable design standards in the exam specifications and design standards for that exam. New PE Exam specifications and design standards are generally posted in May and November, so make sure you have the most recent specifications.

NCEES Civil Exam Specifications:

NCEES Mechanical Exam Specifications:

NCEES Exam Registration

Registering to take the PE Exam is a two-step process in which you must:

1) Meet the requirements of your state’s professional licensing board.

Links to State Engineering Boards:

2) Register with NCEES to take your chosen exam. 

  • For Civil, that means registering during the exam registration period for each exam date. The opening and closing dates for the current registration period are posted on this page on the NCEES website when they become available.
  • For Mechanical, you can register at any time, and you will also need to schedule your exam date.

NCEES Exam Registration:

You must create a MyNCEES account to register to take an exam or purchase practice exams.

NCEES Exam Registration:


Exam Dates

The Civil PE Exams are currently being offered as pencil-and-paper tests. These are offered on two dates each year in April and October. The Civil Exams are scheduled to convert in 2023.

The Mechanical Exams have converted to a computer-based testing format, which is offered year-round, so there are no scheduled exam dates.

NCEES Exam Schedule:


          Mechanical – Year-Round Computer-Based Testing    

          Civil – Thursday, October 22, 2020 – Geotechnical, Transportation, Water Resources & Environmental

          Civil – Friday, October 23, 2020 – Construction, Structural


          Mechanical – Year-Round Computer-Based Testing

          Civil – Friday, April 23, 2021

          Civil – Friday, October 22, 2021


          Mechanical – Year-Round Computer-Based Testing

          Civil – Friday, April 22, 2022

          Civil – Friday, October 21, 2022


          Mechanical – Year-Round Computer-Based Testing

          Civil – Year-Round Computer-Based Testing

NCEES Practice Exams

For each PE Exam, the NCEES publishes a Practice Exam that you can purchase. These are excellent exam prep resources as they contain questions from past exams; simulate the format, style, and level of difficulty, and provide solutions. We require participants in our reviews to purchase the Practice Exam for their exam, and we highly recommend that anyone taking the PE Exam use the NCEES practice exam as part of their exam review. 

NCEES Practice Exams:


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