NCEES Dates, Links and INFO
Like everything else in our lives, the administration of the PE Exams has been affected by the pandemic. There are a number of resulting changes, and you need to make sure you are aware of all that will impact exam scheduling, and the exam experience itself. We encourage you to confirm specific requirements for your testing location well before your exam.
You can find can find the most recent information from NCEES here:
NCEES COVID-19 Info:
Civil Engineers should read the articles above for information about changes in the schedule for the October 2021 Exam. They should also check with their local boards for specific details about COVID-19 related requirements at their testing sites. They should also read the NCEES article about Updates to the October 2021 Exam administration here:
October 2021 Exam Administration Updates:
Mechanical Engineers can find the latest information related to the CBT testing centers here:
PEARSON | VUE Testing Centers COVID-19 Info:
The CBT testing centers have introduced strict new COVID-19 screening measures for test takers, and you will not be admitted to the test center and should reschedule your exam if:
you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days,
you are currently experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms,
you have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days,
you were under government ordered home quarantine in the last 14 days,
you violate any travel restrictions that may be in place to reach the testing location.
Some test sites may also require a temperature check.
You will need to bring a face mask with you to the CBT testing site because you will be required to wear a face mask the entire time you are in the testing center, including during your test. Any surgical or cloth face mask, including a homemade face mask, is acceptable, as long as your nose and mouth are fully covered. In the waiting area and during admission, you will also need to maintain 6+ feet of social distance from other people.
We know that these new measures introduce a new level of uncertainty to the already stressful endeavor of taking the PE Exam, but by being informed and prepared, you can meet this challenge with the calm needed to succeed.
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 Examinee Guide
This is your PE Exam bible, and it should be where you go to 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 Exams have 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 Examinee Guide: https://ncees.org/exams/examinee-guide/
NCEES Exam Specifications & Design Standards
For each PE Exam, the NCEES provides a detailed list of the topics covered in the exam specifications for that exam. Four of the Civil Exams also have applicable design standards.
New PE Exam specifications and design standards are generally posted May and November, so make sure you have the most recent specifications and design standards.
NCEES Civil Exam Specifications and Design Standards: https://ncees.org/engineering/pe/civil/
NCEES Mechanical Exam Specifications: https://ncees.org/engineering/pe/mechanical/
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: https://ncees.org/state-links/
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 the NCEES website Exam Registration page below 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: https://ncees.org/engineering/
You must create a MyNCEES account to register to take an exam, download reference handbooks or purchase practice exams.
MyNCEES Account: https://account.ncees.org/login
For International Engineers: https://ncees.org/engineering/engineering-licensure/international-engineering/
The Civil PE Exams will be offered as pencil-and-paper tests for the last time this year in October. The Civil Exams are scheduled to convert to computer-based-testing format in 2022.
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: https://ncees.org/exams/schedule/
Mechanical – Year-Round Computer-Based Testing
Civil – Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Construction, Transportation, Water Resources & Environmental
Civil – Friday, October 22, 2021 – Geotechnical, Structural
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: https://ncees.org/exams/exam-preparation-materials/
CBT Exam Experience
There have always been rules about what you can and cannot bring into the PE Exam, but the CBT format takes that to a new level. To familiarize yourself with that experience, we recommend that you watch the NCEES YouTube video showing what happens when you arrive at a Pearson VUE Testing Center to take your exam, plus other videos on how the CBT Exam works.
NCEES CBT Exams Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiZ0hjHNi9jzR8RW69ndkjIgH8bzj0ew-