NCEES Dates, Links and INFO


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 to answer all questions about how the PE exam works, registration procedures, and what is and is not allowed during the exam. 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:

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.

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 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 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, download reference handbooks or purchase practice exams.

MyNCEES Account:

For International Engineers:

NCEES Approved Calculators

You must use one of the calculators approved by NCEES for use during the PE Exam:

NCEES Approved Calculators under Exam Resources:

NCEES limits the types of calculators examinees may bring to exam sites.

The following calculator models are the only ones acceptable for use during the 2024 exams:

  • Casio: All fx-115 and fx-991 models (Any Casio calculator must have “fx-115” or “fx-991” in its model name.)
  • Hewlett Packard: The HP 33s and HP 35s models, but no others
  • Texas Instruments: All TI-30X and TI-36X models (Any Texas Instruments calculator must have “TI-30X” or “TI-36X” in its model name.)

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:

NCEES Practice Exams

For each PE Exam, the NCEES publishes a Practice Exam that you can purchase.

NCEES Practice Exams: