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:
You can find the latest information related to the CBT testing centers here:
PEARSON | VUE Testing Centers COVID-19 Info:
The CBT testing centers have COVID-19 screening measures for test takers, and you will be required to wear a mask and may be required to provide proof of vaccination. Check your local testing site for the latest requirements.
We know that these 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. 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.
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: 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 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/
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-