NCEES Website: https://ncees.org/
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. Right now, both the Civil and Mechanical PE Exams are currently being offered as pencil-and-paper tests, so make sure you’re looking at the information for the pencil-and-paper tests. 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/wp-content/uploads/ExamineeGuide_January-2018.pdf
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 the each exam. The PE Exam specifications and design standards are posted 6 months before the exam, so updates for the April exams are posted in November, and updates for the October exams are posted in May.
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
2) Register with NCEES to take your chosen exam 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.
You must create a MyNCEES account to register to take an exam or purchase practice exams.
The Civil and Mechanical PE Exams are currently being offered as pencil-and-paper tests. These are offered on two dates each year in April and October. The exams are scheduled to transition to a computer-based testing format between 2020 and 2023. DTC will adapt our courses to meet the changed requirements in time for the scheduled start of computer-based testing for each exam. Once the exams have transitioned to computer-based testing, they will be offered year-round, so there will be no scheduled exam dates.
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 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/