Exam Prep

Engineering Exam Preparation

Proper preparation for your engineer license exams is important to ensure that you succeed. Dr. Z's CORNER is here for engineering exam preparation offering materials, lessons, and even practice that you can access online, or you can join a class.

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Building Success

The FE Exam is the first step in the arduous process leading to obtaining a PE license in a variety of disciplines. Both exams are administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), a national nonprofit organization. This exam is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing their undergraduate degrees in civil engineering. Starting in 2014, the FE Exam became a computer-based test administered year-round. For detailed information regarding the FE and PE Exams, readers should refer to the official website of the NCEES.

Civil FE-CBT

The new Civil FE-CBT consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. Examinees will have six hours to complete the examination which includes a tutorial, a break, and a brief survey at its conclusion. The FE Exam uses both the International System of Units and the US Customary System. This exam covers many of the topics covered during an undergraduate curriculum in civil engineering, including:

• Mathematics
• Probability & Statistics
• Computational Tools
• Ethics & Professional Practice
• Engineering Economics
• Statics & Dynamics
• Mechanics Of Materials
• Fluid Mechanics
• Hydraulics & Hydrologic Systems
• Structural Analysis & Design
• Geotechnical Engineering
• Transportation Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Construction & Surveying

Here for You

The readers of this column will always find a hyperlink at the end. This link will take readers to a PDF document that contains sample problems, solutions, shortcuts, and time-tested strategies. The variables, nomenclature, and terminology will generally be similar to that used in the NCEES FE Reference Handbook (9th Edition).