Things You must know Before Taking a FE Prep Course

Posted by Wasim Asghar on December 14th, 2021

The FE exam is for those who aspire to be engineers. The purpose of the course is to review the material of Fundamentals of Engineering exam. The materials will be presented in modules corresponding to the FE syllabus (Civil & Mechanical engineering in particular). Every module reviews the main concept. Illustrate them with examples and provide extensive mock practice sets.

What type of Examination is FE?

The FE exam is generally the primary step of becoming a professional certified engineer. It is designed for recently graduated students who aspire to become professionals in the field of engineering. Though final year engineering students can also sit for FE test. FE is an exam of national level. US citizens are eligible to sit for it. The exam is conducted under CBT format. Below are the categories which one can give a test under FE Chemical, FE Civil, FE Electrical & Computer, FE Environmental, FE Industrial and Systems, FE Mechanical, FE other (General).

Why should you take an FE Exam?

FE is an exam that opens up the door to PE licensure. The license increases your earning potential. You can achieve that by either working for organisations or by setting up your own company. A certificate gained through an FE examination, speaks for your efficiency. It becomes a strong backup especially for independent engineering initiatives.

How to register for an FE exam?

An applicant has to create a profile on the NCEES website. Than pay a fee of 175 US $. The amount covers registration, exam admission, scoring of the exam and distribution of the results and related materials. The exam is closed book and computer based. One cannot bring a book into the test centre. However, you can register for the exam from your home itself. All you need is a stable internet connection and the device.

Format of an FE exam

The paper comes with 110 questions. There is no negative marking for wrong answers. Besides MCQ there are a handful of point and click, drag and drop, fill in the blank type questions. The exact passing score varies in different years. A 70% score is considered as standard passing marks.

Duration of an FE exam

You get 6 hours to complete the paper. It contains 110 multiple choice questions. A break, a brief survey and a tutorial are included under the 6 hours’ time period. Therefore, you get a total 5 hours 20 minutes to attend the exam.

What to Prepare for an FE exam

The biggest obstacle in FE exam preparation is learning a material you did not study in college. Experts suggest to learn to use the FE reference manual. It helps in searching through the manual during the online exam. Download the reference handbook from the NCEES website and get thoroughly familiar with it. Solve questions from the book of Michael R Lindeburg. The questions that show up in the actual exam is less difficult than the mentioned practice set.


So, we tried to jot down some points that might help you to crack the FE exam. If you find the information useful, apply them into action. Crack the exam and get your desired engineering job. Recommend the same to your fellow engineering students.

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