FE Exam Fees – NCEES Lowered the Price
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is the first test that you should take in order to become an engineer-in-training professional. Most students and recent graduates sit in for the exam at the soonest possible time because almost all of their engineering courses are still fresh in their mind. Right now, you might be ready to register for the exam but don't know how much it would cost you. So, in this article I will relay the latest FE exam fees that NCEES administered to their examinees.
Get to Know the Requirements
Before you proceed with paying the exam fees, you should first know the requirements in order to take the exam. Basically, you have to comply with the necessary conditions before you can sit in for the FE exam.
Every state has their own list of requirements. It includes the fee schedule, education and sometimes engineering-related work experience. So I highly recommend that you contact your State Engineering Board in order to have an accurate instruction on how to proceed.
If you can't get in touch with them through phone or email, you can also head to their official website. The information in there is also updated.
Most of the time, state boards require you to be a graduate or have attended from an ABET accredited engineering program. But it is not always necessary.
For example, I took my FE Civil exam in California even if I didn't graduate from an ABET accredited school. I took Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the Philippines and was still allowed to take the test. Actually in California, they don't require you to submit any requirement until you apply for the Professional Engineer License. Fortunately, I was able to pass the test on my first try.
Like what I have said earlier, check your state board's requirement because it often changes. Just go to the official website of NCEES.
Click Engineering on the top part of the page. It will lead you to the "NCEES engineering exam registration".
Choose the state where you want to take the exam. Then select the exam that you are taking.
Here is an example of the verbiage for the state of California.
Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Explained
Computer-Based Testing (CBT) is just a recent update of NCEES to their exams. Last 2014, FE exam including all the disciplines were successfully converted to computer-based format. Basically, there is no longer pencil-and-paper format for this type of test.
Actually, I personally prefer the CBT because it offers a more accurate result for your exam taken. Testing conditions are also established so there is less likely any problem that may arise. Aside from that, there is a better flexibility when choosing your desired test schedule because the exam is offered year round.
On CBT exam, you are only allowed to bring limited items inside the testing center. As far as I know, you can't bring any pencil, paper or reviewer. Your should also get rid of the cover of your calculator. By the way, all CBT exam are done at approved Pearson Vue test centers.
The results also don't take that much time to be completed. Usually after 7 - 10 days, they will already send an email to the examinees. I think I got my result after 6 days of my exam date.
To give you an initial information, the FE exam includes 110-questions and the test time is 6 hours long. It includes nondisclosure agreement, tutorial, exam property and scheduled break.
FE Exam Fees - Recently Reduced
In order to register for Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, you have to pay $175 exam fee that is payable directly to NCEES. Actually before January 2018, the price was $225 but the organization decided to lower it by $50.
I believe that this is a good idea because it encourages more people to take their certification. Price is no longer a factor that blocks your goal.
On the other hand, you must remember that some licensing boards may demand additional requirements such as separate application. There are also special accommodations available for those people who meet the criteria.
When I paid my registration fee, I did everything online. They accept payments through Visa, MasterCard and American Express. By the way, there is a $25 additional fee if your payment is declined or doesn't go through. You can also request for a refund as long as you cancel your test at least 48 hours before the exam date. However, $50 administrative fee is deducted to your total refund amount.
Register For Your FE Exam
Now that you already know the exam fee, it is time to register for your FE exam. Registering for the test doesn't take that much time. Just follow the steps that I have listed below.
Steps to Register for FE Exam
Step 1 - Check your state board's requirements
Step 2 - Create a MyNCEES account
Step 3 - Register for your chosen exam
Step 4 - Pay the NCEES fee
Step 5 - Receive authorization email
Step 6 - Schedule the exam
By the way, if you want a step-by-step guide on how to register for the FE exam, feel free to take a look at my article. I also provided some pictures so that you will not get lost from the NCEES site.
Another thing that I want to point out is that preparation is a major factor that determines the result of your exam. I suggest that you consider 2 - 3 months of review period before you schedule an exam date. If you are not that confident with yourself, you can extend the preparation period to 4 - 6 months. Basically the point is, be prepared before you take the FE exam.
If you have questions or concerns about the fees to take the test, let me know on the comment box below. Also, feel free to share you own thoughts about the recent changes of FE exam prices.