What is FE Exam?

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam), previously called the EIT Exam (Engineer in Training Exam), is for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree and wish to be licensed. It is the first of two exams that engineers must pass in order to be certified as a professional engineer in the United States by the NCEES. The second exam is the Professional Engineer Exam (PE Exam).

A few important facts about the fundamentals of engineering exam:
  • The exam is in conventional English and SI units.
  • All questions are multiple choice (MCQs).
  • There are 180 MCQ's which are to be answered in a time span of eight hours. There are 120 questions in the morning session of four hours, and then there is a 60 minutes lunch break, and finally the remaining 60 questions in the four hours evening session.

The first half of the test is about general engineering fundamentals, which every engineer ought to know, while the second half focuses on the engineering discipline of examinee's choice e.g. mechanical, civil, structural etc. The best time for you to take FE exam is when you are in the final year of Engineering as that is the time when most of the engineering fundamentals would be still fresh in your memory. And only with a little preparation, you might be able to pass the exam with very good scores. But even if you are an engineer in practice, you should not worry. We are sure that if you buy one of our FE exam practice courses and pay heed to it you will pass the exam with flying colors.

A simplified break down of the FE Exam:
15% - Mathematics
10% - Engineering Mechanics
9% - Electricity & Magnetism
9% - Chemistry
8% - Engineering Economics
7% - Engineering Probability & Statistics
7% - Fluid Mechanics
7% - Material Properties
7% - Strength of Materials
7% - Computers
7% - Ethics and Business Practices
7% - Thermodynamics

Fundamentals of engineering exam

You will be titled as Engineer in Training (EIT) or Engineer Intern (EI) after passing FE exam. Then you will be required to gain a work experience of about four years in your respective field. When you have gained the required experience you will become eligible to sit for a PE exam and get yourself titled as a Professional Engineer (of course you will have to pass that too). This is also mandatory for a non-US citizen planning to work in USA as a Professional Engineer. Both of these tests are written and graded by National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). However, the passing scores and requirements for the exam are set by each individual state. 

Currently, NCEES is offering these exams in seven other countries as well for the examinees who live outside USA. The countries are Canada (Alberta), Emirate of Sharjah, Egypt, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Last modified: Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:29 AM