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Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Ready to take the early PE exam?

More information about the early PE exam can be found on the Nevada State Board of Engineers website.

When can I take the FE exam?

To be eligible to take the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completed 90 credits
  2. Achieved senior status
  3. Be enrolled in mostly 400-level courses toward your engineering degree
  4. Be enrolled in ENGR 490

For seniors ready to take the FE Exam, you will still need to register for ENGR 490 the semester you plan on taking the exam. Please be mindful that if you plan on graduating in the Spring semesters, you will need to take the FE no later than May 1st to allow enough time to have your test graded and the results sent to the Dean's Office prior to graduation. Otherwise, this may delay your diploma.

The exam will be held at any NCEES-approved testing facility January-February, April-May, July-August, and October-November at a testing day and time that you choose.

No testing will take place March, June, September, or December to allow NCEES to gather data from the previous testing sessions.

How do I sign up for the FE exam?

Register for the exam on the NCEES website.

How do I prepare for the FE exam?

You may access and review the current FE Supplied Reference Manual, the same type you'll be using during the examination, on the NCEES website.

Study sessions are often organized by the student chapters of ASCE and ASME, generally during months when the exams are not happening. Check the EngiNews blog for updates about review session days and times. Sam will also send an email to students enrolled in ENGR 490, post dates on the College's Facebook page, and post a flyer in the display case in the hallway near SEM 133. There is a small cost in order to attend each session.

Please contact Sam DiMuzio (sadimuzio@unr.edu) with any questions about review sessions.

Once you've passed the FE exam

Go to the Nevada State Board of Engineering website and apply for Engineer Intern certification. Instructions on how to apply can be found on their website.

ENGR 490 credit, cost and graduation: Frequently asked questions

Do I need to pass the FE in order to graduate?

No. You just need to take it to meet the graduation requirement (ENGR 490).

What do I need to submit to get credit for ENGR 490?

Once you have finished the exam at the testing facility, you will be given a letter size piece of paper with your name and picture on it stating that you have completed the exam. Please drop it off to to Sam at sadimuzio@unr.edu or SEM 132. If you lose the paper, you can send Sam a screenshot of your results, including your name.

Is ENGR 490 an actual class?

No. There are no scheduled meetings that you need to attend.

Why does it show an $85 per credit differential fee? Isn’t this a zero-credit class? Do I have to pay it?

Yes, this is a zero-credit class. The $85 differential fee verbiage is attached automatically to all 300/400 level courses. No, you will not be charged any fees for ENGR 490. However, there is a $200+ fee to take the actual exam.

 I took the FE and turned in my proof. Why isn’t my grade showing yet?

Grades will post on the last day of grading, which is often the Monday after Finals, by 5pm. This allows us to track down stragglers who haven’t yet turned in their proof. The MyNevada system does not allow us to post grades as they come in like WebCampus does.

I turned in my proof. Why does my grade shows an I?

Chances are your proof got misplaced in our office or you thought you sent it and actually didn’t. With over 100 students signing up for the FE Exam each semester, it’s bound to happen. Just send a screenshot of your results, including your name, to Sam, and we will put in a grade change form to correct your grade. 

I took the FE this semester, but I signed up for it last semester. What should I do?

When you drop off your proof, please write on it that you signed up for ENGR 490 last semester. We will submit a grade change form to Admissions and Records to change your grade from an I to an S. That can take a couple of weeks. 

Do I need to sign up for ENGR 490 again if I didn’t take the semester I signed up for it in?

No, please do not sign up for ENGR 490 more than once. It can make a mess out of your transcripts if you do. A simple grade change form can be done to correct the grade once you’ve taken the exam.

I am a grad student and want to take the FE exam. Do I need to sign up for ENGR 490?

No, you do not. ENGR 490 is an undergraduate degree requirement. You can just sign up with NCEES and schedule your exam.

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