University of Vermont


Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the Professional Engineer (PE) license. The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. For more general information about the exam, visit the NCEES FE webpage.

To register for an FE exam, students should create and log in to their MyNCEES account and follow the onscreen instructions. Learn more about the exam and the exam environment by reading the rules and policies in your NCEES Examinee Guide.

NCEES offers computer-based practice exams that contain questions and solutions from past exams. They also simulate the real format, style, and level of difficulty.

Resources for the exam:

Vermont Exam Registration

Fundamentals Exam

The Vermont Secretary of State requires examinees to submit an application and/or pay an application fee to the board. Once approved, examinees may register with NCEES to schedule an exam. Examinees should contact the board directly for details.

*A student who has attended multiple institutions to make up the five semesters of engineering course work, must have their education certified by each institution attended. The education verification document is included in the application.

To find the application, visit the Vermont Secretary of State's Professional Regulation webpage and follow the steps provided here:

  • Select "Engineering" as the profession in the drop-down menu on the left side of the page
  • Click the link to "Forms & Applications"
  • Select the "Engineer Intern Online Application Process" and follow the Secretary of State issued directions
    **Note: The Certificate of Education will need to be filled out by a member of CEMS Student Services and sent directly to the Vermont Secretary of State.

Exam results for the computer-based FE and FS exams are typically available within 7–10 business days of taking the exam. Examinees will receive an email notification from NCEES with instructions to view their results in their MyNCEES account. Results will include a link to the examinee's licensing board for additional state-specific information or instructions as appropriate.

All results are reported as pass/fail. Students who fail the examination will receive a diagnostic report showing the performance for each of the major topics covered on the exam.

FE Exam Specifications

The FE Exam is offered in seven disciplines. Specifications for the exams are as follows (PDFs):

For more information on the FE exam, visit: and

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