Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

There is a significant change in the way the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam will be administered in 2014.  In past years – for SDSM&T candidates – the FE Exam was administered twice yearly (April and October) as an eight hour exam at the Rapid City Civic Center using pencil and paper.  Beginning in 2014 the FE Exam will be administered as a six hour computer based test.  The test will be administered several times monthly in January, February, April, May, July, August, October, and November.  Also in 2014, tests will be given specific to the following disciplines: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Other Engineering Disciplines.  As in the past, candidates must have attained at least senior-level academic standing – as verified by the individual academic departments – in order to take the exam.

Five computer testing stations are located in the Tech Learning Center in the basement of the Deveraux Library – as such, only five tests may be administered on any given day when testing is offered.

In order to register for the FE Exam, candidates should first go to the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions web site – – and complete the simple State registration form. Once registered with the State, candidates should go to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) web site – – to formally register for the exam; cost for the exam is $225. Once registered with NCEES, there will be a direct link provided to Pearson VUE where registration for a specific test site and test date may be completed.

Candidates are encouraged to carefully review the NCEES web site for information about the FE Exam.  An NCEES Examination Guide is available for free online download, as is the FE Reference Handbook; the FE Reference Handbook may also be purchased in hard-copy for $13.95.  Discipline specific computer based practice examinations may also be purchased for $49.95.  If you have the former hard-copy FE Exam Study Guide, it may have some utility in assisting with preparation for the test, but is not specifically designed as preparation for the 2014 test.

On exam day, test candidates may only take an NCEES approved calculator and approved “comfort items”, as designated on the NCEES web site, into the test room.  A copy of the FE Reference Handbook will be provided on the test computer and a dry erase board and marker will be provided for notes and calculations.  Pencils, paper, notes, and other related items are not allowed in the test room.  Candidates should bring an approved form of picture identification that looks as the candidate currently does – if the candidate has a beard or significantly different haircut than the picture on the ID, it is recommended that a new ID be procured, as a photograph of the candidate will be taken and provided to NCEES along with a copy of the ID.  If the photo and the ID are not easily recognizable as the same individual, issues could arise.

If you have specific questions, please contact your Department Test Representative or Department Head.  Good luck on the FE Exam.