FE and GMAT Exams

SD Mines is a Pearson VUE Test Site

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is Pearson VUE test site for the following tests: Fundamentals of Engineering, (FE) also known as NCEES and the Graduate Management Admissions Test, (GMAT).

FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Exam: NCEES Testing

NCEES candidates can learn more about the test, as well as register and schedule by:

  • Logging into MyNCEES (www.ncees.org).
  • Calling the NCEES registration number at the call center.
    Candidates with questions can phone the call center at 1-888-866-8766 (toll free) Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. There is a $10 fee for candidates who schedule through the Pearson VUE Call Center.
    Registration and scheduling are not available through test centers.

More About the FE Exam:

There is a significant change in the way the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is being administered today. In past years – for SD Mines 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 has been 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, starting in 2014, tests are 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 Tutoring and Testing Coordinator – in order to take the exam.

Five computer testing stations are located in the (TLC) 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 must first go to the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions web site – https://apps.sd.gov/LD17BTP/login.aspx – 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 – http://ncees.org/ – to formally register for the exam; cost for the exam is $175. 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 website 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 current 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, Department Head or the Tutoring and Testing Coordinator (Thomas.Mahon@sdsmt.edu). Good luck on the FE Exam. 

GMAT Testing

GMAT candidates can register and schedule by:

  • Visiting the candidate website (www.mba.com).
  • Calling the GMAT registration call center phone number listed below.


Email: GMATCandidateServicesAmericas@pearson.com
Telephone: 800-717-GMAT (4628) (toll free in U.S. and Canada only)
Telephone: 952-681-3681, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST
Fax: 952-681-3681  

About Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE Authorised Test Centre Selects are privately owned, third-party testing facilities which are authorized by Pearson VUE to deliver on-site, on-demand testing for IT certification, academic admission and professional licensure exams. They have been carefully selected for their quality, service and amenities, which is upgraded to incorporate advanced security and surveillance technology.

Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centres in more than 175 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international education company, whose businesses also include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.


Exams & Testing

Need Testing or Tutoring help or information?
Contact Tom Mahon
Tutoring and Testing Coordinator
(605) 394-2428

TLC (SD Mines Testing Center)

Lower Level Devereaux Library
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 E. St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995