South Dakota Mines is a Pearson VUE Test Site

South Dakota Mines is Pearson VUE test site for the following tests: NCEES exam (Fundamentals of Engineering or FE).

NCEES Testing: FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Exam

In order to register for the FE Exam, candidates must FIRST go to the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions web site – – and complete the 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. 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.

NCEES candidates can learn more about the test, as well as register and schedule by logging into MyNCEES (

Note: Registration and scheduling are not available through test centers.

More About the FE Exam:

 FE Exam has been administered as a six hour computer based test. The test will be administered several times monthly on Mondays and Friday. Tests are given specific to the following disciplines: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Other Engineering Disciplines. 

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. Discipline specific computer based practice examinations may also be purchased. 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 into the test room. A copy of the FE Reference Handbook will be provided on the test computer and erasable boards 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. Candidates should arrive at least 30 minutes early to their exam to allow time for check-in procedures.  NCEES candidates are strongly encouraged to bring a lunch.  

If you have specific questions, please contact your Department Test Representative, Department Head or the Testing Advisor (

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    South Dakota Mines Testing Center

    Devereaux Library, Room 310
    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
    501 E. St. Joseph St.
    Rapid City, SD  57701