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FE - EIT EXAM

Civil Engineering

FE - EIT EXAM

WHAT IS THE FE/EIT EXAM AND WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE IT

The Fundamentals of Engineering / Engineer in Training (FE/EIT) exam is the first of two exams you need to pass in order to become licensed. For civil engineers, licensure is often required to get a job or to advance in your career.

At CCNY, one of the required courses for CE students is CE 40100 Preparations for the FE exam. In lieu of taking the class, students may study for and pass the FE exam on their own. If you decide to do this, once you have passed the exam, bring the document that states this and you will be given credit for CE 40100 without having to take the class.

WHEN ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE EXAM

When you only have 20 credits left to graduate and you have completed Steel Design, you are ready to take the exam!

WHICH EXAM SHOULD YOU TAKE

There are several FE exams that you may take as a CE student. You can take whichever FE exam you want and that you feel you have the best chance of passing. Your choice of FE exam will not commit you to a specific PE exam later on (in NY State). The detailed topics covered in each of these exams can be found at: http://ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/

-FE Civil

-FE Environmental (for the WREE students)

-FE Other Disciplines

A summary of the topics for the FE Civil exam is given below. Detailed coverage can be found at NCEES.

 

FE Civil Exam Topic                            # Questions                 FE Civil Exam Topic                               # Questions
1. Mathematics                                      7-11                          10. Fluid Mechanics                                    4-6
2. Probability, Statistics                          4-6                           11. Hydraulics, Hydrologic Systems           8-12
3. Computational Tools                           4-6                          12. Structural Analysis                                6-9
4. Ethics, Professional Practice             4-6                          13. Structural Design                                   6-9
5. Engineering Economics                      4-6                          14. Geotechnical Engineering                     9-14
6. Statics                                               7-11                         15. Transportation Engineering                   8-12
7. Dynamics                                          4-6                           16. Environmental Engineering                    6-9
8. Mechanics and Materials                  7-11                          17. Construction                                         4-6
9. Materials                                            4-6                           18. Surveying                                             4-6

WHAT TO EXPECT

·The FE exam is a computer-based test (CBT).

·The exam is closed book with an electronic reference, the "FE Reference Handbook" (see below).

·You will have 6 hours to complete the exam, which contains 110 multiple-choice questions. The 6-hour time also includes a tutorial, a break, and a brief survey at the conclusion.

·The FE exam uses both the International System of Units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS).

·If you do not pass the exam, you can retake it. But, NY State only allows you to attempt the exam once "per testing window" (which is about a month long) and no more than three times in the 12-months following your first attempt.

WHEN and WHERE THE EXAM IS GIVEN

The FE exam is offered year-round as computer-based exams at Pearson VUE testing centers. A upcoming schedule of FE exams can be found here: http://ncees.org/exams/exam-schedule/

The exam is given at multiple locations. The one that is closest to CCNY is located at Pearson Professional Centers-NY at 19 West 44th Street, Suite 306 in NYC. For other locations: http://ncees.org/exams/cbt/testing-center-locations/

HOW TO REGISTER TO TAKE THE EXAM

The FE exam is administered by NCEES, and the exam is completely online. The rules about eligibility and how to register for the exam depend on the state in which you are taking the exam.

In NY State, the board that sets the rules is the NYS Office of Professions (NYSOP). Much information is available on their website, including the application for the PE exam and the intern engineer certificate, at: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/pelic.htm

In brief, since the CCNY CE Program is ABET accredited, if you plan to take the exam in NY State, you "are automatically eligible to sit for the NCEES FE exam. You are no longer required to obtain approval from the NYS Board for Engineering prior to registering for the FE exam with NCEES. To sit for the FE exam, you must register and pay NCEES directly through their online registration system available via their website at www.ncees.org." Make sure you register correctly and fill out all the required information fully and accurately. If you leave a section blank or incomplete you will receive a message stating you require Board approval. Then you will have to apply to sit for the exam through NYSOP. You may verify that the CCNY CE program is ABET accredited through ABET at www.abet.org

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM

1.Study materials: The PPI exam practice materials are excellent, as they really match the content of the FE exam and the types of questions on it. We recommend that you purchase both the review manual and the practice problems. http://ppi2pass.com/shop/fe-eit-exam/fe-civil

2.FE Reference Handbook:This is the handbook that you will be given (electronically) during your exam. It contains a lot of data and equations. You should use this handbook when you study for the exam and take practice exams so that you know what is in it and where to find it.http://ncees.org/exams/study-materials/download-fe-supplied-reference-handbook/

3.Allowed calculators: Only certain calculators are permitted in the exam. So, make sure you study for the exam using a permitted calculator. This will help you to get to know your new calculator, so that you are proficient in its use during the actual exam. NCEES lists the ones that are allowed here: http://ncees.org/exams/calculator-policy/

4.Practice tests: It is helpful to take practice tests, mimicking the actual exam conditions, such as time constraints, and using an allowed calculator and the FE Reference Handbook. The PPI Review Manual will have practice tests in it. You can also purchase practice tests directly from NCEES: https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/store/category/FE