FE Review Course Overview

Overview of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Online Review Course

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Online Review for FE Exam

This is a self-paced course is designed to help students pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Students will learn how to use the online NCEES FE Reference Handbook to solve typical Fundamentals of Engineering exam problems. The FE Online Review provides approximately 230 practice problems and 15 hours of videos showing professors solving these problems. Access to other online resources and strategies for passing the exam will also be provided. This course is appropriate to help individuals study for all FE exams except Industrial Engineering.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam?
    The FE Exam is a national exam given throughout the year in the United States. Since January 2014, the FE exam is given as a computer-based test at a commercial testing center. The FE exam is the initial step toward being eligible to take the PE (Professional Engineer) licensing exam.
  • What are the benefits of taking an online review course to prepare before you take the FE Exam?
    The FE Exam is a fast-paced, timed (six hour) examination. The material covered in the exam is comprehensive and wide-ranging. The only reference material allowed during the exam itself is the most current (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) NCEES handbook which is supplied as a computer-based manual during the exam. As with any major exam, it is vital that you are well-prepared in the subject matter and that you can easily find the formulas, definitions, etc. that are contained in the NCEES handbook in a time-effective manner.
  • What computer resources are needed to enroll in this course?
    You must have access to a computer that can open documents with this file extension: .PDF and has 3 MB to download the online handbook. NOTE: The Adobe Acrobat Reader, which opens .PDF files, is freely available online.
  • Why is the FE Exam important?
    To work toward earning a professional engineering license (PE), you are first required to pass the FE Exam.
  • What is covered in the FE Exam?
    The exam covers subject matter taught in a standard EAC (Engineering Accreditation Commission) / ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited B.S. engineering degree program. You must select one of seven exams: (ChE, CE, EnvE, ECE, IE, ME, Other Disciplines).
  • What is covered in this NCSU Distance Education course?
    This course is designed to help students use the F. E. Handbook in solving problems common to all seven engineering exams. This course covers all topics covered on the Other Disciplines (O.D.) examination and many topics covered on each of the six other exams. We encourage students to seriously consider taking the Other Disciplines (O.D.) exam. Twice a year, the NCEES publishes the passing rates on all exams. The passing rates on the O.D. exam in the past have been generally higher than passing rates on the other six exams. Furthermore, the O.D. exam is easier to prepare for because there are fewer topics covered than in most of the other exams. The O.D. exam covers the material generally taught in the first two years of all engineering curricular – Math, Physics, Chemistry, Probability, Computer Science, etc.. The other six discipline specific exams cover these fundamentals as well as their applications to these disciplines. All students are encouraged to buy and study a trial exam from NCEES.
  • How long is the FE Exam?
    Examinees are allowed six (6) hours to complete the exam. The exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. The six-hour time slot includes a tutorial, a break, and a short survey at the end. The actual exam time is 5 hours, 20 minutes.
  • What reference material is allowed during the FE Exam?
    The current version of the appropriate NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) reference handbook will be supplied to the examinees onscreen on a 24-inch monitor as a searchable PDF. Only approved calculators are allowed.
  • After you pass the FE Exam, what is your next step?
    Passing the FE Exam and graduating from an ABET accredited engineering program are the first two steps on the road to earning your professional licensure as an engineer. To continue the process toward earning your PE: (1) You must complete at least 4 years of experience required by your State Licensing Board and (2) You must pass a Professional Engineering Exam (NC and, perhaps, other states allow you to take the PE exam at any time).

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