The Format and Scoring of the FE Exam

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					Taking and passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is a
necessary requirement for all engineers interested in attaining a
professional engineer license. In preparing for this exam, test-takers
must familiarize themselves with the format and scoring methodology of
the exam.      The exam consists of two sessions: a morning session and
an afternoon session. The morning session contains 120 problems, each of
which is worth one point, meaning that the total possible points for the
morning session are 120. The afternoon session contains 60 problems, each
of which is worth two points. Thus, a maximum possible score of 120
points is possible for the afternoon session. Both the morning and
afternoon sessions have equal weight in the overall exam score. A
predetermined passing percentage is not established ahead of time and
will vary on an annual basis depending on the difficulty level of the

  The morning session lasts four hours and covers general engineering
subjects. This is followed by a one-hour break and then the afternoon
session. The afternoon sessions lasts four hours and covers discipline-
specific engineering subjects.        The morning session contains
approximately 19 math questions, 8 probability questions, 11 chemistry
questions, 8 computer questions, 8 ethics questions, 10 economics
questions, 6 statics questions, 7 dynamics questions, 8 material strength
questions, 8 material properties questions, 8 fluids questions, 11
electricity questions, and 8 thermodynamics questions.       The afternoon
session contains approximately 6 math questions, 5 probability questions,
6 economics questions, 8 material strength questions, 7 material
properties questions, 9 fluids questions, 7 electricity questions, 9
thermodynamics questions, and 3 biology questions.       One unique
feature of the FE exam is that test-takers are given the NCEES Reference
Handbook to use while taking the exam. This handbook outlines all the
major formulas and equations that are covered on the test. Therefore, the
test administrators do not expect students to memorize formulas for the
test. Instead, the comprehension of major concepts is the ultimate goal.
After registering for the exam, test-takers will receive in the mail a
copy of the NCEES handbook. When studying for the exam, test-takers are
strongly encouraged to use a highlighter on the equations that appear
most often on the FE exam.        Students interested in becoming
professional engineers are encouraged to start preparing early for the FE
exam. There are study guides available on the market, which can greatly
simplify and facilitate the preparation phase. Please visit FE Exam Prep
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