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FE & FS Exam Specs Will Change in 2014

10/24/2012

 

In January 2014, the current specifications for the FE & FS exams will change when the exam transitions from a pencil-and-paper administration to a computer-based one. NCEES conducts a content review for the FE & FS exams every six to eight years. This review maintains the exam consistency with the important topic areas being taught in U.S. engineering and surveying programs. Development of the new FE and FS exam specifications began in spring 2011.The creation of NCEES exam specifications focuses on developing and administering a content survey and analyzing the survey results. This is a detailed process in which each step contains checks and balances to ensure that the resulting exams are fair to the candidates based on the coursework that they take in their engineering curriculum and to provide the state licensing boards with an adequate measure of each candidate’s minimum competency to begin the licensure process.

NCEES has posted the FE exam major domains and the FS exam major domains for the new exams so that universities that offer review courses will have this information to prepare new review courses. To help avoid confusion between the new and current FE and FS specifications, NCEES is waiting until 2013 to release the detailed specifications. When they are posted, the specifications will include additional information within each domain and the percentages of each topic on the exams. Additional information is available at www.ncees.org.