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The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam will thorougly test your engineering abilities. This examination is designed for engineers who have at least 4 years of post-college working experience in their chosen engineering field. The PE exam lasts 8 hours and is divided into a morning and an afternoon session.

There are different versions of PE exam for various disciplines. You can find the full list on the NCEES website. For the space industry, the most relevant categories are Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, Metallurgical and Materials and Industrial and Systems.

The benefits of passing PE exam are immense and the career advancement it can bring really outweighs the months spent by preparing. The PE exams is designed by professional engineers and it is supposed to reflect the real world practices. The questions are in-depth and although it’s an open book exam, the pass rate is only about 60% across all disciplines.

PE Exam – Important Information

Be sure to check the NCEES website for all necessary information regarding the exam schedule, preparation materials, exam-day policies and scoring.


The examination fees vary from state to state. Check out the NCEES page, where you can select the location of your exam and find more information about registration fees.

Preparation for PE Exam

There are several general rules that you should follow while preparing for PE exam. First of all, create a schedule several month prior the examination date and stick to it as much as possible. When you’re taking the exam, it’s likely that you haven’t been studying for several year. Don’t underestimate this and try to get back into the habit as quickly as possible. Also make sure that you intimately know all of the books that you bring to the exam. Fumbling through a book takes you a lot of precious time and not knowing if the answer is even there definitely won’t add up to your sense of confidence. Also become familiar with all necessary functions in your calculator and reference guides. There are several great guides on how to pass the PE Exam. Check them out:

20 Tips To Pass Professional Engineer Exam

How to Pass the PE Exam on the First Try

PE Exam Prep Guide: How You Can Pass the PE Exam without Having to Study “Everything”

PE Exam Success: The 10 Best Ways To Be Prepared

The 10 Keys For Passing The PE Exam

Should & When to Take The PE and FE Exam

Further Reading


20 Tips To Pass Professional Engineer Exam


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