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The Fundametals of Engineering Exam
Should I take the FE exam?
Key Exam Dates
Here are the key deadline dates to remember for the October 26, 2013 exam:
September 5, 2013 - Registration at The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for filing the Scheduling Form PA11 (exam application).
October 26, 2013 - Sit for the exam.
Graduation 2013 or later - At your request, Messiah College submits directly to Engineering Examination Services a final transcript showing your earned degree.
Eligibility and Registration Deadlines
Graduation, 2013 or later: At your request, Messiah's Registar submits directly to Engineering Examination Services a Terminal Transcript showing your earned degree. Messiah engineering students of at least junior standing are eligible to sit for the exam because the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.(There are other eligibility criteria based on experience rather than education, which do not apply at Messiah). The Scheduling Form (Arrival deadline: September 5, 2013) is the student’s exam application. The Report of Student Status Form (Deadline: September 5, 2013) is the College authentication that you (the student) are in the BSE degreed program that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.
New this year, students must also register for the FE Exam using the NCEES Examinee Management System. Once approved for the exam, examinees will be required to log in to the NCEES Web site (see website info below), obtain a unique ID number, and register for the exam. Examinees will select their exam and their p.m. module on registration.
The FE p.m. exam book will be split into seven individual books. Examinees taking this exam will have to choose their p.m. module when registering with NCEES. On exam day, FE examinees will receive only the one p.m. module they registered for.
The Final Transcript is the College authenticating the student as a graduate. The transcript request may be given to the Registrar after passing the test and prior to graduation for submittal afterward. (Note that after passing the exam, FE status requires the fact of graduation.)
There are some Internet home pages you will want to access, some forms you must download, fill out and file. Next, there is a money order or certified check for $180 you will need to buy and enclose with your application. Finally, place the money order receipt (for $180) in Jean McCauslin’s mail box (along with your student number) for Messiah’s half reimbursement.
For preparation, there are two principal resources, both of which are in Frey 254 Engineering Resource area.
The most important resource is the Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied-Reference Handbook, which is given to each student at the exam. Multiple copies of this manual are available for an individual's use in the Resource area (rear wall on the wall third shelf). Please return it promptly when finished. The goal here is to learn where everything is in the book. Searching anew through this reference for formulas during the examination is to be avoided. (Also see the advice of recent examinees on this subject below.)
Next are the sample test books in the same place. At some point, taking a timed self exam (or part thereof) will be very helpful. Note: the material below and attached includes advice from recent FE examinees plus the comments of Bob Clancy.