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Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is the first step to getting your professional engineering license. You need to pass this exam in order to be eligible for the Professional Engineering (PE) Exam.  Taking the exam may qualify you for many public or private jobs for which you might not otherwise be eligible. Most students take the exam immediately prior to graduating while the material is still fresh in mind. The FE and PE exams are managed by the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying (OSBEELS).

There have been significant changes to the application process and exam format which are effective January 1, 2014 (outlined here).  Beginning in January, the exam will be offered throug computer-based testing, administered at approved Pearson VUE testing centers. 


Applying for the FE/FLS Exam

Applications for the FE & FLS exams are available online, but must be printed and submitted throug the mail.  Students should use the Senior Standing Application.

Verification of Enrollment can be obtained at the COE Undergraduate Programs Office in Batcheller 151.  Please bring your completed paper application to the office for verification.  You must be in your senior year to receive verification of enrollment.

When is the test?

The FE exam is offered throughout the year EXCEPT in March, June, September, and December. You will schedule your own testing date in a month when the exam is offered.

Signing up for the test

1) Submit your FE/FLS application form to OSBEELS.  Processing can take up to two weeks.
2) You should receive an email from OSBEELS confirming receipt of your application.
3) Go to the NCEES website to register and pay your test fee.  
4) You will receive a 2nd email from OSBEELS with instructions about selecting the location and date for your exam.

Test Format

Beginning in January, 2014, the FE and FLS exams will be computer-based tests made up of 110 questions.  the exam lasts 5 hours and 20 minutes, but the entire appointment is 6 hours to include an introduction and a break.  Additional details about the exam can be found on the CBT fact sheet and the NCEES Examinee Guide.

Testing Locations

FE and FLS exams are only administered at approved Pearson VUE testing centers.  The closest centers are in Salem and Eugene, and the full list is available here.

Review Course

A review course is offered at OSU, and is organized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers.  It is not a for-credit course, but does require registration and payment.  Course information is available here


Questions about the Enrollment Verification portion of the FE/FLS exam application can be directed to the COE Undergraduate Programs Office in Batcheller 151 (541-737-5236).  

All other exam related questions should be directed to OSBEELS. 
670 Hawthorne Avenue, SE, Suite 220
Salem, OR  97301