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Exam Information

Nature of Examination

The Professional Engineering (PE) exam tests your ability to practice competently in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained at least four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.

Each PE exam lasts 8 hours and is split into a morning and an afternoon session.

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the P.E. license. It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers.

Exam formats vary for the Professional Engineer (PE)/Principles and Practice exams. Sessions consist of a morning (breadth) exam and afternoon (depth) exam session which must be completed on the same day.

All exams are open book with restrictions.

For additional details about the format of the Fundamentals and Professional exam, visit the National Council of Examiners' Web site at For specific information regarding the Fundamentals exam, visit and for the Principles and Practice exam, visit

State Exam Information

Illinois Applicants:
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street
Springfield, Illinois 62786
Phones: 217.785.0800 (for information)
217.782.8556 (for application)

Indiana Applicants:
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
302 West Washington
Room E034
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: 317.232.2980

Other States:
Please visit NCEES links to state board information by state.

* IIT engineering majors expecting to graduate within one year after the exam may apply at the beginning of the semester prior to the exam. For registration information or review course details contact Office of Professional Development at 630.682.6030 or