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Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Pass Rate

Licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) is multi-step process that requires several years to complete.  While each state licensing board has its own laws regarding engineering licensure, there is a general four-step process for licensure candidates:

  1. Earn a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program.
  2. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.
  3. Gain acceptable work experience (typically a minimum of four years). In most cases, this must be completed under the supervision of a P.E.
  4. Pass the Professional Engineering (PE) exam in the appropriate discipline.

All OSU chemical engineers complete Step 1 when they graduate as we are an ABET-accredited engineering program.  The second step involves passing a national exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES – www.ncees.org).  Up until 2014, the FE exam was administered twice a year as an eight-hour, paper-and-pencil multiple choice examination.  Beginning in 2014, the FE exam is being administered as a six-hour computer-based exam.

The FE exam covers all of the technical subjects required to earn a chemical engineering degree.  Prior to 2014, the same exam was used across the nation during each administration.  Consequently, the pass rate (only result made available to universities) may be used as one comparative indicator of educational program quality.

Since 1995, the national average pass rate for graduates from the 150+ ABET-accredited chemical engineering departments across the country has been 85 %.  During this same time period, the average pass rate for OSU chemical engineers has been 92 %.  This is significantly better than the national average and reflects

  • the balanced emphasis on theory and engineering practice in our curriculum, and
  • the quality of our students and their commitment to a professional education.