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References, Materials and Procedures for the Illinois Professional Engineering Examinations
Each candidate is responsible for knowing and adhering to these rules regulating the administration of the
Professional Engineering Examinations. Read all of the following information carefully. Failure to follow
these rules can result in immediate dismissal and disqualification from these examinations.
1. Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
2. Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination
Both exams are administered in April and October of each year. Specific dates for the next scheduled
examinations are available at the NCEES Web site at www.ncees.org. Illinois is not a member of ELSES
and you cannot register for the tests in Illinois through NCEES. You must submit an application and have it
approved prior to signing up for the examinations. After approval, you may register for the examinations at
These are the requirements of Illinois for the Testing Centers: Where the NCEES requirements
and Illinois requirements differ, the Illinois requirements will take precedence for those taking
the exams at the Illinois Testing Centers. The Standard NCEES candidate information packet
is the last two pages of this reference sheet.
1. By registering for this examination, each candidate acknowledges and accepts the
responsibility to maintain the security of these examinations by neither copying nor divulging
any questions, answers or solutions to any part of these tests, including any drawings or
notes made with reference to these examinations. Each examinee will sign a statement
2. Any breach of examination security will be grounds for discipline by the Illinois Department
of Professional Regulation.
Photo Identification Required. Each candidate must present a photo ID and a valid admission
notice to be admitted into any of the examinations. The only acceptable photographic identification
is a Driver's License, Secretary of State ID card, or a current passport. If the name on the photo ID
does not match the name on the admission notice, proof of legal name change must be presented
before the candidate can be admitted to an examination.
The examination specifications (content) are available from the NCEES. You may obtain a
copy from the NCEES Web site at www.ncees.org. If you do not have access to the Internet,
you may contact the NCEES toll free at 1-800-250-3196. The specifications are only provided
through the NCEES.
Illinois PE Reference Guide June 2009
Page 1Seating and Permission to Leave the Room. The tables in the examination room will be numbered. When
directed to do so by a proctor, please sit at the table that is marked with the number which corresponds with
your admission card number. Place your admission card, with a photo ID near the edge of your table so that
it may be checked by the monitors without disturbing you.
Permission must be obtained from examination security personnel to leave the room for any reason.
Talking or any contact with other examinees during the examination is not permitted and may be grounds for
immediate removal and disqualification.
Visitors. Friends and relatives are not permitted to be in the testing area at any time. Anyone who accompanies
you to the test site and is not registered to take these tests must meet you outside the testing facility after the
test has been completed.
Materials Prohibited During Examinations
! Any devices or materials that might compromise the security of the examination ARE
PROHIBITED. All such devices or materials found during an examination may be checked by
examination security personnel and confiscated pending any investigation or action regarding
possible threats to the security of the test.
! All communicating devices such as pagers, beepers, cellular telephones or other electronic
instruments that may disturb or distract candidates during the examination, including electronic
watches with set alarms, ARE PROHIBITED.
! Smoking and consumption of food and drink ARE PROHIBITED in the examination room.
! Devices having a QWERTY keypad arrangement similar to a typewriter or keyboard are not
permitted. Devices not permitted include, but are not limited to, palmtop, laptop, hand-held and
desktop computers, calculators not approved by NCEES, databanks, data collectors, and organizers.
! Personal pencils or other writing devices. ONLY MECHANICAL PENCILS SUPPLIED BY
THE NCEES ARE PERMITTED IN THE EXAMINATION ROOM.
! CALCULATORS. Only those calculators specified by NCEES will be allowed. For the latest
list of allowable calculators, you may obtain a copy from the NCEES Web site at www.ncees.org.
The following references are NOT permitted in the examination room:
! Material copied from several handbooks and textbooks and bound by/for the candidate;
! Loose tables, maps, charts, reference cards, etc.;
! Writing tables, unbound tables, or unbound notes;
! Manuals that are publications of the Illinois Department of Transportation (commonly referred
to as the IDOT Manual);
! Books with content directed mainly toward solution of engineering problems or preparation for
professional engineering examinations.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: If you move before you receive your examination results, you must
submit your change of address in writing to Continental Testing Services, Inc., 547 South La Grange
Road, La Grange, IL 60525.
Illinois PE Reference Guide June 2009
Page 2EXAMINATION RESULTS: The examination results should be available within approximately three months
from the date of the examination. The results will be mailed to you as soon as they are available. DO NOT
CALL THE DEPARTMENT OR CONTINENTAL TESTING SERVICES, INC. IN THIS
FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGINEERING EXAMINATION
The Fundamentals of Engineering Examination is a supplied reference examination. It consists of
two 4-hour sessions (AM and PM) separated by a lunch break. Both sessions must be taken to receive
a score. The score will be reported as Pass or Fail.
The morning session contains 120 required items common to all disciplines.
The afternoon session is administered in the six disciplines and one non-specific discipline: Chemical, Civil,
Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, and a general engineering section for all remaining disciplines
and contains 60 two-point questions for a total of 120 points.
You may obtain a copy of the examination specifications (examination content) from the NCEES
Web site at www.ncees.org or toll-free at 1-800-250-3196.
! The NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Handbook will be provided at the examination. If
you bring a copy with you, it will not be permitted in the examination.
! The examination booklet, answer sheet, and supplied-reference handbook shall be turned in before
leaving the examination room.
! In preparation for the examination, you may obtain copies of the reference, "The Fundamentals of
Engineering Reference Handbook," and the most current examination specifications from the
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEEs) at www.ncees.org or toll free at
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ENGINEERING EXAMINATION
The Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination is administered as a Discipline Examination. You
must indicate the discipline that you plan to be examined in at the time you register for the examination with
Continental Testing Services, Inc., and the appropriate examination booklet will be ordered for your use.
The specifications indicate the content areas and the format of the examination. The examination may be
No-Choice, all multiple choice questions, or Breadth/Depth format, all multiple-choice questions. In
preparation for the examination, you may obtain the most current examination specifications (examination
content and summary of format) from the NCEES Web site at www.ncees.org.
! Each discipline examination uses dimensional units which reflect current practice in that
discipline. Some disciplines will have an increase in the use of metric units due to federal
! No scratch paper is allowed. Blank pages for scratchwork are provided in each solution
pamphlet. No credit will be given for answers recorded in the test booklets; the answers must be
recorded in the solution pamphlets.
Illinois PE Reference Guide June 2009
Page 3References for Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination:
! Examinees may use any number of texts during the examination. No exchange of reference material
will be permitted during any examination session. Examinees may choose to change some of their
reference books between the morning and afternoon sessions.
! All exams are open book. PE Civil must bring their own copies of the applicable design standards.
! All reference books must be printed in the English language.
! Books must be copyrighted and formally bound by the publisher.
! The NCEES Transportation Design Standards and Structural Design Standards are referenced in
the Civil examination. Examination problems, which reference a standard of practice, are scored
based on these lists. To ensure that you have the most current copy available, you may obtain a copy
from the NCEES Web site at www.ncees.org.
! The codes and standards used on the PE examinations are identified in the NCEES examination
specifications, such as the 2005 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) applies to any
code-related questions contained in the Electrical discipline examination.
! Reference manuals published by Professional Publications, Inc., and Great Lakes Press, Inc., (which
includes reference manuals by Michael Lindeburg, Merle Potter and other authors) are permitted.
However, the accompanying solution manuals are not permitted.
Examples of books not approved include: Hicks Handbook, FAN Engineering, NCEES Study Guides,
solution manuals (which includes the solution manuals by Michael Lindeburg, Merle Potter, and other
authors published by Professional Publications, Inc., and Great Lakes Press, Inc.) and any other books
purported to be helpful in preparation for professional engineering examinations. The NCEES Fundamentals
of Engineering Reference Handbook will not be allowed in the examination.
STUDY MATERIALS AND REFRESHER COURSES
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has developed exam
preparation materials and study guides for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination and the
Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination. To order a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering
Reference Handbook or study materials, contact the NCEES at one of the following:
! Web site: www.ncees.org ! NCEES
! Toll-free: 800-250-3196 Post Office Box 11686
! FAX: 864-654-6033 Clemson, SC 29633-1686
For information regarding refresher courses, contact:
! Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. (ISPE) 217/544-7424
Illinois PE Reference Guide June 2009
Page 4NCEES Candidate Agreement
(continued on next page)
All licensure candidates qualified to take any NCEES exam must review the following information before sitting for the
exam. Examinees are required to sign their exam answer sheet before the exam starts to affirm that they have been
provided this information, have read and understand the material, and agree to abide by the stated policies and
procedures, which apply to all NCEES exams. Full compliance is required.
Only models of calculators listed below are permitted in
the exam room for the 2009 exams.
• Hewlett Packard—HP 33s and HP 35s models, but no
• Casio—All fx-115 models. Any Casio calculator
must contain fx-115 in its model name.
• Texas Instruments—All TI-30X and TI-36X models.
Any Texas Instruments calculator must contain either
TI-30X or TI-36X in its model name.
For exam admission, examinees must present a current,
signed, government-issued photographic identification
(such as a valid state driver’s license or passport). Student IDs are not acceptable. Examinees must report to
the exam site by the designated time. Examinees will not
be admitted after the exam instructions begin.
Grounds for Dismissal from the Exam and/or
Invalidation of Exam Results
• Having a cell phone in your possession
• Having loose papers, legal pads, writing tablets, or
unbound notes in your possession
• Having a device with copying, recording, or communication capabilities in your possession. These include
but are not limited to cameras, pagers, PDAs, radios,
headsets, tape players, MP3 players, calculator
watches, electronic dictionaries, electronic translators,
and transmitting devices.
• Having a calculator that is not on the NCEESapproved list
• Using a non-NCEES writing instrument or eraser to
complete any portion of the exam
• Copying from another examinee’s answer sheet or
colluding with other examinees
• Beginning the exam before the proctor instructs you
to do so
• Failing to stop writing immediately when time is
• Writing on anything other than your exam booklet or
answer sheet; writing in the FE Supplied-Reference
• Removing pages from your exam booklet
• Violating any other terms stated in this agreement that
are cause for dismissal or exam invalidation
If any prohibited item is found in an examinee’s possession after the exam begins, the item will be confiscated
and sent to NCEES. No refund will be provided to examinees dismissed from the exam.
• For Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam: This
is a closed-book exam. The only reference material
examinees may use is the FE Supplied-Reference
Handbook distributed by proctors. The Handbook
may be purchased or printed from the NCEES Web
site. Examinees may not bring their own Handbook,
other reference material, or Post-it
type notes or
flags into the exam room.
• For Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam: This is
a closed-book exam. Examinees may use only the reference formulas at the front of their exam books. No
other reference materials may be used. The reference
formulas are available on the NCEES Web site. Examinees are not allowed to bring their own copies of
the formulas into the exam room. Post-it
or flags are not permitted.
• For Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE)
and Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS)
exams: These are open-book exams. Examinees must
bring their own reference materials. All reference
materials must be bound and remain bound during the
exam. Bound refers to (1) materials permanently
bound, as by stitching or glue, and (2) materials securely fastened in their covers by fasteners that penetrate all
papers. Ring binders, spiral binders, plastic snap binders, brads, and screw posts are acceptable fasteners.
Staples are not acceptable fasteners. Examinees may
tab reference books before the exam with Post-it
notes and flags, but pads of Post-it notes and flags are
not permitted in the exam room. Writing tablets and
legal pads are not allowed.
Personal items are the sole responsibility of the examinee. Neither NCEES, the state board, exam proctors, or
the site facility are responsible for any lost, misplaced, or
• FE and FS examinees may bring personal items in a
clear plastic bag only. Purses and backpacks are not
permitted in closed-book exams.
• Examinees may bring snacks (e.g., hard candies, candy bars, gum) and nonalcoholic drinks, as long as
having them does not disturb other examinees.
• Examinees may wear wristwatches or place them on
the floor. Small clocks must be placed on the floor.June 15, 2009
• Examinees may not wear hoods (on hooded sweatshirts, for example) or hats with brims during the exam. Head coverings that qualify as religious apparel
• Examinees may not use slide charts or wheel charts
(hand-held cardboard or plastic calculating devices
with rotating or sliding pieces).
• Examinees may not bring weapons of any kind.
• Examinees may not bring tobacco products or
Items Permitted on the Desktop
Examinees may have these items on the desktop during
the exam: answer sheet, exam booklet, ID, admission
notice, approved reference material, NCEES-approved
calculators, NCEES-issued pencils with erasers, small
snacks, and two straightedges such as a ruler, scale, triangle, or protractor.
Fraud, deceit, dishonesty, unprofessional behavior, and
other irregular behavior in connection with taking any
NCEES exam is strictly prohibited. Irregular behavior
includes but is not limited to copying or allowing the
copying of exam answers; failing to work independently;
possessing prohibited items; communicating with other
examinees or any outside parties by way of telephones,
personal computers, the Internet, or any other means during the course of an exam; surrogate testing or other dishonest conduct; disrupting other examinees; creating any
safety concerns; failing to cease work on the exam when
time is called; and possessing, reproducing, or disclosing
nonpublic exam questions, answers, or other information
regarding the content of the exam without authorization,
before, during, or after the exam administration.
The chief proctor is authorized to take appropriate action
to investigate, stop, or correct any observed or suspected
irregular behavior, including discharging examinees from
the exam site for prohibited activities and confiscating
any prohibited devices or materials. Examinees must
cooperate fully in any investigation of a suspected irregularity. NCEES reserves the right to pursue all available
remedies for exam irregularities, including canceling results and pursuing administrative, civil, and/or criminal
remedies. Examinees or other persons implicated in an
irregularity will be identified to the state board, which
may invoke additional sanctions. Examinees implicated
in an irregularity will not receive exam results and will
not be eligible for a refund of exam fees.
Remedies for Testing Errors and NCEES Response to Disruptions in Testing and Potential
In the unlikely event that a mistake occurs in printing,
handling, or processing test materials or in scoring or
reporting scores, the test administrator, after consultation
with NCEES, will correct the error, if possible, or permit
the affected examinees either to retest at no additional fee
or to receive a refund of the exam fee. These are the sole
and exclusive remedies available to examinees for errors
in handling or processing registration materials; in printing, handling, or processing exams and exam answer
sheets; in determining or reporting results; and/or in investigating or responding to suspected irregularities.
NCEES, jurisdictions, and testing agents also take steps
that are intended to ensure standardized administration
on test day. If events occur that cause testing to be canceled or interrupted, involve a mistiming on any part of
the test, result in a deviation from required testing procedures, raise concerns about possible advance access to
exam content by one or more examinees, or otherwise
disrupt or compromise the normal testing process,
NCEES will determine whether corrective action is warranted, which could include canceling results or not scoring answer documents. If NCEES determines that
corrective action is necessary, affected examinees may
have the option to retest at no additional fee (normally on
a future national test date) or to receive a refund of the
exam fee, unless the affected examinees caused or were
involved in the conduct that resulted in the need for corrective action, in which case the jurisdiction that authorized seating for the exam will have the right to withhold
either or both of these options. If a jurisdiction offers a
retest and an examinee selects that option, the examinee
may be required to retake the entire exam in order to
produce a valid result. These are the sole and exclusive
remedies available to any examinee who is affected by
disruptions in testing or a potential exam compromise.
Special Testing Accommodations
NCEES must receive testing-accommodation requests by
the registration deadline. All testing accommodations
must be approved by NCEES for each exam administration. Information about available accommodations and
the process for requesting accommodations are posted on
the NCEES Web site.
Intellectual Property Rights and Exam Security
All NCEES exams are copyrighted works. Examinees are
strictly prohibited from copying or disclosing any exam
questions, problems, or answers, orally or in writing.
This prohibition includes not discussing or disclosing
any exam questions or problems on Internet blogs or chat
rooms or through any other means.
Current exam specifications, study materials, scoring
methods, and other exam information are available at
www.ncees.org or by calling NCEES at 800-250-3196.