FE Civil Practice Exam Complete with Explanations


The FE tests, formerly known as the EIT Exams (Engineer in Training), are developed and scored by the NCEES - the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Passing them is a necessary prerequisite to gaining employment as a professional licensed engineer (P.E.). Due to the complexity of the test, it is best to take the exam in close proximity to finishing your undergraduate degree. The computer-based FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) Civil Engineering exam is no doubt a long and intensive 6-hour affair. The exam will cover a wide range of martial which you have studied as part of your civil engineering curriculum, and subjects, which you may not have touched upon like engineering economics. The more comfortable you are with taking online testing, the better you will do. you is especially true for those taking the test well after finishing their studies.

The structure of the FE/EIT Civil Engineering Test


Now that we have established the purpose of the test, let’s take a deeper look, so you can gain a more rounded view of what to expect.


Central Test Format


The test will include 110 questions, divided between 18 sections, to be completed within a 6-hour time frame. Don’t worry, the 6 hours also includes a 25-minute break, an 8-minute tutorial, and 2 minutes designated to sign a nondisclosure agreement. The total actual test time will be 5 hours and 20 minutes. The test is pass-fail and only three types of calculators are permitted for use throughout the testing. Casio fx-115 and fx-991; HP 33s and HP 35; and TI-30X and TI-36X models.

 Note: It is highly recommended to review the official NCEES exam handbook for additional information. 


FE Civil Engineering Test Topics:


Though we cannot delve into all of the 18 exam sections on this forum, we will give you a preview of 4 topics, while giving the rest a mention.


  • Mathematics: Including 7-11 questions, this section will quiz abilities in a number of sib-sections, including: Vector analysis, calculus, roots of equations, and analytic geometry.


  • Probability and Statistics: Including 4-6 questions, this segment will test at your understanding of regression analysis in analyzing a dataset to find the best model in relation to its curves. Additionally, the section will quiz you on other related subjects, such as; Measuring central tendencies and dispersions, making decisions via expected value, and Estimation for a single mean in statistics.  


  • Computational Tools: Using tools like spreadsheets and Structured programming (Ada, dBase, and Pascal) are important for enforcing a programs logical structure and is necessary knowledge and skill-set for those seeking to enter civil engineering. This section will include 4-6 questions.


  • Ethics and Professional Practice: In the field of civil engineering, following the ethics and good practices of the profession is vital in ensuring the right outcome. You may be involved in building residential or commercial structures, constructing roads and pipelines, or airports and railways, which means public safety is very much in your hands. This segment will there therefore cover topics like professional liability, Codes of ethics, Licensure, Sustainability and sustainable design, Professional skills, and contract law. This segment will include 4-6 questions.


More Exam Fundamentals of Engineering Segments:


  • Engineering Economics: 4-6 questions.
  • Statics: 7-11 questions.
  • Dynamics: 4-6 questions.
  • Mechanics of Materials: 7-11 questions.
  • Materials: 4-6 questions.
  • Fluid Mechanics: 4-6 questions.
  • Hydraulics and Hydrologic Systems: 8-12 questions.
  • Structural Analysis: 6-9 questions.
  • Structural Design: 6-9 questions.
  • Geotechnical Engineering: 9-14 questions.
  • Transportation Engineering: 8-12 questions.
  • Environmental Engineering: 6-9 questions.
  • Construction: 4-6 questions.
  • Surveying: 4-6 questions.


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 Why Choose JobTestPrep to Prepare?

The FE Civil Engineering Exam has a fairly high 69% pass rate for first-time takers who were administered the test within 12 months of graduation. While the exam is passable, intense and smart study is called for.  Included in our comprehensive PrepPack™, you will find simplified materials via study guides, drills, videos and more to ensure that all issues are clarified, and you can pass with self-confidence. 

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