The Fundamentals of Surveying Exam will be changing to an Electronic Version beginning January 2014.
If you plan to take the FS Exam in the near future, visit the NCEES website to create an account.
Follow all of the on-screen instructions to be sure your requirements have been met. The Board may not send you a letter detailing your exam location, but calling to comfirm is in your best interest. After that you should receive materials in the mail a couple weeks before the exam.
Official FS Exam Computer-Based Testing Information:
Beginning in January 2014, the FE and FS exams will be offered year round as computer-based exams at Pearson VUE testing centers.
The four testing windows throughout the year include:
Registration will be open year round. When the exams transition to computer-based testing (CBT), you will be able to register for the exam in any state and take it at any NCEES-approved testing center regardless of location. To increase access to exams, all examinees will complete their exams at their local Pearson VUE testing center. Pearson VUE testing centers use a patent-winning design that was created specifically for high-stakes testing.
Locally, you will be able to take the exam at the Pearson VUE Testing Center at Montage Mountain.
The number of questions is changing, but the grading/passing format will remain the same. The FE and FS exams will each have 110 questions. Some places state the NCEES calculator policy is still under consideration and other places on the website state they will remain the same.
The FE and FS exam appointments will be six hours in length. They will include a tutorial, a break, the exam, and a brief survey at the conclusion of the exam. Examinees will have 5 hours and 20 minutes to complete the actual exam.
Registration for the computer-based FE and FS exams is scheduled to open on November 4, 2013 and will be open year-round. You will register and schedule your appointment through your My NCEES account on the NCEES website.
The CBT exam fee is $225 to register with NCEES. Additional fees may be required to register with your state licensing board.
Web-based practice exams will be available for the FE and FS exams in early November. The practice exams will look and operate very much like the actual exams. The appropriate reference handbooks will be released in early September. At that time, you will be able to purchase a printed version or download a free PDF from the NCEES website.