CA Exam Administration Policies

From the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors:

New Examination Administration Policies for the Professional Engineer,
Engineer-In-Training and Land Surveyor-in-Training Examinations in California


Electronic devices including but not limited to cell phones, pagers, personal data assistants (PDAs), digital wristwatches, digital clocks, scanners, cameras or any calculating device which, in the opinion of the Board, may pose a threat to exam security SHALL NOT BE BROUGHT INTO THE EXAMINATION ROOM. If any of these items are brought into the examination room, you will be required to leave them at your own risk inside a box or container inside the examination area. The Board assumes no responsibility or liability for any of these items. These items will be returned to you after the examination. If you refuse to surrender the items to the Board's representatives upon request, you will be removed from the examination for failing to comply with the laws and policies regarding examination security and subversion. If you are found to have such devices with you during the examination, the item(s) will be confiscated and you will be removed from the examination. In addition to the items being confiscated, the incident will be reported to the Enforcement Unit of the Board for investigation as a possible violation of the laws regarding examination security and subversion. Penalties for such a violation can include, but are not limited to, your examination being voided and your examination fee being forfeited. LEAVE THESE DEVICES IN YOUR CAR OR AT HOME!


Timing devices brought into the examination room are to be used solely for the determination of the passage of time. They cannot have a digital display; they must be absolutely silent and are not to exceed the dimension of 5-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 1". Timing devices that are programmable and/or make noise are not permitted and will be confiscated by Board examination staff. Wall clocks will not be provided. It is your responsibility to remain alert to the passage of time.

To contact the California Board about these policies, send email to or call 916-263-2222.