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PE Electrical Exam Details

Everything You Need to Know About the PE Electrical Exam! 

The PE Electrical and Computer exam is a computer-based exam in which you will work questions relevant to electrical engineering practice in Power, Electronics, or Computer Engineering. Click on the tabs below to learn more about the exam.

PE Electrical Exam Overview

The PE Electrical exam is designed to test for a minimum level of competency in electrical engineering. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years of work experience in their chosen engineering discipline. 

This exam is an 8-hour, closed-book computer-based (CBT) exam with 80 questions relevant to Electrical engineering practices. The PE Electrical exam can be taken in three different disciplines: Power; Electronics, Controls, and Communications; or Computer Engineering.

A minimum of 300 hours of preparation for the PE Electrical exam is recommended, although some candidates will need more or less time, depending on their individual backgrounds and experience. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam.

The PE Electrical Power exam is administered year-round at Pearson VUE test centers, while the Electronics, Controls, and Communications and Computer Engineering exams will be administered one day a year in October.

Interested in registering for the PE Electrical exam? Visit NCEES to learn more.

Power Exam Details

The average pass rate of a first-time taker of the PE Electrical: Power exam is 71%.

Topics covered include:

  • General Power Engineering
  • Circuits
  • Rotating Machines and Electrical Power Devices
  • Transmission and Distribution (High, Medium, and Low Voltage)

For more information on the exam specifications, please visit NCEES.

Electronics, Controls, and Communications Exam Details

The average pass rate of a first-time taker of the PE Electrical: Electronics, Controls, and Communications exam is 62%.

Topics covered include:

  • General Electrical Engineering Knowledge
  • Digital Systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Communications

For more information on the exam specifications, please visit NCEES.

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