Comprehensive Exam Prep Options for the
PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials CBT Exam

Exam Navigation Bundle

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Complete Exam Solution

Starting at $651

The learning journey starts with our study plan. We recommend a map, but you get to decide the route and how long you want to study with our digital or physical products.

  • Includes new editions of Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual and Practice Problems books improved to focus study on the most important exam material.
  • All questions are solved using the NCEES handbook, which is the only resource available on exam day. Detailed step-by-step solutions to build exam confidence.
  • Quiz Generator lets you create custom quizzes with hundreds of unique problems to master problem-solving skills for each exam topic.
  • Simulate exam day with two Full Practice Exams each with 80 multiple-choice problems similar in scope of topics, number of problems, and level of difficulty.

Learning Hub Digital Bundle

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Recommended for CBT

Starting at $59 per Week

All of our industry-leading PE exam prep materials are available in an easy-to-use eLearning platform—PPI Learning Hub. This digital bundle::

  • Includes PE Mechanical Study Plan which acts as a central hub keeping you on track for your exam date.
  • Includes over 280 exam-like problems with easy-to-follow, step-by-step solutions.
  • Two diagnostic exams test your knowledge and assess your skill level.
  • Integrates performance reports that let you track your weakness and strengths for each section.
  • Includes on-the-go access - anytime, anywhere on your computer, tablet, or phone.

Prep Course Bundle

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Online & OnDemand Options

Starting at $485

Not only do our Live Online and OnDemand courses thoroughly cover every topic, but they also provide you with all the NCEES-approved materials you need.

  • Attend live online lectures and office hours on scheduled dates/times for real-time interaction.
  • Receive support and feedback from your instructor through the exam day.
  • Interact with classmates and your instructor on course discussion forums.
  • Watch recordings of your live classes should you miss a class or want to review a concept again.
  • All courses include access to our state-of-the-art PPI Learning Hub.
  • Pass your exam, or repeat the OnDemand course for free*.

CBT Exam Live Online Courses

February - April

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FAQs for the PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials Exam


What topics are on the PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials Exam?

The PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials exam covers the following topics:

  • Basic Engineering Practice
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Material Properties
  • Strength of Materials
  • Vibration
  • Mechanical Components
  • Joints and Fasteners
  • Supportive Knowledge


For more information you can visit the ncees.org or view this PDF

Is the PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials Exam open book?

Unfortunately, no. In April 2020, the exam changes to a closed book Computer-Based Test (CBT) that will be available to take year-round. The exam topics have not changed, however, you will not be able to bring any books into the exam. Your only reference will be an electronic reference supplied by NCEES.

How long is the PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials Exam?

You will have 9 hours to complete the exam which contains 80 questions.

What score do you need to pass the PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials Exam?

According to NCEES, there isn't a specific pass or fail score. You can view how NCEES scores the exam by visiting here.

Pass rates for the last PE Mechanical Machine Design and Materials Exam (open-book) were:

  • First-time test takers: 75%
  • Repeat test takers: 39%


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