The 2018 PE Chemical CBT Exam

Effective January 1st, 2018, the NCEES PE Chemical exam moves to a CBT (Computer Based Testing) format administered year-round at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. The exam will include multiple-choice questions as well as Alternative Item Types (AITs).

Alternative Item Types (AITs)

AITs include:

  • Multiple correct—allows examinees to select multiple correct answers
  • Point and click—requires examinees to click on part of a graphic
  • Drag and drop—requires examinees to click on and drag items to match, sort, rank, or label
  • Fill in the blank—provides a space for examinees to enter a response


PE Chemical CBT Exam Specifications

The PE Chemical exam contains 80 questions. The exam appointment time is 9 hours and includes:

  • Nondisclosure agreement (2 minutes)
  • Tutorial (8 minutes)
  • Exam (8 hours)
  • Scheduled break (50 minutes)

Read the entire PE Chemical exam specifications here.

PE Chemical CBT Exam Scoring

PE Chemical exam results are typically available 7–10 days after you take the exam. Exam results are reported pass/fail. If you did not pass the exam, you will receive a diagnostic report indicating subject areas of relative strength and weakness. The diagnostic report can assist you if you decide to retake the exam.

Register for the PE Chemical exam by logging in to your MyNCEES account and following the onscreen instructions.

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