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NCEES Fast Tracks the PE Power Exam to Computer-Based Testing


Because of recent changes to state and local requirements that further reduce capacity for groups and events, NCEES has been required to cancel some existing exam registrations including the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam.

In response to this change, NCEES has accelerated the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam transition to computer-based testing (CBT). NCEES originally planned to complete the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam’s transition to CBT format in April 2021. The organization has now fast-tracked that change as part of its response to COVID-19, and moved the date to December 2020. As part of this change, NCEES canceled the October 2020 pencil-and-paper administration for the PE Electrical and Computer: Power exam and opened registration for the exam in August. Everyone who had registered for the October exam was notified and given a refund so that they could immediately register for the CBT version of the exam. Registration for the computer-based exam is open with appointments available starting 1 December.

The PE Electrical and Computer exam is offered in three disciplines:

  • Power
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronics, Controls, and Communications

The Computer Engineering and the Electronics, Controls, and Communications disciplines will move to CBT after the October 2020 pencil-and-paper exam administration. However, these two disciplines—which have a lower volume of examinees—will be offered annually beginning October 2021 rather than year-round.

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