NCEES announces new Electrical and Computer PE exam specifications

June 11, 2008
Contact: Tim Miller, P.E., Director of Exam Development 864.654.6824 ext.5483
NCEES announces new Electrical and Computer PE exam specifications The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has announced changes to its Principles and Practice (PE) of Engineering examination in electrical and computer engineering.
Beginning with the spring 2009 administration, the Electrical and Computer PE exam will no longer be a breadth and depth exam. Instead, the exam will consist of three separate exams divided by subdiscipline. The three subdisciplines within the Electrical and Computer PE exam will be as follows:
Electrical and Computer – Power Examination Electrical and Computer – Computer Examination Electrical and Computer – Electrical and Electronics Examination
Consequently, as of the April 2009 administration, candidates for the Electrical and Computer PE exam will be required to specify during registration which one of these exams they wish to take.
The current Electrical and Computer PE exam includes a morning breadth exam and an afternoon depth exam consisting of three separate modules. The changes to the specifications which were announced in April came as a result of feedback received from a Professional Activities and Knowledge Study (PAKS) conducted by the NCEES subcommittee responsible for overseeing the Electrical and Computer PE exam.
“The results of the PAKS did not support the breadth examination in its current form,” said Frank Loudon, P.E., the chair of the NCEES electrical and computer exam subcommittee. “The majority of respondents indicated that the breadth knowledges presently examined are not important for engineers in the computer and power fields of practice. However, many of the breadth knowledges were rated as important for those in the other areas of electrical engineering.”
The changes to the Electrical and Computer PE exam will not affect the October 2008 exam administration, which will be the final time the exam is offered in its current form.
The revised specifications will be posted on the NCEES home page ( after the October 2008 administration
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