Based on the data provided by the State of California [1], the following tables have been produced to show the PE Exam pass rates for the Civil test, including the state specific surveying and seismic tests. The state of CA was used in lieu of the NCEES[2] website because it provides more detailed information (and in my opinion the sample size is large enough to assume these numbers are similar across the US).

Professional Engineering Exam Pass Rates
  1. Civil PE Exam Pass Rates
  2. First Time vs Repeat Test Takers



Civil PE Exam

Table 1: Principles & Practices Pass Rates[1]
Year Test Tested Pass Pass % Fail % Cutscore Possible Pts % Correct Req'd
2010 Oct 1973 718 36% 64% - - -
2010 Apr 1863 730 39% 61% - - -
2009 Oct 2204 842 38% 62% - - -
2009 Apr 2187 811 37% 63% - - -
2008 Oct 2151 755 35% 65% - - -
2008 Apr 1991 744 37% 63% - - -
2007 Oct 2015 810 40% 60% - - -
2007 Apr 1820 743 41% 59% - - -
2006 Oct 1771 685 39% 61% - - -
2006 Apr 1781 732 41% 59% - - -
2005 Oct 1937 669 35% 65% - - -
2005 Apr 1842 743 40% 60% 70 100 70%
2004 Oct 1912 715 37% 63% 70 100 70%
2004 Apr 1951 847 43% 57% 70 100 70%
2003 Oct 2188 620 28% 72% 70 100 70%
2003 Apr 2075 817 39% 61% 70 100 70%
2002 Oct 2417 841 35% 65% 70 100 70%
2002 Apr 2084 724 35% 65% 70 100 70%
2001 Oct 2177 699 32% 68% 70 100 70%
2001 Apr 1962 755 38% 62% 70 100 70%
2000 Oct 1936 687 35% 65% 70 100 70%
2000 Apr 1812 662 37% 63% 48 80 60%
Averages: 37% 70%



Table 2: Seismic Pass Rates (CA Specific)[1]
Year Test Tested Pass Pass % Fail % Cutscore Possible Pts % Correct Req'd
2010 Oct 2172 841 39% 61% - - -
2010 Apr 2080 803 39% 61% - - -
2009 Oct 2433 953 39% 61% - - -
2009 Apr 2419 956 40% 60% 25 50 50%
2008 Oct 2429 888 37% 63% 151 285 53%
2008 Apr 2191 795 36% 64% 153 295 52%
2007 Oct 2357 940 40% 60% 177 292 61%
2007 Apr 2006 736 37% 63% 156 292 53%
2006 Oct 1913 712 37% 63% 142 263 54%
2006 Apr 1889 707 37% 63% 152 300 51%
2005 Oct 2073 928 45% 55% 164 295 56%
2005 Apr 1986 791 40% 60% 159 292 54%
2004 Oct 2069 797 39% 61% 154 300 51%
2004 Apr 1884 670 36% 64% 125 263 48%
2003 Oct 2220 897 40% 60% 136 281 48%
2003 Apr 2062 765 37% 63% 155 300 52%
2002 Oct 2453 1083 44% 56% 136 287 47%
2002 Apr 2129 844 40% 60% 138 276 50%
2001 Oct 2337 941 40% 60% 150 294 51%
2001 Apr 1951 28 37% 63% 121 268 45%
2000 Oct 1979 779 39% 61% 148 288 51%
2000 Apr 1732 649 37% 63% 127 261 49%
Averages: 39% 51%



Table 3: Surveying Pass Rates (CA Specific)[1]
Year Test Tested Pass Pass % Fail % Cutscore Possible Pts % Correct Req'd
2010 Oct 2223 897 40% 60% - - -
2010 Apr 2089 795 38% 62% - - -
2009 Oct 2418 893 37% 63% - - -
2009 Apr 2592 1143 44% 56% 30 46 65%
2008 Oct 2555 833 33% 67% 183 294 62%
2008 Apr 2326 868 37% 63% 183 300 61%
2007 Oct 2480 974 39% 61% 193 300 64%
2007 Apr 2136 777 36% 64% 176 289 61%
2006 Oct 2109 768 36% 64% 171 293 58%
2006 Apr 2110 748 35% 65% 171 300 57%
2005 Oct 2256 859 38% 62% 185 300 62%
2005 Apr 2218 874 39% 61% 180 300 60%
2004 Oct 2268 736 32% 68% 168 300 56%
2004 Apr 2053 708 34% 66% 157 275 57%
2003 Oct 2386 822 34% 66% 162 287 56%
2003 Apr 2104 682 32% 68% 162 294 55%
2002 Oct 2392 972 41% 59% 176 294 60%
2002 Apr 2148 937 44% 56% 165 294 56%
2001 Oct 2271 882 39% 61% 164 287 57%
2001 Apr 1942 777 40% 60% 138 290 48%
2000 Oct 1929 756 39% 61% 152 275 55%
2000 Apr 1633 636 39% 61% 158 290 54%
Averages: 38% 58%


First Time vs Repeat Test Takers

Table 4: 1st Time vs. Repeat Test Takers[2]
April 2010 Oct. 2010 April 2011 Oct. 2011
Exam 1st Time Repeat 1st Time Repeat 1st Time Repeat 1st Time Repeat
Civil 64% 35% 62% 27%
Chemical 72% 46% 82% 36%
Electrical & Cpu 66% 29% 66% 35%
Environmental 73% 23% 77% 48%
Mechanical 69% 41% 73% 37%
Structural I 46% 25% 47% 21%
Structural II 63% 29% 54% 24%


References

  1. PE Information pulled from http://www.pels.ca.gov/applicants/ap00stats.shtml to http://www.pels.ca.gov/applicants/oct10stats.shtml
  2. http://www.ncees.org/Exams/PE_exam.php

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