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Would you want to know your raw test score up front?

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The PE exam, like many professional credentials or certifications, is a minimum-proficiency exam. In terms of the credential received for a passing score, there is no difference between a candidate with the minimum successful passing score and any other candidate with a passing score above that minimum up to, and including, a perfect score.



There are threads about pay raises and new opportunities for freshly-minted PEs, but the reality of the PE w/r/t the business world is that like professional pilots, professional engineers with the same credential are seen as interchangable commodities through the lens of for-profit businesses (and probably also through the lens of government agencies and non-profits).



Accordingly, your individual score is relatively meaningless to anyone other than you. Either you have the credential to perform the work or you don't. The relative merits and pitfalls of such a system are subject to ongoing debate. But, in the United States at least, we enjoy a high level of reliability and safety while subject to a process that does not recognize or differentiate engineering skill at the fundamental licensing level.


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I would like to know my raw score out of morbid curiosity. I realize that since I passed I can be deemed reasonably proficient in engineering, but I'd really like to know the answers to a question or two on the test that have been nagging me since April.


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