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Exam First-time takers   Repeat takers  
  Volume Pass Rate Volume Pass Rate
PE Agricultural and Biological (April 2017) 36 69% 6 50%
PE Architectural (April 2017) 90 82% 8 25%
PE Chemical (April 2017) 317 73% 89 39%
PE Civil: Construction 819 59% 661 36%
PE Civil: Geotechnical 524 61% 307 37%
PE Civil: Structural 1763 69% 631 44%
PE Civil: Transportation 1501 69% 959 42%
PE Civil: Water Resources and Environmental 1663 70% 755 43%
PE Control Systems 240 73% 52 48%
PE Electrical and Computer: Computer Engineering 17 82% 9 44%
PE Electronics, Controls, and Communications 116 71% 24 12%
PE Electrical and Computer: Power 1061 60% 546 28%
PE Environmental 261 71% 101 35%
PE Fire Protection 189 60% 77 48%
PE Industrial and Systems (April 2017) 65 80% 18 44%
PE Mechanical: HVAC and Refrigeration 632 70% 164 43%
PE Mechanical: Machine Design and Materials 553 75% 134 45%
PE Mechanical: Thermal and Fluids Systems 597 67% 229 37%
PE Metallurgical and Materials 63 70% 11 36%
PE Mining and Mineral Processing 61 57% 15 60%
PE Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (April 2017) 55 60% 6 17%
PE Nuclear 34 71% 7 29%
PE Petroleum 187 70% 51 33%
PE Software (April 2017) 15 73% 5 60%

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PE exam pass rates

PE exam pass rates are from the October 2017 exam administration, except where otherwise noted.

Exam First-time takers   Repeat takers  
  Volume Pass Rate Volume Pass Rate
PE Agricultural and Biological (April 2017) 36 69% 6 50%
PE Architectural (April 2017) 90 82% 8 25%
PE Chemical (April 2017) 317 73% 89 39%
PE Civil: Construction 819 59% 661 36%
PE Civil: Geotechnical 524 61% 307 37%
PE Civil: Structural 1763 69% 631 44%
PE Civil: Transportation 1501 69% 959 42%
PE Civil: Water Resources and Environmental 1663 70% 755 43%
PE Control Systems 240 73% 52 48%
PE Electrical and Computer: Computer Engineering 17 82% 9 44%
PE Electronics, Controls, and Communications 116 71% 24 12%
PE Electrical and Computer: Power 1061 60% 546 28%
PE Environmental 261 71% 101 35%
PE Fire Protection 189 60% 77 48%
PE Industrial and Systems (April 2017) 65 80% 18 44%
PE Mechanical: HVAC and Refrigeration 632 70% 164 43%
PE Mechanical: Machine Design and Materials 553 75% 134 45%
PE Mechanical: Thermal and Fluids Systems 597 67% 229 37%
PE Metallurgical and Materials 63 70% 11 36%
PE Mining and Mineral Processing 61 57% 15 60%
PE Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (April 2017) 55 60% 6 17%
PE Nuclear 34 71% 7 29%
PE Petroleum 187 70% 51 33%
PE Software (April 2017) 15 73% 5 60%

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***Warning annual meltdown ahead***

I'm disappointed. I look forward to making a snarky remark about how the pass rate for nuclear is really low and that maybe more people would actually take the exam if they thought they had a more than a snowball's chance at passing it. But nuclear finally kept its pass rate about 60% for more than a single year. And even got the raw number of passers above 25 for the first time ever. Congrats! Maybe they won't discontinue the test after all!

Too bad they're changing the format next year. The pass rate for nuclear is always awful right after they change the test. Which means the pass rate will plummet into the 30s.

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Looks like the environmental pass rate for first time takers continues to go up:

Oct. 2016 - 62%

Apr. 2017 - 69%

Oct. 2017 - 71%

Env. is going from 100 questions to 80, but that starts next April.

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41 minutes ago, trackerjacker said:

Env. is going from 100 questions to 80, but that starts next April.

I wonder if they took that into account when grading/setting the cut scores in 2017 - Maybe they knew in 2017 that in 2018 they would reduce the number of questions from 100 to 80 so when they set the cut score they kept that in mind? Who knows...?

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Pass rate for environmental exam retakers - 35%.  Ouch.

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1 minute ago, txjennah said:

Pass rate for environmental exam retakers - 35%.  Ouch.

You will make that cut next run! no worries

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11 minutes ago, txjennah said:

Pass rate for environmental exam retakers - 35%.  Ouch.

I haven’t got my results yet, but as a repeat taker, that pass rate is certainly disheartening

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7 minutes ago, In/PE/Out said:

I haven’t got my results yet, but as a repeat taker, that pass rate is certainly disheartening

Oh man I hope you get your results soon :( And that you're in the 35% :D 

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8 minutes ago, In/PE/Out said:

I haven’t got my results yet, but as a repeat taker, that pass rate is certainly disheartening

Yeah it would be nice to get results sometime, but I'm feeling optimistic with a 69% for first-timers tin Transportation.  Hopefully I'll see that green box later today!

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18 minutes ago, txjennah said:

Oh man I hope you get your results soon :( And that you're in the 35% :D 

Thanks for that! My colleague at work was a repeat taker for the Enviro exam, and they were in the “minority” for their exam cycle. Here’s to hoping that applies to me as well

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1 hour ago, In/PE/Out said:

I haven’t got my results yet, but as a repeat taker, that pass rate is certainly disheartening

I hope you find out soon that you passed!  I know it's torture waiting.

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1 hour ago, SulliCE said:

Yeah it would be nice to get results sometime, but I'm feeling optimistic with a 69% for first-timers tin Transportation.  Hopefully I'll see that green box later today!

Haha well I am part of that 69% in trans! I wish you luck :) 

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1 minute ago, Lucas H said:

Haha well I am part of that 69% in trans! I wish you luck :) 

Thanks, and congrats to you on passing!  Hoping I can say the same here shortly :)

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