The PE 16-hour Structural exam tests for a minimum level of competency in structural engineering. This exam uses separate vertical and lateral components to test your ability to safely design buildings or bridges, especially in areas of high seismicity and high wind.
Per its Manual of Policy and Position Statements, NCEES considers the 16-hour Structural exam to be a Principles and Practices of Engineering exam. However, not all jurisdictions accept it as such. Examinees should check with their licensing board directly to determine whether the 16-hour Structural exam is accepted as part of that jurisdiction’s licensure requirements.
Prepare for your exam by
- Reviewing the PE 16-hour Structural exam specifications and design standards
- Knowing how the PE 16-hour Structural exam is offered and knowing the pass requirements
- Reading the reference materials
- Understanding scoring and reporting
- Viewing the most up-to-date PE 16-hour Structural exam pass rates
Familiarize yourself with your state licensing board’s unique registration procedures before registering for a PE 16-hour Structural exam. Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request.