FAQs – About Practice Exams
About the test
Yes. Each discipline specific exam has a corresponding practice exam.
No. Examinees should download a free version of the appropriate handbook and open it in a separate window prior to beginning the practice exam.
NCEES practice exams are developed by the same team of experts that develop the actual exams.
Yes. Each practice exam is equal to one half of an actual exam and contains approximately half of each content area. Click here and select the exam from the menu at the top of the page to review the specifications for each exam.
Yes. Many of the questions that appear on the practice exam have been retired from the real exam.
Each NCEES practice exams includes 50 questions and solutions.
Yes. Once completed, the practice exam will be submitted for scoring and examinees will be provided with feedback on performance in each topic area.
There is currently only one version for each practice exam. Additional versions are currently in development and will be available soon.
The practice exams cost $49.95 USD and are valid for one attempt.
You will be given 2.5 hours to complete your practice exam. You can finish it all at once or stop and store the exam at any time.
You have a year from the date of purchase to start your practice exam and submit it for scoring. Once you start the practice exam, you will have access to it for 14 days. You will be given 2.5 hours to complete it. You can finish it in one sitting or complete it any time within those 14 days.
You may review your answers before submitting the practice exam for scoring. All reviews must be done before time expires. Once you submit your exam for scoring, you will be able to access the solutions.
To close the exam but still have access within your 2-week allotted time, simply close your browser.
Once you have finished your review, click End Review at the bottom-left corner of the review screen.
If time expires before you finish the practice exam, you will not have additional time to review or change your answers, but you will have access to the solutions.
Yes. Completed practice exams are submitted for scoring. You’ll receive immediate feedback on your performance in each topic area along with solutions for each question.
Once you have submitted your responses for scoring, you will then be able to review all questions and solutions or just those for specific questions.
Once you are on a question screen, you will see the Solutions button in the upper-left corner of the screen. Click Solutions and the solution material will open in a new window.
Yes. To close the exam but still have access to the solutions within the 14-day delivery window, simply close your browser. If you attempt to exit the solutions by selecting End Review, a warning box will ask you to confirm that you are ready to end your access to this portion of the exam.
Special accommodations allowing for extra time are not necessary. You can stop the exam at anytime during the exam session by closing your browser. This will stop the clock and you can resume the exam when you are ready as long as it is within 14 days of purchasing the exam and the 2.5 hour exam time has not expired.
Purchasing a practice exam
Yes. Practice exams are only available for purchase through a valid MyNCEES account. To purchase a practice exam, click MyNCEES Account at the top of the page.
System requirements: the computer system you use for this test must meet these minimum requirements:
PC or Mac
Minimum Internet browser version: Internet Explorer 8.x, FireFox 6.x, Safari 5.x, or Chrome 12.x
You must have a high-speed, sustained Internet connection for the duration of the exam.
Cookies must be enabled.
Use this link to verify your system meets the minimum requirements: http://www.whatismybrowser.com/
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Practice exams are available for purchase through a valid MyNCEES account. To purchase a practice exam, click MyNCEES Account at the top of the page.
NCEES accepts payments online via Mastercard or VISA credit or debit cards. Payments are required at the time of purchase and must be made through a valid MyNCEES account.
No. Once a practice exam is purchased it cannot be canceled.
Taking a practice exam
After you have purchased your online practice exam, you will be asked to Select an Exam. You will see the Practice Exam that you have been authorized for listed and, if you have also purchased the live exam, you will see that exam listed as well.
Once you select your practice exam you will be be taken to the Exam Details page. When ready, click Register for this Exam at the bottom right hand of the page.
Review your order and click Proceed to Checkout. Follow the step tracker 1-4:
- Confirm your personal information.
- Review policies and check that you have read and agree to the NCEES policies. Click Next.
- Confirm your Order Details and then click Submit Order. Please note that you will not be asked to pay for the exam again.
On the next screen you will be presented with a "Begin exam" button. Once you press the button, your exam session will start.
Yes. The exam clock will stop when you close the web browser. You can resume your exam as long as it is within the 14 day delivery period and the 2.5 hour exam time has not expired.
Follow these steps to resume the exam:
- click MyNCEES Account at the top of the page.
- Enter your username and password.
- Select the exam under “Open Online Exams."
- Click Resume Exam.
Follow these steps to submit your exam for scoring:
- Click MyNCEES Account at the top of the page.
- Enter your username and password.
- Under the “My Account” heading, click View Score Reports.
- All of your completed exams will be listed. Click View after the exam you would like to review.
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