Congratulations, you have bragging rights over those pesky mechanicals.
NCEES recently published the latest P.E. Exam pass rates across each exam discipline, and fire protection tied for 3rd out of 24 disciplines for the lowest pass rate for first-time exam takers and 6th lowest overall. The passing rate of 61% for first-time fire protection trailed only software (56%) and nuclear (58%) engineering disciplines.
Overall passing rates rank fire protection 6th most difficult, trailing nuclear (42%), software (47%), environmental (49%), civil - geotechnical (49%), and civil - construction (49%). These numbers include repeat takers.
While the pass rate feels dramatic for those of us preparing for the exam, it's not insurmountable.
The best way to pass the exam is through intentional, productive preparation. In the coming weeks we'll be outlining our strategies for preparing for and passing the exam based on personal experience as well as interviewing dozens of engineers just like you who have passed the exam.
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Joseph Meyer, PE, owns/operates his own Fire Protection Engineering practice in St. Louis, Missouri. See bio on About page.