How to know if you are Eligible for PE Exam Special Accommodations

If you’re hoping to become a New Jersey professional engineer, the biggest obstacle in your way is the PE exam. When you register to sit for the exam, you will see a section regarding special exam accommodations. This is for people who have a special circumstance that requires a different test date, different test location, specific item typically not allowed in the test environment, and other unique accommodations. There are three situations where you may request special accommodations for the PE exam when you provide the proper documentation:

  • Disabilities – individuals with disabilities outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request the accommodations suited for their needs. This includes anyone with a physical or mental impairment that limits the ability to complete major life activities. You can learn more about requesting ADA accommodations here.
  • Military – active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces are also eligible for special accomodations. You may request to take the exam in a separate state rather than the one you are applying for licensure in, particularly if it’s where you are stationed or serving. Proof of active-duty status is required.
  • Religious – if you are a member of a religion where you observe the Sabbath, you may request to take the PE exam on a different date. However, documentation from your specific religious official must be submitted.

These special accommodations must be requested ahead of the scheduled exam date. Once you request the accommodations, you will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed. If you are unsure if you qualify for receiving special accommodations, email the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying at accommodations@ncees.org. Don’t let anything stop you from becoming a New Jersey professional engineer!


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