How to Nail Check-in the Day of your Professional Engineering Exam

If you’re like most people, making sure you have everything you need to check-in and sit for the exam can be as stressful as worrying about acing the exam itself. While the check-in instructions can slightly vary based on your test location, here are the main things you need to have prepared on the day of your professional engineering exam:

  • Exam authorization – this is emailed to you about two weeks before your exam day, and it is very important! When you receive it, review it to ensure your name is spelled correctly, you have the proper test site, and the test date is correct. If there are any errors, contact the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying immediately to remedy it. The authorization will also include instructions for what to do when you arrive to the test location. Please print and bring this authorization with you on the day of the professional engineering exam, because it is necessary for check-in. Forgetting it could delay or cancel your check-in.
  • Identification – to be clear, not all identification is appropriate for checking in to the professional engineering exam. You must have one of the following: a government-issued identification that was provided by the country you are testing in, a passport from your country of citizenship, or a U.S. military ID. These identification items include a clear picture, date of birth, name, signature, and expiration date. If any of those pieces are missing, your ID will not be accepted, and you will be turned away from taking the exam.

The information on your exam authorization and your provided ID must match. That means if you got married and recently changed your last name, both documents must have either your new last name or old last name. No exceptions.

Once your authorization and ID are checked, the proctor will show you your assigned seat and ask you to turn over any prohibited items, and then you’re all set to take the exam. Have any questions? Drop us a line at

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