What You Need to Know About the October PE Exam

As many of you reading this probably know, this year’s April PE paper-and-pencil exam was canceled due to COVID-19. About 16,000 examinees were impacted. To accommodate these examinees, the format of the upcoming October 2020 exam has been modified. Read on to see what has changed for the upcoming PE exams.

The biggest issue for the upcoming PE exam has been testing center capacity. Back in May, Pearson VUE began to open temporary testing centers across the country to increase capacity. Overall capacity has been reduced to maintain social distancing requirements, which isn’t great news for the 16,000 examinees that we’re forced to reschedule their exams and the examinees that were originally planning on taking the test in October. If you are impacted by reduced capacity requirements, you should have received a notification email from Pearson VUE. 

In October, most testing centers will require examinees to bring their own face masks for admittance. Each state is different, so please make sure you check in with your testing center to confirm specific requirements prior to testing! 

See exam site procedures for October exams below:

October 2020 exam site procedures regarding COVID-19

To help ensure the health, safety, and welfare of examinees and proctoring teams, NCEES is implementing the following measures for the October 2020 exam administration.

Examinees must review and satisfy the following requirements before being admitted to an exam site. No one will be admitted to the exam site if they have met any of the COVID-19 qualifications listed below.

  • Tested positive for COVID-19

UNLESS symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine AND at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure, or you have received two negative COVID-19 test results in a row, 24 hours apart.

  • Experiencing (or have experienced) one or more associated symptoms the last fourteen (14) days: shortness of breath, cough, fever, chills, sore throat, loss of smell

UNLESS you have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

  • Live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19

UNLESS at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure.

  • Have been or are currently under home quarantine or centralized observation by government or healthcare authorities

UNLESS at least 14 days have passed since your quarantine or centralized observation has been lifted by the government or healthcare authorities.

Examinees who meet the above conditions on exam day and are admitted to the exam site must agree to follow the below guidelines on exam day.

  • Examinees will be seated alone and properly distanced from other tables.
  • Examinees and proctors are required to wear face masks at all times.
  • Examinees must practice social distancing at all times.
  • Examinees will be allowed to have hand sanitizer and wipes, extra face coverings, and disposable gloves in the exam room; they must be placed on the floor during the exam.

New information is evolving every week when it comes to COVID-19 and requirements for the PE exam. Stay up to date with the newest information by monitoring your email with updates from Pearson VUE and keep an eye on the latest information about testing from NCEES.

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