The term Structural Engineer Exam refers to a test specifically designed for candidates wishing to obtain a structural engineer license offered in certain jurisdictions. The Structural Engineer Exam, or SE Exam, is sponsored by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The exam tests the candidate's ability to design buildings and bridges safely in areas of high wind or seismic activity.
In the United States, certain local state boards grant an individual a license to practice their engineering skills. The Structural Engineer Exam, or SE Exam, is the final step individuals will take as they seek their license. The examination is an open-book, "pencil and paper" based test offered in April and October each year. Examinees are given sixteen hours to complete this four-part examination, which occurs over two consecutive days. Each day is split into a morning an afternoon session as outlined below:
Results are released to state licensing boards ten to twelve weeks following the examination. Candidates are given pass / fail grades determined by experts and measured against performance that corresponds to the minimal competence for this discipline. First-time pass rates for SE Exams are near 50% (vertical component) and 40% (lateral component). Pass rates for repeat-takers are near 35% (vertical component) and 40% (lateral component).