Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Chemical Exam Review

About the PE Chemical Exam:

The PE Chemical exam is a computer-based test. Visit the NCEES PE Chemical exam website or the NCEES YouTube channel for details. The 9-hour PE Chemical exam consists of 80 questions over these topic areas: mass/energy balances; thermodynamics; heat transfer; chemical reaction engineering; fluids; mass transfer; and plant design and operation. 

Learn Studying Skills:
  • How to Study: Part 1 – suggestions on how to study based on the psychology literature on learning: part 1 discusses practice testing.
  • How to Study: Part 2 – suggestions on how to study based on the psychology literature on learning: part 2 discusses distributed practice and interleaved practice.
  • How to Study: Part 3 – suggestions on how to study based on the psychology literature on learning: part 3 discusses how to improve retention and what approaches to avoid.
  • How to Study using Screencasts – suggestions on how to study using screencasts based on the psychology literature on learning.
  • How to Study and Take Exams – PDF discussing study techniques
PE Chemical Exam Studying Resources:
Screencasts, interactive simulations, and self-study modules listed by exam topic:
Mass/energy balances (12-18 questions)
Thermodynamics (11-17 questions)
Heat transfer (9-14 questions)
Chemical Reaction Engineering (6-10 questions)
Fluids (10-16 questions)
Mass transfer (7-11 questions)
Plant Design and Operation (15-23 questions)