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1 NCEES CLSA Central Valley Chapter Meeting

2 Question 1 Which of the following is the closest year to the start of the NCEES? a b c d. 1989

3 Question 1 Which of the following is the closest year to the start of the NCEES? a CSBEE b NCSBEE c NCEE d The year the S was added for Surveying

4 Question 2 Which of the following is the closest definition of the term CBT as used by the NCEES? a. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy b. Committee on Bible Translation c. Completely Biased Testing d. Computer Based Testing

5 Question 2 Which of the following is the closest definition of the term CBT as used by NCEES? a. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy b. Committee on Bible Translation c. Completely Biased Testing d. Computer Based Testing

6 Question 3 How many Vice President(s) are on the NCEES Board of Directors? a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. 4

7 Question 3 How many Vice President(s) are on the NCEES Board of Directors? a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. 4 - Northeast, Southern, Central, and Western Zone Vice Presidents

8 Question 4 How many Boards make up the NCEES? a. 50 b. 51 c. 53 d. 69

9 Question 4 How many Boards make up the NCEES? a. 50 b. 51 c. 53 d I’ll explain later

10 Question 5 When will the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying exam go to computer based testing and who will administer it? a. April 2012, BPELSG b. April 2013, Pearson VUE c. October 2013, Prometric d. January 2014, Pearson VUE

11 Question 5 When will the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying exam go to computer based testing and who will administer it? a. April 2012, Prometric b. April 2013, Pearson VUE c. October 2013, Prometric d. January 2014, Pearson VUE - Beginning in January 2014, NCEES will offer the FE and FS as computer-based exams rather than as pencil-and-paper exams. The exams will be administered through the Pearson VUE

12 About NCEES The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors.

13 Vision The vision of NCEES is to provide leadership in professional licensure of engineers and surveyors through excellence in uniform laws, licensing standards, and professional ethics for the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare and to shape the future of professional licensure.

14 Mission  Providing outstanding nationally normed examinations for engineers and surveyors  Providing uniform model laws and model rules for adoption by the Member Boards  Promoting professional ethics among all engineers and surveyors  Coordinating with domestic and international organizations to advance licensure of all engineers and surveyors

15 NCEES Members  NCEES develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States.  The Council’s members are the engineering and surveying licensure boards from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

16 NCEES Services Services Include:  Records Program  Study Materials  Credentials Evaluations  Exam Administration

17 Structure The NCEES Bylaws outline the structure of the organization. NCEES operates under the supervision of a board of directors elected by the Council’s member licensing boards.

18 Governance Members of the 2012–13 Board of Directors: President: Gene Dinkins, P.E., P.L.S. (South Carolina) President-Elect: Patty Mamola, P.E. (Nevada) Immediate Past President: Dale Jans, P.E. (South Dakota) Treasurer: David Widmer, P.L.S. (Pennsylvania) Central Zone Vice President: Michael Conzett, P.E. (Nebraska) Northeast Zone Vice President: Howard (Skip) Harclerode, P.E. (Maryland) Southern Zone Vice President: Theodore (Ted) Sack, P.L.S. (Oklahoma) Western Zone Vice President: Von Hill, P.L.S. (Utah)

19 History of NCEES California passes the first surveying registration law Wyoming passes the first engineering registration law At a meeting in Chicago, the Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (CSBEE) is founded by 7 of the 10 state boards with engineering/surveying licensing laws The word “National" is added to the organization's name (NCSBEE).

20 History of NCEES NCSBEE approves the Model Law for Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors NCSBEE revises the Constitution and Bylaws to create a Board of Directors, zones, and the position of Executive Secretary All states plus Alaska, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico now have engineering registration laws The four geographic Zones hold their first interim meetings, where Member Boards discuss issues of common interest.

21 History of NCEES First NCSBEE Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is administered First NCSBEE Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination is administered The organization's name is changed to the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) The first NCEE Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examination is administered The first NCEE Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) examination is administered.

22 History of NCEES All member licensing boards now use uniform national engineering examinations The organization's name is changed to National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) With the October exam, the first academic-based Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam is administered All PE exams (except Structural II) are given in the all-objectively scored format.

23 History of NCEES NCEES exams are first offered in South Korea NCEES exams are first offered in Egypt NCEES exams are first offered in Saudi Arabia. The Council votes to transition the FE and FS exams to a computer-based format NCEES exams are first offered in the Emirate of Sharjah and in Turkey.

24 FS Exam The FS exam is typically the first step in the process of becoming a licensed professional surveyor. It is designed for undergraduates who are close to finishing an undergraduate degree. The exam lasts 8 hours and is administered in April and October. The FS exam contains 170 multiple-choice questions and is split into morning and afternoon sessions. The FS is a closed-book exam. You will be provided with surveying reference formulas on exam day.

25 PS Exam The PS exam tests your ability to practice the surveying profession competently. It is designed for surveyors who have gained at least four years’ experience and is typically the last step in the process of becoming a licensed professional surveyor. The PS exam is offered in April and October. The PS exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions. It lasts 6 hours and is split into a 4-hour morning session (67 questions) and a 2-hour afternoon session (33 questions). The PS exam uses USCS measurements.

26 PS Reference Materials The PS exam is an open-book exam. You are allowed to bring reference materials to the exam, provided they are bound and remain bound during the exam. Loose paper may be bound with ring binders, brads, plastic snap binders, spiral-bound notebooks, and screw posts, but not with staples. Sticky notes and flags are permitted only when they remain attached to book pages.

27 Scoring Process After each administration, every NCEES exam undergoes extensive statistical analysis to determine the minimum level of performance required for entry into the profession. This rigorous process helps ensure an equitable licensure system for candidates while upholding the standards of the profession.

28 Scoring Step 1 NCEES scans all answer sheets as they are received from the states. Answer sheets are flagged for review when they are missing critical information, such as the candidate ID numbers. The scoring process continues only when these issues are resolved.

29 Scoring Step 2 A psychometric analysis is performed on a sample of answer sheets from each multiple-choice exam to identify any questions with unusual statistics. These questions are flagged for review.

30 Scoring Step 3 At least two subject-matter experts, who are licensed engineers or surveyors, review the flagged items. In addition, NCEES reviews all examinee comment forms, and the subject-matter experts consider comments on the forms about specific exam questions. If the reviews confirm an error in a question, credit may be given for more than one answer.

31 Scoring Step 4 When the analyses and reviews are completed, NCEES changes the answer keys as necessary. The passing score and final correct answers for each exam are then used to score all the answer sheets. Scanners are calibrated before and during scoring. A percentage of the answer sheets are manually verified, and the results are compared to the machine score to ensure accuracy.

32 Scoring Step 5 NCEES releases the results to the licensing boards and testing agencies, who in turn report the results to examinees.

33 Study Materials FS Sample Questions and Solutions - $12.95 This book provides 85 sample questions and solutions for the FS examination. PS Sample Questions and Solutions - $12.95

34 NCEES Location NCEES headquarters is located in Clemson, S.C., next to Clemson University in the Upstate region of the state. It is located midway between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta (about 2 hours either way). It is an hour's drive from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. 280 Seneca Creek Road Seneca, SC or


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