Can You Cancel Your NCEES Exam?

Passing the NCEES® FE exam is one of the requirements for appearing on the NCEES® PE exam. The fees for registering for the NCEES® FE exam are substantial, and if you do not work hard, retaking the exam may cost you more money.

Being properly prepared is the best way to ensure that you can pass the FE or the PE exam and achieve the results you desire.

But what if something prevents you from making it to the exam center on the scheduled date? Because the exam is computer-based, you cannot simply reschedule at the last minute.

Uncertainties can happen, and it’s important to know what to do in case you can’t take the exam on the assigned day.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this blog, we’ll tell you how you can cancel your NCEES® exam and get a refund. We’ll also tell you how you can reschedule your exam based on the NCEES® exam schedule.

Let’s get started.

Cancellations and Refunds Procedure

NCEES® has a Cancellation and Refund Policy for those who need to cancel NCEES® exam registration and it depends on your NCEES® exam schedule. If you’ve registered for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES®) exam but can’t take it on the date you scheduled, you can cancel your registration and receive a refund.

With that said, it needs to be done more than 48 hours before the scheduled exam. If your cancellation request is received within 48 hours prior to the exam, you will be eligible to receive a full refund of NCEES® registration fees minus a $50 administration fee.

Even if the weather conditions are harsh on the day of the exam, if the test center is open, you’ll have to make it for the exam cause in this case neither NCEES® nor Pearson VUE will take responsibility to provide you with any kind of refund.

Where to Cancel and Reschedule

If you need to cancel or reschedule your NCEES® exam, you will have to log in to your “MyNCEES account” then select the “Modify Appointment” option and then follow the instructions mentioned on the screen. Once you do so, you’ll be able to cancel or postpone your NCEES® exams.

Exceptions of the Cancellation and Refund

There are some exceptions to the 48-hour cancellation rule. If you are unable to make it to the exam on the day of the test for any of the following reasons, you might be able to reschedule without having to pay a rescheduling fee or you might be allowed to cancel the NCEES® exam with a full refund:

  • Illness – either you or an immediate family member is sick
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Disabling traffic accident
  • Required appearance in court or jury duty
  • Required Military duty

All the above-mentioned reasons are applicable for a refund but to avoid any penalties in these situations, you’ll have to provide appropriate documentation to NCEES® within 14 days from the date of your canceled appointment.

Rescheduling Process

Rescheduling Process of NCEES exam

If you have already registered for an upcoming computer-based exam and need to reschedule, you may do so through your NCEES® account if it is more than 10 business days before your test date. If it is less than 10 business days, you’ll need to contact NCEES® customer service. There is a $50 fee to reschedule a computer-based exam.

You can’t reschedule your exams on the day of the test or after the test has been taken. If you wanna know how many times you can retake the FE exam, we recommend checking out our separate detailed blog.


NCEES® exams are essential for becoming a licensed engineer. The exams cover important topics in engineering and help ensure that engineers are capable of practicing safely. If you’re planning on becoming a licensed engineer, the guidelines and policies for NCEES® exam schedule, reschedule, and cancellation is all provided by NCEES® for easy understanding. So, be sure to register and take the NCEES® exam. Thanks for reading!


Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas (PE), Florida (PE) and Ontario (P. Eng) with consulting experience in design, commissioning and plant engineering for clients in Energy, Mining and Infrastructure.