Historical NCEES SE Exam Pass Rates

Updated December 26, 2019

As I prepared to retake the lateral portion of the Structural Engineering licensing exam in April 2016, I found myself curious about the historical pass rates for the exam. After doing some digging online, I found there wasn’t a single source that provided that information and decided to collect and share my own findings.

All information provided here was obtained directly from NCEES unless otherwise noted. This table is updated twice a year.

If you have data you’d like to share with me so that I can include it here, please get in touch via email.

Historical SE Exam Pass Rates

Date SE Vertical Forces (First Time/Repeat) SE Lateral Forces (First Time/Repeat)
10/2011 47% / 30% 35% / 25%
4/2012 45% / 34% 46% / 40%
10/2012 43% / 30% 25% / 16%
4/2013 52% / 34% 41% / 42%
10/2013 50% / 34% 38% / 43%
4/2014 45% / 26% 43% / 37%
10/2014 41% / 24% 40% / 31%
4/2015 53% / 34%1 43% / 32%
10/20152 58% / 42% 35% / 28%
4/20163 49% / 31% 50% / 37%
10/2016 45% / 23% 38% / 29%
4/2017 51% / 25% 38% / 25%
10/2017 48% / 37% 31% / 28%
4/2018 40% / 18% 29% / 19%
10/2018 36% / 21% 36% / 38%
4/2019 46% / 34% 39% / 26%
10/2019 42% / 18% 33% / 28%
     
Mean 47% / 30% 37% / 31%
Std. Dev. 5.4% / 7.2% 6.9% / 7.9%
Historical SE Pass Rates
Historical pass rates for the SE Exam since 2011.

  1. Thanks to Andy at http://structuralengineerhq.com/ for the pass rates for this exam. 

  2. I passed Vertical. 

  3. I passed Lateral. 

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