Updated July 3, 2024

NCEES has not yet released the pass rates for the computer-based April 2024 SE exam.


The 16-hour format of the Structural Engineering exam was introduced in April 2011. Beginning in October of that year, I started recording the pass rates after each exam administration. The information provided here was obtained directly from NCEES unless otherwise noted. I’ve also developed a “Difficulty Rank” metric in an attempt to quantify how difficult each exam was relative to every other administration of the exam since 2011 (a rank of 1 = hardest exam since 2011 relative to every other exam listed in the table).

This table is updated twice a year in January and June.

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 and Relative Exam Difficulty

Date SE Vertical Forces (First Time / Repeat) SE Lateral Forces (First Time / Repeat) Vertical Difficulty Rank Lateral Difficulty Rank Overall Difficulty Rank
10/2011 47% / 30% 35% / 25% T13 7 10
4/2012 45% / 34% 46% / 40% 15 22 21
10/2012 43% / 30% 25% / 16% 11 1 2
4/2013 52% / 34% 41% / 42% 20 21 24
10/2013 50% / 34% 38% / 43% 18 20 22
4/2014 45% / 26% 43% / 37% 10 19 18
10/2014 41% / 24% 40% / 31% 6 16 9
4/2015 53% / 34%1 43% / 32% 22 18 19
10/2015 58% / 42% 35% / 28% 24 T11 20
4/2016 49% / 31% 50% / 37% T16 T23 23
10/2016 45% / 23% 38% / 29% 8 14 8
4/2017 51% / 25% 38% / 25% 23 T2 11
10/2017 48% / 37% 31% / 28% 19 6 14
4/2018 40% / 18% 29% / 19% 4 T2 1
10/2018 36% / 21% 36% / 38% 3 17 7
4/2019 46% / 34% 39% / 26% T16 13 15
10/2019 42% / 18% 33% / 28% 5 9 6
4/2020 NO EXAM - NO EXAM
10/2020 45% / 32% 33% / 29% T13 10 13
4/2021 44% / 31% 39% / 31% 12 15 16
10/2021 40% / 29% 24% / 27% 9 4 T4
4/2022 36% / 30% 28% / 26% 7 5 T4
10/2022 47% / 40% 30% / 33% 21 T11 17
4/2023 34% / 21% 31% / 30% 2 8 3
10/2023 26% / 25% 39% / 48% 1 T23 11
           
Mean 44% / 30% 35% / 31%      
Std. Dev. 6.9% / 6.7% 6.8% / 7.6%      
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. 


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