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The Board cannot suggest and does not supply study materials for NCEES exams.
The NCEES PE is open-book exams. The NCEES PS exam is closed book however a reference book will be provided at the exam site. Information about allowed and disallowed reference materials can be found on the NCEES Exam-day policies web page. Board policy is the same as NCEES policy; there are no exceptions.
Changes to the NCEES Principles and Practices exam (NCEES PS) and the
Ohio state-specific surveying exam (OHPS) exam as of June 20, 2016
Computer based test (CBT)
Paper and pencil
When is the exam offered
Year-round broken into four quarters per year. Applicants can take the exam one time per quarter, up to three times per year.
Scheduling will be based on availability of opening at chosen testing centers
Year-round broken into four quarters per year. Applicants can take the exam one time per quarter, up to twice per year.
The Board will have several testing dates and time per month set for exams in the Board’s office
Where is the exam offered
Participating Pearson Vue testing centers located in all 50 states
Ohio Board offices at 77 S High Street Suite 2472 Columbus, Ohio 43215
Who is eligible
Any applicant that meets Ohio surveying licensing requirements for licensure and has been approved by the Ohio Board to take the exam
Any applicants that has taken and passed the NCEES PS exam and meets Ohio’s surveying requirements for licensure
Register with NCEES and then send an approval application to the Ohio Board.
Receive a passing score on the NCEES PS exam and then contact the Ohio Board for OHPS scheduling (NOTE-if you took the NCEES PS exam in another state
Changes to the process
The Principles and Practices exam (NCEES PS exam) will no longer be offered at the biannual exam sites. The exam is now administered as a computer-based exam, year-round at Pearson Vue testing centers found world-wide.
The Ohio state-specific surveyor exam (OHPS) will now be offered in the Board’s office, year-round. The paper and pencil format and multiple choice/written legal descriptions will stay the same.
Why are these changes occurring
· Allows for year-round testing
· Allows for more convenient scheduling
· Faster exam results
· More thorough testing of technical knowledge
· Better exam security
· NCEES PS no longer given at exam sites
· Allows for year-round testing
· More convenient scheduling
How can I apply for the exam
Online registration opened June 20, 2016 through NCEES’s website. All applicants taking the exam in Ohio must first be approved by the Ohio Board. Applications for approval are found at http://www.peps.ohio.gov/Exams/PS|OHPS.aspx
For those that have taken and passed the NCEES PS exam prior to June 2016, you will need to send the Ohio Board the re-exam application and $75.00 application fee.
For new applicants, you will need to take and pass the NCEES PS exam first, and then contact the Ohio Board to schedule your OHPS exam.
First time applicants - -->Ohio PS Exam Approval Application
Re-exam for NCEES PS exam - No application needed
Re-exam for the OHPS exam - -->Re-examination application
IMPORTANT! Read General Guidelines for Exams (PE, PS) before beginning the application process.