Preparing to Take the Exam

How long is the exam?
Your total exam time will be reported on your authorization notice that is emailed to you after payment has been processed.

Is the exam open book?
NICET examinations are not open book. However, you may be permitted to bring certain standards and other bound references to the exam.

Can I use a laptop computer or calculator when taking my exam?
Testing sessions at Pearson Vue are administered via their computer network. There are built in calculators for use during the exam session. Handheld scientific calculators may be requested at sign in but they are on a first come first serve basis.

Why do some work element descriptions include references to standards like NFPA, IEEE, AASHTO, ACI, ASTM, ISA, etc?
When test questions are based on a specific national standard, the standard will be named on the program page. . The Institute strongly recommends that all examinees bring copies of acceptable references/standards/codes to the exam center. Questions for the examination are written against the year that is published. Candidates are allowed to bring any year edition of the acceptable reference. However, comments made to edition years not listed above, may not be reviewed until the next maintenance cycle.”

Can I take the exam in a language other than English?
No. Because the Institute's programs are primarily designed for persons living in the United States and its territories and U.S. citizens living abroad, NICET exams and publications are printed only in English.


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