Beginning in January, 2014, the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam converts from pencil and paper format to computer-based testing format (CBT).
Computer-based FS exams will be administered only at approved Pearson VUE testing centers. At present, there are three centers in Mississippi: Jackson, Tupelo, and Mississippi State University. There are also centers in Memphis, Tuscaloosa, Mobile, and New Orleans; you do not have to take the exam in Mississippi.
There will be four testing windows for the FS annually. Each of these windows will last two months, with a month between them. Therefore, exam appointments will be available in January and February, with no exams offered in March; exam appointments available in April and May, with no exams offered in June, etc. Candidates for a CBT exam may take the exam only one time per testing window and no more than three times in a 12-month period.
Beginning in 2014, some of our sister states (Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas and others) will no longer “approve” applicants to take the FS exam. In those states, examinees will apply directly to NCEES to take the exam, and only upon passing their exam will they apply to their state board to be enrolled as either an Surveyor Intern.
The Mississippi Board, however, will continue to require an SI application for approval to take the FS exam, just as we have in the past. The Mississippi Board will not enroll as an SI anyone who was not “approved to test” by the Mississippi Board. So Mississippi residents who passed the FS exam without first applying to the Mississippi Board for “approval to test” will have to apply to the surrounding states for their Surveyor Intern enrollment (Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and others).
Available to Mississippi residents only
- Surveyor Intern Instructions
- Surveyor Intern Application
- Transcript Request Form
- Surveyor Intern Reference Form