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All mechanical and civil engineering degree seeking students are required to take the competency exam. The exam requirements and registration instructions are provided below.

All civil and mechanical engineering students are required to take and pass the competency exam before enrolling in 300-level engineering courses. The competency exam consists of three separate modules: statics, strength of materials, and dynamics. Each module must be completed with a score of 70% or better to pass. Once a student has passed a given module, they will not need to take it again, even if other modules have not been passed.

The competency exam is a computer-based exam taken in the Testing Center. The exam is offered during the first, ninth and eleventh weeks of the semester. Students can sign up for the exam by emailing Brother Miller, at or by requesting in person at the department office, AUS 106. Students may sign up for the exam only when they have either taken or are enrolled in ME 201, ME 202 and ME 204.

The competency exam can be retaken as many times as needed to pass. During the week the exam is offered, students can take the exam once per day. The exam is closed book and closed notes. Reference material will be provided during the exam. Upon signing up for the exam, the reference materials and study materials are provided through I-Learn.

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