Fundamentals of Geology Exam | APEGA

Fundamentals of Geology Exam

The Fundamentals of Geology (FG) exam confirms the technical knowledge of geology graduates. This comprehensive exam was created by the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG).

Do I Need to Write the FG Exam?

If you intend to practise geoscience in the United States, the FG exam is usually the first step to obtaining a P.Geo. licence in the U.S. 

The FG exam can replace up to three confirmatory exams assigned by the APEGA Board of Examiners. 

Registering for the FG Exam

APEGA Members, Members-in-Training, ASAP Students, and applicants may write the exam.

The exam is offered each March and October. We will post exam dates on the website when available.

You can register for the exam in the Member Self-Service Centre. APEGA will process your application. In one to two weeks, you will receive a confirmation letter and a receipt. 

Exam Fee

Registration for the Fundamentals of Geology Exam requires paying a fee of $450 + GST.

Exam Dates

Exam Dates Registration Deadline
March 17, 2017 Registration closed

Rescheduling & Cancelling

To reschedule or cancel your exam, you must email technicalexams@apega.ca before the registration deadline. You will not be refunded if you cancel after the registration deadline. You can reschedule your exam once. 

Writing the FG Exam

You can write the exam at APEGA’s offices in Edmonton and Calgary. If you live in another province or state, you must contact your local provincial engineering or geoscience association or state board to write the exam.

The exam has 140 multiple-choice questions and covers the contents of an undergraduate geology degree. You have four hours to complete it. ASBOG’s Professional Geologist Candidate Handbook provides exam specifications and sample questions.

Special Accommodations

APEGA can accommodate special needs because of a medical condition, including:

  • extended testing time
  • extra breaks
  • reduced-distraction testing rooms
  • larger font

To submit a request, email technicalexams@apega.ca a signed doctor’s letter on letterhead that: 

  • was written within the last three years 
  • describes the disability
  • details the limitations caused by the disability
  • explains why special accommodation is needed 

You must submit this information before the registration deadline. If received after the registration deadline, your exam will be rescheduled to the next session.

Exam Results

A scaled score of 70% or greater is required to pass. Marks are adjusted for individual sessions based on an equating formula designed to ensure that, over time and among groups of candidates, pass or fail decisions are made on a consistent basis.

ASBOG provides APEGA with the exam results in 8 to 10 weeks. APEGA will mail you a confirmation letter with your results. The results will also appear in your Member Self-Service Centre account.

If you failed the FG exam, you can re-write it as often as you want within two years of the first failure. To retake the exam through APEGA, re-apply through the Member Self-Service Centre.