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All 23 students graduating Marshall University with a bachelor's in engineering have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, according to the school.

Students who pass the exam, which was given in April by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, are known as engineer interns and are eligible to sit for the state's professional engineer exam after four years of post-graduate work experience.

"This is an impressive result," said Wael Zatar, dean of Marshall's College of Information Technology and Engineering. "I am proud to say that I personally have not heard of another school of Marshall's size and situation reporting such an achievement."

Student Kristen Bobuk, who will graduate in December, said preparing for the exam was no small feat.

"Passing the FE is a huge accomplishment for anyone; it takes a ton of studying and preparing for weeks up to months and even a little meditation during the last few days before the exam," Bobuk said. "But to have 100 percent of the senior class pass the exam goes beyond that. It's a true testament to the hard work and dedication we've put in for the past four years, and shows that the teachers went above and beyond to make sure not only did we learn the material the first time around, but also that we retained it for years before taking this test. It's a true job well done."

The exam included 180 questions split into two sessions—and 120 question morning session and 60 question afternoon session. During the afternoon session, students were asked to select the module that best corresponds to their undergraduate degree. Exam modules include chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical and other. Results are reported as pass/fail.