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Generic Fundamentals Examinations for Reactor Operators

The Generic Fundamentals Examination (GFE) is the first in a series of examinations administered by the NRC to reactor operator (RO) and senior reactor operator (SRO) license applicants at U.S. nuclear power plants under the regulatory authority of the NRC. The examination is a 50-question, multiple-choice written exam covering three (3) broad categories of nuclear power plant fundamentals: Components, Reactor Theory, and Thermodynamics.   Each new applicant (except those applying for a Limited-SRO license or an SRO-upgrade license at the same facility) must pass the GFE with a score of 80% or better for the applicable reactor type (boiling- or pressurized-water reactor) within 24 months before the date of application.

For more information about the Generic Fundamentals Examination see General Information.

Examinations are administered quarterly in the months of March, June, September, and December of each year. The date of the examination occurs on the first Wednesday, following the first Sunday, in the above months. Each GFE is either developed by the NRC's GFE contractor or other author(s) approved by the NRC.

Questions used on past GFEs have been compiled into question banks for each reactor type. The NRC delays the posting of GFEs from the two (2) most recent exam dates.

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