Fundamentals of Surveying

Online Exam Prep


The Online Bundle Covers All 15 FS Exam Categories with Videos, Handouts, and Practice


Crunch Triangles, COGO, Horzintaonal and Vertical Curves, and More with a Pre-Programmed HP35s

Prep Book

Test Your Mettle with a Simulated FS Practice Exam that includes the same types and number of questions as a real FS test.

Are you ready to crush the FS Exam?

Complete 15-Category Online FS Prep Course​

The FS Online Prep Bundle ($499) has everything you need to know to pass your Fundamentals of Surveying exam on the first try! Every category tested on the actual FS exam is reviewed in the 16 modules below. Enjoy workbooks, videos, handouts and quizzes in each module. Only need to study one topic? Click any one of the modules below to purchase individually (only $49 each).

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Professionally Programmed by Tony Nettleman

Buy Your Pre-Programmed HP35s with Confidence! Every Calculator comes with a printed user guide to get you started using the programs as well as a free online course where you can watch Dr. Nettleman run the survey programs as you follow-along with your own unit.

  • Run a Traverse: Traverse by coordinates or traverse by azimuth/distance
  • Inverse: Finding the azimuth and distance between two points
  • Stub: Find the second coordinate using an initial coordinate plus azimuth/distance
  • Intersections: Find the bearing-bearing, distance-distance, or bearing-distance intersections
  • Construction Curves: Compute horizontal curves and vertical curves given two variables and a starting location
  • Bearing/Azimuth: Convert back-and-forth between bearing and azimuth
  • Triangles: solve for the missing variables of a triangle given two known values (angles or sides)

Practice, Practice, Practice

Full-Length Practice Exam

This book follows the complete FS exam which consists of 110 questions so you’ll get a real feel for how the test will feel. The book includes the most recent Computer Based Testing process and includes the same topic weight as is in the real exam.  This full-length practice exam is available in the FS Combo, or can be purchased separately.

Thank you for all your help. I passed the FOS exam (first try). I never thought when I started surveying 16 years ago that I would attempt or even pass this exam. I did not go to college for geomatics, land surveying or civil engineering. I received an associate’s degree in Natural Resources Conservation and had taken a 3 credit course in plane surveying which was not a mathematical rigorous course, we didn’t even have a text book. Luckily with that class and my algebra and trigonometry classes I was able to get a job in surveying. 

Your study program is what this profession needs. You are providing education that is needed in this field of work, I have learned so much and will be purchasing your PS program.

Robert T.

Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know “We” did it! Passed the FS on the first try. I say “We” because I couldn’t have don’t it without ya. Your program takes the time to break this “bear of a test” down to where its manageable. Don’t have enough thank you (s) to hand ya, but please know that I’m really grateful for you and your staffs help through this process. Now on to the PLS I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me again soon for help with the PLS. 

You guys rock!

Darryl M.

My son took the FS exam three times. Before his fourth try, he took your course. This time, he passed.

Thank You!


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Our goal is to have every NLC, INC Student pass on the first try! 

But, if you don’t pass after completing an NLC, INC Online Course, we will provide you with:

1. An additional year of online access to the NLC Online Course at no cost to you

2. A 15 minute one-on-one phone call with Dr. Nettleman to discuss areas of improvement

3. Up to 24 credit hours of additional online lessons in the subject area you need the most

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Q: What kind of products does NLC Test Prep sell to help me pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) / Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) Exam?

A: NLC Test Prep sells three products that will help you PASS on the first try: the FS Online Course, the FS Practice Exam Book, and a Pre-Programmed HP35s calculator. 

Q: Is your course material up-to-date?

A: Yes. This course was last updated in September 2018 and is updated every 12 months. 

Q: How much does the FS test prep course cost?

A: You have two choices: buy the individual modules for $99 or purchase all the modules as a “bundle” for $499. If you buy the bundle, you get all the modules for a 20% discount and also get a FREE full-length practice exam.

Q: I need a Certificate of Completion to be reimbursed by my employer. Do you offer such a thing?

A: Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion after passing the afternoon exam with a 70% or higher.Q: What is the difference between the Fundamentals of Surveying exam and the Surveyor-in-Training exam?

A: There is no such thing as a Surveyor-in-Training exam, only a Surveyor-in-Training license issued by each individual state. For people wanting to become Surveyor-in-Training licensed, they must meet the minimum state requirements, including taking the Fundamentals of Surveying exam in all 50 states.

Q: How long do I get access to the course material?

A: Every student gets the content for 12 months. A one year extension may be purchased for $99 if needed. Please e-mail support@cnettleman.net for extensions.

Q: How do I know that your courses cover all the subjects tested on the FS exam?

A: The tested categories of the Fundamentals of Surveying exam are explained in the “Exam Specifications” PDF on the NCEES website. The same document was used to create this test prep bundle for exams study. The FS Specs PDF can be found at http://ncees.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FS-January-2014_with-ranges.pdf

Q: Do you recommend any other resources in addition to this online course in order to pass this exam?

A: Other FS exam study materials include textbooks, study books, and extra practice exams questions. The best extra resources include a full-length FS exam in hard-copy form and a pre-programmed HP35s calculator can be purchased from our site. Brown’s Boundary Control and Wattles on Legal Descriptions are excellent textbook resources. 

Q: Can I ask questions or make comments as I go through these modules?

A: Absolutely, every content page has a comment box at the bottom. Posting a message will alert NLC Prep, which we answer once-per-week.

Q: I keep hearing about this phase “CBT” but I’m not sure what that means. Can you please explain it to me?

A: As of July 1, 2017, the FS exam was updated to not only be a Computer-Based Test (CBT), but it also now contains different question types than the usual multiple-choice-with-one-correct answer format. To learn more about this new format, please visit http://ncees.org/exams/cbt/

Q: How can I keep in-touch with you as I progress through the study materials?

A: Facebook and LinkedIn get updated often. You can also send us questions via these social media platforms. For a more private message, please e-mail NLC Prep at Support@cnettleman.net .

Q: If I don’t like what I purchase, can I get a refund?

A: Yes, we offer no-questions-asked refunds up to 14 days from the purchase date of your test prep materials. Online course users may not have taken the final exam and all books and calculators must be in original condition. 

Q: I’m not quite ready to purchase the bundle, but I would like some practice answering FS questions. Are there any free resources out there?

A: Absolutely. Head to Tony’s YouTube page for dozens of answered-and-explained FS questions.

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