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Electrical Exam Prep Tip #143- Information Bulletin

  The exam proctor has an “Examiner or Candidate Bulletin”.  In this bulletin you will find information such as what is allowed into the exam room, what reference materials to bring, the length and time limit of the exam and finally the subject areas which tells you exactly what needs to be studied. As soon […]

Easy Way to Put Together Your Study Plan

Your Study Plan

Putting it all together.  Set goals and objectives then rank them in order from weakest areas to strongest areas then make a time plan based on them.  Spend more time on your weak subject areas.  Make yourself a ‘base sheet’ for your daily study plan with time allocated to each subject or article you will focus on.  Your personal study plan will be completely different from another electrician’s study plan.

Follow this sequence:

  1. Start with goals and objectives
    1. Objective: Review Transformers Subject Area
    2. Goal: example: Read article 450 and understand Table 450.3(A) Maximum Rating or Setting of Overcurrent Protection for Transformers Over 1000 Volts (as a Percentage of Transformer-Rated Current)
  1. Relate your reading and practice exams to those goals.
  2. Assign priorities to the study plan’s tasks according to your progress measured by the practice questions.
  3. Schedule your study time according to priority and degree of concentration required. If you are a morning person and can spare 1 hour before everyone wakes up and before you have to get ready for work, then this is the perfect time for you.  If you do better after dinner and you can find a quiet place to study, do it then.
  4. Stay on track, using your study plan to guide you through interruptions. Life happens, we get that, however with a study plan set in front of you, you will be able to resume where you left off.

A system we find most useful has the entire 3 to 4 weeks broken up into visible sections.  Each day of the week is divided into two sections titled Read and Practice.  However, exactly how you choose to write up your plan, in which format, and what type of calendar system are less important than the fact that you just do it.

If you truly want to make more effective use of you time, planning in advance is the best thing you can do for yourself.  A study plan for the electrical exam in writing is the single most effective time management strategy, however only 10% of test takers does it.  The other 90% will always walk into the test center asking themselves, “Where did the time go?”

Need help putting together a study plan for the master electrical exam or the journeyman electrical exam?  Contact us and we’ll set you up.

 

Best of luck!

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The Time Trap: Time Management

Half the battle is answering correctly and the other half is completing the electrical test within the allotted time.

time-481447_1280The electrical exam is an important step to becoming licensed. Even with ample preparation, you may feel stressed and anxious. A bit of stress might be helpful; it keeps you alert. However, if you feel too anxious before or during your electrical exam, you may make some avoidable mistakes.  Half the battle is answering correctly and the other half is completing the electrical test within the allotted time. 

Follow these simple tips on time management:

 

 

 

  • Your study plan should include time for:
    • Self-assessment (sub-tasks, essential skills, language skills, etc.)
    • Studying
    • Answering sample questions
    • Reviewing
    • Resting
  • Create a study plan. Try using a blank weekly or monthly calendar, depending on the time you have before your exam. Note the times of each day to plan for your study and stick to this schedule. It’s more effective to plan regular periods each day than to crash study at the last minute.
  • Allow yourself enough time to study each block in advance, and to do a general review a few days before the exam.
  • Plan your time. Allow yourself enough time to learn and study before your exam. It might be a good idea to give yourself 3 to 4 weeks for preparation if it helps you to succeed on your first attempt.

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    Don’t spend too much time on one question. Find out what is the time frame for taking electrical exam. 

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    • Take the allotted time for the master electrical exam or the journeyman electrical exam and divide it by the number of questions.
    • Take that “x” minutes per question then move on to the next question.
  • Learn to make educated guesses. If you are unable to answer the question by finding the answer in the book or if you are running out of time, use educated guesses.  A guess is much better than no answer at all. 
    • If you are running out of time, mark the remaining questions as “c”- as there is a high percent chance it’ll be correct.
    • Learn to eliminate answers by eliminating the most obviously wrong answer. In a test question often, 1 or 2 answers are usually obviously wrong. After eliminating the obviously wrong answer, reason among the remaining answers carefully. 
    • If you have to make an educated guess, mark the question and return later if time permits.

 

Need help putting together a study plan for the master electrical exam or the journeyman electrical exam?  Contact us and we’ll set you up.

 

Best of luck!

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Electrical Exam Prep Tip #135: Choosing the Right Exam Prep Programs

  Helpful Tip #135: Exam Prep Programs When looking for an exam prep program ask yourself the following:  Is the program long enough or the correct speed for me to cover the topics what I’ll be tested on?  Does the program cover all the areas on my specific electrical exam?  Is the […]

Answering Multiple Choice Questions

 

 

Practice Exams

The purpose of each practice Texas electrical exam is to provide exercise of how to navigate through the electrical NEC book.  If you know the answers in the practice exams, verify the answer and use the code book to locate the source and highlight it.   Practice exams for the journeyman test or for the master test help you understand layout and format of the National Electrical Code® book.   In addition to helping you understand the layout and format of the book, practice exams contain examples of multiple choice questions in the master electrical test and the journeyman electrical test.

 

Multiple Choice Questions

Learn how to answer multiple choice questions. Familiarize yourself with the format by testing yourself with sample questions.  Read all instructions carefully, sometimes a question is answered incorrectly because the test-taker failed to read the instructions. 

On the exam you are given 4 possible answers, some calculation questions will have 4 possible answers that include possible wrong answers that will trick you into believing you have the right answer.  Consider each question carefully and pace yourself.

Out of the 4 possible answers look at all answers starting with the first one. Keep choice 1 in the back of your mind until you look at other answers.  Next ask yourself, is choice 2 the best answer?   Out of choice 1 and 2, which is the better choice? Is choice 3 a good answer?  Which choice is the least good of the 3? Eliminate that choice. Is the final choice the best out of the 3?  After consideration of all choices, which one stands out as the best possible choice?  Select that one as your answer. If you were familiar with this concept you would have no problems answering this question. 

Be careful when answering ‘word for word’ questions from the NEC book. You might think you are matching ‘word for word’ answers from the NEC but there is a slight variance that will cause your answer to be wrong. It’s important to identify the key phrase of questions.

Examples include:

  1. Shall
  2. Shall not
  3. No more than
  4. No less than

Identifying keywords is usually half the battle.

 

Educated Guesses

If you are unable to answer the question by finding the answer in the book or if you are running out of time, use educated guesses.  A guess is much better than no answer at all.  If you are running out of time, mark the remaining questions as “c”- as there is a high percent chance it’ll be correct.  Learn to eliminate answers by eliminating the most obviously wrong answer.  In a test question often, 1 or 2 answers are usually obviously wrong. After eliminating the obviously wrong answer, reason among the remaining answers carefully.  If you have to make an educated guess, mark the question and return later if time permits.

 

A guess is much better than no answer at all.

There is no substitute for reading the electrical code book and taking practice exams for the electrical exam.  Use this advice and use it as part of your master study plan.  At the very least visit your local library and look for a study guide specific to the Texas electrician license exam and if they don't have them there, you can start with our Free PSI Lite book, you can download it below. 

 

Best of luck!

Which 2014 NEC Articles To Highlight For the Electrical Exam?

Articles to Highlight Based on the 2014 NEC Cover

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Articles To Highlight Based on the 2014 NEC

If you are on a budget and already own your code book, this guide is for you.  

This guide tells you exactly what to highlight in the 2014 NEC.   

Highlight only those areas you will need for the license exam.  

Simply follow the guide that shows you what articles and tables are essential for the exam.

You won't need to highlight ALL of the book, the articles and tables we picked out from our extensive research are the most essential.

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Yes, it is going to take you some time to highlight your own book, but this way you have to READ the articles and tables that will be on the master exam or the journeyman exam.

We can do this for you, but frankly, this is the only way most of you will benefit the most and it's budget friendly.

We strongly suggest you invest on a exam prep book or find some free exam prep resources so you can take your newly highlighted book out on a spin.  This book won't do you any good in the test center if you don't crack it open before and use it to study.

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  • Based on the 2014 NEC
  • 32 pages over 2,000 Articles and Tables.
  • Pertinent to the Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician licensing exam.
  • Thoroughly researched.
  • Articles 90, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800 and 900.
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