Electrical Exam Prep Tip #144 – Understand the NEC

  Helpful Tip #144 Understanding the NEC is your challenge in preparing for the master electrical exam or the journeyman electrical exam.  During the open book electrical exam you will need to know how to quickly spot the articles and tables in the NEC that you will need to answer the questions correctly.  Study the […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #145 – Parts of the Articles

  Helpful Tip #145 Personalize your NEC book It is helpful to circle in red or highlight in pink each Part heading (marked with Roman numerals: I, II, III, etc.) of every Article, and write that numeral at the top of the page. That way, when you look for a particular Part of that Article […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #146 – Dealing With Electrical Questions

  Helpful Tip #146 When you’re dealing with an electrical question, the easiest way to find the answer is to: 1. Find the subject of the question. 2. In the NEC book Index, find the word or words that best describe the subject of the question. 3. Finally, list the reference(s) following that word in […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #147 – General Electrical Standards

Helpful Tip #147 These four chapters from the National Electrical Code Book ®  NFPA include general electrical standards that apply to ALL installations. Chapter 1: General Chapter 2: Wiring and Protection  Chapter 3: Wiring Methods and Materials Chapter 4: Equipment for General Use This will be helpful to know when you are taking your master […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #148 – Minimum Allowable Installations

  Helpful Tip #148 When reading an electrical exam question which describes minimum allowable installations, you will find key words and phrases such as: at least, no less than, and smallest allowable.  These types of questions frequently appear in the master electrical exam and the journeyman electrical exam. Don’t be fooled.   Recent Posts Score […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #127- Approved Reference Book

  The Texas PSI examination questions are based on the 2014 bound edition. The NEC HANDBOOK is not allowed in the examination room.       If you are taking the master electrical exam or the journeyman electrical exam in the state of Texas you are allowed to take the National Electrical Code ® inside the testing […]

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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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  • This book tells you what will be in the exam, how many questions and how long you have to take the electrical exam. Download it now.

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

    (Download the PSI Exams Candidate Information Bulletin here)

    • 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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