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Effective October 1, 2023, the examinations will be referenced to the
2023 NEC Code Book
Did you know you can make your own tabs for the electrical code book? Well, you can. If you are taking your electrical exam you are allowed to bring your electrical code book with permanent tabs in most states. The electrical exam in Texas for example is given by PSI Exams who allows you to use your own electrical code book with tabs and the only requirement is that the tabs will not peel off the page easily. We have exactly the right tabs right here.
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Two things you should consider when buying your tabs is their width and their color or lack thereof. The Redi-Tags we use on our electrical code books come in either white or in 5 different colors. We strongly recommend using different colored tabs so that you can easily spot different electrical articles and sections.
One of the two types of tabs in the market that we have used successfully for years is 1 1/8” which is wider than the electrical tabs in the market. The other set of tabs is only 7/16” wide, comparable to the electrical tabs in the market. There are pros and cons with using either size. For instance, your book may look cluttered if you use too many of the wide tabs or you may not be able to read the labels on the slimmer tabs. The choice is ultimately up to you.
These tabs are perfect for the electrician who is taking their exam due to their durability and strong adhesive hold. Although the tabs are made for laser printers, you are able to write with ink or marker the articles or sections you want. You can buy the tabs at Amazon here, but make sure you only buy the tabs marked “PERMANENT”.
To download a template to either sized tabs, click the links below. (These are templates for laser printers, if you are going to write on your tabs, you won’t need to download these templates)
Book tabbing Hints
- Apply your table tabs at the top of the page so you can quickly spot your tables during the electrical exam.
- Make tabs for your table of contents and your index to help you look for keywords during the electrical test.
- Use color coded tabs to help you distinguish different chapters.
- Do not use more than 100 tabs at a time unless you absolutely need to. The less tabs you have on your book, the less confusing it will be.
- Tab the articles and sections that will help you answer questions during the exam, don’t just tab the beginning of each chapter.
If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an e-mail and we’ll get back to you. As always, if you have any exam prep tips you feel could be used on this website, send us and e-mail so we can share your tips with other electricians.
Thank you for reading and good luck.
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