Article 690 Terminology

Solar Photovoltaic Systems Part 1 – Article 690 based on the 2014 NEC by Mike Holt   By Mike Holt, NEC Consultant   Though it covers solar power systems, Article 690 is not light reading. Article 690, consisting of eight Parts, applies to Photovoltaic (PV) electrical energy systems, array circuit(s), inverter(s), and charge controller(s) for […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #102- NEC Layout

Helpful Tip # 102 There is simply no substitution for not knowing and understanding the LAYOUT of the basic framework of the National Electrical Code® book. Knowing the breakdown of Chapter Two, for example, will help you quickly find an answer that deals with minimum layout and receptacle placements, or load calculation questions.     […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #101- Read Questions

  Helpful Tip #101 Always read not only the question itself, but also read ALL four of the ANSWERS. Often times the question itself does not contain enough information to be able to ascertain the correct article or location in the Code book, but the answers will be a good clue to where the correct […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #100- Tricky Questions

  Helpful Tip #100 With the PSI exam, reading the question word for word exactly is extremely important.  Many questions are very to tricky, pay attention to wording variations. Reading the applicable NEC Article or code statue is a must, reading the question backwards is one terrific tool.  Reading the question backwards will trick your […]

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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 […]

What’s in the Exam?

This is probably the top question on your mind.  You probably want to know exactly just what is on the exam.  Even if you have taken the exam before you may not have a good idea of what subject areas are in the exam due to traps and question misdirection. Each state examiner like the […]

3 NEC Charts-Compilation for Electricians

  Today we are sharing with you 3 NEC Charts that James Boone from www.PowerSoftEng.com has graciously shared.     He has been researching over the years and has put together cheat sheets for us all to use.   “All of the things recorded in these charts are accumulated knowledge and research in many areas […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #109

Helpful Tip # 109 It is attention to minute, specific details that can make a 5-to-10 point difference on a test examiners score. It is highly imperative to reread a test question after you think you’ve formulated your answer just to ensure that you have in fact actually picked the answer that matches exactly word […]