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Did you know the electrical exam for the master license and the journeyman license are computer based?  Well, you do now.  I have seen many guys make mistakes on the field but they have the chance to learn and correct themselves for next time.  But do you really want to learn the hard way how […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #152 – None of the Above

  Don’t be fooled into picking “None of the above” answers just because you are not certain of the correct answer.   “None of the above” answer choice is usually a distractor used by test writers as an effective option for factual information in our case math questions to make this question more challenging.  Hence, […]

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Taking the Electrical Exam

Raise your hand if you became an apprentice electrician or journeyman electrician to take tests and spend weeks studying for the electrical exam.  I didn’t think so.  Most guys that I deal with haven’t had to worry about test taking since high school or college.  So this blog explores 10 mistakes to avoid when taking […]

Electrical Study Guides – Which one is best for you?

Electricians looking to upgrade their electrical license have to prove their electrical knowledge by passing their electrical exam.  Finding the right book or program to help them pass the electrical test can be a daunting task for many.  Last week I took a call from a journeyman electrician in Texas who just had his electrician […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #142 – Index of the NEC

Highlight your index at the back of the NEC book and add page numbers as you study for the electrical exam.   There are no page numbers on the index now, save time during the electrical test and prepare ahead of time.  Download the PSI Information bulletin, this tells you exactly what will be in the […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #144 – Understand the NEC

  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 table of contents in […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #145 – Parts of the Articles

  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 during your electrical […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #146 – Dealing With Electrical Questions

  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 the index on […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #147 – General Electrical Standards

These four chapters from the National Electrical Code Book ®  NFPA include general electrical standards that apply to ALL installations. Chapter 1: GeneralChapter 2: Wiring and Protection Chapter 3: Wiring Methods and MaterialsChapter 4: Equipment for General UseThis will be helpful to know when you are taking your master electrical exam or the journeyman electrical exam. […]

Electrical Exam Prep Tip #148 – Minimum Allowable Installations

  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.