National Electrical Code – NEC Book

If you are preparing for the electrical exam, make sure to review the state’s candidate information bulletin so that you can purchase exactly what is approved.  Most states only approve the softbound/paperback version of the NEC book.  In the state of Texas, for example, the only book you may use is the latest version of […]

The Electricians’ Reference Site

Texas Electrical Excel has gathered the necessary information that will help you move forward with your career advancement.  We have put together the state’s licensing applications and your exam administrators’ applications and bulletin information all in the same site so you can quickly make your move.  Aside from providing you all the free electrical exam […]

Make your own electrical code book tabs- Free Template

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 […]

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 #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 #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 #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. 

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 […]

The Time Trap: Time Management

The 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 […]

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 […]