The big question on every 4th year electrical apprentice’s mind is, “what is the test going to be like” to become an electrician? In this episode I talk about how the exam is laid out and what tips you should know going in on test day.
The state electrical exam is very similar in most states. Not all, but most. Most states offer an open-book test, based on the current National Electrical Code. You’re only allowed to bring a standard printed NEC in, not a hard-cover handbook. You won’t be allowed to have small printed items tucked in the book, nothing stapled to pages, nor can you have large paragraphs of information or calculations written somewhere hidden in the pages.
You are allowed to write small notes in the book (in most places, not all), and you are allowed to tab your book as long as you use official NEC tabs, not tabs made at home.
The exam for Residential Wireman in Texas is a 4 hour, 83 question exam on primarily residential knowledge. You’re given a standard calculator, and told to leave all other possessions other than a code-book in your car. You sit at a computer and answer 83 multiple choice questions, and are allowed to write on a scratch piece of paper (that must be turned in at the end) with a #2 pencil. After the 4 hours you’re done.
The Unrestricted Journeyman exam is similar to the Residential Wireman exam however it is much more difficult. It is 100 questions, but still only 4 hours. All of the rules are the same, you just have more work cut out for you in the same amount of time.
Finally, the Master exam is 5 hours, 100 questions. These questions are much more involved and far more obscure/difficult.
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