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How to pass your Master Electrician Exam the first time


Lots of visitors to this site are in one of the following situations:

You are working as an apprentice and face the prospect of taking a State Electricians' Board exam for a journeyman's license or --

You hold a journeyman's license and are looking to upgrade to a master electrician's license.

The terminology varies from state to state as do the licensing requirements and testing procedures. Typically, you have to have a specified number of hours experience working in compliance with the law under a master electrician who will sign an affadavit stating that you are qualified. After the state licensing board verifies your credentials, they schedule your exam.

Procedures vary widely, this is just typical:

If you do not pass the first time, you will be allowed to take the exam a second time without paying an additional fee. After the second try, you will have to pay the application fee and reapply. These exams are rather difficult and sometimes less than half the applicants pass the first time. What makes it hard is that it is (let's say) a five-part test and you have to score over 70% on each and every part to pass the exam. This is much harder than if you had to get 70% on the overall test. Four 95%'s and one 65% and you will be coming back in six months.

But if you study dilligently and follow the suggestions I give below, you will pass the first time with a fairly respectable score.

Electricians' exams are of necessity open book. States typically have in common that their exams deal with the National Electrical Code, usually the most recent unless it has not yet been incorporated into law. You will be permitted to bring in your copy of NEC and perhaps certain other books such as the NEC Handbook, the American Electrician's Handbook, Ferm's Fast Finder and others.

By all means bring in whatever is permitted. Your state may permit a set of index tabs installed on your Code book -- if so be sure to do that. The tabs are a great timesaver.

Expect to be permitted to bring in a calculater, pencils, scratch paper and similar items.

The highly programmed electronic calculators that solve problems based on the National Electric Code are usually prohibited. What you need is a simple calculator that will add, substract, multiply, divide and do roots with a memory feature, and with an easy to read display and known good batteries.

You can easily pass the journeyman or master electrician's exam if you observe the following guidelines --

Count on spending about a year of parttime study (about 15 hours per week) in addition to a regular electrician's job. At work, make sure you do everything up to Code. For example, if you are running EMT, check Article 358 and observe all Code requirements. When taking the exam, you will be able to recall past work you performed and know the answers to many questions.

Don't bother trying to memorize the Code. Most people can't do it and it is not necessary. Instead learn the structure of the Code so that you can look up anything instantly. It is well to memorize the chapter headings so that you can immediately find the answers you need. Become adept at using the Table of Contents and Index. The Code section of your exam may have 60 questions to be completed in 90 minutes. That means you have a minute and a half for each question. If you can recall or find the answers to some questions more or less instantly, you will have more time for the more difficult questions.

It is suggested that you memorize the internal structures of certain articles such as 240, Overcurrent Protection, 250 Grounding and Bonding, and 430 Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers. Some topics, such as 517, Health Care Facilities, and 680, Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations, may seem overly difficult but these are actually the easiest since you know right where to find the answer in a very few pages. The Contents at the beginning of the Code has a breakdown of each article down to the Roman numeral level, and the National Electrical Code Handbook has a list of contents at the beginning of each article that goes down all the way.

You will pass your exam with a high score if you know the Code structure thoroughly so that you can immediately go to the right place to find the answer.

Don't neglect other web resources: Mike Holt is especially good. That site has numerous print, CD and video courses to provide basic Code expertise, and lots of free electrician licensing exam level quizzes that are changed frequently, and full scale exams so that you can tell when you are ready to face the State Licensing Board



Books for electricians --

Here is a selection of the most significant electricians' books available online today, at the best prices around. Clicking on any logo provides access to reviews and ratings by electricians. A good place to start is with the 2008 NEC Handbook, which contains the complete text of the current code plus extensive commentary, diagrams and illustrations. Other books of interest for the electrician are available as well.

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