How To Study For and PASS Your Electrician Exam (FIRST TIME)

Many people have to take their state Master Electrician licensing exam several times before scoring a passing grade, as a lot of states have very difficult exams. Here’s what I did to prepare myself for my exam, and how I passed it on my first attempt.

If you’re getting ready to take your exam, I’ve got timed, simulated practice exams for Residential Wireman, Journeyman, and Master Electrician. Click here: PRACTICE EXAMS –



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If you’re at all like me, you were nervous as hell when it came time to take your state exams. Or if you haven’t taken them yet…dude…we all get you. We were scared too. Even those of us who were extremely prepared. I’ve taken all of the exams, and every time I had nervousness. Each time, however, I took my time, studied the material ahead of time, and passed the exam.

Now to study for your Master Electrician exam…that’s a whole different beast lol. I studied for a year before I took the exam. I knew that there would be a definite step up from the Journeyman exam, and I wanted to pass the Master on my first attempt. I knew to do this meant I’d have to study my ass off and scrub through all the literature, magazines, videos, podcasts, and practice exams that I could get my hands on.

I spent a lot of time creating sample problems based off of problems I got from books and magazines like Mike Holt’s stuff, and EC&M. I studied at least an hour every day…for a year. Believe it or not, I even studied on my honeymoon. Ya bro…I was serious about this. And it ended up working out in my favor. I passed my first time. I recommend getting your hands on anything and everything you can for studying.

I have a list of books I’ve read on my website. Https:// – I also recommend getting a subscription to EC&M magazine for all of the code articles that are in there. Buy some of Mike Holt’s books, listen to Paul Abernathy’s podcast “Master The NEC”  and maybe even take some courses from him to help study code. Take my simulated practice exams, buy books like DeWalt’s practice exam book…do everything you can think to do. Then, when you think you’re ready…you will be. Take the test. And you know what, if you fail…it doesn’t mean you’re not ready…so many more people fail than pass. Just means you have a little more studying to do, and then you just need to try again.

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