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    Washington State journeyman exam

    Howdy howdy!

    Just curious if there are any Washingtonians here that have taken the General Journeyman exam in the semi-recent past. I have my Oregon license already, but my Washington exam is scheduled for next Saturday (in Eugene - pretty neat that I don't have to drive all the way up to WA).

    I know that Washington RCW 19.28 and WAC 296-46B will be tested on, in addition to 2008 NEC.

    The Oregon exam was pretty rigorous. What caliber of questions are on the Washington exam?

    Thanks for any input!
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    The NEC part is plain out easy. The WAC RCW part is much more challenging. You need to get the WAC/RCW books from L&I and study them. If you don't have the books I wouldn't even tackle the test till you get them as it's a open book test.

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    I have the WAC and the RCW hard copies. Oregon has a similar "specialty code" which modifies portions of the standard NEC.

    So does the WA exam have separate exam sections for NEC and for WA-specific rules? Because the Oregon exam mixed them together (and intentionally threw in some trick questions - hence the challenge). And does WA still retain the 2005 NEC language for AFCIs?

    Thanks for your response(s)!
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    WA is on the 2008 code cycle. The NEC part of the test is easy if you're already a journeyman. Read that WAC and RCW and make sure you bring your code book along with those two books to the test.

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    The NEC part is easy. It's the administrative that'll get you. If you're familiar with the NEC, I'd spend as much time as you can going through the WAC manual. I failed the WAC/RCW portion the first time, just because I wasn't familiar with the books layout and didn't have the time to find all the questions.

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    Electrican exams are in three parts, NEC, theory, and state rules/laws.
    All test questions as of March are on the 08 NEC. Each test is random.
    Average passing score is 32%.
    We still are using the 05 requirements for AFCIs, but see WAC section 210. Also review wac for what the test is on, you will be tested on what you are supposed to know, not what you do. IE resistance, parallel series, capactance,
    Let us know how you do. All 1,954 questions have been reviewed for accuracy prior to changing to the new testing company, PSI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom baker View Post
    Electrican exams are in three parts, NEC, theory, and state rules/laws.
    All test questions as of March are on the 08 NEC. Each test is random.
    Average passing score is 32%.
    We still are using the 05 requirements for AFCIs, but see WAC section 210. Also review wac for what the test is on, you will be tested on what you are supposed to know, not what you do. IE resistance, parallel series, capactance,
    Let us know how you do. All 1,954 questions have been reviewed for accuracy prior to changing to the new testing company, PSI.

    I see they have a new testing company--as you stated, and as i pointed-out in my last. Interesting!!
    Reward the hard worker and drop the buddy buddy slacks!!!

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    I took the WA general journeyman test yesterday. I agree with the previous comments that the WA rules portion is tougher than the NEC portion. I passed both portions with room to spare but used up basically all the time alloted for the WA rules. The test is split into 2 portions with seperate time slots, mine started with the NEC portion, then after finishing that the clock reset for the time alloted for the WA rules portion.

    Now it is time to schedule the administrator test.

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    Took the exam today! It went well. The NEC portion was pretty easy, I score 100% on that section. The WA administrative stuff was definitely tougher. Only 17 questions in that section and 60 minutes to do it, but I used probably 45 minutes on it. Only missed one in that section though, for 94%.

    I think the Oregon test was definitely more difficult, but I'm glad that I'm done with them both.

    Now I just have a big math final on Monday. :grin:

    Thanks for the pointers, everyone. I didn't take the administrative section seriously at first until I read the horror stories here. I'm glad I perused it a little, otherwise I would have been screwed.
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