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  1. #11
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    When I took the test I took both the IRC book and my NEC book. I am pretty sure I never opened my NEC book. One thing I noticed when studying was the way that ICC worded things, it was easier for me to pick them out of the ICC section then the NEC. If you are just testing for the E1 I would personally just study and get familiar with the IRC chapters. I hope you have access to the IRC book.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Dotson View Post
    Hello all,
    I'm almost ashamed to talk about it but today I took the E1 Residential exam and bombed it with a 48 ! I have been in ELE field as an electrician for 21yrs. Have done a lot of residential on the side but more industrial during the last 10 years. Have moved up to Electrical Engineering Tech lately, a more advanced troubleshooting role for robotics and industrial controls. I recently inquired about a local Electrical Inspector position (would really like to pursue the inspection side of the field)and today, I went and took the Residential E1 ICC test. I failed miserably with a 48 and studied the 2014 NEC code book for 2 weeks in the afternoons after work. I also purchased and studied and took the /NEC quizzes. I didn't get thru all 2400, maybe a 100 or more. I cant afford to spend anymore $ on resources for study being a family of 4 and Christmas is here but will try the test 1 more time and ill be done for 6 months and the job will be filled. Is there any advice anyone can give me as to what or how I can prepare better without the funds to do so ?? Don't need answers just guidance to succeed Help !!

    Thanks and Merry Christmas to all
    I studied for 6 months for the Commercial Exam. You are just a lot braver than I was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Furlan View Post
    I studied for 6 months for the Commercial Exam. You are just a lot braver than I was.

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    Don't know about brave lol, maybe ill prepared is the best way to sum it up. Guess there is one bright side, at least I know where I stand and can be better prepared the next time .

    Thanks,
    Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by E16 View Post
    When I took the test I took both the IRC book and my NEC book. I am pretty sure I never opened my NEC book. One thing I noticed when studying was the way that ICC worded things, it was easier for me to pick them out of the ICC section then the NEC. If you are just testing for the E1 I would personally just study and get familiar with the IRC chapters. I hope you have access to the IRC book.

    Good luck
    I have access to the ICC online IRC book and have been studying it but I don't have a book to take to the test. I hope to have one before test day. I agree on the IRC, seems to be easier to navigate the chapters.

    Thanks,
    Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave047 View Post
    My advice for passing the exam ( although I took the commercial electrical ) would be to study your code book more and make sure you have tabs too. The ICC exam is all about identifying key words in the question and using the index in the back of the book to locate the code reference/ section specific to said question. I think your method was flawed too about going through the entire test first, which you correctly associated to precious lost time, as you only have about two minutes per question as an average. Mike Holt's quizzes were a valuable resource as well. Get to know your code book : where the various wiring methods are, tables, services , branch circuits,etc. Study and you will pass. Good luck.
    Thanks for the advice. I do have tabs on my 2014 NEC and that's a big help but wasn't enough on test day. I just was not familiar enough with the sections of the book to be able to go immediately (in a timely manner) to the section of the code the question was pertaining to. I'm still taking the quizzes and trying to improve my surfing time in the NEC book while also studying the ICC's IRC book. I believe if I had been a little quicker with the NEC I would have passed, maybe not aced it but passed. Wouldn't have left so many unanswered questions.

    Thanks,
    Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Dotson View Post
    Thanks for the advice. I do have tabs on my 2014 NEC and that's a big help but wasn't enough on test day. I just was not familiar enough with the sections of the book to be able to go immediately (in a timely manner) to the section of the code the question was pertaining to. I'm still taking the quizzes and trying to improve my surfing time in the NEC book while also studying the ICC's IRC book. I believe if I had been a little quicker with the NEC I would have passed, maybe not aced it but passed. Wouldn't have left so many unanswered questions.

    Thanks,
    Dennis
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    ~ @ ~ @ ~


    Dennis D.,

    I agree with a lot of the responses so far.
    IMO, ...you should become VERY familiar
    with the layout of the applicable IRC, and
    not the NEC.......The E-1 Exam is all about
    the IRC, and not just the electrical chapters.
    You should, IMO, become familiar with the
    whole book.......When you get hired in to
    an Electrical Inspector position, you may
    very well find yourself needing an answer
    from the rest of the IRC.

    I took all of my certification exams by
    paper & pencil method.......I just do better
    with taking exams by the old fashioned
    method, ...others mileage may vary.

    I did like you did, in that, I too went thru
    the E-1 test answering all of questions that
    I knew instantly or could find very quickly.
    After that, I came back thru and answered
    the ones I did not know by looking them up
    [
    QUICKLY ] in the IRC.

    DO NOT give up on becoming a qualified
    Inspector......I have spent thousands &
    thousands of dollars on the various ICC
    exams.......If you want it bad enough, you
    WILL find a way to take the exams,
    ...purchase the study materials and make
    it work.

    Absolutely, ...
    DO NOT QUIT !



    @ ~ @ ~ @

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    How much total time for the test?
    how many did you answer first pass?
    what do you figure you spent on those?

    say you answered 40 (20 not answered)
    if you got 30/40 right you were on track (I assume 70% to pass)

    second pass
    say you have 30 questions left and 120 minutes
    start answering them, if you spend more than 5 minutes or so guess and move on
    save a few minutes to make sure everyhing is answered
    no penalty and a 1/4 chance

    the first pass probably took less than 1/2 the time

    do not be ashamed
    imo failing is not failure
    failing to keep at it is



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    Quote Originally Posted by north star View Post
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    Dennis D.,

    I agree with a lot of the responses so far.
    IMO, ...you should become VERY familiar
    with the layout of the applicable IRC, and
    not the NEC.......The E-1 Exam is all about
    the IRC, and not just the electrical chapters.
    You should, IMO, become familiar with the
    whole book.......When you get hired in to
    an Electrical Inspector position, you may
    very well find yourself needing an answer
    from the rest of the IRC.

    I took all of my certification exams by
    paper & pencil method.......I just do better
    with taking exams by the old fashioned
    method, ...others mileage may vary.

    I did like you did, in that, I too went thru
    the E-1 test answering all of questions that
    I knew instantly or could find very quickly.
    After that, I came back thru and answered
    the ones I did not know by looking them up
    [
    QUICKLY ] in the IRC.

    DO NOT give up on becoming a qualified
    Inspector......I have spent thousands &
    thousands of dollars on the various ICC
    exams.......If you want it bad enough, you
    WILL find a way to take the exams,
    ...purchase the study materials and make
    it work.

    Absolutely, ...
    DO NOT QUIT !



    @ ~ @ ~ @
    Thanks for the encouragement ! I plan on seeing this thru and getting my Inspector certifications.


    Thanks,
    Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingenieur View Post
    How much total time for the test?
    how many did you answer first pass?
    what do you figure you spent on those?

    say you answered 40 (20 not answered)
    if you got 30/40 right you were on track (I assume 70% to pass)

    second pass
    say you have 30 questions left and 120 minutes
    start answering them, if you spend more than 5 minutes or so guess and move on
    save a few minutes to make sure everyhing is answered
    no penalty and a 1/4 chance

    the first pass probably took less than 1/2 the time

    do not be ashamed
    imo failing is not failure
    failing to keep at it is
    I don't know the exact specifics on how many I missed, left unanswered and such, can just speculate. I took a guess in my 1st post and may be off some but the examination results form they gave me states that a "passing score is 75". I feel that if I had answered the unanswered questions I may have passed. Water under the bridge now, just trying to prepare for round 2 now . Thanks for the reply and failing is not an option for me, ill continue until I get the certifications.

    Thanks,
    Dennis

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