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    Exam lock up help

    Howdy,

    This weekend I’m going to be helping a coworker study to retake his Washington journeyman exam. This will be attempt #3 for him I think. I believe he knows enough to get a passing score but seems to lock up when under pressure of the timed element. I’m going to suggest code book tabs and notes written in the margins, going through the exam and answering the for familiar questions first and flagging the unsure ones to review in the next sweep. What other advice can any of you here suggest? Thanks in advance.

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    The more he practices, the easier it will get. Do timed practice tests until he can score a 90% consistently. Only then take the test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    The more he practices, the easier it will get. Do timed practice tests until he can score a 90% consistently. Only then take the test.

    Where could I go online to find free practice exams?

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    Sounds like this is worth paying for?

    https://www.mikeholt.com/exam-preparation-menu.php

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    Is he running out of time before getting through all of the questions? Or does he finish, have time left, and still receive a low score?

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    My suggestion is to answer the "easy" questions first. As you go through the test, if you come across a question that will require you to think or to look up a reference, skip that question for now. As you start answering questions for which you are confident in your answers, this will increase your overall confidence in passing the test as a whole. Go back and take on the harder questions only after you have completed the easy ones.
    Charles E. Beck, P.E., Seattle
    Comments based on 2017 NEC unless otherwise noted.

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