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Exam Prep Tips
We sell the Mike Holt Exam prep products, because we work with Mike on the content development and we know how good these products are.
The materials are excellent. You don't need to be some kind of whiz to pass the electrical exam. Nor do you need to put in 4 hours a day every day or suck down your vacations to study (though you can, as some people do). You do need to make it a project that you schedule and consitently work at.
In the video at right, some experts provide their some tips. Mindconnection's founder provides his own tips, below.
When you buy these electrical exam prep products, you'll find Mike Holt's very own exam success tips laid out for you. So, there's really no mystery. You'll understand how to prepare for the test and then how to take it. Yes, the electrical exams are tough. But if you prepare properly, you will be tougher.
From Mindconnection's founder, Mark Lamendola:
I had only a minimal familiarity with the NEC or the calculations needed for passing the exam. My employer at the time needed a licensed Master Electrician to be onsite at a project that was coming up, and did a "Tag, you're it" on me. I wasn't even a Journeyman. But I was an electrical engineer. The exam, we all thought, should be a snap for me. It wasn't. I sweated through it and just barely missed passing it.
My boss was always coming up with solutions to problems. He identified this problem not as being that I was defective but that I was unprepared. His solution was to have the company buy me an electrical exam prep course. I set aside one hour each evening to learn what I could from that course.
So every night, I'd sit at my dining room table and work through a workbook or read the tutorials. I'd do this for about an hour, coming to a good stopping point. If I finished a section and had only 10 minutes to go, I'd call it a night. If the hour hit and I was almost to the end of a section, I'd work over until I got it done.
Following this process, I completed my exam preparation about two months before I needed to take the test. When I told my boss this, he said to go through the whole thing again, but this time start with the questions at the end of each chapter. Just change those around and make up my own quiz or test. Then, go through the material and take that quiz I'd made up. In rewriting the quizzes, I had to think about the principles involved and that was hugely beneficial.
My experience with the exam was different from Mike Holt's. I wasn't the last guy out of there. I was the first guy out of there. The exam was easy for me, this time. I didn't have to guess on any questions, as the answers came easily to me because I had gone through similar questions forwards and backwards already.
As before, a large number of the people taking it failed. But this time, I had a very high score. They wouldn't tell me my score, but I asked if it was higher than 90% and got an enthusiastic, "Oh, yes."
The electrical exam consists of multiple parts. Each is either a verbal test or calculations test.
The verbal parts have True/False questions and multiple choice questions. These are intended to test your knowledge of electrical theory and the NEC, which, of course, you will know cold because you will have bought this library to prepare.
The calculations tests cover specific areas of NEC application. You need to know how to size raceway, conductors, and overcurrent protection devices, among other things. You must be able to calculate these in a variety of ways. This NEC Exam Course will prepare you for these exam calculations. It will prepare you by explaining how to calculate, then supplying practice problems. You'll understand the why, not just the how, and that will eliminate "formula confusion."
Should you try to wing it?
Many people think that being an electrical engineer or having worked in the field for 20 years is sufficient preparation. They find out the hard way that it's not.
Systematic study has proven to be the way to prepare. It's how you can ace your exam the first time.
You may know your job very well and work with the NEC all the time. But that will get you only part way toward passing the electrical exam. Exam prep materials get you the rest of the way there.
These Mike Holt sample video clips give you a glimpse of Mike's presentation style. Below, you can see Mike discuss specific areas of the NEC. At right is a testimonial.