5 Ways to Get the Most When Preparing for the Contractor Licensing Exam

Becoming a licensed contractor involves taking an extensive exam to prove your knowledge. Even if you have the skills, you might still worry about how well you’ll do on the test. The good news is that you can prepare, and there are lots of ways to get better. Here are a few to keep in mind.

Invest Your Time
Think about how long it took you to build a skill from the ground up. Some tasks in construction take years to master, even if you can get reasonably good at them more quickly than that. Studying is similar. Many people arrive at adulthood without a lot of useful study skills. Others have to renew these skills after years of not using them. While you might have been able to get away with cramming for tests in high school, true understanding takes longer. Give yourself the time to read and review. The knowledge will be more likely to stick that way.

Create a Good Study Space
Some people can study anywhere. And while you might take advantage of a variety of study spaces, you may need to create a dedicated one. Good studying requires a few common elements, including:

See if you can dedicate a room or part of one room to this goal. The ability to study without distractions can make it a lot easier for you to retain what you’re learning.

Sign Up for Exam Preparation Courses
Of course, mastering the material is only one part of the equation. If you want to know what’s going to be on the exam, an exam preparation course is a great way to start. These courses give you a focused look at the topics that you can expect on the exam. They may also share information on ways that you can prepare for the exam format. This assistance could significantly increase your likelihood of passing the exam, once you’re ready to take it. They cost money to attend, but they can simplify your preparation process and make it more effective.

Take Practice Exams
One of the best ways to get ready for the contractor licensing exam is to take practice exams. Practice tests give you a better understanding of the exam format, as well as the types of questions that you can expect. If you are out of practice in taking tests, or if you have test anxiety, practice exams can be a great way to help you overcome them. The more you practice, the more confident you become. That confidence alone may increase your chances of passing on the first try.

Keep Reviewing Your Knowledge
Preparing for an exam can feel like a cyclical process, but it is much more gradual than you think. Once you start to accumulate knowledge, you have to make sure that you don’t lose it. For example, studying hard for a couple of months and then taking a break for a few weeks can make it harder to remember the things that you learned. You can taper off your studying if you need to at times, but don’t quit entirely. Until you take the exam, take a little time each week to keep looking at your notes. Explain concepts to other people as a way of solidifying your knowledge. It will stay at the forefront of your brain for easy access that way.

Preparing for the contractor licensing exam is a lot easier when you have help. To see how CSLS can get you ready for the next step in your contracting career, contact us today!