Category Archives: Test taking tips

A man sitting at a desk writing in a notebook, possibly working on obtaining his contractor license.

There are lots of ways to take notes while you’re preparing for the contractor licensing exam. Not all of them will be the right one for you, so it helps to have a few different choices. The good news is that you can improve your note-taking and your recall with the right approach. Here are five tips to keep in …
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A man is sitting at a table with an open book and a cup of coffee, completely engrossed in his contractor license materials.

You’ve got the experience and you’ve been approved to take the contractor licensing exam. When you’re one week away from the exam, it might seem like it is going to take forever to arrive. Here’s what you can do to ensure that you have what you need and are in the best shape to succeed. Review Key Concepts Experts in …
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You’ve hit the books every night for many weeks. You’ve become confident in your skills. You have reviewed all the requirements and you can easily prove your work toward them. But how do you know that you’re ready for the exam? If you can answer yes to the items on this checklist, you may be good to take the next …
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A man sitting at a desk writing in a notebook, possibly working on obtaining his contractor license.

Think back to your old studying habits in high school. How well did they work? If you are like most people, your favorite method of studying was to read the book, look up what you didn’t understand, and hope like heck you could remember the material when test time came around. Does this sound familiar? If so, you are one …
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Are you the kind of person who dreads taking exams, and doesn’t necessarily love the thought of studying, either? If so, then you might be surprised to know that you could be the perfect CSLS student.

We understand if you’re a bit skeptical – many of the young men and women who come to us dream of being California state licensed contractors, but aren’t eager to face another test at this point in their lives. But, here are a few reasons that nervous test takers make great CSLS students:

Nervous testers tend to study harder. Strange as it might sound, those students who struggled in school, or just don’t like taking tests, tend to compensate by being very prepared for their licensing exams. That means that, on average, they tend to have an easier time and get better scores. So, rather than letting your anxiety hold you back, why not let it work in your favor? We’ve seen thousands of other students do exactly that

People who were poor students in the past ask more questions. The more engaged you are in the learning process, the more you’re going to get from it. And so, while there’s nothing wrong with coming into our classes feeling confident and prepared, it’s the students who feel nervous about their exams – and ask a lot of questions because of it – that end up getting the most insight from their books and instructors. It’s okay to start from scratch; we’ll be happy to show you everything you need to know in order to pass your test on the first try.
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At some point or another, most construction professionals dream about taking the next step in becoming a licensed California state contractor. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a little more income and the freedom to find their own projects, make their own schedule, and be their own boss? One of the three best reasons to become a licensed California state contractor is …

1. It’s Easier Than You Think

Although you may still have bad memories of tests from your school days, the reality is that the California state contractor’s license exam isn’t as big an obstacle as you might think. More than 99% of our students pass on the first try, and you don’t need any special computer training or language skills to successfully complete it. The exam itself only takes a few hours to finish, so don’t let fear of it hold you back from your dreams.

Even with these goals in mind, however, many don’t get around to scheduling an exam. In some cases, they may think the test is too difficult, or that they don’t have the time or money to prepare for it. At CSLS, we have spent more than 20 years helping people just like you to move forward in their lives and careers. We’ve seen how simple it can be, once you get going, and so we want to clear up a few misconceptions.
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