Gianni Evangelisti By: Gianni Evangelisti
Journeyman Electrician Test

If you are trying to become a journeyman electrician, you may be asked by the state or local municipality to take the journeyman electrician test. The journeyman test will certify your skills and knowledge of the electrical field.

To many, this will be daunting, considering you have likely taken many different electrical tests already to prove your qualifications.

The best thing you can do is get plenty of journeyman test prep in to make yourself more comfortable with the journeyman electrician exam.

Summary: Learn more about the journeyman electrical test and use the resources below to prepare for your upcoming exam.

Finding a good free journeyman practice test can be difficult. Luckily, our team has gathered some journeyman test prep resources.

Check them out in the table below.

Resource Provider
Practice Exam 1 (PDF) Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Practice Exam 2 (Flashcards) Quizlet
Practice Exam 3 (Flashcards) Quizlet
Practice Exam 4 (Flashcards) Quizlet

You may not have the time to utilize the resources above, so our team has curated three sample questions to give you an idea of the questions you could see on the exam.

1. To be used on medium bus lamp holders, the maximum wattage of incandescent-lamps cannot be more than _____.

  1. 500 watts
  2. 300 watts
  3. 400 watts
  4. 200 watts

B: 300 watts

2. For a service drop wire to be placed above a driveway or road it must maintain a minimum height of ____.

  1. 15 feet
  2. 20 feet
  3. 18 feet
  4. 12 feet

C: 18 feet

3. True or False: A universal motor is most suitable for a commercial refrigerator?

  1. True
  2. False

B: False. Correct Answer: repulsion start induction run

Before we tell you what the test is, it might be a good idea to know what a journeyman electrician is and their responsibilities.

After an apprenticeship as an electrician or schooling to become an electrician, you have two choices you could make.

  1. Become a self-employed electrician like ten percent of those in the workforce.
  2. Get contracted by a national electrician company.

If you chose to work for a contractor, you will need to be certified and become a journeyman electrician.

From there, you can narrow your focus to commercial, industrial, or residential electric work. This is the first step you can take toward becoming a master electrician.

This is where the test comes into play. To become an officially licensed journeyman electrician, you must take the journeyman electrician test.

The exam tells a state or local electric company that you know what you are doing.

It will test your skills as well as your knowledge of the best electrical practices. This ensures that you are skilled enough to take the next step in your electrician career.

The most important tip we can share about what will be covered on the test is that it will focus on state rules, so you need to know what the best practices are in the state where you will be taking the test.

The tests are similar in length, ranging from 80 to 100 multiple-choice questions.

You are given around 240 minutes (or 4 hours) to complete the exam. There may also be some unscored questions on the exam, but you will not know which ones they are.

In general, questions that do not relate to your state’s practices touch on one of these ten content areas:

  • Branch circuit calculations and conductors
  • Definitions, calculations, theory, and plans
  • Electrical control devices and disconnecting means
  • Electrical equipment and devices
  • Electrical feeders
  • Electrical services, service equipment, and separately derived systems
  • Electrical wiring methods and electrical materials
  • Motors and generators
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Special occupancies, equipment, and conditions

There is quite a wide range of subjects covered by the journeyman exam, so you need to be well-prepared before you consider taking this test. You will have plenty of time to answer questions (at least two minutes per question), so you can take your time.

Not everyone is eligible to take this exam. The best way to know if you are eligible is to check with your state or local licensing program and have an expert tell you what you must have completed to take the exam.

As a rule of thumb, you will likely have to have experience as an electrician for a certain amount of time (this varies depending on the state). The amount of time is usually measured in hours worked whether that be as an apprentice and/or through extracurricular classwork.

Speaking of apprenticeships, most areas will require you to have at least one under a master electrician for a certain time. Typically, this would be around one year. Others may also include having taken classes in electrical skills to further your education.

Each question on the journeyman electrician exam will be worth 1.25 points. Your score will be out of 100 to 125, depending on the number of questions on your exam.

To pass the exam, a test-taker must score at least 70% of all questions correctly. That means you must get anywhere from 56 to 70 questions correctly.

You will get your results as soon as the exam is over. This test is administered on a computer, so your score will pop up immediately after you finish the last question.

You will also get an official printout of your score to prove that you have completed the exam and passed.

How many questions are on the journeyman test?

Typically, there are 80 to 100 questions on the journeyman electrician test with the most common number of questions being 80.

What is a passing score for the journeyman exam?

To pass the journeyman exam, you must score at least 70%, meaning you must answer 56 to 70 questions correctly based on the number of questions.

What subjects are tested on the journeyman test?

All things related to electricity will appear on this exam, including wiring, motors, equipment, electrical theories, and more.

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