So Can I highlight my code book

FloridaIsHot

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I have been getting very mixed information on this subject. I'm studying to take my unlimited and even the test center couldn't answer me. Can I highlight my book for the test? Thanks in advance. Also thanks for the join.
 

Dennis Alwon

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In NC you can but I would call the Florida board of examiners.

Is this the number you called Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 . If not try it. I didn't see anywhere that they had an unlimited license

This is what I see


General Terms
In general an “alarm system contractor” means a person whose business includes the execution of contracts requiring the experience and skill to lay out, fabricate, install, maintain, alter, repair, monitor, inspect, replace, or service any electrical device, signaling device or combination of electrical devices used to signal or detect a burglary, fire, robbery, or medical emergency.
A “registered contractor” means any contractor who has registered with the department pursuant to fulfilling the competency requirements in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued. Registered contractors may contract only in such jurisdictions.

Electrical Contractor
EC
– An “electrical contractor” means a person who conducts business in the electrical trade field and who has the experience and knowledge install, repair, alter, add to, or design electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, and conduit, including the electrical installations and systems within plants and substations and ALL alarm systems and specialty categories.
Registered Electrical Contractor
ER
– A “registered electrical contractor” means an electrical contractor who has registered with the department pursuant to fulfilling the competency requirements in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued. A registered electrical contractor may contract for electrical systems, including all specialty categories, only in the cities and/or counties for which his or her registration is issued. A “registered electrical contractor” MAY NOT contract for any alarm system.
The rest was alarms ets
 
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Dell3c

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For it's worth.. I've had unfortunate opportunity in testing several different States. One requesting "spit out your chewing gum" before entering test area, and another "take that tooth-pick" from behind your ear & deposit it in "waste-can".

Recently having one asking me "lift up your pants legs on your jeans" ( me always wearing cowboy boots) wanting to see having anything rolled & inserted in leg of my boot. (but I'm such a nice ladd).. :cool:..

But having yet tested anywhere, where "high-lighting" of my NFPA70 was deemed unacceptable practice @ testing facility.
The possibilities of "under-lining" and certainly anything "hand-written" inside of copy, is deemed unacceptable..

But as Dennis advised, check w/ your Testing Center.. The situation(s) listed above in my posting, mostly encounters @ "PSI" Testing Centers.

*Wishing you the very best on your exam also..
 

roger

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In NC you can but I would call the Florida board of examiners.

Is this the number you called Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 . If not try it. I didn't see anywhere that they had an unlimited license

This is what I see


General Terms
In general an “alarm system contractor” means a person whose business includes the execution of contracts requiring the experience and skill to lay out, fabricate, install, maintain, alter, repair, monitor, inspect, replace, or service any electrical device, signaling device or combination of electrical devices used to signal or detect a burglary, fire, robbery, or medical emergency.
A “registered contractor” means any contractor who has registered with the department pursuant to fulfilling the competency requirements in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued. Registered contractors may contract only in such jurisdictions.

Electrical Contractor
EC
– An “electrical contractor” means a person who conducts business in the electrical trade field and who has the experience and knowledge install, repair, alter, add to, or design electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, and conduit, including the electrical installations and systems within plants and substations and ALL alarm systems and specialty categories.
Registered Electrical Contractor
ER
– A “registered electrical contractor” means an electrical contractor who has registered with the department pursuant to fulfilling the competency requirements in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued. A registered electrical contractor may contract for electrical systems, including all specialty categories, only in the cities and/or counties for which his or her registration is issued. A “registered electrical contractor” MAY NOT contract for any alarm system.
The rest was alarms ets
Dennis, it has been many years since I took the exam but in those days NC didn't allow personal code books in the exam room, has that changed?

Roger
 

Dennis Alwon

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Dennis, it has been many years since I took the exam but in those days NC didn't allow personal code books in the exam room, has that changed?

Roger

Yep, my son took it and they allow highlighting and any writing you want but it must be in ink. If there are pencil marks you will be thrown out. I guess they don't want people copying the exam and you are only allowed to bring a pencil- or they give you a pencil
 

FloridaIsHot

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For it's worth.. I've had unfortunate opportunity in testing several different States. One requesting "spit out your chewing gum" before entering test area, and another "take that tooth-pick" from behind your ear & deposit it in "waste-can".

Recently having one asking me "lift up your pants legs on your jeans" ( me always wearing cowboy boots) wanting to see having anything rolled & inserted in leg of my boot. (but I'm such a nice ladd).. :cool:..

But having yet tested anywhere, where "high-lighting" of my NFPA70 was deemed unacceptable practice @ testing facility.
The possibilities of "under-lining" and certainly anything "hand-written" inside of copy, is deemed unacceptable..

But as Dennis advised, check w/ your Testing Center.. The situation(s) listed above in my posting, mostly encounters @ "PSI" Testing Centers.

*Wishing you the very best on your exam also..
Thanks. I really hope I can as that would be greatly beneficial.
 

Dennis Alwon

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Retired Electrical Contractor
@roger
EXAMINATIONS: ALL CLASSIFICATIONS The examinations are OPEN BOOK. Each candidate is required to bring their own copy of the 2017 National Electrical Code. Candidates taking an examination in the Limited, Intermediate, Unlimited, SP-SFD or SP-FA/LV classifications are also required to bring a copy of the 2013 edition of the National Fire Alarm Code.

The references listed above are the ONLY references allowed in the examination center. Candidates are responsible for bringing their own references to the examination center.

References shall be softbound, spiral, or hardbound. Loose leaf references are not allowed. Reference materials may be highlighted, underlined, and/or annotated prior to the examination session. Notes on the pages of the reference materials are allowed. However, if notes are written in pencil, they MUST be highlighted; if written in pen, they DO NOT need to be highlighted. NO partial references will be allowed as acceptable reference materials for exams. References may not be written in during the examination session. Any candidate caught writing in the references during the examination will have the references confiscated and will be reported to the Board. Furthermore, candidates are not permitted to bring in any additional papers (loose or attached) within their approved references. Any additional materials will be removed from the references and confiscated. References may be tabbed with permanent tabs only. Temporary tabs, such as Post-It notes or stapled tabs, are not allowed and must be removed from the reference before the exam will begin. Likewise, divider tabs are not allowed. Writing in the references, bringing unpermitted additional papers into the test center, or presence of improper tabs, shall be considered evidence of cheating and grounds for invalidation of the exam, disqualification for future exams, and discipline. The following list of tabs may be used. These items may be purchased at local office supply stores. Acceptable Tabs: Redi-Tag Self-Stick Permanent Adhesive Index Tabs Unacceptable Tabs: Post-It Index Flags, Post-It Flags, Self-made tabbing, or reinforcement of any kind. Reference Materials to bring to testing center: 1. The National Electrical Code, 2017 edition. 2. National Fire Alarm Code, 2013 edition (Limited, Intermediate, Unlimited, SP -SFD and SP -FA/LV). Calculators, scratch paper and pencils will be provided at the test center. No other books or reference materials are permitted. The examination is designed to measure how well a person has mastered the fundamentals of electrical installations and to measure his/her ability to interpret and apply the appropriate sections of the NEC and/or the National Fire Alarm Code to practical problems.
 

roger

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Yep, my son took it and they allow highlighting and any writing you want but it must be in ink. If there are pencil marks you will be thrown out. I guess they don't want people copying the exam and you are only allowed to bring a pencil- or they give you a pencil
I like the old way.🙂

Roger
 

Dennis Alwon

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I like the old way.🙂

Roger

I guess they didn't like having to supply books. The other thing is they are trying to get more contractor so they lowered the passing grade from 75-70 and I believe this highlighting is another attempt to make the test easier.

I agree I like the old way also
 

roger

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I guess they didn't like having to supply books. The other thing is they are trying to get more contractor so they lowered the passing grade from 75-70 and I believe this highlighting is another attempt to make the test easier.

I agree I like the old way also
Unfortunately they also lowered the qualification experience. I remember talking to Jeff Rodriguez about it and he said they (the NCBEEC) needed money as well.

Roger
 

texie

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I have been getting very mixed information on this subject. I'm studying to take my unlimited and even the test center couldn't answer me. Can I highlight my book for the test? Thanks in advance. Also thanks for the join.
This will vary with the jurisdiction that is giving the exam. Some allow highlighting some don't. Some allow notes written in ink. Some don't. Some make you use their code book. Get the official exam bulletin that will tell you all the rules for a given exam.
 

hillbilly1

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I can’t remember when I got my Florida journeyman’s license if it was allowed, I don’t highlight it anyway. Seems like Michigan they supplied the code books, and didn’t allow personal code books, ( took that test over a bowling alley!) seems like Indianna did allow highlights.
 

acin

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Mike holt says bring your personal book with notes. bring another clean one to the test .let them tell you there
 

Strathead

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Highlighting was OK in Florida 10 years ago and I am 99% sure it is ok now. If you really want to pass the first time, invest in Mike's training course for the test and you will get the resources and information to pass the first time. I am not associated with Holt in any way, so I don't benefit from this recommmendation.
 
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