How to Study for Plumbing Test
Posted by testmypipe at February 8th, 2016
This guide will focus on studying for journeyman and master plumber exams. If you have questions regarding a plumber apprentice aptitude test you can check our post on that subject here.
Now, I know taking an exam can look daunting to some of you, especially if you were like me and the last exam you took was a physical exam over 5 years ago but the truth is that if you follow these simple tips you can prepare better for your plumbing test.
How to Study
Set aside a specific time to study every day and if you can’t study every day, at the very least make sure you always study at a consistent time. This might sound a little strange, but the truth is that we are creatures of habit. The more consistent you are with your habits the more intuitive they become. Setting aside a specific time will make the whole process a whole lot easier.
Set your own space. Find a quiet, well-lit room you can study where you can make sure your family and friends respect you space. If for some reason you don’t have a space of your own at home you can always go to your local library, and very likely you will be able to find a state plumbing book so this can work very well for you.
Take notes. There are a good number of study guides that you can pick up online, whichever one you choose make sure to make it a habit to always highlight your topics of interest, and/or explanations you feel you might have to read a couple of times before getting a grasp of it. You can use Post-it notes and use them as tabs to very easily find your highlighted sections.
Review. Whichever study guide or book you are using make sure you review every topic. Review, review, review! During your examination, you will have approximately only 4 minutes per question. The more you review the quicker you process the information and the easier it will become to remember the information during your plumbing test.
Types of Questions
Over 90% of the questions you will see are straight forward multiple choice questions. The exam itself is divided into 4 main sections:
- Plumbing systems
- Gas Systems
- Specialized Plumbing Systems
- Piping Isometrics, Piping Diagrams and Plumber’s Math
The exam is worth 100 points as a whole. Each section is worth 25 points in total. To pass the exam you must get a score of 75 points or higher, but you cannot get 15 points or lower on any given section even if you score 100% on the other 3 sections.
You can download our Free Study Guide here