The State Exam

Posted under Construction Zone Insurance,Course Discussion by Contractors Online School on Wednesday 19 September 2012 at 10:31 pm
  1. The CSLB Contractors State License Board tests Monday – Friday it takes about four weeks to get a test date for new licenses. If you are going for a additional license the test dates are running about 2 weeks at this time.

The state exam is a multiple choice test and you need about a 72% to pass on average.

Here is a copy of what the state sends out on the state exam.



Content of the Examination

The General Building “B” Examination is divided

into five major sections. These sections are:

1. Planning and Estimating (25%)

•Scope of work and code compliance

•Design and construction error identification

•Shop drawing and plans and specifications preparation

•Field inspection performance

•Coordination of project

•Cost estimation for materials, equipment, and labor

2.Framing and Structural Components (25%)

•Sub-floor and wall framing

•Roof framing

•Seismic and load requirements


•Siding and stucco

3. Core Trades (25%)





•Earthwork and surveying

•Insulation, acoustical, and weatherproofing


4. Finish Trades (16%)

•Painting, staining, coating, and interior

wall covering

•Plaster, drywall and ceilings

•Windows, skylights, and doors


5. Safety (9%)

•Work site safety

•Personnel safety

•Public safety

•Environmental safety

*Percentages are approximate*
Test Site Policy
This is a closed-book examination. No reference materials may be used during the
examination. All materials brought to the examination site must be left in an unmonitored
area at your own risk.
Test Strategy
This is a multiple-choice examination with four choices per question. Some questions require
mathematical computation. Examination questions are written to provide only one BEST
answer and are NOT written as trick questions.
All correct answers have equal value. If you are unsure about a particular question, it is
better to try to answer the question with the chance to possibly get it correct (and earn one
point) than it is to leave the question blank and definitely get it wrong (and lose one point).
Ample time is provided to answer all examination questions, so be sure to read
each question and its four choices completely and carefully before selecting the BEST
possible answer to the question.