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California
(A) General Engineering

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Exam Content

Subject Areas % of
Questions
Planning, Estimating, and Project Management 25
Structural Principles 6
Earthworks and Surveying 15
Subsurface Work 15
Foundation and Concrete Construction 8
Buildings/Structures and Related Work 5
Road Work and Paving 6
Safety 20

California does not publish the number of test questions nor the passing score. According to Blueprint for Becoming a California Licensed Contractor, "You will be informed at the test site about the percentage of correct answers needed to pass each examination."
The qualifying individual for a contractor’s license is required to pass the written Law and Business and trade examinations unless he or she meets the requirements for a waiver.

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Books NOT Allowed in the Exam

1. Standard Plans and Standard Specifications, 2010, CalTrans. Doc Link
2. California Building Code, 2013, ICC. Buy from Publisher
3. California Electrical Code, 2013, (Based on the 2011 NEC), NFPA. Buy from Publisher
4. California Energy Code, 2013, ICC. Buy from Publisher
5. California Fire Code, 2013, (Based on the 2012 International Fire Code), ICC. Buy from Publisher
6. California Mechanical Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 4), 2013, (Based on 2012 Uniform Mechanical Code), ICC. Buy from Publisher
7. California Plumbing Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 5), 2013, (Based on the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code), ICC. Buy from Publisher
8. California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control, Part 6: Temporary Traffic Control, California Department of Transportation. Doc Link
9. Excavation and Grading Handbook, 2005, Nick Capachi. Buy at Amazon
10. Formwork for Concrete (SP-4), 7th Edition, 2005, M.K. Hurd, American Concrete Institute. Buy at Amazon
11. Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 7. Doc Link
12. State of California Electrical Safety Orders, Chapter 4, Subchapter 5. Doc Link
13. Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders, California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Division 1 - Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4. Doc Link

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