Customer Service

Frequently Asked Questions and Policies

PLEASE NOTE: We are in the process of transitioning to "INSTANT DOWNLOADS", meaning that the only emails you will receive from us will have a link to your download and a record of your order information.  Items 2, 4 and 5 will no longer apply.

1.  If I don’t read this page, will I be held responsible for its contents?

Yes.  It has been shown in credit card disputes that the card holder is responsible for reading published policies.  Payment acknowledges acceptance of these policies.  If you disagree with these policies, please use our “Contact Us” page to make us aware of your issues.

We've attempted to write our policies in simple English and not use complicated, deceptive legal terms.  We are a small business operated by people who do not believe in hiring an army of lawyers to write endless pages of legal entrapments to default you into agreements you don’t understand.  Corporations do this to wash their hands of all responsibility for their actions.  We believe this is ethically wrong and does not promote good will toward our customers.

2.  What if I forgot (or skipped) the "Thank You for Your Order" web page?

The button below will open a new web page with the information you skipped over or forgot to read about what‘s supposd to happen after you submitted your order form:

Thank You for Your Order page

3.  Should I wait to order?

If you answer “Yes” to any of the following, you should wait to order:

  1. I am not ready to study (see below about suggested timing of your order).
  2. I waited until the last minute and don’t have time to study If this is the case, we recommend you re-schedule your exam.  Set aside at least thirty (30) days to study, and then order our study materials.
  3. I am ordering too far in advance The files we create oftentimes need to be re-checked for accuracy every six (6) months due to book version changes by licensing agencies and exam administrators.  There are a few states like Hawaii and Louisiana who haven’t updated their book requirements in over ten years, but this is rarely the case.

Our suggested time frame for ordering materials is no less than one month (30 days) and no more than three months (90 days) before your scheduled exam date.

4.  Why haven’t I received my study materials?

There is usually one reason for this:

  1. Our e‑mails are being marked as “spam” or “junk” by your e‑mail provider.  Adding a filter to your mail box configuration to allow our e‑mails at  contractorexam[dot]com -OR- examprepservices[dot]comshould resolve this problem.

This article may be helpful to remove e‑mail blocking for Gmail accounts:

How to Whitelist in Gmail

5.  Are orders sent on the same day I receive an emailed copy of my order form?

Normally, yes.  If there is a reason we can not deliver your order within 24 hours, we will try to e‑mail you.  If we don’t hear from you, we’ll try to call the phone number you provided in your order form.

6.  Will I receive books or printed materials?

No. All study materials are sent via e‑mail or download link as PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files. If you want your study materials printed, you must do so on your own printer or use a printing service like FedEx Office, Staples, Office Depot to print and bind your files.  We recommend calling the store before you arrive to find out what form of media they will accept (flash drive, USB phone transfer, etc.).

We do not sell any of the reference books recommended by the exam administrators.  It is up to you to research prices and sources for new and used books or use the links provided on our web site.  We also provide links many FREE books, statutes and pamphlets on our trade pages whenever possible.

7.  If I buy your study materials, will the questions that I receive be the same questions that are on the test?

No.  The exact text of the exam questions are copyright protected and owned by either state government or the exam administrator.  We write our study questions from the suggested reference books and statutory codes.

8.  Can I use the Practice Exam at an exam location?

DEFINATELY NOT!  Only use our study materials at home

Occasionally an exam proctor may misidentify our Practice Exams as “inside information”.  Some illegal providers have been known in the past to send moles into an exam for the purpose of collecting copyrighted/proprietary exam questions.

We make no claims whatsoever that any of our sample questions will match questions seen on an actual exam.  If that DOES happen, it is merely by coincidence; it is not our intention to duplicate the actual exam.  If you do make the mistake of taking our study materials to an exam, they will probably be confiscated at the door AND you will forfeit all of the fees you paid.

9.  If I memorize your questions, will I pass my test?

No.  We advise you to STUDY our questions so you are familiar with how to quickly find the answers in the code book.  Our sample questions will help you to learn the layout of the references and know where to find the correct answers.

Remember, most exams are open book.  You are allowed to either take a state approved trade reference book into the exam or they will provide a copy of the code or statute at the exam location.

Designated administrators such as Prometric, ICC and PSI have strict rules about making notes in reference books.  Your personal copy may be confiscated at the door.  Make sure you read the candidate bulletin carefully BEFORE you show up for your exam so that you don’t end up re-paying exam fees.

10.  Why haven’t I received a reply to my Customer Service request?

All e‑mails (including order confirmations) are answered as quickly as volume allows and in the order they are received.  Your request may involve doing research on book titles or licensing requirements.  If this takes more than a few hours, we will send you an e‑mail you to giving an estimated amount of time it will take to do the research.

To avoid delays in answering you request, make sure you are filling out the customer service form with the same e‑mail address you used when for the person that filled out the payment portion of the order form.  We do our best to answer e‑mails on the day they are received unless one of the following conditions exist:

  1. You did not respond directly to an e‑mail from “cust.service [at]”  when a reply was requested.
  2. Our e‑mails are being blocked by your e‑mail provider.  See the link in item #4 (above) for more information on unblocking email.
  3. You are e‑mailing before or after normal business hours.
  4. The information you supplied on your customer service request form was incomplete or did not match our database.

11.  What is your refund policy?

Information about refunds are located on the “Refund Policy” page.

12.  I know that a question in one of the items you sent is wrong.  What should I do?

Use our “Contact Us” page to let us know as soon as you find the problem.  Be prepared to give a detailed description of each question that you think might be wrong and evidence to support your claim.

It is important to check over your study materials for accuracy as soon as you receive them. Material content can become out-of-date in a matter of a few months. Licensing agencies and legal requirements dictate when information changes, which requires us to update our study materials regularly. Additionally, some questions may have been removed from your materials and purged from our database.

Updated:  10/8/20

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