NASCLA Virginia Residential Building Contractor – The Exam Pros

NASCLA Virginia Residential Building Contractor

NASCLA Virginia Residential Building Contractor

Scope of Work: 18 VAC 50-22-20 of the Board for
Contractors Rules and Regulations defines Residential
Building Contractors (Abbr: RBC) as those individuals
whose contracts include “construction, remodeling,
repair, improvement, removal, or demolition on real
property owned, controlled, or leased by another person
of dwellings and townhouses, as defined in the USBC,
including accessory buildings or structures on such
property.” The RBC classification does not provide for
electrical, plumbing, HVAC, or gas fitting services and
does not allow construction, removal, repair, or
improvement to commercial, industrial, institutional, or
governmental use structures outside of dwellings and
townhouses as defined by the USBC.
If the RBC contractor performs specialty services, all
required specialty designations shall be obtained. The
residential building classification includes but is not
limited to the functions carried out by the following
specialties:
➢ Concrete contracting
➢ Home improvement contracting
➢ Industrialized building contracting
➢ Landscape service contracting
➢ Masonry contracting
➢ Painting and wallcovering contracting
➢ Roofing contracting
➢ Swimming pool contracting

 

EXAMINATION OUTLINE

# of Questions     

   80         

Minimum Passing Score

 70% (56 correct)

Time Allowed

160 Minutes


Subject Area                                 # of Items
Layout                                                 7
Excavation                                          6
Foundations                                       7
Framing                                              9
Insulation                                           3
Ventilation                                          3
Windows, Doors, and Skylights      3
Exterior                                             10
Decks, Walks, and Ramps               4
Finishing                                           6
Masonry                                            4
Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs      1
Prints, Plans, and Specifications   8
Safety and Employee Protection    8
Construction Debris, Cleanup and Disposal     1

The following approved reference materials are allowed in the examination center:

  1. NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business Law and Project Management, Virginia, 8th edition, 
  2. Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, 2012 or 2015 Edition, 
  3.  International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2012 or 2015
  4. Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010
  5. Builders Technical Supplement, 2011 

 

Candidates are responsible for bringing their own references to the examination center. Reference materials may be highlighted, underlined, and/or indexed prior to the examination session. However, references may not be written in. Any candidate caught writing in the references during the examination will be reported to the Board. Furthermore, candidates are not permitted to bring in any additional papers (loose or attached) with their approved references. References may be tabbed/indexed with permanent tabs only. Temporary tabs, such as Post-It notes, are not allowed and must be removed from the reference before the exam will begin. Scratch paper will be provided for calculations. Candidates will NOT be permitted to remove from the examination room ANY material that has been written on.(This would include books)

Lesson 1 -  Test Taking Strategy Videos

 

 

Time Management Video
Key Words Video
Tricks & Shortcuts Video
Practice Exam Video

Lesson 2 - Highlighting and Tabbing Your Books

This section will explain to you how to highlight and tab your books. This is the most important part of the whole process. the most important question that I have for you is this. Now that you have found this answer within the book on my practice test, how are you going to be able to get back to this page on test day within 30 seconds? Do I need to study the table of contents better? Do I need to find the index faster? Add an additional tab? Please do not add a tab for EVERY highlight. That is a waste of your time. You will need to spend the majority of the time taking the practice tests. This is the objective on test day, find 70% (and for some exams up to 76%) of the correct answers in the reference books within the allotted time.

Highlights and Tabs

Highlighting and Tabbing Your Books

This section will explain to you how to highlight and tab your books. This is the most important part of the whole process. the most important question that I have for you is this. Now that you have found this answer within the book on my practice test, how are you going to be able to get back to this page on test day within 30 seconds? Do I need to study the table of contents better? Do I need to find the index faster? Add an additional tab? Please do not add a tab for EVERY highlight. That is a waste of your time. You will need to spend the majority of the time taking the practice tests. This is the objective on test day, find 70% (and for some exams up to 76%) of the correct answers in the reference books within the allotted time.

Highlighting Video

The below video is strictly an example on how to highlight and tab a book. Use the highlights and tabs section below to reference the specific books.

Tabs and Highlights

    NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business Law and Project Management, Virginia, 8th edition, 
      Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, 2012 or 2015 Edition, 
         International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2012 or 2015
          Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010
            Builders Technical Supplement, 2011 

             

            Practice Tests

            It is highly recommended that you should prepare for the exam by taking each practice exam three times each. You will know when you are ready to schedule your test with the testing agency when you score 80% on every practice exam.

            Exam Practice Questions

            1. Construction Jobsite Management, 4th Edition, 2017.
            2. Construction Project Management, 2014, 4th Edition.
            3. ACI 318-11 or ACI 318-14 (2014): Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary.
            4. BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013.
            5. NASCLA Contractor's Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, 12th Edition
            6. Carpentry and Building Construction, 2016
            7. Erector's Manual - Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Pre Cast Concrete Products, 1999, 2nd Edition.
            8. Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tentioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003, 3rd Edition.
            9. SDI (Steel Deck Institute) Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2016, 3rd Edition.
            10. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, 
            11. Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th Edition, 2014.
            12. Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011, 9th Edition.
            13. Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 10th Edition.
            14. Technical Digest No. 9 - Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition, 2008.
            15. Modern Masonry - Brick, Block, Stone, 8th Edition, 2015
            16. Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 2014, 9th Edition.
            17. OSHA
            18. ANSI Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, 2009.
            19. Roofing Construction and Estimating, 1995.
            20. The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete and Construction, 2018, 4th Edition.
            21. Green Building Fundamentals, 2011, 2nd Edition.
            22. International Building Code, 2015 or 2018 Edition.

              General Math

              1. General Math Study Guide and Math Skills Practice Test
              2. Formulas and Calculations
              3. Basic Math
              4. Mensuration Learning Tool and Questions 1
              5. Mensuration Learning Tool and Questions 2
              6. Mensuration Learning Tool and Questions 3
              7. Math Calculations for Construction Questions and Answers
              8. Math: How to Determine the Number of Blocks to Build a Wall
              9. Purchasing Drywall Practice Test -1
              10. Purchasing Drywall Practice Test - 2
              11. Drywall Math Calculations Practice Test - 1
              12. Drywall Math Calculations Practice Test - 2

               

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