General Contractor Practice Test

Try this free general contractor practice exam to get an idea of what type of questions are on an actual contractor's licensing exam. 

Many states require building contractors to be licensed.  To get licensed, you may need to take a business and law exam, as well as a trade exam.  The trade portion of the exam will cover subjects such as plan reading and estimating, site engineering, sitework and excavation, footings and foundations, concrete, masonry, carpentry, metals and safety.


1. What is the purpose of the vent in the plumbing system?
2. When a vertical wall is correctly installed, it is said to be?
3. Which is the most durable wallpaper?
4. How deep is a standard closet?
5. In an attic, what is the minimum clearance?
6. Water Heaters require what minimum insulation?
7. For scaffolding, what is the minimum railing height?
8. When is asbestos most dangerous?
9. Which is the smallest wire gauge?
10. How high are standard kitchen cabinets?
11. One story buildings should have a minimum foundation depth of?
12. The minimum gauge for galvanized steel valley flashing should be?
13. What is the purpose of the fascia board?
14. How high should a water heater be installed above the garage floor?
15. What materials are best used for exterior siding?

Gary Fiehmann
Gary and his publisher have assisted over 75,000 contractors get their contractors license. Feel free to contact him at (800) 456-2150 or via email.

Gary founded one of the first online contractors licensing schools and has personally designed and built thousands of residential homes and commercial projects and has held B01-General Contractor, C02-Insulation, C20-HVAC, C46-Solar and D65-Weatherization licenses in multiple states.

Contractor Licensing Exams are used to certify tradesman in the field of building. This certification is administered by the state's licensing board. The certification can typically be purchased as a bond for one year, or a license for two. To learn more about the Building Contractor's Licensing Exams, see our Guide to Building Contractor Exams

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