Practice Exam | 2015 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) (F11) ICC Practice Exam

ICC F11 general building contractor practice exam


How does someone pass the ICC National Standard Building Contractor (A) exam?

ICC examinations are essential for contractors across the United States. Passing a building code intensive examination demonstrates that the contractor is properly trained in their field of expertise and can effectively apply the code to construction projects. Becoming a General Building Contractor requires applicants to pass an International Code Council (ICC) exam; The entire process requires three basic steps:

1. Learn what the ICC requires for General Building Contractors

The ICC 2015 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) exam requires the applicant to be knowledgeable in the International Building Code (IBC) and Concrete Manual. The IBC is the most commonly adopted model code for commercial buildings of all types. From the IBC a General Building Contractor is responsible for understanding and applying a minimum standard to all projects to ensure safety for occupancy and provision of accessibility. From these code standards, an examinee must be able to answer questions from the following categories on the exam:

Permits and General Regulations 19%
  • Regulations and Job Planning

  • Code Definitions and Terms

Building Planning and Life Safety 31%
  • Use & Occupancy & Types of Construction

  • Fire & Smoke Alarms & Fire Protect Systems

  • Occupancy Needs & Interior Environment

  • Exiting & Means of Egress

  • Accessibility

Structural Systems 42%
  • Footings and Foundations

  • Concrete

  • Floors

  • Wall Framing and Stairs

  • Roof Ceiling Construction Roof Assembly

  • Masonry

Building Envelope 8%
  • Interior Finishes

  • Glass and Glazing

  • Exterior Finishes and Roof Coverings

2. How to study for the General Building Contractor (A) (F11) Test

Knowing how to tackle answering questions from all of the required sections is a daunting task. Practicing answering building code questions is essential for a contractor. In the field, a contractor should be able to answer general questions about structural framing, fire rated assemblies, finishes, accessibility and the associated rating requirements of a building.

During an exam, test takers must be able to navigate the International Building Code fast enough to answer all of the questions within the allowed time of 4 hours. Building Code Masters has several practice exams for contractors to test their skills and learn the most essential questions and scenarios they will be presented with. Practice tests for contractors can be found through the provided links below:

ICC F11 general building contractor practice exam


3. How to take the ICC General Building Contractor (A) Exam

When taking a building code examination, it is essential to be able to navigate the code fast enough to find all of the answers in the text. Most ICC examinations are open book and because of this, obscure and hard to memorize material will be included in the exam i.e. large tables and some mathematical formulas. The 2015 National Standard General Building Contractor (A) exam requires applicants to be able to answer the following questions in the allocated time:

  • Number of questions: 90

  • Time limit: 4 hours

This means that examinees will have roughly three minutes per question. It may appear to be a generous amount of time but some questions will be longer and more in depth than others which requires an examinee to be able to have section locations of the books memorized. Having chapter locations memorized and pacing oneself is the key to passing the exam.

To sign up for the examination some States require pre-authorization, ensure you check with your applicable State prior to registering. When ready to take the exam, sign up is a simple process through the ICC website:

Practice exams from Building Code Masters prepare test takers for the time crunch and memorization of the most important sections of the code. Whether the exam is focused on building, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing, Building Code Masters has all of the study materials available to help test takers learn how to become better educated contractors, building inspectors, plans examiners, and building officials.

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