Building Contractor Test Review

In order to become state licensed as a General Contractor, individuals must pass the Business and Law and General Construction examinations.

The Business and Law exam measures the candidate’s mastery of payroll taxes, unemployment compensation, lien laws, and worker’s compensation, among other things. Specifically, the Business and Law exam covers the following eleven content areas:

  • business organization (2%)
  • licensing (8%)
  • estimating and bidding (8%)
  • contract management (16%)
  • project management (12%)
  • insurance and bonding (6%)
  • OSHA recordkeeping (6%)
  • personnel regulations (16%)
  • financial management (10%)
  • tax laws (10%)
  • lien laws (6%)

Test-takers will be allowed to use the Contractor’s Reference Manual during the exam.

The Business and Law exam has 50 questions and must be completed within 2 hours. Candidates must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to pass. The General Construction exam measures the candidate’s mastery of the various processes and materials that are used in construction projects. Specifically, the exam covers the following fifteen content areas:

Test-takers will be allowed to use the following references: Uniform Building Code, volume 1; Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 1926; and OSHA Excerpts for Contractors.

The exam has 100 multiple-choice questions, and must be completed within 4 hours. Candidates must answer 70% of the questions correctly in order to pass. Both the Business and Law and General Construction exams are administered by Prometric at locations around the United States; those who wish to take this exam should register for test date and location at the Prometric website.


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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 8, 2019