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In the state of California, the General Contractor License exam is only offered in English.
However, you are allowed to bring a translator with you on the day of the examination.
The Contractors State License Board does have specific requirements and restrictions for who can and cannot be your translator. The person that you bring:
The person that you bring with you to translate on the day of the exam can only read the questions to you. Since the test is multiple choice and taken on a computer, you will have to select the correct answers on the screen.
When you apply for your General Contractor License you will:
California is actually one of the more lenient states in the country when it comes to non-native English speaking applicants.
Despite this leniency, the test must be taken in English.
Typically if someone is applying for a license, it isn't so much the technical skills and knowledge that trips people up as much as translating words.
It is essential to understand the content that you can expect to see on the general contractor license test.
The test will include key concepts including:
For a deeper look at the General Contractor License exam, click here.
Many construction phrases in english and Spanish much like the rest of the language can be very similar:
While some construction terms can differ greatly:
I have seen many guys who speak Spanish and other languages get stuck on the vocabulary, and this often takes up valuable study time that can be put towards learning LAW concepts and processes they will need to know for the Law and the Business portion of the test.
If you do plan on bringing a translator.
Make sure that you guys are on the same page and that this person will be able to translate the English questions into Spanish in a way that you will understand.
Having a translator on your test can be a big help, but if not done correctly it can be a colossal mistake and cause more confusion than good.
To get the Contractor License in California, you must pass two exams:
Finding the right information to study in Spanish for your General Contractor License exam is critical, be sure to check out these proven resources, that can help you pass the test on your first try.
Passing the exam on your first try is definitely possible for people who do not speak english as their first language.
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