18th edition exam

18th Edition Self Study

In order to gain the C&G 2382 qualification you must pass the exam associated with it. There are a number of ways to study for this exam such as going on a course to your collage, or buying an online course but here we will be focusing on the self study option.

In order to have the best chance of passing the exam we must study with the exam in mind. This means that we must understand how the exam is conducted and what is it that we need focus our energies on.

As you know the exam is an two hour, 60 question exam where you must answer 80% of the questions correctly in order to pass. It is also an "open book" exam which means that we can have the BS 7671 Wiring Regulations book (on which the qualification is based on) with us throughout the duration of the exam.Why is this important? Because this means that instead of trying to learn the book word by word (which is impossible) we should focus our efforts on using the book for finding the answers for the exam questions!

We have 120 minutes available for 60 questions. This leaves us with 2 minutes for each question. In two minutes we should be able to locate the answer inside the book. This is what we must focus on. Nobody could learn every single regulation by head from BS7671, but everybody should be able to use the book fast enough to find the answers for the exam questions.This is the key to passing the exam successfully for the first time.

Using the BS 7671 book

In order to find the answers for the exam questions fast enough you must become an expert on using the Wiring Regulations BS 7671 book.

This is what you should do:

  1. Read the book word by word thoroughly at least once, maybe twice. This should give you a good general idea of what is the book all about. When you arrive to the sections with tables, you should only focus on the titles of these in terms of understanding what are they about. Do not try to memorize figures from the tables, there is no need for that.
  2. Go trough the book once or twice but only read the titles and headings of the pages. During this exercise every time you read a title try to recall roughly what is it about.
  3. Now read the table of contents and try to recall what each page title is about (no need for great detail here, try to think of terms like "earthing" or "stuff for RCD`s" etc.)
  4. Now read and learn most of the definitions on the "Definitions" pages. Learning the definitions will give you much needed speed when trying to find answers to questions.
  5. Do not move on until you have learned the definitions!
  6. Go back to the table of contents and repeat the previous exercise, except this time start practicing quickly getting to the relevant pages.
  7. Start practicing for the 18th Edition Exam exam with the help of exam questions and past exam papers found on this website or other websites such as these 18th Edition Exam questions.
  8. Finally, test your knowledge with an exam simulator for the 18th edition exam. One of the best ones can be found here and it is completely free to use: 18th Edition Exam Simulator


In short, finding your way around in the book is the key to successfully passing the 18th Edition Exam. This is what you should focus on. Take advantage of all the exam questions you can find and keep practicing finding the answers for the questions in the book.

Do not forget, you can write marks and notes inside the book anywhere you like. Regardless of how messy and full of notes and bookmarks your book is, it will still be allowed for the exam.

The best place to start when looking up an answer is always the table of contents. Because of this, this is where you should put most of your notes and reminders. The table of contents should be covered with notes of what sort of information can be found where in the book. If you do this you will be much faster and you will have a much better chance of passing the exam.

After you have done sufficiently enough past exam papers and exam questions, you should feel ready for the real exam. All you have to do is find a place near you where you can book the exam on its own and go out and hopefully pass it. Good luck!