NHIE exam

(V Fennell) #1

What is the best way to prepare for the NHIE exam? My state is requiring it for licensing. I have not found anything useful other than reading the giant manual.

Any help would be appreciated.

(Juan C. Jimenez) #2

I’ll tell you what I tell my guys. Take the practice questions as many times as you can, and remember its a best answer kind of test. Thats where the BS is. Don’t answer the questions based on what you think is best, answer them based on what the authors of the test think is best.

(Carl A. Harris) #3

Go to ebay and purchase The NHIE Study Guide, also use the InterNACHI Exam Prep Questions (over 2,000) as well as InterNACHI flash cards

(Tony J. Christensen) #4

I used the InterNACHI practice exam, Quizlet flash cards, and the Code Check Complete books. While the practice exam was most practical, the Code Check Complete books had more information I recognized from the NHIE, which I took this morning and passed.

It was frustrating to study the articles, exams and information on the InterNACHI site only to be hit with confusing questions on the NHIE. They are not kidding when they say ‘best answer’, many of the questions I saw had several practical or realistic options, but obviously only one can be correct. Also no ‘true/false’ or ‘all of the above’ questions. Less than a quarter, or about that, were exact measurements or size questions. I used ICA for my pre-license training/hours here in Oregon, a requirement to complete prior to sitting for the NHIE. This course was comprehensive, but I would not say it prepped me for the exam better than the InterNACHI options.

There were 4 pool and hot tub questions, and 2 lawn irrigation questions. If I had not heard previously on this forum that the NHIE would include such categories, I never would have studied for them.

Good luck.

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(Paul Lesieur, CMI) #5

Passed it last month and did OK but so many questions did not make sense to me. As Juan said, try to guess what the authors want you to answer.

(Bruce Ogletree) #6

Took it today (in Texas), and was a little surprised by how little resemblance it bore to the stuff in the big NHIE book (or the the AHIT study material, for that matter. I passed, but only because I spent the last three months studying, doing the chapter exams, final exams, and every free internet test I could get my hands on, CompuCram (which is a joke, frankly), and reading, highlighting, re-reading, and creating 23 pages of study notes from the various texts. That and 8 years experience as a general contractor and as many as a Realtor.

Bottom line, you need to know houses, their systems, contract law, state regulations, and other nuances of home inspection basics pretty darn well. I came across several questions that employed terms that I did not find in the NHIE book (“bollard”, “rim joist”, and “PVB valve”, for instance), and had to deduce their meaning from context and figure out a lot of answers by elimination. Some I just had to guess.

So, my advice would be to get a firm conceptual grasp on the material so you can fully understand the questions. There were relatively few “tricky” choices, and I came across no “all of the above” responses in the version I took.

Know your numbers (clearances, Ohm’s Law, wire gauges, etc.) for sure. Every time it occurs to you that there’s a gap in your knowledge, go find that section in the test and study until you understand it.

Good luck!

(Kelly J. Davis, IV) #7

Congratulations Bruce!

(Paul Lesieur, CMI) #8

Oddly enough, I knew what a bollard was because I had to find out the term for a public works project a number of years ago.

(Kelly J. Davis, IV) #9

Posting in case anyone wants to take a look at this.

NHIE- Detailed Exam Overview

(Corey Trudel) #10

The exam is a scam, I took it a month ago and they accidently gave me the Canadian exam…in Massachusetts, upon trying to receive my score card I’ve been transferred 15 times, spoken to every person in every department and have spent over 20 hours on hold. Ironically there are questions on the Canadian exam that essentially ask you questions regarding relative humitity and the 4 answers option are all US cities. Good to know Canadians need to know American geography to inspect homes in Canada. But I still have yet to receive my score card from these terrible company’s.

(Joseph DePiero) #11

Corey, it sounds like the test providers are the ones that messed up. Was it PSI?
I am surprised they made that mistake. When I recently took mine through PSI, I had to verify a lot of information and sign to what test I was taking, my address etc.
I imagine worst case, they should let you re-take the correct test at no cost.
Good luck, I hope it works out for you. Please keep us informed

(Bob Rosinski) #12

I took the exam 4 years ago. It wasn’t easy with all the security that I had to go through. It’s only done on certain dates and locations. I’m in Indiana. I could have gone to Chicago but the date wasn’t good. Indiana was doing testing in Fort Wayne. At Ivy Tech.
Its done in a secure area, once you’re in the building, you can’t leave. You have to empty your pockets and put everything in a locker.
There are more cameras then on the Jay Leno show! Then you are told the rules.
Never reach down, keep your hands on the desk, no getting up, no noise and so on.
Indiana requires collage classroom time. You get their text books and training.

(Joseph DePiero) #13

Bob,
the security was the same in Cleveland when i took it last month. I was afraid to even make eye contact with anyone!

(Kenton Shepard, CMI) #14

I took it in 2002 and it was the same then. Give them the answers you think they want, not always what makes sense.

I was recently asked to write a critique of the NHIE exam and I went through the entire 600 pages, minus the business section, three times. My critique ran 150 pages of Word document. The NHIE exam has a heavy eastern US bias and a significant amount of the info is dated.

In my opinion the only reason it is the required exam in states where it is the required exam is lack of effort on the part of members of state agencies responsible for determining qualification requirements for home inspectors. Agency members often find it easier to accept what is already in place than to go to the trouble of finding unbiased experts capable of re-evaluating current (NHIE) testing to ensure that it is applicable to the needs of our modern inspection and real estate industries.

(Kenton Shepard, CMI) #15

Unfortunately, the giant NHIE Home Inspector Manual is going to have the info that the exam questions are based on. Choose your weak points and concentrate on those sections. It’s the least fun, but most likely to help you pass.

(Joseph DePiero) #16

Kenton is correct.Bite the bullet and buy the study guide. I think it is around $100.00 but the test is based on it.