2017 EDITION

# Carpentry Practice Test

Take this free carpentry practice test to see how prepared you are for a carpentry licensing certification test.

 1. Joist hangers are used for which of the following? a. Supporting joists against beams b. Keeping joists straight during delivery c. Inspection d. There is no such thing as a joist hanger.
 2. The smallest mark on a tape measure is: a. Millimeter b. 1/16 inch c. 1/4 inch d. 1/2 inch
 3. What type of hammer is commonly selected for trim work? a. Framing hatchet b. 28-ounce long handle waffle head c. 20-ounce long handle straight claw d. 16-ounce wood handle curved claw
 4. What are plywood clips used for? a. Straightening floor sheathing b. Keeping plywood straight in stacks c. Supporting roof sheathing edges between the trusses d. There is no such thing as a plywood clip.
 5. A contractor is to excavate a basement containing 58,500 cu. ft. She removes 3,950 cu. ft., then 9,325 cu. ft., then 6,581 cu. ft., and finally 4,873 cu. ft. How many cubic feet remain in the basement? a. 31,071 cu. ft. b. 33,771 cu. ft. c. 33,861 cu. ft. d. 34,131 cu. ft.
 6. What is PL-400? a. Drill bit size b. Type of construction adhesive c. Number of teeth on a hacksaw d. Plywood specification
 7. Which is not a rule for laying out stairs? a. The product obtained by multiplying one rise height by the tread width should be between 70 and 75 inches. b. The sum of two risers is always the same. c. The sum of one riser and one tread should be between 17 and 18 inches. d. The number of treads and risers is always the same.
 8. Calculate 1/4 inch plus 1/4 inch. a. Too small to calculate b. 1/8 inch c. 1/2 inch d. 3/4 inch
 9. A wood auger bit marked 10 will drill with what diameter? a. 1 inch b. 1/3 inch c. 5/8 inch d. 10/32 inch
 10. The path a saw blade cuts in a piece of wood is called: a. Waste b. Kerf c. Clearance d. Set
 11. When squaring up a large rectangular object, which method would be the least acceptable to use? a. 6,8,10 method b. Calculate a diagonal measurement c. Measure diagonally both ways d. Framing square
 12. When nailing 2x6 inch joists, what nail should be used? a. 12 d b. 18 d c. 20 d d. All of the above can be used.
 13. There are 808 four-penny nails in a pound. How many are there in 22 3/4 pounds? a. 17,776 b. 18,180 c. 18,382 d. 18,584
 14. How many pieces of lumber 1 inches wide will be needed to cover a 42-inch wide space? a. 24 b. 26 c. 28 d. 30
 15. How many 2x4 blocks 22 1/2 inches long can be cut from a 2x4 that is 8 feet long? a. 2 b. 4 c. 6 d. 8
 16. Subtract 3 15/32 inches from 9 1/16 inches. a. 5 19/32 inches b. 5 15/16 inches c. 6 inches d. 6 19/32 inches
 17. What is one-half of 23 feet and 11 9/16 inches? a. 10 feet and 11 15/16 inches b. 11 feet and 9 25/32 inches c. 11 feet and 10 inches d. 11 feet and 11 25/32 inches
 18. Which number is greatest? a. .246 b. .08 c. .3 d. .07
 19. Add (15 feet and 6 3/4 inches) + (5 feet and 11 5/8 inches) + (11 feet and 5 7/16 inches) + (6 feet and 9 3/16 inches) a. 39 feet and 9 inches b. 40 feet c. 40 feet and 9 inches d. 42 feet and 6 inches
 20. A lot measures 112 feet and 5 inches x 88 feet and 3 inches x 97 feet and 6 inches x 114 feet and 2 inches. What is the distance around the lot? a. 412 feet and 4 inches b. 412 feet and 10 inches c. 414 feet d. 420 feet
 21. What is the perimeter of a square with sides 9 feet and 6 inches long? a. 36 feet and 2 inches b. 38 feet c. 38 feet and 6 inches d. 40 feet
 22. Which is greater in inches: 9/16, 5/8, 3/16, 3/4, 47/64 or 1/2? a. 9/16 inch b. 3/4 inch c. 5/8 inch d. 47/64 inch
 23. The area of a right triangle having legs 10 feet long is 50 square feet. True False
 24. When using a circular saw, the best way to prevent kickback is to keep the blade sharp. True False
 25. Subcontractors are required for work at a building site, and two have bid on the job. Subcontractor A will do the job in 16 hours at \$133.00/hour and subcontractor B will do the job in 14 hours at \$153.00/hour. Subcontractor A has the lower bid. True False

Carpentry tests are required in some states to obtain a license to work as a carpenter. Requirements vary widely among states. Tests generally cover state laws for construction, such as electrical regulations. To learn more about exams for carpenters, please read The Guide to Carpentry Exams.

You may also wish to investigate the carpentry certification program offered by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).