Exam Development & Study Tips

From Exam Development

to Exam Day


Here's how we develop our exams

and some best practices

for studying before AND during test day!


How Exams are Developed


Exam Questions

Exam questions are developed by the EDC based on the first printing of the code book.


All exam questions are presented in a four-option, multiple choice format, with one option on each question scored as correct.


While your exam will have content based on building codes, here are a few examples of how the questions are structured in the exam (with answers in bold):

What sea creature has eight legs?

A. A whale

B. A dolphin

C. An octopus

D. A crocodile

Given: A scientist needs to research colors not visible in a rainbow.

The scientist would need to research which color?

A. Red

B. Teal

C. Indigo

D. Yellow

All of the following are planets except:

A. Mars.

B. Orion.

C. Jupiter.

D. Mercury.

Studying for Your Code Council Exam

Strategies During your Exam

Everyone differs in how they approach an exam.

No matter how you tackle the test, here are some tips we recommend:

Beyond the Exam

A few tips that go beyond basic studying and test-taking:

When you complete your daily studying goals, give yourself a treat. Even if you haven't taken the test yet, it's good to reward yourself for making the effort of studying for a major exam.

Which Exam Method Is Right For You?

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PRONTO vs. CBT: Which exam method is right for me?
Feature PRONTO
(Proctored Remote Online Testing Option)
(Computer-based Testing)
Results Immediate Immediate

Secure space of your choosing Dedicated testing site with vendor
Availability 24/7, 365 Depending on testing location and registration date

Connect online On location at testing site

Working computer or laptop, internet connection, audio and microphone

Check Your System Requirements

Drive to testing site

Testing Rules
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Now on PRONTO: Special Inspector General Requirements Module

Now Available on PRONTO:

Special Inspector General Requirements Module Exam

Published: October 4, 2019

The world is changing rapidly, and we understand that means testing needs to change too. In today’s world, convenience is king. We understand that as

professionals, it can be a challenge to find the time to drive to a test location to take an exam. That’s why the International Code Council has been steadily working to make our Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO) available for more exams.

PRONTO allows candidates to take exams from the comfort of their own home or office 24/7. The exam comes with the same safeguards and security measures as any other Code Council exam, but the convenience makes it a perfect option for busy professionals working towards passing new exams.

As of October 1st, we’re excited to announce that we now offer PRONTO as an option for the Special Inspector General Requirements (GR) Module. For professionals new to the certification journey in Special Inspection, the GR module is one of the required exams necessary to achieve any one of the Code Council’s Special Inspector Certifications. With the GR exam now available to take on the PRONTO platform, candidates can easily take this exam in the comfort of their own home or office.

The International Code Council continues to work diligently in prioritizing some of our most popular exams—certifications and contractor exams alike—to be available through PRONTO as well. In addition, we’re investing in developing a system to deliver exams with plans sets for easier use so that all Special Inspector exams can also be provided via PRONTO.

As we continue to expand exam offerings, we want you to know that we are committed to finding ways to make the exam experience more convenient and accessible for all our candidates. For more information on PRONTO, check out our webpage dedicated to the service.

Take the Special Inspector
General Requirements Module Today

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Proctored Remote Online Testing (PRONTO)

NEW! PRONTO has an Improved
Proctoring Experience!

We've upgraded PRONTO's proctoring service in our commitment to improving your testing experience.

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Introducing Your Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO)

Taking your next ICC certification exam is now more convenient, more comfortable and more efficient than ever before. With ICC PRONTO, you can take many of ICC’s national certification exams online, at your convenience, from any secure location.

ICC is the first building safety professional credentialing organization to offer secured online proctored exams—part of our commitment to ensuring our members have access to the latest technology-based solutions to help building and code professionals succeed and advance.

ICC PRONTO provides an additional option for your certification exam needs. Computer-based testing exams will continue to be available at testing centers throughout the country. Pricing for exams is consistent across all testing formats.

What is PRONTO?

PRONTO is an industry-leading, secure exam delivery service. Plan your exam for the day and time most convenient for you—PRONTO is available 24/7—and know your results immediately upon exam completion. All PRONTO exams feature advanced exam security features so you can be confident in the integrity of the testing process and exam results.

Take your ICC Certification exam from any secure location with highspeed internet access.
With advanced exam security features you can be confident in the integrity of the testing process and exam results.
Plan your exam for the day and time most convenient for you—PRONTO is available 24/7.
Eliminate the waiting period and know your results immediately upon exam completion.

[email protected] recognizes jurisdictions that establish a dedicated ICC PRONTO testing area on-site.

By creating a space where employees can complete their proctored remote online test, jurisdictions demonstrate their commitment to building safety and their employees’ professional development. They also limit the time out of office necessitated by computer–based testing, which must be taken at approved ICC testing centers.

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Available Exams

We have 80+ PRONTO exams currently available only under the 2015 & 2018* code years. Review available PRONTO exams** or browse the full exam catalog.

*FE, FN, & FK exams are under No Code Year

**as of September 1, 2020 

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