Becoming an electrical apprentice requires both skill and commitment. During your apprenticeship you will go through around 900 hours of classes and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.
So, if you are to become an electrician apprentice (and eventually an electrician), the institutes and labor unions of electrical workers want to make sure you have the ABILITY TO LEARN the required skills.
As such, the Electrical Aptitude Test, conducted by the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) is designed to assess your learning and problem-solving abilities before you may start the apprenticeship program.
The IBEW Electrical Apprenticeship Aptitude Test is a mandatory written test that contains 2 main topics:
Equivalent Names of the IBEW Apprenticeship Aptitude Test:
All of the following titles refer to the IBEW Test:
If you want to take an apprenticeship path in the electrical industry, you will be required to pass the IBEW Aptitude test. These include:
Near the end of the page you can find more about each position.
When candidates for the IBEW apprenticeship program face an aptitude test, many of them get discouraged. It immediately takes them back to memories of blackouts, anxiety, and the feeling that their professional future rests on math and reading comprehension drills.
We get weekly emails from genuinely disheartened and frustrated candidates, who know they could be excellent electricians, if only they could get away with the aptitude test.
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The exact structure of the test may vary, but the general structure is the following:
Section | Topics | Questions | Time |
Trades Math |
Algebra and number series |
33 (multiple-choice) | 46 minutes |
Reading Comprehension | Reading comprehension | 36 (multiple-choice) | 50 minutes |
Total | 69 | 96 minutes |
Find some sample questions further down the page.
Compared to the things you’ll learn and deal with as an electrician, the IBEW Test isn’t that difficult in and of itself. And yet, it still gets to confuse and annoy so many good candidates.
So, what is it that makes this particular test such a challenge?
Over the past years we’ve connected with dozens of IBEW test-takers. Here are their top 3 answers:
I assume you have already done some research about the test. You may have noticed that the IBEW and the NJATC disclose very little about it. Usually, all you get is that it is a “Basic Math and Reading Aptitude Test” or something similar.
This lack of information keeps most candidates confused about what, how, and when to learn.
Not only is the IBEW Test’s material something you probably haven’t seen in years (when was the last time you solved a polynomial??) it also connects directly to where most people tasted failure for the first time – school.
Both math and reading comprehension immediately relate to what most people experienced as a challenge in school. These bad memories often get them discouraged before they even started.
Like in many aptitude tests, the main difficulty of the IBEW Test is not the questions themselves, but the short time given to answer them. That requires you not only to learn how to solve, but how to solve FAST.
Now, let's have a look at some IBEW Test sample questions, then we'll talk about how you overcome each of these 3 difficulties.
Number Series
144 | 73 | 18 | 10 | 520 | ?
Every two terms are a pair. The first number is divided by two and then increased by 1 in order to produce the second term.
144/2+1 = 73
18/2+1 = 10
250/2+1 = 261
Therefore, the correct answer is 261.
Algebra
Consider the following formula: A = B + 3 ( 4 – C )
If B equals 5 and C equals 2, what is the value of A?
Consider the following formula:
y = 3 ( x + 5 ) ( x – 2 )
Which of the following formulas is equivalent to this one?
A. y=3×2+9x-30
B. y=x2+3x-lO
C. y=3×2+3x-lO
D. y=3×2+3x-30
The correct answer is : 1 — y = 3×2 + 9x – 30
Therefore, the correct option is: 11 (B)
Reading Comprehension
Last year, road fatalities decreased by 9%. According to the latest figures published by the Department of Transportation today, this year has seen the lowest number of deaths in road traffic since records began. However, road deaths are only the tip of the iceberg, because for every death on US roads there are 10 serious injuries such as damage to the brain or spinal cord. Country by country statistics shows that the number of road deaths per year still varies greatly across the US with the countries reporting the lowest number of fatalities being the California, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Maine, with only 30 deaths per million inhabitants. Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and users in certain age groups, notably the elderly, are particularly affected by serious road injuries.
Which of the following statements is correct?
Option D is correct. This is what the text states: "for every death... there are 10 serious injuries".
Algebra - Equation Systems and Inequations
If |3x + 8| > 12, which of the following represents all possible values of x?
If |3x + 8| > 12, then 3x + 8 > 12 and 3x + 8 < -12.
If 3x + 8 > 12 then 3x > 4 and after dividing both sides of the inequality by 3, the result is x > 4/3.
If 3x + 8 < -12 then 3x < -20 and x < -20/3.
Therefore, the correct answer is A.
To pass, tackle each of the three main challenges I’ve mentioned above: uncertainty, material, and time.
That’s how I recommend doing it:
What do you do when you are anxious about a certain task? You do it in advance. That is true for speaking in front of an audience, rock climbing, or aptitude testing. And the closer your practice is to the real task, the simpler it will eventually be.
The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.
I can tell you, understanding how the real IBEW Apprenticeship Aptitude Test looks like wasn’t easy. But, through meticulous data collection from dozens of candidates, we have been able to bring forth their experience to help YOU.
What’s in the PrepPack? |
Why is it in the PrepPack? |
3 full-length simulations of the IBEW Apprenticeship Aptitude Test | Practice for the real test to increase confidence. |
Only IBEW Aptitude Test-Style Questions | Don’t waste your time. Practice ONLY the things you’ll be asked about. |
Important note: The PrepPack DOES NOT contain the exact IBEW Test you’ll be having. That is both impossible and illegal. It DOES contain the closest practice experience that could be made.
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To get professional in the IBEW Aptitude Test material, keep the 2 following guidelines in mind:
#1 – Customize Your Practice to the Test Level
No one expects you to be a math professor. To become an electrician, you need to show that you have the ability to learn and solve IBEW test-level questions.
Were you ever taught in school that: “It’s not the result that counts but the way you solved it?”
Forget about it. Here it’s ALL about the result. It’s all about technique. And that is what you should do.
What’s in the PrepPack? |
Why is it in the PrepPack? |
A diagnostic IBEW Apprenticeship Aptitude Test |
Learn where you, personally, should put your practice focusץ |
The questions on this practice test were a little more difficult than my actual test so that filled the difference I was missing with my test anxiety. It's a little expensive but I would still recommend 10/10.
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#2 – Customize your practice to your level
Before you start, understand exactly where you stand on each and every test topic. That way you will get the most precise, personalized and effective preparation for your needs.
The thing is, most people don’t REALLY know their strengths and weaknesses. You may know you’re weak on math, but what math? Equations? Number series?
That level of detail may seem trivial, but it is crucial if you want your preparation to be effective, especially if you’re short on time.
Look into your skills thoroughly and sincerely, down to the subject level.
What’s in the PrepPack? |
Why is it in the PrepPack? |
Progressive question level – from beginner to slightly above test-level |
Build your solving skill from the ground up, until IBEW level questions are a little too easy for you. |
❝Tailored report and the diagnostic test helped me prioritize my areas to study, saving me time.❞
Lucy L.
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To be able to quickly recognize questions and maximize your solving speed, it is important to practice in depth – that is, to solve a high number of questions on the same topic, one after another.
That way you get more familiar with the material, better to memorize and quicker to recognize patterns you have already encountered.
What’s in the PrepPack? |
Why is it in the PrepPack? |
Topic-specific practice tests |
Learn each topic in depth to become more familiar, and thus quicker with it. |
❝Go deeper with a variety of practice tests for all areas, with explanations about how to approach a question type, was critical to improving my second test score.❞
Dan H.
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During the program, you will go through training both in classroom and on-the-job. The scope of training varies depending on field and location, but the general standard is:
There are four main fields of electrical apprenticeships:
The majority of the inside wireman’s work deals with connecting customer’s electrical equipment to the inner power network.
An outside wireman’s training and work focus on transmission lines, distribution systems, and connection to end-users.
The residential wireman’s job is very similar to the inside wireman. The difference is that while the latter focuses on commercial and industrial systems, the former specializes in residential ones.
Specializes in low-voltage systems connected to the high-voltage electricity system like sound, CCTV, or signaling systems.
If you want to become an electrician, there’s no way around the IBEW Apprenticeship Aptitude Test. But if you have it in you to take on a professional, technical and demanding career, you definitely have it in you to pass that aptitude test.
All you need is some guidance and a lot of practice.
Have something to ask me? Contact me at ask_shlomik@jobtestprep.com.
If you:
You can earn up to 58 semester hours of college credit by graduating from the commercial/industrial J.A.T.C.
There are many options for continuing education courses, through which you can get more knowledge in relevant subjects, as well as learn other specialized skills - all approved and earn Continuing Educational Units (CEU).