Ironworker Aptitude Test - Complete Guide and Practice [2022]

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What Is the Ironworker Aptitude Test?

The Iron Worker Aptitude Test is designed to assess your math and verbal skills and serves as a preliminary condition for being accepted to an apprenticeship. Unlike other pre-apprenticeship tests such as the EIAT Test or the IBEW Aptitude Test, it is not obligatory for all locals, but the largest locals do require it (e.g. Ironworkers locals 40 and 46L in NYC). 

The Ironworker Test contains questions on two main topics:

  • Math - Assesses both your ability to perform basic calculations and to solve more advanced mathematical problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Assesses your ability to interpret, comprehend, and extract relevant data from texts.

Ironworkers Apprenticeship Test Sample Questions and Answers

Let's now go over several of the Ironworker Aptitude Test topics, and provide a sample question (and answer) of each. You may also try an interactive, timed Free Ironworker Sample Test.


Ironworker Aptitude Sample Question #1 - Basic Numeracy

Convert 3/13 into decimal.

A. 0.23
B. 0.75
C. 0.33
D. 4.33
E. 2.3
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

By converting 3/13 to decimal we get ≈ 0.23.

To solve this quickly without a straightforward calculation, you can convert the numbers in the answer choices to fractions to find the closest number to 3/13.

Answer (B) can be eliminated: 0.75 = 3/4

Answer (C) can be eliminated: 0.33 ≈ 1/3

Answers (D) and (E) can be eliminated: 3 is less than 13, and, therefore, 3/13 must be smaller than 1.

The Ironworker Aptitude Test Practice provides focused prep material for the foundations of math, including percentages, ratios, fractions, and more. 



Ironworker Aptitude Sample Question #2 - Advanced Math (Algebra)

(p2–1) x (s+1)/(p-1) x 1/(s+1) + p+1 = ?

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Simplify the expression by multiplying and dividing:

(p2–1) x (s+1)/(p-1) x 1/(s+1) + p+1 =

=(p2–1) x (s+1)/(p-1) x (s+1) + p+1 =

=(p2–1)/(p-1) + p+1 = ?

Next, simplify by factoring
(a2 – b2) = (a+b)(a-b):

(p2–1)/(p-1) + p+1 =

= (p+1)(p-1)/(p-1) + p+1 =

= (p+1) + p+1 =

= 2(p+1)

Hence: 3 is the correct option.

Tip: If you chose any other answer, you probably did not reduce the fractions correctly.

The Ironworker Aptitude Test Practice contains high-level algebra problems to make the actual Ironworker Aptitude Test a breeze. 


Ironworker Aptitude Sample Question #3 - Advanced Math (Number Series)

0 , 3/4 , 8/9 , 15/16 , 24/25 , ?

A. 29/28
B. 33/32
C. 35/36
D. 37/38
E. 33/34
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The series follows the following rule:

an = 1-(1/n2)

a1 = 1-(1/12) = 0

a2 = 1-(1/22) = 3/4

a3 = 1-(1/32) = 8/9

a4 = 1-(1/42) = 15/16

a5 = 1-(1/52) = 24/25

a6 = 1-(1/62) = 35/36

The Ironworker Aptitude Test Practice addresses all types of number series so you can identify them super-fast on the actual test. 


Ironworker Aptitude Sample Question #4 - Advanced Math (Word Problems)

A district held a vote regarding a certain bill. Four-fifths of the district residents voted. Of those who voted, two-thirds voted in favor of the bill. What percentage of district residents voted against the bill?

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

If two-thirds of the voters voted in favor of the bill, then one-third voted against the bill (1 - 2/3 = 1/3).

To calculate what fraction of the residents voted against the bill, we should multiply the fraction of residents who voted by those who voted against the bill:

(4/5) x (1/3) = 4/15

Converting to percentage:

(4/15) x 100 = 26.7%

The Ironworker Aptitude Test Practice word problems practice focuses on converting the "story" into math - which is the most challenging aspect of word problems. 


Ironworker Aptitude Sample Question #5 - Reading Comprehension

The exponential growth and development in the services and activities of search engines during the past decade has brought about a number of challenging legal issues in the area of copyright law. While search engines are continuously expanding their reach, copyright law has largely failed to adequately respond to these technological advancements. Rather, the current situation is one of rigid, outdated copyright laws being applied to online activities, which were never contemplated when the original legislation was drafted – causing great ambiguity. Search engines have the crucial role of ensuring the free flow of the internet’s core purpose – access to information. However, by their very nature, copyright laws fundamentally challenge this concept of a freely flowing and accessible internet.

Which of the following statements regarding copyright law is correct?

A. Copyright law is responding well to changes in technology.
B. Copyright law has completely failed to respond to technological advancements.
C. Copyright law has not been changed for many years.
D. Technological advancements have caused complications in keeping the copyright law up to date.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

If you look carefully at the other answers, you'll see that the statements are exaggerated.

Take B for example - we cannot say that it has completely failed to respond since the text states “copyright law has largely failed to adequately respond”.

Option D is the only option that isn't exaggerated and is therefore the correct answer.

Many candidates tend to overlook the Reading Comprehension section, yet it determines half your test score! The Ironworker Aptitude Test Practice will use tailored practice methods to improve your score in this section, fast! 

What Score Do I Need to Pass the Ironworker Aptitude Test?

A passing score in the Iron Worker Aptitude Test is 70%. However, ironworker apprenticeship candidtaes will be divided into tiers based on their scores - candidates in top tiers will get priority in being assigned to open apprenticeship positions.

That is why it is not enough to pass the test, you must ace it.

Don't allow this opportunity pass you by! Make sure you are as ready as you can possibly be with the most accurate and comprehensive Ironworker Aptitude Test Practice. 

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