The Machinist Aptitude Test measures basic skills needed to be successful as an apprentice. Preparation for the Machinist Apprenticeship is an important factor to your test results. You are more likely to improve your score though preparation. JobTestPrep provides the information you need to get you closer to the apprenticeship you desire.

Format of the Machinist Apprenticeship Test

Depending on where you are taking the test you can most likely encounter a multiple choice, paper & pencil format.

The Canadian test has a three-hour time limit where you will need to complete 100 multiple choice questions. The American apprenticeship tests vary in the number of questions and timeframe. Some may or may not have a time limit.

The purpose of all pre-apprenticeship tests is to ensure that every apprentice possesses the fundamental educational requirements to begin on-the-job technical training.

Content of the Canadian Machinist Exam

Canadian Trade Entrance Exams are grouped into five clusters, each containing the trades that involve a similar level of skills and aptitudes. The Machinist exam is within Cluster 4; therefore, if you are applying for a Machinist apprenticeship you will take Entrance Exam 4. You will need at least a 70% score to pass. The apprenticeship exam administered in Canada consists of the basics of math, science and reading comprehension.

  • The Math Section includes arithmetic, simple algebra and formula applications. Formulas are contained within the test information provided for use during the exam. There are 33 questions in this section.
  • The Science Section is focuses on the application of conversion tables, which are supplied within the test booklet handed out at the time of the test. Questions involving the interpretation of diagrams and charts are also present in the Trade Entrance Exam. There will be 45 questions in this section.
  • The English/Reading Comprehension Section consists of basic grammar, spelling and recall of information from specific scenarios. There are 22 questions in this section.

Preparation for the exam will help you achieve your goal of passing the Machinist aptitude exam.

If you are applying for a machinist pre-apprenticeship in Alberta you will need to take the Alberta Entrance Exam 4.

U.S. Machinist Apprenticeship Test Content

When taking the U.S. Machinist aptitude test, you will encounter a basic skills test. Each test may include various sections. The typical test sections include mathematics, reading and writing.

  • Mathematics: This section tests your skills in basic math: adding, subtraction, multiplication and division. You may also be test in numerical skills/pre-algebra, algebra, college algebra, geometry, and/or trigonometry.
  • Reading: This section tests your ability to read a passage and be able to answer questions referring to the passage. You may also need to be able to make inferences, developing critical understanding of a text and determining specific meaning of words based on the surrounding context.
  • Writing: In this section you may be presented with one or more passages each containing several errors. When an error occurs, you will need to select what you think is the correct replacement. The section assesses your knowledge and skills in usage and mechanics as well as skills in writing strategy, organization and style.

The Machinist

A general machinist is a skilled craftsperson who uses blueprints to set up and operate precision metal cutting and grinding machines such as lathes, milling machines, drills, shapers, boring mills and grinders. A machinist may use any of those machine equipment to manufacture, install, operate, adjust and repair machine tools and other machines in common use. As a Machinist apprentice you will learn skills through union or manufacturer sponsorships to ensure you have the personal attributes for the job.

Becoming a machinist requires attention to detail as well as good math and computer skills. Machinists use sophisticated computer equipment to make metal parts and pieces. A mechanical aptitude may also be required for the job because machinists operate a variety of machines on a manufacturing floor.

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Familiarizing yourself with the Machinist Aptitude test content and format will help you gain a passing score on the exam. Practicing and preparing with our practice test and study guide will get you one step close to a Machinist apprenticeship.

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