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Pipefitting is a highly-skilled trade. The usual procedure for obtaining an apprenticeship involves your Application, biodata form, an aptitude test and the achievement of a score that ranks within the top tier.

Local pipefitter unions are looking for those who are most qualified, willing and able to succeed in an apprenticeship. Pre-apprenticeship exams are designed to ensure that all applicants hired as trainees have the knowledge and aptitudes necessary to hit the ground running as an apprentice.

In order to review the subject matter covered in the test, as well as gain a firm understanding of the types of questions and exam format that you will face on the actual entrance exam, it is essential that you work on pipefitter pre-apprenticeship practice tests. Complete pipefitter practice tests repeatedly until you feel comfortable with the speed and accuracy of your responses to the questions.


Pipefitter Aptitude Test Content

The pipefitter test at local unions in the U.S. are entirely different from those administered to apprenticeship applicants in the Canada. Typical test sections found on both exams are math, English skills (reading comprehension) and science.


U.S. Pre-Apprenticeship Pipefitter Test

The pass threshold for many pipefitter locals is 75%. You can expect to encounter four basic topics on the pre-apprenticeship exam:

  • Reading Comprehension – While the question formats vary depending on the specific local, the fundamental purpose of this test section is the assessment of your ability to understand what you are reading. If you have applied to become a pipefitter in Modesto, California, you will be given 15 minutes to read a five-page article, after which 20 True/False questions are presented, to be answered from memory.
  • Figure Visualization (Spatial Reasoning) – The task involved in this section is the identification of a given object after it has been repositioned or folded. Expect multiple-choice questions.
  • Mechanical Ability - This test may be the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Exam, or it can also be a test that involves illustrations followed by questions on leverage, area and the directional movement of gears.
  • Math – A major portion of the pipefitter exam concerns the fundamentals of math. You will find addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, numerical comprehension, and numerical reasoning.

Canadian Pre-Apprenticeship Pipefitter Test

The Canadian Pre-Apprenticeship exams are divided into a cluster system for specific trades. There are five distinct trade groups, organized in accordance with the aptitude requirements of each individual trade. Pipefitters fall within the Fourth Cluster. The test sections that are taken by pipefitter applicants are applicable to all of the trades that are within Cluster 4.

You will be given a standardized test with multiple-choice format to be completed within a timeframe of three hours. The scoring is based solely on the number of correct answers. Since there is no penalty for wrong answers, it is to your benefit to answer every question; guess if necessary.

The three primary topics covered in the entrance exam consist of:

  • Math - Math is by far the most extensive element of the pipefitter test. Some of the concepts present in the eight-section math portion of the entrance exam include exponents, fractions, decimals, ratios, square roots, estimation, rates, percentages, word problems, proportions, patterns & graphs, equations, inequalities, measurement of space and shapes, trigonometric ratios and transformations of geometric patterns.
  • Science – This section of the exam is comprised of the various science topics that are applied in the daily tasks of pipefitters, such as: Physics, electricity, energy, electromechanical systems, motion, force, gravity, mass, structural design, material properties, machine dynamics, temperature & heat, fluids & pressure, optics & light.
  • Reading Comprehension – Expect a passage-oriented section. Your tasks involve the identification of facts and concepts, application and analysis of concepts, and conclusions all based solely upon the information contained in the accompanying passage.

Other Pipefitter Apprenticeship Exams

Depending on your location, you may have to take a different exam. Below is a list of other exams you may encounter when applying to a pipefitter pre-apprenticeship.


Advantages of Pipefitter Test Preparation

Reviewing a Pipefitter Pre-Apprenticeship Exam Study Guide will familiarize you with the types of test questions found on the exam. When completing a pipefitter practice test with Q & A analysis, you gain more than a familiarity with the types of questions on the actual exam, as these study tools present the reasoning at the base of correct answers. JobTestPrep provides all of the tools that are essential for a successful exam experience.

Please note this pack does not include questions on chemistry or physics concepts. We advise you to take the practice tests in this pack and review basic chemistry and physics principles to fully prepare for your exam.


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