Sheet Metal Aptitude Test - Complete Guide and Practice [2022]

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What Is the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Test?

The Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Aptitude Test is a test used to screen candidates for sheet metal worker apprenticeships in various locals across the U.S. The test is conducted by each local's JATC (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee) on behalf of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART).

Therefore, similar to other pre-apprenticeship tests, the precise content and structure of the Sheet Metal Aptitude Test depend on the local.

However, Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Test questions are always gathered from the following list of topics:

  • Problem-Solving
  • Mathematics
  • Spatial Relations
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Abstract Reasoning

Further below we will provide sample questions and answers for each topic, and review 3 particular test versions: the Southern California Sheet Metal JATC Test, the SMART Local 36 (St. Louis) Test, and the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC Aptitude Test.


Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Aptitude Test Content and Structure

As I mentioned above, while the test topics and question types are rather similar across all tests, the exact topic combination, structure, and formatting of the Sheet Metal Aptitude Test may vary.

Let's give 3 popular examples used by major Sheet Metal Union Locals across the U.S., all of which are covered in the Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice:

 

Southern California Sheet Metal JATC Test

The Southern California Sheet Metal JATC test is one of the most demanding tests in the sheet metal apprenticeships world.

The test is divided into two sections:

Section #1 - Mathematical Test

This initial test contains 25 basic math questions to be solved in 15 minutes. Topics include fractions, decimals, four operations, and algebraic equations. This is a pass/fail test.

 

Section #2 - Written Test

This second stage is, in turn, divided into 3 sub-sections with 15 questions each:

  • Mental Ability - includes abstract reasoning questions such as pattern recognition, finding differences and similarities between shapes, etc.
  • Comprehension Test - focuses on understanding mechanical concepts, a topic commonly known as mechanical aptitude.
  • Paper Board Test - measures your ability to visualize in 2d and 3d, an ability known as spatial reasoning.

To pass this test, you need a score of 30/45. However, higher-scoring candidates will get priority for open apprenticeships, so make sure you score as high as you can.

 The Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice covers the Sheet Metal Worker Aptitude Test for all Sheet Metal Union locals and JATC programs, including the Southern California Sheet Metal JATC Test!

 

SMART Local 36 (St. Louis, Missouri) Test

 The SMART Local 36 Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Test contains 4 categories:

  • Problem-Solving - This section combines a variety of numerical, verbal, and abstract questions, and requires familiarity with the common types of questions given in psychometric tests to succeed.
  • Mathematics - This section focuses on quick and accurate calculation abilities.
  • Spatial Relations - Assesses your ability to mentally manipulate shapes and find the relations between them, a skill often referred to as spatial reasoning.
  • Mechanical Aptitude - The last section of the test assesses your ability to understand and apply mechanical and electrical principles.

 The Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice covers the Sheet Metal Worker Aptitude Test for all Sheet Metal Union locals and JATC programs, including the SMART Local JATC Test!

 

Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC Aptitude Test

The Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Test conducted by Western Washington JATC is comprised of two sections:

  • Math - including basic math (fractions, decimals, basic calculations, etc.) and advanced math (algebraic equations, word problems, calculation of areas and perimeters, etc.)
  • Reading - assesses your ability to interpret texts and come to correct conclusions.

The scoring method of this test is also based on a "higher score first policy", where higher-scoring candidates will get priority in being assigned to open apprenticeships.

 The Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice covers the Sheet Metal Worker Aptitude Test for all Sheet Metal Union locals and JATC programs, including the Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC Aptitude Test!

 

These are just three common examples. As the actual content and type of questions may vary depending on the SMART local or JATC, the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Aptitude Test Preparation is designed to get you covered for any test for any local!

 


Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Test Questions and Answers

Below you will see one sample question of each topic appearing on the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Aptitude Test.

Note that this is but a sample - the variety of questions in this test is high and depends on the specific local you apply for. The Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice covers all question types on the Sheet Metal Aptitude Test, regardless of the local!

 

Sheet Metal Apprentice Test Sample Question - Math

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 Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice combines hundreds of questions with basic math study guides to make you as proficient in calculations as you can possibly be! 

 

Sheet Metal Apprentice Test Sample Question - Problem-Solving

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 problem-solving section of the Sheet Metal Aptitude Test combines a large variety of questions. Become familiar with all of them with the Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice! 

 

Sheet Metal Apprentice Test Sample Question - Mechanical Aptitude/Comprehension

In which way is the wagon accelerating? (If neither, mark C.)

Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test Sample Question - Velocity
A
B
C
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The pendulum is moving backward; therefore, the car is accelerating in the opposite direction.

What happens when an object is in an accelerating system, in the same way, you feel pulled back when the car is speeding up or forwards when it is braking.

Remember the physical principle: When an object is within an accelerating system (another object that accelerates or decelerates), the inner object's force will be in the direction opposite to the acceleration.

Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test Sample Question - Velocity

The Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice focuses on the most common mechanical topics appearing on the actual exam! 

 

Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Test Sample Question - Reading

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.

Reading is often overlooked by test-takers, as there is a common misconception that you cannot improve this ability quickly. But with understanding what the reading questions on the actual test are looking for, the Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice gets you covered for this section as well! 

 

Sheet Metal Apprentice Test Sample Question - Abstract Reasoning/Mental Ability

criteria cognitive aptitude test question
A
B
C
D
E
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The circle in each figure is divided into 8 eighths.

In each circle within the series, the shaded segmented sections move one-eighth (1/8) of the circle, counterclockwise.

Of all test sections, abstract reasoning is prehaps the one which requires most practice. The Sheet Metal Aptitude Test Practice contains hundreds of questions covering all types of this challenging section! 

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