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What Trades Require a Pre-Apprenticeship Test?

The following trades require a pre-apprenticeship test:


All applicants for an electrical apprenticeship take the electrical apprentice test, more commonly referred to as the IBEW Aptitude Test, named after the labor union conducting it, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

The test contains rather advanced math and reading comprehension questions. Here are some Free IBEW Sample Questions you can try.

Elevator Mechanic/Constructor

Passing a uniform aptitude test known as the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) is a preliminary condition for an apprenticeship in the elevator industry. The test is conducted by the NEIEP (National Elevator Industry Education Program), so it is also called the NEIEP Apprenticeship Test.

The EIAT test contains 3 sections - math, verbal reasoning, and mechanical aptitude.



The Ironworker Aptitude Test is conducted by major union locals for applicants wishing to apply for an apprenticeship. It combines basic math, advanced math (number series, algebra, word problems, and geometry) alongside reading comprehension.



The Millwright Aptitude Test is used as a selection tool by various locals across the U.S. and Canada. While the exact structure may vary depending on the local, the test covers math, verbal reasoning, mechanical aptitude, and spatial reasoning.


Sheet Metal Worker

Aptitude tests for becoming a sheet metal worker are not always required (that depends on the state), but many of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART) JATC apprenticeship programs require it, such as the Southern California JATC and the Western Washington JATC, among many others.

The Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Test contains 4 sections - math, spatial aptitude, mechanical aptitude, and abstract reasoning (the math test is conducted separately).

Heavy Equipment Operator





Other Employers - Many employers have their own apprenticeship programs, requiring specific pre-apprenticeship tests. If you are facing such a test, contact us at and we will do our best to find the right preparation plan for you.


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Extra Free Trade Apprenticeship Test Sample Questions


Spatial Reasoning Problem

Which of the four options, shown from a different perspective, is this cube?

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The correct answer is 4.

In the first option, the diagonal should appear on the back (hidden) side rather than on the front, in relation to the triangle.

In the second one, if the X is on the right-hand side of the cube, the triangle should be pointing to the right, towards the X, rather than up.

The third shows the triangle pointing up, towards the diagonal. The diagonal should be on the right-hand side of in relation to the triangle.

The fourth option shows the hidden left side and is the correct answer.

Mechanical Reasoning Problem

How far does the mass rise when the rope is pulled for 6 cm?
(All pulleys are fixed except for the pulley supporting the mass directly).

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1 cm
3 cm
24 cm
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The correct answer is 2.

In a multiple pulley system, the force required to lift the load is calculated by dividing the weight of the load by the number of rope sections supporting it. The load in this question is supported by 2 sections of rope.

Note that the rope sections of the last two pulleys do not support the load and do not provide any mechanical advantage. Therefore, the force required to lift the mass is divided by two compared to the force required to lift the mass without the pulley system.

A multiple pulley system may allow one to use less force to lift a load, but the rope is pulled a longer distance than the load moves. The smaller force needed to lift a load with a pulley system is used over a longer distance.

The ratio between the force required to lift the mass with the pulley system to the force required without it is inversely proportional to the distance the rope is pulled compared to the distance the load rises.

Therefore, if the rope is pulled for 6 cm then the mass rises 6 cm / 2 =3 cm.

Mechanical Reasoning Problem

Which of the following tools can be used on wood?

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A. 2, 7, 9
B. 1, 2
C. 1, 2, 4
D. None of these
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The correct answer is 2.

The tool presented in image 2 in an electric saber saw, which uses blades of various sizes to cut through material such as wood.
The device presented in image 1 is a power drill. A power drill has an electrical motor that rotates a replaceable drill bit to drill a hole in wood, plastic, or metal.
The object presented in image 7 is a pipe wrench, which is used for turning and holding large objects such as pipes; it is not used on wood.
The object presented in image 4 is a hacksaw, which is used for cutting materials such as metal or plastic.
Therefore, the correct answer is 2.

Physics Question

A force of 10 N compresses two identical springs in parallel for 8 cm. What will be the total distance that four identical springs in series are compressed?

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A. 32cm
B. 16cm
C. 4cm
D. 64cm
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The correct answer is 4.

An external force exerted on a spring causes it to compress or extend.
The distance of compression or extension is directly and linearly proportional to the force exerted on the spring, i.e., doubling the force causes the spring to stretch or compress twice as much.
When identical springs are connected in parallel, the applied force is divided equally between them.

Each of the two springs connected in parallel is subjected to a force of 5 N that compresses each spring by 8 cm (1).  On the other hand, had only one spring been subjected to a 10N force, it would compress by 16 cm (2).

When identical springs are connected in series, the entire force is applied to each spring separately.

Each of the four springs in series is subjected to a force of 10 N, and therefore compressing 16 cm.

Thus, the total compression is the combined compression of all four springs:
4 X 16 cm = 64 cm.

→ The correct answer is 4.




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Apprenticeship Assessment Tips

  • Research the field you are interested in before you apply for it.
  • Make sure you meet the requirements with relevant skills and experience.
  • Prepare prior to the screening process.
  • Keep cool during interviews.
  • Sell yourself, don’t worry too much about what they think.
  • Feel free to ask any questions.


Apprenticeship Assessment FAQ

  • Who usually become an apprentice?
    Apprentices are usually young people between the ages of 17 and 25 but they can be of any age.
  • How long does apprenticeship last?
    Apprenticeships take between one and four years
  • How much an apprentice gets paid?
    Apprentices are usually entitled to a minimum rate per hour.
  • Where do I find out about apprenticeship different options?
    To check for more options visit the National Apprenticeship website

What are the characteristics of a field that integrates the apprenticeship process?

Aside from passing the certification test you will also undergo a rigorous of 2,000 hours of training relating to manual, mechanical, or technical skills, and at least 144 of hours of classroom theory to boot. You will find the entire process and structure of the program  well structured along with systemic on-site supervised learning program.

  • In-class courses will complement on-site training giving you an optimal chance to excel in your field.
  • On-site training and in-class study will help fast track your career.
  • After completing the apprenticeship, you will be fully certified in your field of choice.


What are some of the advantages of going through an apprenticeship?

  • Gain skills and knowledge, while working on site. This will not only help you become more efficient at your job but will also naturally aid you when it comes time for in-class tests and assignments.
  • Launch your career on the fast track and reach higher compensation faster than your peers.
  • You will have a chance to prove your skills and knowhow to your employer, while at the same time, gaining greater confidence and knowledge in your profession.
  • Save on college tuition and expensive training programs.
  • From among the wide range of fields which integrate apprenticeship programs, you will surely find the right profession for you.
  • Apprenticeship programs allow companies to apply for government subsidies, lower costs, and truly understand the strengths and weaknesses of trainees and hire appropriately.


The Apprenticeship Process

  • Complete registration and the application
  • Gear up for a full day of interviews
  • Get your rank and score
  • If you pass you will begin the program, which includes on-site training and classroom theory.


Apprenticeship Standards and Framework

  • Each Apprenticeship will meet the national or local standards for that particular profession.
  • Apprenticeships come in over 200 variations and styles covering over 1,200 job roles.
  • The goal of the apprenticeship process is to qualify you to obtain certification like IBEW and NJATC.
  • Often the apprenticeship covers the core skills needed for the job, however, often more advanced training continues moving forward.


Learn About the Score

The score structure and requirements are different in each type of specialization. Choose the area you want to specialize in and you can get an answer on this topic.

More on Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeship Exam Preparation

From algebra to Understanding and Interpreting Tabular Material and reading comprehension to written communication, the Apprentice Exam will fully explore and challenge your abilities and knowledge to ensure that you are ready to take on the job!

Elevator Industry Aptitude Test

The Elevator Industry Aptitude Test will test on you on reading and mechanical comprehension, along with Arithmetic computation. When you have passed this test, you will prove that you are ready to take on this lucrative industry. Take a free EIAT practice test here!

The National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) Aptitude Test Preparation

 Created by the National Elevator Industry, the NEIEP is for the management and implementation of curriculum design, probationary training, and program evaluation for all apprentices entering the trade. 


The test offered by the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and the NECA (National Electrical Association) has two sections: The Algebra & Functions has 33 questions with a 46-minute time limit, while the reading comprehension section contains 36 questions in a 51-minute time slot. Click here for free IBEW practice test.

Iron Workers Apprentice Exam Practice

From reinforcing, structural, and ornamental ironwork, this test will help you get fully prepared for certification.  


The test is divided into two primary categories, including a total of 96 questions and about an hour and a half time limit. 

Electrician Apprenticeship 

This test is divided into two separate sections, Algebra & Functions - 33 questions/46 minutes, and the Reading Comprehension – 36 questions/51 minutes.


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