Welding Apprenticeship Exam Preparation

A welder apprenticeship test can be found at local construction trade unions throughout the U.K., Canada and the U.S. While the welding test questions differ in accordance with the policies of individual locals, the topics covered in each of these countries remains fairly uniform.

You will encounter mathematics and reading comprehension sections on the aptitude exam. Most welding tests include a third section. Some pre-apprentice exams present a science section, some contain an information locator portion or a writing section, and other local unions have established a mechanical aptitude part as their third section.

Welder Aptitude Test Format:

Multiple-choice is the usual format. Basic questions covering high school subject matter are the norm. The goal of welding pre-apprentice tests is to ensure that those who are heading into this particular construction trade have the ability to succeed in the apprenticeship program. You need not expect trick questions. On the contrary, the test is comprised of a simple and organized structure, with items that reflect everyday occurrences in the working environment of a welder.

The welder pre-apprenticeship test in Canada and the U.K. is a Paper & Pencil exam. In the U.S., while Paper & Pencil tests are likewise prevalent, some local unions administer a computer-based test. This is a timed exam, more uniform in Canada and the U.K. than in the U.S.

Mathematics for Welders

Within the math section, you will find a formula page and table of conversions. The math portion includes:

  • Basic Arithmetic – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Percentages, averages, decimals, fractions, ratios, conversions, exponents
  • High School Algebra – solving for x in equations and ratios
  • High School Geometry – identifying various geometric shapes; finding area, circumference, perimeter
  • Math Word Problems

English & Reading Comprehension

Written paragraphs relating to the welding industry comprise the reading section of the test. Each paragraph is followed by various questions. Every question accompanies a set of four possible answers, A-D. Your task is to read the question carefully and pick the one response that is most correct.

This portion of the exam measures your grammar skills, ability to recall details and ability to draw conclusions from the written material presented.


Basic high school science is covered in this section of the welders’ exam. You will find questions dealing with:

  • Volume
  • Distance
  • Mass
  • Solids/liquids/gases
  • Units of measure
  • Conversions

Preparation for the Welding Aptitude Test

Working on a welding practice exam presents several benefits. This type of preparation familiarizes you with the types of questions and overall exam format, making your testing experience more comfortable and therefore more successful. By studying welding questions and answers, you have the opportunity to focus on exam elements that need more work. And the more you practice, the quicker you become, so that the timeframe of the test is less of an issue.

Reviewing a welders’ study guide and analyzing questions and answers provide a better understanding of the underlying purpose of each question, making correct answers easier to discern. And the exam tips found in study guides helps to quicken your pace and organize your thoughts.

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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