APTITUDE TEST INFORMATION
QUALIFYING WITH PRIOR EXPERIENCE
These tests are validated for use by sponsors of IBEW/NECA electrical apprenticeship programs. They have been developed to assist in the selection of apprentices for the respective apprenticeship programs.
The fact that an applicant is not scheduled for an oral interview, as a result of this test battery, does not speak for the applicant’s ability, or lack thereof, to be most successful in many other occupations. This test was specifically developed to assist our program sponsors, helping them to select those who are most likely to succeed in our apprenticeship programs.
Many apprenticeship programs receive large numbers of applicants – four, five, six or more times the number of new apprenticeship openings (as defined by the limited number of job and training opportunities being available at a given time). The validated testing instrument is a tool to assist in the selection of the very best applicants that have an aptitude matching the specified job performance requirements. In this way, the number of applicants brought to the interview table is based upon objective, equitable, job-related criteria.
The test battery consists of two tests. It will take approximately two and a half hours to complete. The number of items and the amount of time allotted for each test are shown below.
|Name of Test||Number of Items||Number of Minutes|
|Algebra and Functions||33||46|
You will take a short break between the Algebra and Functions Test and the Reading Comprehension Test.
Approximately one week after you take the test battery, the local JATC will receive the results. They will subsequently notify you concerning the disposition of your application. A full six (6) months must elapse before you may retake the test. The six-month rule remains in effect after each subsequent retake of the test.
PLEASE NOTE: WILLFUL ATTEMPTS TO VIOLATE THIS RULE MAY RESULT IN PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SAMPLE TEST
As part of the selection process, you may be required to take an aptitude test battery designed to determine whether you possess the abilities that will help you succeed within the electrical construction industry. The following pages provide a description of each of the tests and some sample test questions. These questions are similar to those on the actual tests, allowing you to know what to expect on the day of your test session.
You may use these items as a sample test and then check your answers with the key that appears on the bottom of this page.
You should read the sample questions on each test carefully and then examine each of the responses. Only one answer is correct for each question.
If you find some of the sample items to be difficult for you, you may want to review material that is similar to the sample items.
SAMPLE ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS
This is a test of your ability to solve problems using algebra. There are three (3) sample questions.
SAMPLE READING COMPREHENSION
This test measures your ability to obtain information from written passages. You will be presented with a passage followed by a number of questions about it. A sample passage is shown below, followed by three sample questions. This passage is shorter than those on the actual test.
SAMPLE TEST ANSWER KEY
Algebra and Functions