Name of Test Number of Items Number of Minutes
Algebra and Functions 33 46
Reading Comprehension 36 51
You will take a short break between the Algebra and Functions Test and the Reading Comprehension Test.
Approximately two to four weeks after you take the test battery, your 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.
If you obtain a qualifying score on the test battery, you will be scheduled for an oral interview. You will be interviewed by a committee representing both NECA and the IBEW. Based on the interview, and a review of your qualifications, you will receive an overall ranking. Your name will be placed on an eligibility list for two (2) years. As new positions become available in the apprenticeship program, names will be taken off the respective eligibility list in order of the ranking score. If you are not selected to begin an apprenticeship during that two-year period, you will need to reapply if you are still interested.
This apprenticeship program has additional basic requirements such as drug testing and a valid driver’s license.
Reminders for Applicants
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.
1. If I do not score well on the tests, can I take them again?
Yes, you may take the test battery again after a period of six (6) months has elapsed from your most recent test date.
2. Are there any penalties for guessing on the tests?
No, there are no penalties for guessing. Your score will be based on the number of items you answer correctly.
3. Should I work as fast as I can when taking the tests?
Most applicants will find they have plenty of time to complete each of the tests without rushing. You should work steadily and carefully. Do not spend too much time on any one question.
4. Should I study to do better on the tests?
There is no need to memorize certain formulas or factual material in order to do well on the tests. Previous knowledge of electrical work is not required.
5. Will I receive a report of my score?
You will be informed whether or not you have received a qualifying score. Exact scores are not provided.
6. What if I become ill or have an emergency on the day of the test?
If you are unable to attend the test session for which you are scheduled, you should contact the local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee to see if you can take the tests at another time. Rescheduling is not guaranteed.
7. What should I bring on the day of the test?
Remember to bring a photo ID to the test session. Pencils and all other materials will be provided. You will not be able to use a calculator for the tests.
8. If I have to leave before I finish all of the tests, can I complete the tests another day?
No. If you do not complete all of the tests, your score will be based on the questions you do complete. The tests must be completed during your test session. You cannot finish the tests on another day. You will not be able to reschedule to take the tests again for a minimum of six (6) months.
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. Below are some sample test questions which will be similar to those on the actual tests, allowing you to know what to expect on the day of your test session.
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. Choose the response that you think is correct, then circle that answer. 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.
Put this sheet aside and take the sample test. Compare your answers with the following correct answers. Answers: 1.B, 2.A, 3.C, 4.A, 5.C, 6.C, 7.D, 8.C
SAMPLE ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS
1. Consider the following formula:
A = B + 3(4 - C). If B equals 5 and C equals 2, what is the value of A?
A. 7 B. 11 C. 12 D. 17
2. Consider the following formula: Y = 3(x + 5) (x - 2). Which of the following formulas is equivalent to this one?
A. Y=3x2+9x-30 B. Y=x2+3x-10 C. Y=3x2+3x-10 D. Y=3x2+3x–30
3. Consider the following pattern of numbers: 110, 112, 107, 109, 104... What is the next number in the pattern?
A. 97 B. 99 C. 106 D. 109
4. Consider the following formula: a = 1⁄2 b – 4. Which of the following statements is true for this formula?
A. When the value of b is less than 8, a is negative.
B. When the value of b is greater than 8, a is negative.
C. When the value of b is less than 8, a is positive.
D. When the value of b is greater than 4, a is positive.
5. Consider the following table:
Which of the following choices represents the same relationship as demonstrated in this table?
A. X Y
B. Y = X/2 – 5
C. Y is equivalent to the difference between the value of X and a constant C, where C equals 5.
D. None of the Above
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.
The timing of New Year’s Day has changed with customs and calendars. The Mayan civilization, on what is now called the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico celebrated the New Year on one of the two days when the noonday sun is directly overhead. In the equatorial regions of the earth, between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the sun is in this position twice a year, once on its passage southward, and once on its passage northward. At the early Mayan city of Izapa in the southern Yucatan, the overhead date for the sun on its southward passage was August 13. The Mayans celebrated this as the date for the beginning of the New Year. Later at the more northerly Mayan site at Edzna, the corresponding overhead date is July 26. Analyses of Mayan pictorial calendars indicate that they celebrated the New Year on August 13 prior to 150 AD, and on July 26 after that year. This change has been explained by archaeological dating showing that 150 AD was the time that the Mayans moved the hub of their civilization from the southern to the northern site.
6. According to the passage, the sun at Edzna was directly overhead at noon on:
A. July 26 only
B. August 13 only
C. July 26 and one other date
D. August 13 and one other date
7. If the Mayans had moved their civilization’s center south of Izapa, their new date for celebration of the New Year would probably have been closes to which of the following dates?
A. January 1
B. February 20
C. March 25
D. September 15
8. Based on the information in the passage, which of the following statements is true?
A. Mayans made Edzna the capital because it was more temperate than Izapa.
B. All Mayans moved to Edzna in 150 AD.
C. Mayans used calendars to mark the passage of time.
D. The Mayan city of Izapa was destroyed in 150 AD.