Alberta Trades Entrance Exam

Trade Entrance Exams

To enter apprenticeship programs in Alberta you must either meet the educational requirements or pass the Alberta trade entrance exam with a score of 70% or higher.

The exams are given by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and are written at any Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office.

The AIT Exam is recognized in Alberta, Nunavut Territory, Yukon, and the Northwest Territory.

Alberta Trades Entrance Exam

The Alberta Trade Entrance Exam  (TEE) industry and apprenticeship training has the following content:

  • English and Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Trades Entrance Exam Practice

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension usually covers:

  • Finding specific information in a passage – the information may be stated directly or implied
  • Meaning of words from the context
  • Drawing conclusions from the information in the passage

Why Reading Comprehension is important for the Alberta Trades Entrance Test

  1. Manuals and Documentation You will have to follow complex instructions, operate machinery, and work with equipment. Good reading comprehension skills ensure that you can read and understand instruction manuals, safety guidelines, and technical documentation.
  2. Safety  You will work with heavy machinery, electrical systems, and other potentially hazardous materials. In the trades work environment, which is often hazardous, so misunderstanding safety guidelines  or operating procedures, because of poor reading comprehension can cause accidents and injuries. A high level of reading comprehension is essential to prioritize safety on the job.
  3. Regulations and Codes Tradespeople must follow industry regulations, building codes, and standards. These are technical and legal documents that require strong reading comprehension skills.

Basic Math

The Basic Math Section includes: 

  • Estimation
  • Order of Operation
  • Exponents
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percent

How to Study for a Math Test

Why Basic Math is Important for the Alberta Trades Entrance Test and Industry Training

  1. Measuring and Calculating You will often need to make precise measurements and calculations. Accurate measurements and calculations are required for materials, dimensions and quantities.
  2. Reading Blueprints  You will frequently read and interpret and must thoroughly understand, dimensions, angles, and other mathematical information on blueprints and similar documents.
  3. Safety Basic math skills are important for calculating load capacities, understanding weight distribution, and determine safe working distances. Accurate calculations prevents accidents and injuries.
  4. Cost Estimation You will use basic math skills to calculate material costs, labor expenses, and project budgets accurately.


Exponents – 8 questions
Basic Math – 10 questions
Basic Math 2 – 10 questions
Word Problems Tutorial
Percent – 18 questions
Fractions, Percent and Decimals – 14 questions
Order of Operation – 6 questions

Basic Science

Basic Science topics covered: 

  • Chemistry
  • Basic Physics
  • Scientific Principals

Why Basic Science is important in the Alberta Trades Entrance Test 


  1. Safety  Safety is a top priority in the trades and all apprenticeship and industry training. Understanding basic science principles such as chemical properties, electrical principles, and the behavior of materials in different conditions, prevents accidents and injuries.  Basic scientific principals helps you recognize potential hazards, follow safety protocols, and make informed decisions to protect themselves and others and prevent accidents.
  2. Troubleshooting You will often encounter problems and malfunctions in equipment, machinery, or systems. Basic science knowledge allows you to analyze problems systematically, identify causes, and apply logical problem-solving to solve.
  3. Understanding Materials You will work with and expanding variety of materials, each with unique properties. Basic science concepts helps understand how materials behave under various conditions, as well as quality and durability.
  4. Environment Environmental impact including energy efficiency is an increasingly important part of your work. You will need a  thorough understanding of basic science principles related to pollution, waste management,  thermodynamics, heat transfer and resource conservation.


Basic Science – 7 questions
Biology – 10 questions
Scientific Reasoning and Method – 10 questions

How to Study Science

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Date Published: Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
Date Modified: Tuesday, February 13th, 2024