Apprenticeship Training Canada - Trades Entrance Exam

Trade Entrance Assessment

Before you can enter an apprenticeship program you must have a minimum education level and the entrance exam ensures that you will be successful – If you don’t have the minimum requirements you will have a lot of difficulty learning the technical requirements for your chosen trade.  So this helps everyone!

Entrance tests are developed and administered by the trade unions and locals. The following trades require a screening trade aptitude test: Ironworkers, Plumbers, Millwrights, Carpenters, Pipefitters, Sheet metal worker, Steamfitters, Welders, Boilermakers, Painters, Machinists, and more.

Generally you will need a passing grade of 70% on the test.

The questions are multiple choice.  Help with answering multiple choice

There are 100 questions which you must answer in 3 hours.


What’s on the Trade Entrance Tests?

Test contents varies by Province and by trade – BC, Alberta and Ontario group trades into ‘clusters’ or groups of trades and occupations with similar skills.

Most trades pre-apprenticeship tests contain the following types of questions:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Basic Math – Includes some basic geometry and algebra
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Spatial Ability
  • Basic Science

Basic Elegibility

  • 18 years old (some training programs can start at age 16)
  • Some trades require previous work experience
  • High school transcript or equivalent (Canadian GED)
  • Personal interview

Canada Trades Test

Alberta Trades Entrance Exam

The Alberta Trade Entrance Exam  (TEE) has the following content:

  • English and Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Alberta Trades Entrance

Trades Entrance Exam Practice

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension test usually cover:

  • 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

Mechanical Aptitude

Mechanical Aptitude (or mechanical reasoning) may include:

  • Pulleys and Belts
  • Gears
  • Springs
  • Levers
  • Balancing Scales
  • Gravity
  • Acceleration
  • Hydraulics
  • Weights
  • Magnetism
  • Energy Types
  • Friction
  • Horseshow Magnets
  • Pressure
  • Pendulum
  • Pivot Points
  • Power Source
  • Conductors
  • Open and Closed Circuits
  • Switches
  • Series and Parallel Circuits
  • Electrical load and Path

Number Sense and Operations

Scientific Notation
Order of Operation
Operations with real numbers and radicals
Absolute Value

How to Study for a Math Test


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

Basic Geometry

Scale drawings
Perimeter, circumference, area and volume
Pythagorean theorem

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Date Published: Sunday, June 13th, 2021
Date Modified: Friday, March 1st, 2024