The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and National Electrical Association (NECA), form the Electrical Training Alliance (previously known as the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee – NJATC, aka IBEW Aptitude Test and JATC Test), whose mission is to help electrical apprentices receive up-to-date training initiatives for the electrical construction industry. The Alliance administers the Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test (aka NJATC Aptitude Test) – a timed test that aims to help candidates who want to become licensed electricians and certified technicians. These tests are approved by both the IBEW and NECA electrical apprenticeship programs. They have been developed specifically to assist in the selection of apprentices for the respective apprenticeship programs.
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The IBEW Aptitude Test has two sections: (1) algebra & functions (2) reading comprehension. A score of 4 is required to get to the pre apprenticeship practice test interview round. There is no need to memorize formulas or factual material in order to do well on the test, and previous knowledge of electrical work is not required.
The test has two sections: (1) algebra and functions (2) reading comprehension. Candidates should plan on spending approximately 3 hours at the test center. To proceed to the next step, applicants must receive a minimum score of 4 out of 9.
If you want to apply for the electrical apprenticeship program, you need to fill the application form and get access to the free Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test. The application form will help test takers evaluate whether they meet the basic requirements. If you meet the listed requirements, you will be then scheduled for the test and the personal interview.
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1. Get a job in the industry
Since the test is created by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, candidates can rely on it to get training in the electrical construction industry. After all, having the most up-to-date training is a plus if you want to get the job of your choice.
2. Simple and candidate-accessible
Vigorous practice and focus will help you achieve a passing score. To take the test, all you have to do is fill out the test application. Once done, you will be allowed to take the Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test. If you receive a minimum score, you will move onto the interview round. Good overall scores in these sections will help you on your way to becoming a skilled electrician.
3. Helps candidates become licensed Electricians
Since the Electrical Training Alliance is administering the test, the candidates that do pass will receive the option to start an IBEW/NECA apprenticeship, which eventually leads to getting a license to work as a lineman, electrician, or telecommunication technician.
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Fast Facts (tl;dr)
- Total of 69 questions.
- The test is 96 minutes long but can take two and a half hours to be administered.
- Question types: algebra and functions; and reading comprehension.
- Calculators are not permitted.
- Bring a form of ID.
1. Some of the basic requirements include
- Minimum age of 18
- Educational proof to show you completed an annual algebraic course with passing grades
- Obtained a high school diploma or GED
- Provide a high school transcript
Candidates with a minimum score of 4 are eligible for the next round – the personal interview. Other candidates with at least 4,000 hours of previous electrical construction experience don’t need to meet the minimum score criteria to reach the personal interview stage.
2. Common and past names of the test
- Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test (current name)
- NJATC Aptitude Test (former name)
- IBEW Aptitude Test / IBEW Apprenticeship Test
- NECA Aptitude Test / NECA Apprenticeship Test
- Pre Apprenticeship Aptitude Test
- JATC Test
- Electrical Aptitude Test
- Electrician Apprenticeship Test / Electrician apprentice test
- Local X Aptitude Test
- Electrician math test / NJATC math test
3. Timed test
Although there will be different times allotted for the different sections, candidates have approximately two and a half hours to complete the entire test.
4. Three-step application process
When you apply to become an apprentice Electrician or Energy Technician, you will have to pass a three-step application process:
- File to qualify for the application
- Take Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test
- Undergo an in-person interview
5. Two sections
You will have to pass two test sections:
I. Algebra & Functions: You have 46 minutes to answer 33 questions. The algebra section feature topics including:
- Solving a linear equation of two variable
- Working with expressions like subtraction, multiplication, division and polynomial factoring
- Quadratic equations like square roots, quadratic formula, graphing and practical applications
II. Reading Comprehension: You’ll be given 51 minutes to complete 36 questions in this section. You will get several texts to read, each followed by a set of questions beneath it. You can find an example in our free practice.
- You are not allowed to bring in a calculator
- Bring a photo ID to be admitted to the test
6. Taken online
The test is usually computerized but you cannot take it at home. The local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee will administer the test in-person. You will be given an address to the closest local test station to take the exam.
7. Know your algebra
It is recommended to make sure you have at least basic command of high-school-level algebra, functions, and equations. There is no need to memorize formulas or factual material in order to do well on the test, and previous knowledge of electrical work is not required. You should also practice your reading comprehension skills.
8. Can be retaken
You can reapply or retake the test after six months.
9. No negative score for a wrong answer
Your correct answers are the ones that matter and scores will entirely depend on them.
10. Combined score
The combined scores of your aptitude tests and interview will be used to generate the overall ranking of your performance.
11. Score eligible for at least 2 years
You are eligible for the apprenticeship program for a minimum of two years. If you are not selected for training in two years, you will need to reapply for the test.
12. Required for electrical apprenticeships
There are four areas of electrical apprenticeship – outside linemen, inside wiremen, installer technicians, and residential wiremen. To become an apprentice in each of these areas, you will have to pass the NJATC pre-apprenticeship aptitude test (aka the Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Test). The aptitude test is identical to each of the apprenticeships.
The Electrical Aptitude Test is a pre-employment test that measures a candidate’s abilities in reading comprehension and algebra. Hiring companies will look at the results to determine whether you are a good enough candidate to be interviewed.
Getting a high score on the test will help recruiters feel confident that you will be an asset to their company and will catch on quickly in your new role.
The Electrical Aptitude Test is comprised of a total of 69 questions in two different sections:
1. Algebra and functions
2. Reading comprehension
You will be given 46 minutes for the math section and 51 minutes for the verbal section, which means that you have an average of less than 90 seconds to answer each question.
However, there is no need for you to answer all the questions because only the correct answers count. It is important to try to answer as many questions correctly as you can.
About 2-4 weeks after you take the test, the training center will generate your raw score and percentile ranking and send you the results, indicating whether you passed or not.
IBEW/NJATC Test Tips
1. Work on your skills
Practice! Practicing the different sections repeatedly will help you improve your skills and answer more questions correctly during the time limit.
2. Read fluently
Read plenty of books prior to the test to improve your reading comprehension (not included in the above sample questions, yet included in the test and in iPrep’s course.)
3. Practice math equations
You will encounter a variety of math questions, including algebra, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is essential to practice and sharpen your math skills.
4. Guess and move on
Since wrong answers will not negatively impact your overall score, and given the time limitation, don’t spend too much time on any one question, guess the answer and move on.
Where do I take the Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test?
The Test will be administered at your local JATC training center.
What score do I need to pass the test?
To pass the Aptitude test, you have to receive a score of at least 4 out of 9. However, if you fail in qualifying, you can reapply six months after the date of the original test. Outside linemen apprenticeships for NEAT (Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship Training) only need to get a 3 out of 9 on the aptitude test.
How and when will I know if I passed the test?
The score of your test will be sent to your respective training center within 2-4 weeks after the test. The center will then mail you the result and let you know whether you passed or not.
Is there anything else I have to bring on the day of the test?
Yes, a valid photo ID is a must; otherwise, you won’t be allowed to take the test.
Many JATCs (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees) use the Electrical Training Alliance’s program to help electrical apprentice candidates.
The Electrical Training Alliance has a long history of providing educational material for the electrical and technical industry. It is the only electrical training alliance whose programs are certified by IBEW and NECA. With at least one training center in each state, the Electrical Training Alliance (aka NJATC) aims to help candidates with their unique and high-class courses.
If you want to be a licensed electrician or technician, take the Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test and get the certification from a trusted source.
Disclaimer – All the information and prep materials on iPrep are genuine and were created for tutoring purposes. iPrep is not affiliated with IBEW nor NECA, which are the owners of the Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test.
About this Course
Welcome to iPrep’s Electrical Training ALLIANCE (formerly NJATC) pre-apprenticeship aptitude test course.
This course will help you boost your skills and with it your confidence towards your upcoming Electrical Training ALLIANCE aptitude test. This is the test that you need to pass in order to be accepted to the IBEW or the NECA apprenticeship program. The course will provide you with the following tools and benefits:
- You will become familiar with the test’s various types of questions.
- You will be given a full-length NJATC-style simulation test. This simulation is divided into two sections – the Algebra and Functions section and the Reading Comprehension section. Each section includes similar questions to those you will encounter in the real test with the same level of difficulty. They also have the same time limit as the real test. Experiencing the test’s time pressure will ensure it will not come as a surprise on test day.
- You will be provided with a great variety of helpful tips for the different types of questions. Some of the tips are in the introductory sections while most are in the detailed explanations that follow each question.
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By the end of this course, you will be more knowledgeable and comfortable with the aptitude test – Knowledge and familiarity with the test are the two most significant factors that can help you maximize your score and improve your chances of success.
The course is comprised of both practice and learning sessions. We will guide you through learning lessons with essential information about your upcoming electrical apprenticeship aptitude test. These lessons will help you understand the underlying technics that are essential for succeeding in the test.
The course is then concluded by its core component – simulating full-length tests that accurately follow the structure and concepts of the Electrical Training ALLIANCE aptitude Test. Once done, you will be able to get full question explanations and even see how well you performed in comparison with other people who have taken the test.
Wishing you an enjoyable learning experience!
Skills You Will Learn
Basic mathBasic algebra & functionsReading comprehension
- Course Introduction
- Question Types Introduction
- Test-Taking Tips
- Full-Length Electrical Training Alliance-Style Aptitude Test Simulations
- Course Conclusion
This was an excellent learning module for me. I just took my test after only using this for a couple of days and I am confident I did at least 80%. I, wish I had found it sooner, there should be a link on every PSEJATC and NJATC, and union website…it is awesome, and prepares you well.
February 26, 2019 at 10:01 PM
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