Everything You Need to Know

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 Electrical Aptitude 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.

The IBEW Aptitude Test has two sections: (1) algebra & functions (2) reading comprehension. A score of 4 is required to get to the 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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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.

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
  • Electrical Aptitude Test
  • Electrician Apprenticeship Test

Test Features

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.

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.

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.

Technical Facts

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.

Application process

When you apply to become an apprentice Electrician or Energy Technician, you will have to pass a three-step application process:

  1. File to qualify for the application
  2. Take Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test
  3. Undergo an in-person interview

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:

  1. Solving a linear equation of two variable
  2. Working with expressions like subtraction, multiplication, division and polynomial factoring
  3. 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.

Please note:

  • You are not allowed to bring in a calculator
  • Bring a photo ID to be admitted to the test

Is the test 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.

What should I study for the test?

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.

Can I retake the test?

Yes! You can reapply or retake the test after six months.

Is there a negative score for a wrong answer?

No, your correct answers are the ones that matter and scores will entirely depend on them.

How are the scores reached?

The combined scores of your aptitude tests and interview will be used to generate the overall ranking of your performance.

For how many years are my scores eligible?

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.

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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.

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.

Test Provider

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

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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.

9.0 Learning Hours2+6 Practice Tests282 Questions30 Day Access

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



  1. Course Introduction
  2. Question Types Introduction
  3. Test-Taking Tips
  4. Full-Length Electrical Training Alliance-Style Aptitude Test Simulations
  5. Course Conclusion


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(28 Ratings)
  1. Theodore S****
      September 13, 2019 at 4:32 AM

    This course was really useful for helping me study for an electrician apprenticeship. I have the test tomorrow and I feel really prepared for it.

  2. Peter D*******
      September 11, 2019 at 3:48 PM

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  3. Zymetri G*****
      September 6, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    I only rated it 4 stars because I like to learn by videos and hear people talk about what they are doing. especially when learning things that are new to me, But other than that I do believe it will prepare me enough to take the test and pass.

  4. Michael H******
      September 3, 2019 at 1:51 PM

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  5. LIZETH V*******
      August 27, 2019 at 4:31 AM

    its a great course to brush off the rust!! it would helpful if it had some type of videos or even a voice to guide you step by step on the next problems you didn’t understand

  6. Ming Z****
      August 6, 2019 at 7:10 PM

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  7. Josh T*******
      August 5, 2019 at 5:11 AM

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  8. patrick b****
      July 29, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    This prep course helped you get in the right mind set for taking the test and was useful. The only down side was that there are zero mechanical (Gear, leverage, pulley) style questions and it was 100% polynomials, binomials, order of operations, number series and graphing on a grid. Worth taking if you’ve been out of school for 11 years like myself, but not a perfect example of the IBEW test.

    1.   August 11, 2019 at 9:02 AM

      UPDATE Aug-11-2019: *** The course was revised according to the latest electrical test format and it now includes more math questions – tailored to the electrical alliance aptitude test – and no mechanical comprehension questions, which are no longer part of the test.

  9. caleb s*****
      July 20, 2019 at 7:16 PM

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  10. Sandy O*******
      July 6, 2019 at 5:17 AM

    This was so helpful. The test taking tips and practice tests really gave me the confidence I needed.

  11. Jezebel L****
      June 26, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Was a great provision and review of the exact same math concepts I had on the aptitude test. Though the mechanical questions were fun to learn about, the test I took a few days ago didn’t include any mechanical knowledge questions.

  12. Brandon S****
      June 17, 2019 at 6:19 PM

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  13. Mario C. M*****
      May 31, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    I agree with, Jordan B , i just took the Aptitude Test to join the union as electrical apprenticeship, but i had to look at other websides for explanations , because I also found a considerable amount of errors in the math, from wrong numbers to improper explaining of the math, which made me get kind confuse at first . And only needed to study binomials, polynomials, order of operations, number series, and reconsidering variable formulas. For me pay $30.00 for this course it was a totally waste of my money !

    1.   June 1, 2019 at 5:46 PM

      UPDATE Jun-2-2019: *** The course has been fully reviewed, edited, and cleared for re-launch. The Electrical Aptitude test is now more attuned to the NJATC topics.
      Questions that were not relevant enough to the test were replaced by spot-on questions – there’s more about reconsidering variable formulas, working with binomials and polynomials, and order of operations. Explanations for all the questions were revisited to ensure they do not include any mistakes and in order to clarify fuzzy explanations. We also Adapted the study guide so it covers only must-know subjects. ***

      Thank you Mario. indeed. We are on it. Should be fixed as soon as next week.s

  14. Jordan B****
      May 27, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    My husband was going in for the inside wiremen for the IBEW apprenticeship. He took his test about just over a week ago and this was waaay over studying. The only math you really needed was binomials, polynomials, order of operations, number series, and reconsidering variable formulas.
    On top of that I found a considerable amount of errors in the math, from wrong numbers to improper explaining of the math. If I hadn’t been prewriting these out for him it would have been very confusing. Not worth 30 dollars by any means.

    1.   May 28, 2019 at 7:01 AM

      UPDATE Jun-2-2019: *** The course has been fully reviewed, edited, and cleared for re-launch. Thanks again for your feedback! ***

      Dear Jordan,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. We take full responsibility. While overstudying is something that we do recommend (to a reasonable degree of course), “errors” and “improper explaining” are intolerable. Hence we are taking the following measures: (1) we will immediately review the course A to Z to root out any mistakes and issues (2) while we are doing this we will make this course free of charge (3) we are refunding you fully (4) we will use this opportunity to improve our QA processes.

      Again, we thank you for your valuable feedback. If you happen to have notes that you can share with us it would be highly appreciated. Our email is info@iprep.online.

      Again, we apologize for your experience and will do our best to improve.


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      May 16, 2019 at 2:39 PM

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    1. Marvin D******
        May 2, 2019 at 7:39 AM

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Get to know what the Electrical Training Alliance Aptitude Test (aka NJATC Test) will be like by practicing with these sample questions: