Aptitude Test – What to expect

Applicants for Electrical Apprenticeship who meet all other minimum requirements will be scheduled to take the NJATC Apprentice Selection Test Battery.

The test is administered at our location and takes approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete. It consists of two parts: Math and Reading Comprehension. A short break is given in-between.

Our office receives results from the test approximately two weeks from the test date.

Applicants receiving a score of at least 4 (out of a possible 9) will be advanced to the next step of the application process, a personal interview with the JATC Committee.

Aptitude Test Rules
  • Bring a photo ID to the test. Your ID will be checked. No ID, no test. No exceptions!
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled test time. Late entries will not be permitted. A late show is the same as a “No Show.”
  • Calculators may NOT be used during the test. Do not bring any type of calculator. Pencils and scrap paper are provided for computation.
  • If you do not receive a qualifying score (4 or higher), you will not be eligible to retake the test (at any JATC in the country) for a period of six months. Do NOT attempt to retake the test before the six month period elapses. If you retest before the six month period elapses, your score will not be valid, and another six months must elapse before the next retest.

Sample Test Questions

Consider the following pattern of numbers: 110, 112, 107, 109, 104

What is the next number in the pattern?

1. 97
2. 99
3. 106
4. 109

Consider the following formula: A = B +3(4 - C)

If B equals 5 and C equals 2, what is the value of A?

1. 7
2. 11
3. 12
4. 17

Consider the following table:

X   Y
0   -5
1   -4
2   -3
3   -2
4   -1
5   0
6   1

Which of the following choices represents the same relationship as demonstrated in this table?

10   -40
20   -30
30   -20
40   -10
4   -1
5   0
6   1

2. Y = x/2 - 5
3. Y is equivalent to the difference between the value of X and constant C, where C equals 5.

Consider the following formula: a = (1/2)b - 4

Which of the following statements is true for this fomula?

1. When the value of b is less than 8, a is negative.
2. When the value of b is greater than 8, a is negative.
3. When the value of b is less than 8, a is positive.
4. When the value of b is greater than 4, a is positive.

Consider the following formula: y = 3(x + 5)(x - 2)

Which of the following formulas is equivalent to this one?

1. y = 3x squared + 9x - 30
2. y = x squared + 3x - 10
3. y = 3x squared + 3x - 10
4. y = 3x squared + 3x - 30

Reading Comprehension

This section 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.


According to the passage, the sun at Edzna was directly overhead at noon on:

1. July 26 only
2. August 13 only
3. July 26 and one other date
4. August 13 and one other date

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 closest to which of the following dates?

1. January 1
2. February 20
3. March 25
4. September 15

Based on the information in the passage, which of the following statements is true?

1. Mayans made Edzna the capital because it was more temperate than Izapa.
2. All Mayans moved to Edzna in 150 AD.
3. Mayans used calendars to mark the passage of time.
4. The Mayan city of Izapa was destroyed in 150 AD.
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