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    IBEW aptitude test

    im taking the entry test for the IBEW in april of 2017, what can i look forward to before and after being accepted into the union?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaria B View Post
    im taking the entry test for the IBEW in april of 2017, what can i look forward to before and after being accepted into the union?
    In my case I was fortunate enough to have had an excellent apprenticeship training program. The teachers were great and so were the students. I also was part of the 'forced rotation' program which had us work for different contractors every 6 - 12 months doing different types of work.

    The downside, for me, was the drive to the jobs all over our 14 county local, but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. I really enjoyed the apprenticeship.

    Take advantage of your apprenticeship and absorb info like a sponge and don't be afraid to ask questions, both in school and here.

    I was told that in order to pass today's tests one has to be very strong in math, especially algebra.

    Good luck on your test!
    Cheers and Stay Safe,

    Marky the Sparky

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    I'm not sure if you're asking about the test itself or union life so I guess I'll answer both ways.

    Last time I checked, the test was two parts: algebra and reading comprehension. Get yourself a small algebra refresher book and do all the test questions, you should be good. If you can read a story and answer questions correctly about it, you're all set.

    As far as union life is concerned, you will probably stay employed the entire time you are an apprentice. They are usually in short supply. Once you become a journeyman, you may spend months at a time unemployed, unless you are willing to travel to where the work is. Some people like travelling. Others hate it.

    While you are an apprentice you will encounter lots of different journeyman. Some will be nice. Some will be mean. Some will teach you and some will ignore you. Some will treat you like a slave, others like a king. Try to learn something from each and don't overreact to the bad ones. Just remember you'll spend a short time being an apprentice and after that, you'll have apprentices of your own.

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    I just took the ibew aptitude test for 363
    thwirs two parts one math and English composition.

    the math is algebra you can not use calculator
    and if is timed .

    the English part you read a story and then you answer questions on the story .

    the test is not the only factor on you geting in to the apprenticeship program
    so I wouldn't get to nervous.

    i didn't score to well and just found out I got into the laybor history program .
    good luck brotherrrrrrr the ibew is deff the right way to go ������������

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    I remember the manual dexterity test. Guess they don't do those anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    I remember the manual dexterity test. Guess they don't do those anymore.
    Never seen this befor
    never

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    Quote Originally Posted by liquidtite View Post
    never
    oh, yeah they did.... colorblindness test as well. general education
    and light duty IQ test as well.

    peg, washer, spacer, washer, peg, washer, spacer, washer, peg,
    washer, spacer, washer, peg, washer, spacer, washer,..... DING!
    TIME UP!

    i was the last applicant in Jan. of 1977, and it took until July to
    interview, vett, and put togeather a class. They started you in
    July, so you'd have a fair lick of work before seasonal slowdowns.

    there was a written test, but what really made or broke you at that
    time, was the oral interview. most guys back then had applied two
    or three times before being accepted. a buddy was two years ahead
    of me, and gave me some tips for the interview.

    it was 8:30 in the morning, and there were four members of the local
    executive board interviewing. there were a couple of chit chat questions,
    and then one guy asked me why i wanted to be an electrician.

    my answer went like this: i've decided that this is what i want to do with
    my life, and you are the people i want to do it with. i'll do it anywhere i can,
    if i can't do it here, but i want to do it here.

    they thanked me for coming in, and that was that. it lasted about 5 minutes.

    i figured i'd blown it. the guy coaching me figured i'd blown it. the apprenticeship
    committee figured otherwise, and i got picked.

    that was 40 years ago. the industry has changed, the demographics have changed
    somewhat, and tho i still have a current union dues receipt, at 61 i'd probably be
    on the "how fast can we spin him?" list. i'll have a current dues receipt as long as
    i'm active in the industry, even tho i've been self employed as a one man band
    for a very long time now. a deal's a deal. i'd have been quite content to remain
    working thru the IBEW, but work in that venue has been sparse for decades now
    in this part of the country.

    the folks who taught me were some of the best craftspeople i've ever seen, and
    some who'd be unemployable without that union membership. i learned a lot from
    all of them.

    the skills that i was taught have served me well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulthrotl View Post

    the folks who taught me were some of the best craftspeople i've ever seen, and
    some who'd be unemployable without that union membership. i learned a lot from
    all of them.

    the skills that i was taught have served me well.
    I had a similar fortunate turn of events in my life. If I had not stumbled into my bosses office on the day I did he would not have been desperate enough to replace the guy that just quit with a wet behind the ears type that I was and I would not be half the electrician I am now.
    Once in a while you get shown the light
    In the strangest of places if you look at it right. Robert Hunter

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    I thought this was the union aptitude test.

    Just kidding, don't get your knickers in a twist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Stolz View Post
    I thought this was the union aptitude test.
    Afraid not...




    ...that's the attitude test.
    I will have achieved my life's goal if I die with a smile on my face.

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