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Offered at Nanaimo, Cowichan & Powell River

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The following areas will be covered in the assessment for the above program:

Area of Study

Minimum Score



Reading Comprehension


40 questions - multiple choice.

45 minutes

Combined Reasoning


30 multiple choice questions that assess the ability to recognize abstract, spatial and mechanical concepts.

30 minutes

Math (calculator is allowed, basic formula table is provided)


30 questions on:

  • converting from and to metric units & imperial units
  • reading a ruler
  • using Pythagorean Theory
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • decimals
  • fractions
  • percent
  • exponents and square roots- basic
  • word problems
  • geometry: area, perimeter/circumference

60 minutes

Approximate Time: 2 1/2 Hours - A dictionary is not permitted. A calculator is permitted.

Resources to help you prepare for your assessment:

Reading Comprehension Study Guide and Practice Test
Trades Math Practice Test

Trades Math Study Guides

SG 1 Decimal Review
SG 2 Adding and Subtracting Fractions
SG 3 Converting Fractions to Decimals and Vice versa
SG 4 Units of Measurement
SG 5 Calculating Area, Perimeter and Volume
SG 6 Exponents and Square Roots
SG 7 Percentages
SG 8 Using Imperial and Metric Rulers
SG 9 Using Pythagoras
SG12 Ratio and Proportion

Combined Reasoning Review


Additional Online Resources
The Learning Centre - Academic and Career Preparation

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