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#42524 09/22/04 07:50 PM
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I will be taking the aptitude test in a few weeks and don't know what to study. I am switching careers and am currently a system support specialist in the financial field. I haven't taken an algebra course in 18 years. If anyone can give me some advice on what to study it would be greatly appreciated.

#42525 09/22/04 07:54 PM
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Which aptitude test? The one for the IBEW apprenticeship?

We need more information please.

Peter


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#42526 09/22/04 08:05 PM
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Sorry , yes it is for the inside wireman and is a 2.5 hour math and reading comprehension test. I just want to be prepared and do well on the test as i'm 39 and not getting any younger and don't want to have to re take the test.

#42527 09/22/04 09:58 PM
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The math part is a straightforward, serious, appropriate algebra test.

#42528 09/22/04 10:31 PM
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Is there anything I should focus on or not focus on? I only have a few weeks to study and don't want to waste any time on things that won't be on the test.

#42529 09/23/04 05:07 PM
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It's really easy. I had been out of school for 10 years and took it and passed it first time.

I just started the apprenticeship last year. We started with close to 150 people and are now down to 48 or so.

It wasn't that the course is hard, it was the fact that half of those really didn't want to work and the other half didn't like the work in this field.

It has been great so far and I have learned so much in a short period of time.

If you have any more questions I would be happy to answer them or even give you some sample questions of things I remembered seeing on the test.


But to sum everything up, it was pretty easy. Just basic algebra stuff.


"If common sense was common, everyone would have it"-not sure, someone here

#42530 09/24/04 07:09 AM
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Thanks for the offer GA76. Check your e-mail

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Welcome johnb!

It sounds like to me from what I read about you that you'll do great, since you've been a system support specialist. Most of the formulas we use electrical work are provided in the NEC2002; you just have to supply the variables. I've gotten a lot of help on this forum with formula-related questions, so make sure you ask! I hope it goes well for you.

#42532 09/24/04 05:30 PM
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E-mail replied.

You should do well. Don't sweat it too much.


"If common sense was common, everyone would have it"-not sure, someone here

#42533 09/25/04 07:10 AM
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One thing I just plain suck at is algebra. When I was in vocational school algebra was a requirement in order to be in the electrical program. Fortunately they made an exception for me because I had no trouble with the formulas when they were actually applied to something rather than xy this and that. Good luck!

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