Automotive Service Technician

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Offered at the Nanaimo and Powell River Campuses

View the Automotive Service Technician program outline

Subject areas covered in the assessment

Area of Study

Minimum Score



Reading Comprehension


30 questions (true/false, short answer)

45 min.

Combined Reasoning


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

30 min.

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 min.

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

Resources to help you prepare for your assessment

Trades Math Study Guides

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