Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation

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Offered at the Nanaimo Campus.

View the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program outline

Subject areas covered in the assessment

Area of Study

Minimum Score



Reading Comprehension


30 questions (true/false, short answer)

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 include:

  • 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

Personal Profile  A writing sample describing what makes you a good candidate for the program30-45 minutes

Approximate Time: 3 Hours - A dictionary is not permitted. A calculator is permitted.

Resources for Study

Trades Math Study Guides

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