The first stage of our selection process is an invitation for aptitude test.  If your application is successful, you will receive an email invitation to attend an aptitude test at Waterside Training, St Helens.  The email will include a link to book on to a test date to select of your choice that you will need to confirm on line to fully book your test place.

You will take a series of tests that are being used because they are a fair and objective measure to assess your skills and abilities that are considered important for success in this apprenticeship position you have applied for.  The tests allow us to access information that would not be otherwise available from other assessment methods and is an objective measurement of your current abilities and skills for the position you have applied for.

The tests that you will be taking are; Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Comprehension, Mechanical Comprehension, Technical Understanding, Spatial Recognition and Electrical Reasoning.

Numerical Reasoning; is designed to measure your reasoning ability when handling numerical information.  The data is laid out in the form of short written problems, some of which are supported by diagrams.  The numerical reasoning test comprises of written problems involving percentages, fractions, decimals and diagrams as well as knowledge of the four basic rules of arithmetic.  Calculators will be allowed for this test, however, blank paper will be provided for any workings out you may require during the test.

Verbal Comprehension; is designed to measure your basic word skills and understanding of words. The test includes sentence completion and use of words and meanings.  You will find a series of problems involving words with this test.  You will need to choose the right word to complete the sentence or missing word referring to the question.

Mechanical Comprehension; measures the understanding of basic mechanical principles and their application to a number of devices, including pulleys, gears, circuits and levers.  The Mechanical Comprehension test is designed to measure your ability to understand the workings of simple mechanical devices by recognizing and applying the appropriate mechanical principles.  This test is based on your understanding of basic mechanical principles, spatially orientated items and visual movement.  The questions are related to three-dimensional drawings involving simple mechanical devices such as gears, pulleys, levers, circuits and lifting mechanisms.

Technical Understanding; measures the ability to understand written passages containing the type of material likely to be found in a typical technical setting, such as machine manuals and operating instructions.  This test is looking at your reading and thinking abilities to follow written instructions in a technical content by using passages of text drawn from a variety of sources including manuals, operating instructions, standard operating procedures, standard working practices, maintenance schedules and fault finding routines.  You will be presented with passages of written information and after reading each passage you will need to answer four multiple choice questions to test your understanding.

Spatial Recognition; measures the ability to recognise shapes in two dimensions.  This test is looking at your visual logic and problem solving skills.   The Spatial Recognition test is designed to measure your ability to recognise complex shapes and components even after the shapes have been rotated.  The test is designed to measure your ability to recognise and match shapes in various orientations.  You will be asked to choose one figure from a set of five figures which is identical to a given shape, which get progressively more difficult as the differences between the given shape and five alternatives become less obvious.  The choices given are often rotated but will not be turned over and the test is organised so that attention to detail is required in order to select the identical figure.

Electrical Reasoning; measures your ability to follow written instructions and also technical and numerical content using calculations to solve problems.    In this test, you will be given 4 sets of electrical information, including circuits, formulas and relationships.  There are 5 questions based on each set of information.  For this test you should understand the general principles of Ohm’s Law and Electrical Principles, plugs and colours as well as ratings and fuses to calculate the formulas given within this test.

From 2019, during the testing session you will also be reqiured to complete the  Ishihara Colour Vision Test.  This test looks for any issues with regards to colour blindness. 

To help you prepare for these tests, please click the link below to access the practice test information for each of the above tests.

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Should you require any special circumstances or learning aids to help you undertake the tests then please contact Kathryn Kirby to discuss your requirements further prior to taking any tests.  If you do require extra time or any other special circumstances relating to the tests, you must provide proof by either school or GP assessment report and provide before any test dates are organised.  Generally if you do require extra time or assistance a seperate test date will be requied to be arranged.  Please contact Kathryn Kirby to discuss your indiviudal arrangements to complete this stage of the process.