Pre Apprenticeship Self Assessment Tool

Practice Test

This assessment tool has been developed to provide you with an understanding of the language, math and science knowledge and skills you will need when you enter the Electrotechnology trades.

There is no pass or fail mark; you will receive a score from each section and advice on how to improve your score if necessary.

You can try the assessment as many times as you want until you reach the required level.

The important thing to remember is that these skills and knowledge are vitally important for you to succeed and be safe in the Electrotechnology industry.

Language: It's important to have good reading and writing skills because the Electrotechnology industry is always moving ahead; you need to keep up to date with safety issues, quality standards and technological advances, complete worksheets and provide written records. So no matter which area you work in (and what level of skill and expertise you gain) having good English reading and writing skills will help you succeed.

Mathematics: The basic foundations for all electrotechnolgy workers are good math skills; these skills are used in practical, everyday situations. Just as a builder has to measure his materials an electrician has to measure things like current and voltage. This means you need to be comfortable working with numbers, even if that means using a calculator.

Science: Many of the maths skills you need are closely linked to a basic knowledge of science; you work the numbers within the scientific rules. Many of these 'rules' or 'laws' were written hundreds of years ago after practical experiments conducted by scientists and they haven't changed since. And just like the law of gravity, which means the apples keep falling to earth from the tree, these laws will never change (so you only have to learn them once).

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Question 1)
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Read the following passage and answer the questions at the end by selecting the appropriate box.

Motoring History

"Even in recent times I've been called a conman and worse!"  protests Ralph Sarich in a new biography of the most controversial man on the Australian motoring scene.

"Who have I conned? BHP, Ford and the banks who have invested in us?  If so, why do they continue to do business with us?"

     The fight for credibility is only part of the story told in Sarich- the Man and His Engines by Pedr Davis. There is also the extraordinary financial history of the Orbital Engine Co, two decades of engine development, the remarkable early life of the inventor and plans for the future.

  Two years ago, Modern MOTOR commissioned Pedr Davis, an experienced auto engineer, to visit Sarich and evaluate the Orbital Combustion Process engine.  Not surprisingly, he pursued the theme until he had enough material for this book.

   The new book reveals a wealth of information on the enigmatic West Australian.

   It all seems to be there - the hope and hype generated by the rotary-type "orbital engine" Sarich developed during the 1970s, the battles between Sarich and race engine guru Phil Irving and the emergence of the new and different OCP two-cycle engine in the early 1980s.

   Sarich always seems a contradiction - on one hand a vast amasser of funds and a man who seems to have no hesitation delivering deadlines and ultimatums to Prime Ministers and corporate presidents.

   On the other, he is a donator of millions to medical foundations and a man who once could have walked away from his engine company with nearly half a billion dollars but steadfastly refused to sell a single share or cut back his 70-100 hour working week.  This book only heightens the contradiction of Sarich - engine man, property developer, karate exponent and inventor of things as varied as an automatic garden sprinkler system and a self-tipping trailer.

a) Who is the author of the book titled, 'Sarich the Man and his Engine'?

Ralph Sarich
Barry Lake
Pedr Davis
Modern Motor
Question 2)
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The 'Orbital engine' was developed in the:
Question 3)
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There are spelling errors in the sentences below.  Correctly type the words in the boxes below.

Maintanance skedules for cars are very importent. Regular atention is needed for the replacement of worne spark plugs and/or lubrication.


Calculators may be used.

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a) 20.81 - 6.01 + 70.77 - 27.16 =
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b) If F=(N x P)/120
Select the correct option where N is the subject of the formulae

N=120/(F x P)
N=(F x 120)/P
N=F/(120 x P)
N=(F x P)/120
Question 6)
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c) For Vc=(1000 x Vd)/(L x I)
Select the correct option where Vd is the subject of the formulae

Vd=(Vc x L x I)/1000
Vd=(1000 x Vd)/(L x I)
Vd=(1000 x L x I x Vc)
Vd=(Vc x L)/(1000 x I)
Question 7)
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An Electrician receives a discount of 6% on an account for $1,626.52.
How much will he/she now pay?$
Question 8)
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A circular table top has a diameter of 10.00m. Give the circumference of the table in metres.(Pi = 3.14159)
The circumference = metres.
Question 9)
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Use the figure below to answer the following questions.


a) Given e=11 and g=34 Calculate f to two decimal places.

f =
Question 10)
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For the triangle in the question above if e = 6, f = 7, and g = 9.22 calculate:
A. sin Θ =
Question 11)
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For the triangle in the question above if e = 6, f = 7, and g = 9.22 calculate:

B. cos Θ =
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For the triangle in the question above if e = 6, f = 7, and g = 9.22 calculate:

C. tan Θ =
Question 13)
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For the following formulae
a) If V=P/I
Select the correct option where P is the subject of the formulae
P=V x I
P=(V x I)/P
Question 14)
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Multiply the following. Give your answer to 2 decimal places
a) 5475.50 x 10-4 =
Question 15)
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Half of 22n =

Question 16)
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b) 61.76 - 52.90 + 65.99 =
Question 17)
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c) 30.30 + 54.36 + 85.28 =
Question 18)
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d) 25.01 - 6.78 =
Question 19)
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Express as a decimal
e) 2 / 10 =
Question 20)
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Express as a decimal
f) 4 / 5 =
Question 21)
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Express as a decimal
g) 4 * 7 / 5 =
Question 22)
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Express to 2 decimal places
h) 10 / 4 + 3 / 1 + 5 / 14 =
Question 23)
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Select the smallest fraction from the choices below:

Question 24)
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Select the correct answer for the following
33 x 34 =

Question 25)
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g) 2.36 kg to g =
Question 26)
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f) 0.93 m to mm =
Question 27)
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e) 471.68 g to kg =
Question 28)
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d) 22.91 cm to m =
Question 29)
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c) 171.86 ml to l =
Question 30)
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b) 30.92 K&Omega to &Omega =
Question 31)
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a) 33.66 l to ml =
Convert the following:
Question 32)
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From the plan below calculate the answers to the following questions in metres to two decimal places.


a) Find the total perimeter length of Fig 1. m
Question 33)
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What is the shortest distance between the points A and B around the perimeter? m
Question 34)
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Find the total floor area of Fig 1. m2
Question 35)
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What percentage of the total area is room X? %
Question 36)
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Continuously interconnect four power points located around the perimeter, allow an extra 0.25m for each point. Find the total length of cable required. m
Question 37)
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What % of the above length is the total of extra cable? %
Question 38)
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If cable costs $3.45/m and each power point costs $4.15, what is the total cost of cable and power points? $
Question 39)
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Power consumed by an electrical appliance will increase with a reduction of applied voltage.
Question 40)
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The unit of frequency is cycles/minute.
Question 41)
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The units of heat and temperature are the same.
Question 42)
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A capacitor stores energy in the form of a magnetic field.
Question 43)
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Power consumed is measured in amperes
Question 44)
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Heat flows from a hotter body to a cooler body.
Question 45)
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The resistance of a copper conductor will decrease with an increase of applied voltage.
Question 46)
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The units of electric current is the volt

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