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Building Construction Occupations

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:

Written Assessment: 

Administration Time: 3 hours
Number of Questions: 200

Areas Covered: 

29% Carpentry
17% Electrical
7% Plumbing
4% Math
6% Metal Work/Guttering
10% Painting and Decorating
8% Building Code and Safety
19% Masonry

Sample Questions: 

A stairway has a total rise of 8 feet 9 inches. The mathematical measurements from the top of one thread to the top of the next, when laying out 14 risers, is ________ inches. 

  1. 7.3
  2. 7.5 
  3. 7.7
  4. 7.9 

The accuracy of a straightedge should be checked by 

  1. placing it against the edge of another straightedge
  2. drawing a line along one edge, rotate clockwise 180 degrees, and drawing a line parallel to the first line, using the same edge
  3. checking one edge against a plum-bob line
  4. matching one edge against an exposed edge of pre-trimmed wallpaper which has been hung on the wall 

Which of the following is the weakest bond? 

  1. stacked
  2. all stretcher
  3. flemish
  4. diagonal 

A job requires a 120-volt primary, 6-volt secondary bell transformer to be installed. This transformer is accidentally connected to 120 volts on the secondary side which results in the primary side having 

  1. 6 volts
  2. 120 volts
  3. 440 volts
  4. no voltage 

The run and rise are NOT needed in 

  1. laying out step horses
  2. determining the height of risers
  3. making a heel cut
  4. determining length of treads