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Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:

 

General Architecture and Construction Technical Skills

  • Create and implement project plans considering available resources and requirements
  • Read and interpret blueprints and other technical drawings and documents
  • Select and use tools, machinery, and equipment commonly used in design and construction

 

Construction Technical Skills

  • Identify tools and materials needed to complete a construction project
  • Demonstrate knowledge of craft and trade skills needed to complete construction projects effectively
  • Understand and implement testing and inspection procedures to ensure the successful completion of a construction project

 

Academic Foundations

  • Apply reading skills in an architecture and construction career environment
  • Apply writing skills in an architecutre and construction career environment
  • Apply mathematical skills in an architecture and construction career environment
  • Apply science skills in an architecture and construction career environment

 

Systems

  • Examine the relationship of roles and responsibilities between trades/professions to complete a job or project
  • Apply industry standards and practices to ensure quality work

 

Communication

  • Locate, organize, and reference written information from reliable sources to communicate with coworkers and clients
  • Apply listening skills and interpret verbal and nonverbal behaviors to enhance communication with coworkers and clients
  • Interpret and use tables, charts, and graphics to support written and oral communication

 

Information Technology Applications

  • Use word processing, presentation, and email applications to prepare communications
  • Use spreadsheet and database applications to manage and communicate data and information

      

Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Decision Making

  • Use problem solving and critical thinking skills to locate good sources of information about problems and determine appropriate methods for investigating causes
  • Use problem solving and critical thinking skills to determine root causes of problems and suggest solutions

 

Leadership and Teamwork

  • Exhibit leadership practices to improve the quality of work and the work environment
  • Work effectively in a team environment to improve the quality of work and the work environment

 

Safety, Health, and Environmental

  • Identify and practice appropriate safety and health procedures for architecture and construction occupations
  • Demonstrate appropriate emergency and first aid knowledge and procedures for architecture and construction occupations
  • Identify and practice appropriate environmental procedures for architecture and construction occupations

 

Employability and Career Development

  • Demonstrate employability skills related to a career in architecture and construction
  • Pursue career development skills to advance in architecture and construction careers

 

Written Assessment:

Administration Time: 2 hours
Number of Questions: 97

Areas Covered:

General Arts and Communications Technical Skills: 15%

Broadcasting and Journalism Technical Skills: 15%

Academic Foundations: 15%

Systems: 6%

Ethic and Legal Responsibilities: 6%

Communications: 8%

Information Technology Applications: 5%

Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Decision Making: 7%

Leadership and Teamwork: 6%

Safety, Health, and Environmental: 8%

Employability and Career Development: 9%

Sample Questions:

The first step in any scientific experiment involves

  1. identification of the problem
  2. collection of the data
  3. preparation of a conclusion
  4. testing of the solution

 

An example of body language that conveys interest in what a speaker is saying is

  1. repeatedly gazing over the speaker’s shoulder
  2. crossing your arms
  3. stifling a yawn
  4. leaning forward slightly in the chair

 

A reliable source of career information and networking is

  1. a professional organization
  2. coworkers
  3. friends and family
  4. the Internet

 

One benefit of teamwork for employees is

  1. less responsibility
  2. higher pay
  3. greater work efficiency
  4. less training is required

 

Metal gauge (e.g., 20-gauge metal) refers to

  1. thickness
  2. length
  3. weight
  4. density

An email system is provided for employees by employers.  The contents of electronic files on company equipment are legally considered property of the

  1. supervisor
  2. employee
  3. public
  4. employer

 

When composing a formal business email, avoid the use of

  1. abbreviations like LOL
  2. descriptive phrases
  3. exclamation points
  4. acronyms like OSHA

 

The moisture content in lumber needs to be measured because

  1. as moist lumber dries, it will contract
  2. moist lumber is more expensive
  3. the fasteners could rust on moist lumber
  4. moist lumber is easier to handle and store

 

The material best suited for footings is

  1. brick
  2. concrete
  3. stone
  4. concrete block

 

Gas lines are pressure tested with

  1. air
  2. water
  3. refrigerant
  4. natural gas