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Painting and Decorating

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:

Written Assessment: 

Administration Time: 3 hours
Number of Questions: 190

Areas Covered: 

32% Exterior and Interior Painting
4% Safety and First Aid
16% Wood Finishes
4% Spray Painting
22% Wall Covering and Finishes
3% Stenciling
10% Color
3% General Information
6% Estimating

Sample Questions

The minimum temperature at which exterior painting with oil base paint should normally be done is 

  1. 25° F
  2. 32° F
  3. 50° F
  4. 65° F 

In “rubbing off” paste filler 

  1. the painter should begin by rubbing crosswise of the grain
  2. the rubbing should begin before the filler is set
  3. the rubbing should not begin until the filler has completely dried
  4. steel wool should be used 

In planning the positioning of patterned wallpaper on the wall, the important focal point on the wall is 

  1. the ceiling corner
  2. at eye level
  3. the vertical corners
  4. at the bottom edge 

The painter will use which of the following groups when he/she wants to get a dark olive color that, when exposed to coal gas fumes, will not fade? 

  1. chrome green, red lead, burnt umber
  2. raw sienna, cobalt blue, Indian red
  3. prussian blue, chrome yellow, burnt sienna
  4. lamp black, yellow ocher, Venetian red 

A room has dimensions of 32 feet by 18 feet by 12 feet. Openings to be subtracted are: two doors 3 feet by 6 inches by 7 feet, one window 5 feet by 10 feet 6 inches, and one window 5 feet by 2 feet 6 inches. How many square feet of wall area will need paint? 

  1. 1,086
  2. 1,034
  3. 996
  4. 972