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Old 03-29-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

New to this forum. I am currently trying to study for the apprenticeship ibew local 332 exam in San Jose, Ca. Application date is 4-6-2011. I am feeling scared about the exam, not knowing how well I will do and not knowing what to expect from the exam. I have always been fascinated with electrician's work. I enjoy the hands on work and working with people. I registered here hoping someone can give me some tips on how to conquer this exam. Some advice and some tips would be great. Thanks again and hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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Old 03-29-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Most important thing to do is not be scared, it's only an exam.

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. - Sven Goran Eriksson

There's plenty of experienced members on this forum and they all contribute a wealth of knowledge.
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Welcome to the forum.

Most important thing to do is not be scared, it's only an exam.

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. - Sven Goran Eriksson

There's plenty of experienced members on this forum and they all contribute a wealth of knowledge.
Thanks goldenboy, i appreciate the kind words. I am trying to stay positive and hoping once the exam date comes around that I can pass it. Hopefully I can get some good advice or tips on how to pass the exam.

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I was scared last week, well just a hair, working on top of a leg on a 120' grain elevator. Just go in and do your best.
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Thanks guys, appreciate it alot! I am really glad to have found this forum.
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I took the exam this past winter and passed. A few tips for you:

1. Just like thegoldenboy says, at the end of the day, it is just a test.

2. You probably already know this, but if your algebra skills are rusty, you really need to brush up. Especially make sure you can solve an equation and evaluate an expression (Plug in whatever you are given for x or y and then simplify correctly).

3. If you feel yourself start to get tripped up on a problem, skip it! But remember to come back to it. I found that there was little time to be wasted. I had just enough time to get all the problems done. Don't spend too much time on any one.

4. Don't sweat the reading part. I'm terrible at reading passages quickly, but found that part pretty easy.

5. There are a few graphs on there that ask you to select the corresponding equation. If you'll need to double check any answers, it is here. I found them a little tricky.

Hope this helps.
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I took the exam this past winter and passed. A few tips for you:

1. Just like thegoldenboy says, at the end of the day, it is just a test.

2. You probably already know this, but if your algebra skills are rusty, you really need to brush up. Especially make sure you can solve an equation and evaluate an expression (Plug in whatever you are given for x or y and then simplify correctly).

3. If you feel yourself start to get tripped up on a problem, skip it! But remember to come back to it. I found that there was little time to be wasted. I had just enough time to get all the problems done. Don't spend too much time on any one.

4. Don't sweat the reading part. I'm terrible at reading passages quickly, but found that part pretty easy.

5. There are a few graphs on there that ask you to select the corresponding equation. If you'll need to double check any answers, it is here. I found them a little tricky.

Hope this helps.
Oh man, Thank you so much for the advice Detroitmike! your advice I will definitely remember and the other members as well. Currently, I am trying to brush up on the reading comprehension part, is there anything in particular that I should focus on in that section? Algebra area I can definitely try to brush up on the graphing part, i know in the sample test, I missed one of the questions and I believe it was the one with the x and y table with points, and they gave you the question: "Which of the following choices represents the same relationship as demonstrated in this table?" i thought that question was hard. Thanks again for the advice everyone!
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You don't have much time, but I would go to the library and look at a book called "mechanical apptitude and spacial realations tests" by Arco.
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Welcome to the forum. Hopefully you will have work in your five years of apprenticeship. I went through it. I was fortunate enough to get on with a good company. I have since left the union, as they didn't have any work for over a year. I am better than sitting on a list, waiting for my number to be called. I watched many of the guys I went through the program with, not retain any of the information picked up in the apprenticeship. It is hard to do, when you are not working. Good luck, and don't let the committee scare you in the interview. Thank them for their time, and tell them that you appreciate them giving you a great opportunity. If you present yourself as a strong individual, then you're in.
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Thanks Again everyone! Appreciate the kind words and the support! I will definitely do my best once i get in or if i get in. The reason i feel scared is because i am not a good test taker and a book type of person. I am more of a hands on type of guy but i am hoping i can pass the exam with the work being put in right now. . .Thanks again everyone, I appreciate everything you guys have said and finding this amazing forum.

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