About the Trades Pre-entry Test

The Trades Pre-entry Tests are designed to show that you have the necessary academic skills to succeed in your trades or technical studies program.

Write only the test(s) you need. If you choose to write four tests on the same day, they may take up to four hours to complete. NOTE: Test fees are non-refundable.

Pre-entry Tests

Mechanical Reasoning
Abstract Reasoning

Test locations

Trades Learning Centre at the BCIT Burnaby Campus

If you live within 50km of the BCIT Burnaby Campus, you are required to write the Pre-entry Test at BCIT.

Your High School

If you are a high school student, you may arrange to write the Trades Pre-Entry Test at your high school under the supervision of a teacher or counselor. Please make arrangements with a teacher or counselor before signing up for a test.

Approved Facility 50km away from BCIT Burnaby Campus

If you live more than 50km away from BCIT Burnaby Campus, you may arrange to write the Trades Pre-Entry Test at an approved facility convenient to you. Typically, you write the test at your high school or an institute, university or college. You will need to arrange proper supervision and additional fees may apply.

Test dates and times

Tuesdays at 1:00 pm
Thursdays at 9:00 am
First Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm

Getting to BCIT Burnaby Campus


Trades Learning Centre
British Columbia Institute of Technology
JW Inglis Building, NE1, Room 340
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2

Public transit

Use "Trip Planner" on Translink web site to find the bus to our campus.

  1. Enter your departing location.
  2. Enter "BCIT" in the "Going to" field.
  3. Enter your preference for the date and time of arrival or departure.
  4. Click on "Plan My Trip" button.
Alternatively, call Translink’s customer information centre at 604-953-3333 for more information.

Driving to the Burnaby Campus

Click on the "Directions" link below for navigation details.

Parking at the Burnaby Campus

Paid parking is available on our campus. If you are driving to the Burnaby Campus, we recommend that you pay through a daily ticket dispenser which, currently, accepts credit card payments only.

Closest parking to the Trades Learning Center is student day parking Lot Q at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way. See the interactive map or download a Burnaby Campus map [PDF] for parking locations.