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Trades Entry Assessment

Mechanical Reasoning

The mechanical reasoning assessment measures the ability to understand commonly experienced mechanical and physical principles. It evaluates the understanding of these simple principles based on reasoning rather than specialized knowledge.

  • Multiple-choice format
  • Time limit
  • Only one re-write may be attempted per term
  • Passing score varies by program

To write the mechanical reasoning assessment, please follow these three steps:

  1. Registration
  2. Payment
  3. Booking an appointment to write the assessment.

Registration

If you need to write the Mechanical Reasoning assessment as part of your entrance requirements, please register for it via the Mechanical Reasoning assessment course page.

Payment

Each assessment has a $40.00 fee (subject to change without notice). These fees, which are tuition, must be paid at least 3 business days prior to writing your assessment(s). Assessment fees are non-refundable. You may pay for your assessment fees through online banking or Flywire. For more information on payment options, please visit BCIT’s Payment Options webpage.

Booking an appointment to write the assessment

Trades Entry Assessments are written all over the world. There are three options for writing an assessment: BCIT Burnaby Campus, external invigilation or ProctorU (online invigilation).

BCIT Burnaby Campus

You may write the assessment(s) at the Trades Learning Centre. You must book an appointment to write the assessment(s) via our Assessment Session Booking webpage. There is no additional fee for booking an assessment session at the Trades Learning Centre.

Trades Access – Trades Learning Centre
British Columbia Institute of Technology
JW Inglis Building, NE 1, Room 340
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2

For parking locations, see the interactive map or download a Burnaby Campus Map [PDF]. Parking meters accept credit cards only.

External invigilation

You may write the assessment(s) at an accredited institute, university, college, embassy or consulate. You must complete a Request for External Invigilation form. If you have any questions regarding how to locate an approved invigilator in your area, please contact trades_assessment@bcit.ca for assistance. Additional fees may apply.

ProctorU (Online Invigilation)

You may write the assessment(s) online using ProctorU’s virtual invigilation services. Please click on the ProctorU Link to learn more about this option. Additional fees may apply.

Sample assessment

Download the Mechanical Reasoning sample [PDF] to prepare for the assessment.

Frequently asked questions

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions.