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Trades Entry Assessment

Mechanical Reasoning

The Mechanical Reasoning assessment is designed to validate your ability to understand the basic  mechanical principles of machinery, tools and movement based on reasoning rather than specialized knowledge. This ability is vital to be successful at BCIT.

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

Steps to writing the Mechanical Reasoning assessment are:

  1. Register
  2. Pay
  3. Book an appointment

1. Register

If you require a Mechanical Reasoning assessment to meet entrance requirements, visit Trades Entry Assessment – Mechanical Reasoning.

2. Pay

The cost for an assessment is $40.00 (subject to change without notice) and is non-refundable. Payment is due at least three business days prior to writing your assessment. Accepted forms of payment are online banking or Flywire (for international students). For more details, visit Payment Options.

3. Book an appointment

Trades Entry Assessments are written all over the world. There are 3 options for writing an assessment:

Option 1: BCIT Burnaby Campus

Assessments are scheduled at the Trades Learning Centre. Book an appointment through Assessment Session Booking. There is no additional fee for writing at the Burnaby campus.

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

Plan to arrive early for your assessment session; it could take 15 minutes or more to walk from your parking spot to NE 1. You will need to present your valid government-issued photo identification and proof of payment for the course.

To obtain a copy of your tuition (assessment fee) payment transaction, log in to your myBCIT account. Under Student Self Service, click on ‘View or Print Your Tuition Receipt’ and follow the prompts.

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

Option 2: External invigilation

You can arrange to write at an accredited institute, university, college, embassy or consulate. You must complete a Request for External Invigilation form. Additional fees may apply.

If you require assistance locating an approved invigilator in your area, please contact

Option 3: Online

NOTE: It is not permissible, nor is it required, to have pen and paper to write the assessment online.

You can arrange to write online in the Learning Hub on the BCIT website. Sign-in with your BCIT email and password – credentials are available after you have registered and paid – and click on the ‘Select a course’ widget. Select the assessment and read the ‘Introduction’ information. Additional fees will apply.

Sample assessment

Download the Sample Assessment – Mechanical Reasoning [PDF] and go through the practice exercises.

Frequently asked questions

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions – Trades Entry Assessment.


Trades Access is committed to ensuring education at BCIT is accessible for all students. If you have any questions or concerns about accommodations or accessibility for the Trades Entry Assessments, please contact Accessibility Services or the Trades Learning Centre for more information.