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Red Seal Machinist Exam

How do you prepare for Machinist comprehensive exam?

The Machinist Trade has evolved dramatically in the past 20 years with the widespread adoption of CNCs and development of revolutionary cutting materials and tooling. Depending upon the workplace it is often not possible to gain experience in every Red Seal Task or Sub-Task that will be tested on the exam.  With this in mind, how do you start your preparation and studies for Machinist exam?

The starting point for any exam challenger should be the curriculum for which you will be tested.   The exam will be based on this curriculum and in most cases the curriculum will identify the exam concentration for each topic/task.  The Machinist Trade is a Red Seal Trade and therefore the curriculum can be easily accessed here

After becoming familiar with the curriculum to be assessed, the next challenge is to determine your mastery of each Machinist Exam Task/Topic within the curriculum and work on your areas of need. At XLR8ed Learning we divide the curriculum up into individual tasks/topics and offer learning and assessment tools (questions and answer explanations) for each.  This allows for concentrated self-assessment and studies. We offer a Free Trial to demonstrate our format. As well, our website offers a short video to show the layout of the Red Seal Machinist Course and the respective Tasks/Topics.

Question banks are always a good way to self-assess your understanding of the topics on the Machinist Exam.  However, simply having a question bank that only provides questions and the correct answer does very little for understanding.  This is why our question bank provides a complete answer explanation / justification for every question. Samples of our Red Seal Machinist Questions and Answer Justifications / Explanations can also be found on our site.

Red Seal Machinist License – Do I need a License?

Currently the Machinist trade is not a Compulsory Trade.  What does this mean?   A license is not required by law in order to work in the field as in other trades such as electrical.  Given this, why bother becoming licensed?  Depending upon your workplace, it can be a condition of employment and condition for wage advancement.  However, some employers do not require you to become licensed in order to maintain employment.  This situation usually works fine until work slows down.  Typically, unlicensed trades are among the first to be laid off and to make matters worse, it is far more difficult to gain new employment without a license. 

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  1. Johnny

    Good evening
    I believe this is just what I have been looking for in an machinist exam preparation course. I have been out of school 4 years now. I have completed my pre-apprenticeship course with Niagara College and also my apprenticeship with my current employer. I have attempted my red seal exam twice and my last attempt was about a 65% mark up which resulted in a fail… I also have been looking for courses at Niagara College and my last educational institution (Mohawk College) for an exam preparation course but they don’t offer the course due to lack of registration. If you could please help me out and give me some insight on the 10 week online course you offer it would be greatly appreciated. I know for certain the only thing I’m afraid of is not failing the exam again but for not trying pass and further my career in an excellent trade.

    Kind regards
    Johnathon Neganiwina

    1. admin

      Hi Johnathon

      Try out our free trial to get an idea of our format. I will forward this message to the machinist team and they will message you tomorrow.

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