Glazier - Exam Information

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Exam Breakdown

Each Red Seal exam's questions are developed to assess the activities laid out in the Red Seal Occupational Standard. This trade's Red Seal exam has 120 questions Footnote *, which are distributed as follows:

Block A – Performs common occupational skills - 20 questions
Task 1 - Performs safety-related functions
2 questions
Task 2 - Uses tools and equipment
4 questions
Task 3 - Uses rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment
2 questions
Task 4 - Organizes work
4 questions
Task 5 - Performs routine trade activities
6 questions
Task 6 - Uses communication and mentoring techniques
2 questions
Block B – Fabricates and installs commercial window and door systems - 41 questions
Task 7 - Fabricates commercial window and door systems
14 questions
Task 8 - Installs commercial window and door systems
27 questions
Block C – Installs residential window and door systems - 17 questions
Task 9 - Installs residential window systems
10 questions
Task 7 - Installs residential doors systems
7 questions
Block D – Fabricates and installs specialty glass, products and glass systems - 19 questions
Task 11 - Fabricates and installs commercial specialty glass and products
13 questions
Task 12 - Fabricates and installs residential specialty glass and products
6 questions
Block E – Performs servicing - 23 questions
Task 13 - Services commercial window and door systems
13 questions
Task 14 - Services residential window and door systems
6 questions
Task 15 - Services specialty glass and products
4 questions

Types of Exam Questions

All Red Seal exam questions are written in multiple-choice format. A multiple-choice question consists of question followed by four possible responses (A, B, C, D). Every question has exactly one correct answer and three incorrect options. They are not misleading or trick questions, but the incorrect options are not always obvious.

There are three types of questions that you will see on Red Seal Exams:

  • Knowledge and Recall
  • Procedural and Application
  • Critical Thinking

Knowledge and Recall

This type of question tests your ability to recall and understand definitions, facts and principles.

For this trade, between 20 and 30% of questions that are this type.

Example of a Knowledge and Recall Question:

What is used to clean the pad on suction cups?

  1. Xylene.
  2. Acetone.
  3. Soapy water.
  4. Isoprophyl.

Answer: C

Procedural and Application

This type of question tests your ability to apply your knowledge of procedures to a situation.

For this trade, between 65 and 75% of questions are this type.

Example of a Procedural and Application Question:

How are fracture-causing defects detected?

  1. By visually inspecting.
  2. By feeling with fingertips.
  3. By tapping the glass.
  4. By performing a stress test.

Answer: A

Critical Thinking

This type of question tests  your ability to interpret data, solve problems and arrive at valid conclusions.

For this trade, less than 10% of questions are this type.

Example of a Critical Thinking Question:

A lite of glass is cut with a cutter that has a nicked wheel. What is the result?

  1. The glass will break with a flare.
  2. There will be no score on the glass.
  3. Skips will cause glass to break incorrectly.
  4. The score will be continuous.

Answer: C

Try more sample questions for this trade and check out the Exam Preparation Guide. It will give you practical insights on what goes into Red Seal exams, and how you can best prepare yourself to do well.

For more information about exam preparation materials contact your provincial/territorial apprenticeship office.