General Entrance Exam Information & Policies

Perry Technical Institute requires all prospective students to pass an entrance exam prior to enrolling. Each program’s entrance exam is designed to ensure applicants have the knowledge and skills required to be successful at Perry.

Many students are nervous about taking the entrance exam, especially if they have been out of school for a long time. We are here to help! We can provide study guides, go over requirements, and explain more about the items you will need to know for the test. If you take some time to review the information below and the study materials for your program's exam, you will feel prepared when you come in to take your test.

If you have any questions about the exam process or are ready to to schedule your exam, contact us at 509-453-0374 or

Select your program from the list below to see required exam sections, minimum scores, and materials to help you study.

Agricultural & Diesel Equipment Technology Instrumentation & Industrial Automation
Automotive Technology Medical Assistant
Business Technology & Accounting Medical Office Administration & Coding
Construction & Carpentry Technology Plumbing Technician
Electrical Technology Precision Machining & Manufacturing
HVAC/R Technology Professional Truck Driving 
IT & Communication Systems Welding Technology 


Scheduling an Exam

Entrance exams can be scheduled from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm on Monday, and 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday. We recommend planning for two hours to complete your first attempt at the entrance exam. This is a guideline, not a time limit; the exam is self-paced and you can take more time if you need it. We recommend you plan for one hour to retake a single section of the exam. 

To schedule your exam appointment, call 509-453-0374. At that time, an exam specialist can help you find study guides, go over requirements, and explain more about the items you will need to know for the test. Scheduling requests and questions can also be emailed to

What to Bring

Supporting items such as a calculator, pencil, or scratch paper will be provided by the Exam Center if they are allowed for your test.

  1. Exam Fee - The $25 exam fee must be paid before you can take your exam. 
  2. Photo ID - You must show photo ID when you come to test so that we can verify your identity.

Acceptable forms of ID:

    • State-issued ID card
    • State-issued driver's license
    • Expired or punched ID or driver's license
    • Temporary state-issued ID (paper version) with photo
    • Passport
    • US Permanent Resident Card
    • Tribal ID
    • School ID card
    • Credit card with photo
    • Any other official photo ID determined to be authentic by enrollment staff.

Unacceptable forms of ID:

    • Military ID
    • WA DOC Offender ID
  1. High School or GED Transcript (Optional) – you don’t need to bring your transcript when you come to test, but the earlier you turn in your transcript, the earlier you can reserve your seat in a class before it fills up. Transcripts must be official, sealed in the original envelope from your high school.

Exam Fees

There is a $25 exam fee that must be paid before you can take the exam. This can be paid in person when you come to test, or over the phone ahead of time. The exam fee will cover the first and second attempt, if you need it. In the event that a third attempt is needed, you must pay another $25 exam fee. This will cover the 3rd and 4th attempt. We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and debit cards. 

Retesting and Wait Time between Exams

All exam sections have a four (4) attempt limit, except algebra which only allows two (2) attempts.

If you do not pass all sections of the exam, there is a minimum wait time before you can try again. This is to give you time to study and prepare for your next attempt.

You must wait:

  • 24 hours between the first and second attempt
  • 14 days between the second and third attempt
  • 24 hours between the third and fourth attempt

Exam Expiration

If you pass at least one section of the exam, but not all sections, you will have 6 months from the initial test date to pass the rest of the sections. If you do not complete all sections within this time frame, your exam scores will expire and you must retest in all sections. When you come in the first time to test, you will take all the required sections. If you do not pass all sections of the exam, you will only need to retake the sections you did not pass.

Once all exam sections have been passed, your scores are valid for 2 years. Scores must be valid at the time that you start class. If your test scores expire before you begin class, you will have to retest.

Remedial Courses

If you do not pass an exam section within the allowed attempts, you will be required to take a remedial course before you can continue. The Exam Center will provide more details on the remedial course if required. Remedial courses are taken online at your own pace, with the exception of algebra.

Once you pass the remedial course, you will be able to start an additional round of testing. There will be another $25 exam fee that covers two attempts after you complete your remedial course.

Algebra Course

If you fail the algebra exam two times, you must take Perry’s algebra course or another approved course. The Perry algebra course is taken on campus three (3) days per week, for ten (10) weeks, with scheduled start dates four times per year. Contact Enrollment Services to sign up, pay a $100 course fee, and purchase the course textbook to have on the first day.

You will need to pass a final exam at the end of the algebra course, and then return to the Perry Exam Center to complete the algebra entrance exam. You will have two attempts to pass the algebra entrance exam included with your $100 algebra course fee.  Please note that the algebra course final exam and Perry's algebra entrance exam are two separate tests, and you must pass both!

Upcoming Algebra Course Dates:

  • Fall 2021: Sept 13 - Nov 18
  • Winter 2022: Jan 3 - Mar 10 
  • Spring 2022: Mar 21 - May 26
  • Summer 2022: June 27 - Sept 1
  • Fall 2022: Sept 12 - Nov 17


We only offer tutoring to students that are currently enrolled in classes at Perry Tech. We do not offer tutoring for students attempting the entrance exams. If you pass the algebra exam with a low score, you may be required to attend tutoring once you start class. This may be once or twice a week and may last from six to ten weeks, depending on the situation.


Study Resources

Each program requires different testing sections. For a list of your exam sections, minimum scores, and materials to help you study, select your program from the list on the left.