The entrance exams are a set of tests that WTI uses to determine aptitude for learning watch repair work. No experience is necessary for any of the exercises. Instructions and demonstrations are given for each exercise. The first test is administered online. The remaining tests are given in the Watch Technology Institute classroom and usually take six to eight hours to complete. There are both written and practical exercises. The written exercises include a standard mechanical aptitude test, a math quiz covering basic high school math concepts and a problem-solving exercise. The practical exercises involve filing, fine wire manipulation and working with a simple watch movement.
The 40-hour instruction week makes work outside somewhat difficult, but some students have been able to work part-time in the evenings and/or on weekends.
Unfortunately no. Because of the structure of the program, North's program have to offer a continuous sequence of courses over two years. Classes run daily all four quarters (7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), including Summer Quarter. There is an independent watch and clock repair school in the Seattle area that has a flexible schedule. For more information, see the Northwest School of Horology.
North does not have a formal job placement service. However, the institute generally receives more job postings than there are students to fill them. The majority of the postings are for positions in the U.S. Seattle Colleges has a student recruitment website that is intended to connect students with local employers. The site is called Career Hub and can be found here: NSC Career Hub. Watchmaking positions are generally found on other websites.
A list of all the watch schools in the U.S. and Canada is available from the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute.