Six Tips to Help You Ace the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test

Six Tips to Help You Ace the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test

By: Jennifer Feldman

Are you interested in taking the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test? The testing process can be both tricky and competitive. This is mostly because elevator contractors, installers, and repairers are some highest paid trade industry careers. There are two main hurdles to pass to land one of these coveted jobs: the elevator aptitude test and a comprehensive interview.

Let’s start with the basics. What is the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT)? The exam was developed by the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) and is a requirement for everyone looking to become an apprentice in the elevator industry. The purpose of the exam is to evaluate all incoming candidates' potential to excel in an elevator apprenticeship. Now that we understand what the exam is, I am here to give you some valuable tips on how to excel on the test. 

Tip One: Start off on the Right Foot  

What is great about this exam is that is open to anyone who is over 18 with either a high school diploma or GED. The problem is that most people don’t even know how to start the application process. Make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the application and prepare for the test. To request an application, research your local branch of the International Union of Elevator Contractors (IUEC). Contact them, and they will send you an information packet about the apprenticeship program and an application form. From the point when your completed application is received, you have up to fifteen days before you receive your testing information. That is not a long time, so you want to make sure you start off on the right foot and do your research.

Tip Two: Gather Information About the Test

Most candidates taking the exam have not taken a standardized test like this ever before. The EIAT aptitude test covers three subjects: reading comprehension, mechanical comprehension, and arithmetic computation. In the reading comprehension section, you will be asked to answer questions related to a written text. In the mechanical comprehension section, you will be expected to answer question related to mechanical, electrical, tools and measurement concepts. Lastly, on the arithmetic computation section, you will be required to answer simple numerical questions.

Tip Three: Answer Every Question

Make sure you answer every question on the test. This means, that if you run out of time in one section, you should guess. You will not be penalized for wrong answers, rather just given points for each correct answer.

Tip Four: It is Not Enough to Just Pass—You Must Excel

The test is scored on a pass/fail system. A passing score involves answering 70% of the questions correctly. If you do not achieve that 70%, you will be required to retake the exam. After the interview portion, you will receive a second score, in which you must also obtain a minimum of a 70. Your two scores are combined and you are then ranked in a four-tier ranking system based on that combined score. Those in tier one received a final score of 96–100, tier two candidates received a final score of 90–95 points, tier three candidates received a final score of 80–89 points, and tier four candidates received a final score of 70–79 points. If you place in a higher tier, you are more likely to be chosen for more prestigious apprenticeships, including paid apprenticeships.

Tip Five: Practice Makes Perfect

Not only is it important to pass the EAIT test, but you also want to be placed in a top tier. This means that you need to practice for the exam in advance! The best way to prepare is to take practice tests which mimic the exact form of the actual test. Take a look at this Elevator Industry Aptitude Test preparation pack. It includes mechanical, arithmetic, and reading comprehension practice sections as seen on the actual exam. Make sure to pay special care to where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Devote more study time to those content areas you find to be more difficult.

Tip Six: Don’t Forget Your Beauty Rest

Lastly, don’t stay up the night before the exam cramming. It is important to get a full night’s sleep. According to a popular study conducted in Ghent and KU Leuven universities in Belgium, which surveyed over 600 students about their sleep patterns around exam time, those who got seven hours of sleep a night during the exam time scored higher than those who got six hours of sleep or less. Getting a good night’s sleep and preparing in advance will reduce your stress on test day.

Jennifer Feldman This article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and writer at JobTestPrep. She specializes in writing about the employment hiring process. JobTestPrep is a market leader in preparation for pre-employment exams. It has helped more than 500,000 people achieve their career goals.

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26 Sep 2017


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