Bus Driver Assessment Test: Free Guide and Practice Questions

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What Is the Bus Driver Test?


The Bus Driving test evaluates a candidate's cognitive skills in areas like Math, Verbal Reasoning ,and basic calculations and is required when testing for roles like a Bus driver or Bus operator.

Whether you want to work for a city’s transport system, like the Chicago Transportation Authority, or a transnational bus company, like Greyhound, you will need to pass interviews and assessments before getting hired.

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Bus Operator Test Sample Questions

Bus Operator Basic Math Sample Question

How much is 140% of 630?

A. 882
B. 740
C. 1230
D. 74
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is A 882.

According to the question, we are looking for an approximate number, not the exact value of 140% of 630.

The number we are looking for is greater than 100% (140% to be exact) of the original number, so we are looking for numbers that are bigger than the original. This allows us to automatically eliminate 74 as the answer.

In order to work out the answer we have to multiply 630 by 1.4

or alternatively, multiply 0.4*630= 252 

and add 630

252 + 630 = 882

The correct answer is 882.

Bus Driver Verbal Reasoning Sample Question

The leader in the car leasing industry Auto Reach has a good deal on their existing carpool in the medium-size category. The medium size category represents 60% of their entire pool with an additional 5% of vehicles falling in both the medium and large categories.

According to the company's CFO, 5,800 medium size Auto Reach cars are on the road every day. This popular category is expected to grow even further and reach a target of 8,000 vehicles next year. The people behind the wheels of these cars are mostly middle-level managers from various industries. Altogether, according to the CFO, Auto Reach has a total of more than 9,500 vehicles in Europe alone.

At least 5% of Auto Reach's carpool fit two car size criteria.

A. True
B. False
C. Cannot Say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The answer is A, True.

The text states that 5% of vehicles fall in two categories, medium and large. We can therefore conclude that at least 5% of Auto Reach's carpool fit two car size category criteria.

Bus Driver Calculation Sample Question

Amount due: $7.65

The customer gives you one $5.00 bill, a single $1.00 bill, two half-dollar coins and seven dimes. What is the correct change?

A. 1.00$
B. 0.40$
C. 0.10$
D. None of the above
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is D.

In order to generate the correct answer to this question, you have to calculate the total amount you received from the customer and then subtract this from the amount due.

The customer has given you a total amount of:
One 5.00 bill= 1x5= 005.00
One 1.00 bill= 1x1= 001.00
Two 0.50 coins= 2x0.50= 001.00
Seven 0.10 coins= 7x0.10= 000.70

Total amount- 7.70
Subtract amount due- 7.65
Change- $0.05

The customer gave you $07.70, and the amount due is $07.65, therefore the correct change is $0.05. There is no answer of $0.05 and therefore the correct answer is D, none of the above.

What Is the Hiring Process for Bus Driver Jobs?

When applying for a job as a bus driver, you may be intimidated by the many steps involved in the hiring process. Below we have outlined all of the steps involved in getting hired for bus driver jobs, as well as some tips on how to prepare for your pre-employment assessments and your bus driver interview.

1. Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to the company’s website or fill out an application form online.

Some companies ask you to create an online profile on their website and apply through their jobs portal, so be sure to have a valid email address. Have all your driver’s license details available at the ready so that the application goes smoothly.

2. Pass pre-employment assessments

For many driver positions, candidates must take pre-employment tests, such as a mechanical reasoning test, a personality test, a reading comprehension test and a numerical reasoning (basic math) test.

Don’t worry—all of these tests are described in detail in the sale box on your right.

3. Complete an interview

If you pass your pre-employment test, you will be invited to an in-person interview. It can take weeks to months after taking the assessment test to get a call about an interview; however, if you are worried, you can always follow up with the company after your test.

At the interview, you will be asked questions about how you act in work-related situations and what you would do in various hypothetical scenarios. Two key qualities that your interviewer is looking for are excellent customer service skills and proper road safety skills. 

4. Drug test and medical exam

Most companies require successful candidates to take a drug test and pass a medical exam before making a job offer.

Bus Driver Assessment Tests

What Is the Difference Between a Bus Driver and A Bus Operator?

Bus operators and bus drivers are similar in many ways. Generally, a bus driver drives an 8 or 10-passenger van whereas a bus operator is driving buses with a larger capacity.

What Bus Companies Use Bus Driver Exams to Screen Their Candidates?

There are many bus driving companies that use bus operator screening tests, these include:

  • OC Transpo.
  • Port Authority.
  • Septa.
  • First Bus.
  • Metro Transit.
  • Strada.

What Tests Do I Need to Take?

While every bus company or transportation authority uses different exams, these are the most popular pre-employment assessments for bus driver jobs:

Personality Test

Bus drivers need to have strong customer service skills and an ability to deal with difficult people while maintaining their cool. The purpose of personality tests is to see if you would be a good fit for the job in terms of your attitude and behaviours.

While you should be honest while completing the test, you can learn how to choose the best answers that will portray you in a positive light. Practicing in advance can help you understand what employers are looking for.

Mechanical Reasoning Test

This is one of the toughest tests for many bus driver candidates because many applicants are unfamiliar with the concepts related to mechanical reasoning.

JobTestPrep’s practice mechanical reasoning tests can help you bridge the gaps in your knowledge and bring your skills up to par.

Numerical Reasoning Test

Numerical reasoning tests are basic math tests, and they evaluate your ability to solve basic equations and interpret graphs and tables.

If you haven’t done any math since high school, you may find it helpful to practice for your numerical reasoning test so you feel confident and prepared.

Reading Comprehension Test

This test evaluates your ability to understand and use written materials and draw conclusions based on a test.

Top Bus Driver Interview Questions

Below you can find some of the most popular questions asked at interviews for bus driver jobs.

  1. Why do you want to work for our company?
  2. Why do you want to be a bus driver?
  3. What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness?
  4. How would you deal with a customer that was extremely inebriated and causing a scene?
  5. If a bus fare is $1.65, and I give you two one dollar bills, what is the correct change?
  6. What is your approach to safety?


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