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What Is a CAST test?

The CAST test is a battery of paper-based aptitude tests designed for the selection of applicants across several constructions and skilled trade occupations. Thirty-four investor-owned electric utility companies contributed to the creation of this battery.

The CAST test can predict the probability of a candidate's success in the following services provided by construction and skilled trade professionals:

✔ Transmission and distribution
✔ Facilities and repair
✔ Other facilities (e.g., carpenter)
✔ Electrical repair
✔ Machining and vehicle repair
✔ Meter service and repair

 

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'CAST tests were a challenge and it was very important to stay focused on completing them in the times allotted. I studied for the exam on short notice.' 

Simmon B., Com-ed

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What Is on The CAST Test?

Contents: The CAST test battery consists of four sub-tests:

  1. Graphic Arithmetic (16 questions/30 minutes)
    This test assesses a candidate's ability to solve arithmetic problems via the use of information from prints or drawings. The test taker is presented with a drawing and several follow-up questions. This test includes a total of two drawings and 16 questions, which must be completed within 30 minutes.
  2. Mechanical Concepts (44 questions/20 minutes)
    This test assesses a candidate's ability to understand mechanical principles. There are 44 multiple choice questions, each relating to an illustration of a mechanical situation. The test must be completed within 20 minutes.
  3. Reading for Comprehension (32 questions/30 minutes)
    This test assesses a candidate's ability to read and comprehend written materials. The test taker is presented with four passages and several follow-up questions. The test includes 32 multiple choice questions and must be completed within 30 minutes.
  4. Mathematical Usage (18 questions/7 minutes)
    This test assesses a candidate's ability to work out basic mathematical problems with the information provided at the beginning of the test. The test includes 18 multiple choice questions and must be completed within seven minutes.

How long is a CAST test?

While the net time of the test is an hour and 27 minutes, the test is administered for over almost two hours.


CAST Test Scoring

The CAST test can be scored both by machine and by hand. Scores from the four CAST aptitude test are combined into a single index score, ranging from 1 - 10 (10 being the highest). A candidate's index score reflects the expected probability of successful job performance.


Prepare for CAST

JobTestPrep's CAST practice pack includes all sections of the CAST. It contains in-depth answer explanations which act as an adequate CAST study guide.

Preparing for the CAST test is essential for achieving high scores, and JobTestPrep offers the perfect practice materials to help you attain success. 

Start practicing today with JobTestPrep to ensure you land your desired job.

Take a Free CAST Sample Test

Practice real test questions so you’ll know what to expect on test day and apply our expert solving method to start improving your score.

Question 1:

In which direction is it possible for wheel 3 to move?

CAST QUESTION

 

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

If wheel 1 spins in the direction of the image, i.e. clockwise, it will move both wheel 2 and wheel 3 in a counterclockwise direction. But, at the same time, wheel 2 will move wheel 3 in a clockwise direction. Thus, wheel 3 will not move at all.


Question 2:

In which of the following positions would the tractor be less stable when taking a turn?

CAST question 2

 

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

As you can see, the only difference between the two figures is the position of the tractors shovel. In figure A the shovel is lowered, while in Figure B the shovel is raised. The raising of the shovel will also raise the point of the center of mass of the tractor. When the center of mass of the tractor is higher, the tractor loses some stability (A good example could be the difference between a semi-trailer and a sports car. The tall and narrow semi-trailer has a higher point of center of mass and is less stable than the low lying, flat and wide sports car which has a lower point of center of mass).

 

Since in Figure B the shovel is raised, it is less stable. Therefore, choice B is the correct answer.


Question 3: 

36X - 1.4 = 5.8

X= ?

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is  0.2

When solving a single variable equation, the goal is isolating the variable (mostly called x) in order to find its value.

The way to do that is by gathering all variable-expressions of the equation (one or more X-expressions) on one side and all numerical members of the equation on the other side. This is done by using the four operations (+, -, *, /) in the equation, as needed.
Important! Any numerical operation must be applied on both sides of the equation.
On this case, to isolate X apply the following operations to both sides of the equation:
1. Add 1.4
36X - 1.4 + 1.4 = 5.8 + 1.4
36X = 7.2
2. Divide by 36
36X/36 = 7.2/36
X = 7.2/36
=> X = 0.2

Solving tip #2: when multiplying by a decimal, it may be carried out more easily if you move the decimal point to the right until you obtain a whole number. Then, after multiplying the numbers, the result must have the decimal point moved a corresponding number of places to the left. E.g.:

36X = 7.2 / multiply the decimal by 10
36X = 72 / :36
X = 2 / divide the answer by 10

=> X = 0.2


Question 4: 

The length (top to bottom) of the total property is ____ times larger than the length of the nurse's room.

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Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

To find the ratio between these two values, divide the length of the total property (90') by the length of the nurse's room (27'). Note that both numbers can be divided by 9:


Question 5:

 A force of 10 N(Newton) compresses two identical springs in parallel for 8 cm. What will be the total distance that four identical springs in series are compressed?

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Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

An external force exerted on a spring causes it to compress or extend.

The distance of compression or extension is directly and linearly proportional to the force exerted on the spring, i.e., doubling the force causes the spring to stretch or compress twice as much.

When identical springs are connected in parallel, the applied force is divided equally between them. Consider the image below:

Each of the two springs connected in parallel is subjected to a force of 5 N that compresses each spring by 8 cm (1). On the other hand, had only one spring been subjected to a 10N force, it would compress by 16 cm (2).

When identical springs are connected in series, the entire force is applied to each spring separately. Consider the image below:

Each of the four springs in series is subjected to a force of 10 N, and therefore resembles the case in image (2), compressing 16 cm.
Thus, the total compression is the combined compression of all four springs:
4 X 16 cm = 64 cm.

 

 

FAQs

What is the CAST exam?

The CAST test is a battery of paper-based aptitude tests designed for the selection of applicants across several constructions and skilled trade occupations.

Can you use a calculator on the cast test?

You won't be allowed to use a calculator, dictionary, or anything else during the test.

How long is a CAST test?

While the net time of the test is an hour and 27 minutes, the test is administered for over almost two hours.

How are EEI tests graded?

The CAST test can be scored both by machine and by hand. Scores from the four CAST aptitude test are combined into a single index score, ranging from 1 - 10 (10 being the highest). A candidate's index score reflects the expected probability of successful job performance.

What does CAST stand for?

The CAST is the "Construction and Skilled Trades" test.

 

 

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