The Tool Assessment Test – How to Succeed
Shlomik Silbiger

Shlomik, Mechanical Test Expert at JobTestPrep.

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What is the Tool Assessment Test

The Tool Assessment Test is a short test, between 15 and 20 minutes long, that comes immediately after the EIAT Elevator Industry Aptitude Test in the elevator technician recruitment process. It uses multiple-choice questions to quickly test your familiarity with the different tools you will need to use on the job.

To challenge different forms of technical knowledge, the test uses different types of recognition questions. First, you will be asked to simply identify various tools from images of those tools. Later in the test, you will have to review images of different tools and identify the different properties of those tools.

Finally, you will be asked to answer questions about the purpose of different tools. These questions might not necessarily have a picture of the relevant tool shown attached to them, so you will have to rely on your knowledge alone and won’t be always able to guess a tool’s purpose from its appearance.

The tool assessment test may appear easy, and, in truth, it’s not the most difficult part of the apprenticeship application. It is nevertheless an integral part of the EIAT test and some of the questions may be confusing, especially under the pressure and time limit of the real test.

Learn how you can prepare for the tool assessment test and all the other parts of the EIAT test, and land that elevator apprenticeship.

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  • EIAT Tool Assessment Sample Question #1

What is the name of this tool?

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A. A gluegun
B. A jackhammer
C. A saber saw
D. A staple gun
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

This tool is a staple gun, and is used for stapling: when adjacent to a surface, the trigger is pushed to release a staple. It does not require electricity.

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A glue gun is an electric tool that melts a cartridge of glue and pushes it via a small trigger.

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A jackhammer is a device used in construction for digging. It combines a hammer and a chisel and is pneumatic or electric.

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A saber saw is an electric tool which uses blades of varying sizes to cut through material such as wood.

The correct answer is D


These types of questions are relatively straightforward, and all you need to do is identify the tools from the photographs.

  • EIAT Tool Assessment Sample Question #2

Which of the following tools are adjustable?

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A. 9
B. 1
C. 6
D. 3
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The tool shown in image 9 is a crescent wrench, which is adjustable: one part of the wrench doesn't move, and the other can be adjusted using a thumbscrew.

The tools shown in figure 1 are chisels, which are used for carving and are not adjustable.

The tool shown in image 6 is a square, which measures right angles and cannot be adjusted.

The tool shown in image 3 is a ball-peen hammer, which is used for metalwork and cannot be adjusted.

The correct answer is A


Here we have a more advanced question. It requires you not only to identify the different tools visually but to have an understanding of their function.

  • EIAT Tool Assessment Sample Question #3

Which of the following wrenches would require more effort to operate?

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A. 1
B. 2
C. Both will require equal effort
D. Insufficient data
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The tool presented in this image is a wrench. Wrenches are used for turning bolts and nuts. When operated, a wrench applies torque onto the nut or bolt. Torque measures the tendency of a force to rotate an object around a pivot point, and it is calculated as the product of the force and the arm distance. Since the arm distance is larger in wrench 1, the torque will necessarily be greater than in wrench 2. Therefore, wrench 2 will require more effort to turn the same bolt or nut.

The correct answer is B


Here you need to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of physics that are involved in using different tools. In this case, the principle used to operate different wrenches is leverage. The longer wrench provides more leverage, so it requires less effort to use.

The EIAT Test 

The Tool Assessment Test is just one of the steps in the NEIEP testing process. The first step in becoming an elevator mechanic or an elevator industry intern is to go through the EIAT test – a complex, 75-question test that evaluates your numerical reasoning (math), and verbal reasoning skills, as well as your mechanical aptitude. This is intended to assess the entire range of mental skills that are needed for a candidate in a technical-oriented job.

After completing the EIAT test and the tool assessment test, you will also need to be interviewed by a NEIEP member and a representative employer. Your score on the test counts towards your NEIEP interview score, so it’s very important to get the test right – this will determine if you get the position you want.

💡 Learn more about the process of becoming an elevator mechanic.

Our EIAT PrepPack prepares you for the entire selection process from start to finish. It includes two tool recognition test simulations as well as EIAT study guides, sample tests, and interview preparation aids. so you can get one pack that covers.

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