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## What is the EIAT Test?

The EIAT (Elevator Industry Aptitude Test), sometimes referred to as the Elevator Union Test is the initial screening stage for candidates applying for work in the elevator industry.

The test is based on multiple-choice questions and contains 3 sections:

 Math 25-35 questions Mechanical Aptitude 25-35 questions Verbal Reasoning 25-35 questions

After taking the EIAT, you will be required to take a tool recognition test. The tools test score is not a part of your EIAT score but will be taken into account when calculating your interview score.

## EIAT Test Sample Questions

### Math

The Math section of the EIAT contains mainly 2 subjects:

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A) Basic Numeracy

These questions deal mainly with basic arithmetic operations. You will be required to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers at various sizes. Both time and accuracy are crucial factors in this section, so when approaching it, you must be ready to get to the correct answer with the least possible amount of work.

Basic Numeracy - Sample Question

What is 37,142 – 19,857?

B) Fractions and Decimals

These questions deal mainly with various operations on fractions - four operations, conversion, etc. Although it is somewhat similar to basic numeracy questions, it requires a bit broader understanding of fractions and special techniques to cope with them.

Fractions and Decimals - Sample Question

What is 2 2/7 ÷ 3 3/5?

### Mechanical Aptitude

The mechanical section of the EIAT contains mainly 3 subjects:

A) Gears

Of all the subjects in the mechanical section, this is possibly the one in which practice will help you most. Being a fairly technical subject, wrapping your head around the main concepts of gears is first and foremost a matter of practice.

Gears - Sample Question

What are the directions of movement and velocities of revolution of the cogwheels?

B) Wheels and Pulleys

The two most fundamental principles around which this section revolves are rotational-linear velocity relation (wheels) and pulley force reduction (pulleys).

Wheels and Pulleys - Sample Question

In which figure does one need to exert more force to lift the weight?

C) Force and Torque

Force and torque questions stand at the very heart of classical physics and deal with the most basic physical element - the force. Most commonly, levers in various forms will appear in these questions.

Force and Torque- Sample Question

A dynamometer is used for measuring force. In which figure will the dynamometer (▲) show a lower reading?

### Verbal Reasoning

The verbal reasoning section of the EIAT contains mainly 2 subjects:

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A) Vocabulary

Although vocabulary is important for all the questions in the verbal section, vocabulary-type questions focus specifically on your familiarity with the meaning and context of words.

Vocabulary - Sample Question

The instruction manual was bemusing because it was not written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.

Which of the following is an antonym for "bemusing" as used in the sentence above?

B) Sentence Completion

These questions are one level above vocabulary questions. They assess your ability to understand the meaning engrained in a sentence and complete the missing words accordingly.

Sentence Completion - Sample Question

The job applicants that have successfully _______ the selection tests will be _______ to take part in an interview.

## Tools Recognition

The tools section is a separate part and is not included in the score of the EIAT. It will, however, be administered right after the aptitude test. The test consists of various questions regarding tools' names and usage, as well as meter reading.

Your score on the tools test will be taken into your interview score.

Tools - Sample Question

Which of the objects above is used for testing whether an object is horizontal?

## What Score Do I Need to Pass the EIAT Test?

The EIAT is based on a pass/fail system. The threshold for passing the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test is 70%. Any applicant passing the 70% mark will be contacted to schedule an interview. A test result of 69% and below requires a re-application.

Yet, 70% Is Usually Not Enough. Here's Why:

The final scoring of the entire process, EIAT + tools test + interview follows a 4-tier ranking system:

• Tier 1: 96–100 points
• Tier 2: 90–95 points
• Tier 3: 80–89 points
• Tier 4: 70–79 points

The higher you rank, the better the chance you will be chosen as a paid apprentice by your prospective employer.

The rank you get on your elevator industry recruitment process will remain valid for 2 years.

## 5 Pro Tips for Succeeding in the EIAT Test

1. Practice with questions relevant to the elevator test. For instance, the format of the math section has changed in 2018, focusing more on calculation rather than complex math, yet many practice materials have failed to update accordingly.
2. In the math section – when required to calculate, always check if you have enough information to select the correct answer without solving the entire question. Remember – it is a multiple-choice test, and you are not required to provide a final answer.
3. In the mechanical aptitude section - if you’re not sure of an effect, go to the extremes (e.g. if you’re asked whether it’s harder to row with a long or a short paddle, think of a 1-mile vs a 1-inch paddle).
4. In the verbal reasoning section, when required to complete a sentence, notice the word "and" before the blank. That means the missing word is similar in meaning or context to the word before the "and". It might seem trivial, but in a test as speed geared as the EIAT, it can make a great difference.
5. It is recommended to dedicate the last day before the exam to brush up on all the test subjects. Research shows that we tend to forget things we've learned in the first couple of days. Re-practicing all test subjects on the last day will solidify the material in your mind.

## Which Employers Use the EIAT Test?

Passing the EIAT is a necessary condition for getting an apprenticeship in the elevator industry, so you will encounter the test when applying to ANY elevator company.

Moreover, employers in the elevator industry work in close cooperation with the IUEC (International Union of Elevator Contractors) to find eligible candidates. A representative of your future employer will be one of your two interviewers on the interview stage.

Some of the major employers in the elevator industry are:

• OTIS
• Schindler
• Thyssenkrupp
• WMATA

## Who Administers the EIAT Test?

The EIAT was developed by the National Elevator Industry Education Program (NEIEP) for the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC). The stated mission of the NEIEP is to enhance the knowledge and skills of apprentices for the benefit of workers, employers, and the elevator industry.

## How to Apply for an Apprenticeship in the Elevator Industry?

The application for an apprenticeship in the elevator industry has 5 stages:

### Preliminary Conditions

You must meet these terms to be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship:

• 18 years of age
• A high school diploma or GED
• Permission to work in the U.S

### Application via iCims

The initial application for an apprenticeship is done via NEIEP's career page. Note that applicants from the state of New York need to apply in a different path.

Once you apply, you will be redirected to iCims.

iCims is an ATS (applicant tracking system) which gathers and manages all of NEIEP's applicants' data. You can reach the application page directly through this link (and for New Yorkers, this one).

The application is opened based on locals, and each local has a set recruitment time.

During the application, you will be requested to provide proof of age and GED or equivalent. If your application and documents are complete, you will be given a date and time for taking the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT).

### Aptitude Test, Tools Test, and Interview

These are the 3 screening stages you will face before landing an apprenticeship. All these subjects are dealt with in detail on this page.

Learn about the Aptitude test (EIAT)

Learn about the Tools Recognition Test

## The Next Stage: Interview

If you have indeed achieved the 70% mark on the EIAT, you will be scheduled for an interview.

The interview will take around 15-20 minutes, and will be conducted by two interviewers – one from the IUEC and the other from the employer. Subjects that might appear in the interview include:

• Education and experience
• Motivation
• Safety
• Work-related behavior

1. Get to know the employer – As mentioned before, a representative of your prospective employer will be one of the interviewers. It is therefore recommended to know the company you apply to and the scope of their activity.
2. Reveal personality traits typical of good technical workers – Each position requires a set of personal qualities, known as personality traits. Applicants showing these traits are more likely to succeed in the position. These traits are assessed via personality profiling tests. Although the elevator industry recruitment process does not include a personality test, understanding the qualities required of a technical worker can help you reflect them in your interview.

The expected traits of a good technical worker are thoroughness, perseverance, team player, and analytical skills. On the other hand, technical employees are expected to show that they do NOT have traits such as risk-taking or need for change.

3. Focus on safety - safety is one of the major issues when working in a technical position in general, and with elevators specifically. Be aware that both the IUEC and employers consider safety and protocol adherence standards a primary concern when assessing candidates.

JobTestPrep’s EIAT PrepPack™ includes both a full technical position personality guide and an interview preparation tool to help you prepare for your interview.

## Why Is It Important to Prepare for the EIAT?

Full preparation for the elevator test and the next stages of the hiring process is essential due to several reasons:

• Time is a major issue on the EIAT. As such, successfully passing the test requires the development of fast solving techniques.
• Merely passing is not enough. To maximize your chances of getting an apprenticeship, you should place yourself at the highest possible tier. IUEC policy dictates employment priority for experienced apprentices first, and then new candidates, based on their score. Candidates from tier 1 will be selected first, followed by candidates from lower tiers.
• Although the EIAT is the first screening stage, it is not the last, and your final score will be based on ALL stages – an aptitude test, tools test, and interview.
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