Practice for the NEIEP Aptitude Tests

The National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP), created by the National Elevator Industry, Inc. and the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC), is a joint labor-management and education program that serves the IUEC.

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NEIEP and Application Process Requirements

There are a number of minimum qualifications and requirements related to the NEIEP Aptitude Test and internship program that you should be aware of:

  1. The applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  2. The applicant must hold either a high school diploma or a GED (General Education Development Test). Moreover, proof must be submitted.
  3. A prerequisite for receiving an invitation for an interview is passing the NEIEP with a score of 70%. Scoring 69% or lower will automatically disqualify you candidacy.
  4. As part of the process, you will be required, at the company's expense, to take a drug test.
  5. You will have to prove physical fitness, as per the jobs physical requirements.
  6. After you receive your offer, you will have to consent to a full medical exam.

NEIEP Apprenticeship Assessment Test Detail Overview

It is important to keep in mind that Failing to score a minimum of 70% will take you out of the running.

The NEIEP test will be broken down into three categories:

  • Reading Comprehension - an essential part of your work as an elevator technician, good reading comprehension skills will allow you to carry out tasks such as reading plans and instructions. The reading comprehension section can include question types such as sentence completion. 
  • Mechanical Comprehension (mechanical concepts) - in this section of the NEIEP your understanding of basic mechanical concepts will be measured, reflecting the highly technical work you will face during your internship. This section will include multiple choice questions such as the ones you can solve further down on this page. 
  • Arithmetic computation (basic math) - this section of the test ensures that you have the basic math skills needed to carry out day to day work, such as basic functions. 

NEIEP Assessment Test Framework and Rules

  • Timeframe: The test will be 15-20 minutes in length and will include a running clock, which can be found on the right side of the screen.
  • Question Format: The test will use the multiple choice format, which means that you will choose a correct answer from among a preset list of 4-5 possible answers.
  • Number of Questions = 100 questions (35 reading comprehension, 35 mechanical, and 30 math).

NEIEP Mechanical Reasoning Sample Questions

Mechanical Reasoning Question 1

Which of the three following diagrams is correct?



The bending of the partition is caused by pressure difference on both its sides. That pressure difference is determined by the level of water in each container.

The pressure is determined by the height of water on the container – the higher the water – the greater the pressure.

In A, the partition bends to the right, suggesting the pressure is greater on the left side. That is consistent with the higher water level on the left side.

In B, the partition is flat, suggesting there is no pressure difference between its two sides, despite the different water levels. Therefore, this answer is false.

In C, the partition bends to the left, suggesting the pressure is greater on the right side. That contradicts the higher water level on the left side. Therefore, this answer is also false.

Remember the physical principle: Higher water level – higher pressure.

Mechanical Reasoning Question 2 - Fluids-Gas Pressure

A canister containing oxygen gas at room temperature (25°C) has a pressure gauge attached. If we add oxygen gas to the canister and at the same time cool it, what will the pressure gauge show?



According to the Ideal Gas Law:

PV = nRT

P =pressure, V = volume, n = number of moles of gas (amount of gas), R = Gas constant, T = temperature.

Since the volume of the canister remains constant, a change in temperature and/or amount of gas will necessarily cause a change in the pressure, in order to maintain the equation.

It was given that the temperature decreases (cooling) which leads to a decrease on the right side of the equation.

Together with this, it was given that the amount of gas (n) increases which leads to an increase on the right side of the equation.

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Understanding Your Trade Apprenticeship Test Score

Your official score will only be calculated after you have completed the interview and you will be ranked in a multi-levelled scoring system. The higher you score, the better your chances of being chosen. The passing score for the test is 70% or higher. 

Scoring is divided as follows:

  • 96–100 points
  • 90–95 points
  • 80–89 points
  • 70–79 points

NEIEP Internship Overview

The first thing to know about the internship is that the first 6 months are a probation period and are important for your continuation in the program. Here is a brief outline of what you will be studying in each year of the program and then we will get into the test itself.

Year 1: In the first year you will learn everything there is to know about Safety for Elevator Constructors, including tool safety, PPE, Hazard Communication, Fire and Electrical Safety basic knowledge, among numerous other topics. Additionally, you will cover customer relations, Pit Structures, Guide Rails, and much more. The total course hours will tally to 144.

Year 2: Year two of studies will tally 144 hours and ensure that you have a solid command of subjects such as basic electricity, meter, Advanced DC Motors and Generators, and, of course, basic math. Sub-topics will include Basic Electricity Introduction, Analog and Digital Meters, Motor Theory, and more.

Year 3: In year three you will now move on to four main sections of study, including: Construction Wiring, Doors and Operators, Hydraulics, and Escalators and Moving Walks. Sub-topics will include Elevator Cab Assembly and Door Operators, Drilling and Casing the Jack Hole, and Traveling Cables, just to name a few. Classes will total 144 hours.

Year 4: The outline of your last year of studies will focus on the following areas: Basic Elevator Solid State Electronics, Circuit Tracing, and Elevator Maintenance. Sub-categories include Diodes, Collective Systems, and Hoistway Maintenance among other topics of the trade apprenticeship.

The Interview

Conducted by two JAC representatives, the interview panel will be a mix of International Union of Elevator Construction (IUEC) reps and ones from the International Union of Elevator Construction (IUEC). You should expect the interview to last for around 20 minutes and prepare for questions on your past work experience, personality, and mechanical knowledge and ability.

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JobTestPrep's team of experts have built a specialized NEIEP preparation pack that can help you prepare for the NEIEP apprenticeship in the following areas:

  • Elevator Industry Aptitude Test – prepare with practice tests that are geared towards and styled after the EIAT, and cover each section of the test: basic math, reading comprehension, and mechanical comprehension. Start practicing today with accurate practice questions and study guides to alleviate test anxiety and improve your chances of doing well on the real exam.
  • Pre-employment basic math – As basic math skills are a part of the elevator apprentice skill set, be sure to brush up on your math skills with multiple choice practice questions that simulate the real thing before you take the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test.
  • Mechanical Comprehension – As the elevator apprenticeship requires candidates to know and understand mechanical concepts, be sure to practice your mechanical comprehension and skill set before starting the recruitment process.
  • Interview – Whether it’s for a one-on-one interview or a panel interview, our interview resource has you covered. With thousands of questions, study guides, and a chance to review and critique your interview, you’ll be able to improve your overall interview skills before you meet with a recruiter or manager - increasing your chance of getting a good interview score.


What does the NEIEP classroom environment consist of?

There is a weekly interactive instruction from a NEIEP Instructor, as well as online tools, support, and quizzes that asses all of your accomplishments.

What are the class requirements?

Active apprentices and hour requirements assigned each season.

What's a typical day's work?

You work on a construction site, usually Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm. The mechanic and you unload a truck full of pallets, rails, and controllers. Then, you measure the pit floor and set the pit-plate, and start stacking some rails up the hoistway. Afterward, you run the electrical, hang doors, build the car, and adjust it when done
Those who work in a service department repair, maintain and perform annual tests on elevators that are already installed. It means that you go into occupied buildings, hence you are also responsible for public safety.


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