BNSF Assessment Tests, Practice and Study Guides

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What Is The BNSF Online Assessment?

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway is one of the major railroad companies in North America. With a high starting entry-level wage, it is a very competitive pool of applicants. 

There are three position categories at Burlington Northern:

1) Track, Structure & Signals

2) Mechanical

3) Train Crew

The general hiring procedure involves an online application, an AON Hewitt G.A.T.E assessment test and the interview that precedes a conditional offer of employment.

The assessment test is based on AON tests and includes mechanical, verbal, spatial, numerical, and abstract reasoning as well as a situational judgement test and personality assessment.

 BNSF Test Questions

Verbal Reasoning

The verbal reasoning section will measure your ability to make logical conclusions based on text. You will be given a short (1-2 lines) text, and then be asked a question regarding several statements. You may be asked which statement is true based on the text, or a question directly related to the text itself. The kicker? You only have 2 minutes per question!

Tip: Make sure to only base your reasoning on the information given in the text. Examine the statements in a world in which only the information given is known to be true.

Here are some Verbal BNSF Test sample questions for you to try. Remember that you have only 2 minutes per question in the real test, so you can challenge yourself by trying to answer them withing that time limit!

Verbal Reasoning Question 1

  • Sue loves eating cookies and chocolate.
  • Sue brushes her teeth twice a day and uses mouthwash.

Which of the following statements MUST be true?

A. Sue does not have tooth decay.
B. Sue has tooth decay.
C. If Sue brushed her teeth, she will not eat cookies afterwards.
D. None of these
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is D.

Statements A, B, and C could be correct/incorrect if our only source of information is the text.

 

Verbal Reasoning Question 2

  • People who drink alcohol excessively are more likely to develop liver problems.
  • Jane drinks alcohol excessively.
  • Erik Doesn't drink alcohol at all.

Which of the following statements MUST be true?

A. Jane is more likely to develop liver problems than Erik.
B. Jane has liver problems.
C. Erik does not have liver problems.
D. Eric will not have liver problems and Jane will.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is A.

Statement A: If we base our conclusions only on the text, Jane is more likely to develop liver problems than Erik, since she drinks excessively and he does not. So, this statement MUST be true.

Statement B: Since all we know about drinking excessively is that it increases the likelihood of liver problems, we cannot say for sure that Jane will develop them. It is wholly possible that she will not, without contradicting the information we are given.

Statement C: Since all we know about drinking excessively is that it increases the likelihood of liver problems, we cannot say for sure that Erik will not develop them. It is wholly possible that he will, without contradicting the information we are given.

Statement D: For the same reasons statements B & C are not necessarily true based on the text, it is possible for Erik to develop liver problems in the future and for Jane not to.

 

Verbal Reasoning Question 3

  • All the prisoners in the prison buy in the canteen once a week.
  • Most murderers buy cigarettes.
  • Some thieves buy chocolate.
A. At the prison, more cigarettes are sold than chocolate
B. Simon the thief did not buy in the canteen last week.
C. David the murderer went to the three weeks ago.
D. More prisoners buy cigarettes than chocolate.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C.

Statements A and D is not necessarily true- we do not know how many murderers and thieves are in the prison, and would also conditionally need to know what percentage of both bought cigarettes and chocolate to determine these statements' truth value.

Statement B is necessarily incorrect- all prisoners buy in the canteen once a week, so it is not possible for a prisoner to not do so. For the same reason, Statement C is necessarily true.

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Mechanical Reasoning

Mechanical reasoning tests assess your understanding of mechanical concepts and principles, such as levers, gears, and pulleys.

Tip: Familiarize yourself with basic mechanical concepts and practice using sample questions to improve your performance on the real test.

Let's give this test category a try! Remember that for these questions you will only have 2 minutes, like the verbal reasoning questions.

Mechanical Reasoning Sample Questions

1. What is the direction of the wagon's acceleration? (if either, mark C.)

Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test Sample Question - Velocity
A
B
C
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The pendulum is moving backward; therefore, the car is accelerating in the opposite direction.

What happens when an object is in an accelerating system, in the same way, you feel pulled back when the car is speeding up or forwards when it is braking.

Remember the physical principle: When an object is within an accelerating system (another object that accelerates or decelerates), the inner object's force will be in the direction opposite to the acceleration.

Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test Sample Question - Velocity

 

2. In what direction should the acrobat balance his body for the seesaw to become perfectly horizontal? (If neither, Mark C.)

Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test Sample Question - Forces
A
B
C
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

A seesaw is an example of a first-class lever, where the fulcrum is between the effort and load.

For the seesaw to be balanced, the torque applied by the acrobat must increase. Since the acrobat's weight is constant, the only way to increase the input torque is by increasing the distance from the fulcrum.

Moving in direction B will shift the acrobat’s center of gravity farther from the fulcrum, resulting in greater torque, thereby balancing it.

 

3. What will happen if the forward button is pressed for a while, and then released?

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The All-inclusive AON test preparation offers great preparation materials for the BNSF test. 

 

Numerical Reasoning

The BNSF Numeracy Test is based on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Here are a couple of sample questions similar to those on the test:

Numeracy Test Sample Questions

1. Calculate:

(5.3)x(2.2) = ?

A. 11.66.
B. 10.26.
C. 15.46.
D. 12.06.
E. 11.99
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is A.

 

 

 

2. Calculate:

320 x 0.7 = ?

210
165
302
224
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is D.

320 x 0.7 = (320 x 7) / 10 = 2240 / 10 = 224

Spatial Reasoning

The spatial reasoning section is all about being able to understand location and movement in a given space. You may be asked to track changes in cardinal directions or find the shortest routes on maps amongst similar tasks.

Spatial Reasoning Sample Question

A few reports came in about a suspicious-looking van parked outside of a public playground. Upon arriving at the scene you discover that the van has moved and a passerby lets you know that “it was heading eastbound, and then turned right and I saw it turning left over there at the intersection”.

police exam spatial orientation example

What should you report on your radio?

“The suspicious van is heading..”

South
West
East
North
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C.


If the van was heading east and then turned right it means it was first going south, but then the second turn to the left had him facing east again.

Abstract Reasoning

Abstract reasoning questions will task you with finding the odd shape out of a group or understanding different relationships between abstract images.

Abstract Reasoning Sample Question

Choose the object that does not fit the rule all the others do:
scales ix pattern
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scales ix pattern
scales ix pattern
scales ix pattern
scales ix pattern
scales ix pattern
scales ix pattern
scales ix pattern
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is object #3.

The objects form a formal series. All objects contain a ‘V’ shape surrounded by 4 lines cutting across each other. In each object, one of the intersection points is missing. When moving from one object to the next one in the series, the missing intersection shifts one corner anti-clockwise.


The only object that does not fit this rule is object #3, as it has the top-right intersection missing instead of the bottom-right.

Note: The 90°-clockwise movement of the ‘V’ shape is kept throughout the entire series, and thus cannot be the key for solving the question; it only serves as a distraction.

The All-inclusive AON test preparation has preparation materials for AON scales ix, which the BNSF assessment uses for the abstract reasoning section. 

 

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

 SJT questions describe a scenario and then ask you to choose from several responses. You may be asked to rank responses from best to worst or rank the appropriateness of a specific response.

 

Entry-Level Pre-Employment Test at BNSF

Login to GATE Testing System to take the standardized GATE assessment test. This exam is strictly timed. The more you work on sample BNSF pre-employment test questions, the more you will increase your speed and accuracy.

The BNSF Conductor Trainee test and Track Labor assessment both involve reading comprehension, basic math skills and a personality assessment. After you become a Conductor, you are presented with the option of taking the BNSF First Line Supervisor (FLS) assessment. The BNSF FLS assessment includes questions involving situational judgment and items concerning your personal work and life experiences in addition to math, English and behavioral test components.

Applicants for mechanical positions will find a mechanical aptitude test along with English grammar, math skills and personality testing.


Prepare for the BNSF Assessment Test

Exam preparation is always essential if you hope to do your best. The BNSF Railway pre-employment test is no exception. Practicing on sample tests, reviewing an analysis of questions and answers, reading through a BNSF study guide and learning helpful exam strategies all contribute to a successful testing experience. JobTestPrep provides all of the tools needed to get you into the next phase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway hiring process on your way toward a job.


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