Ramsay Electrical Test Practice and Overview [2021]
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What Is the Ramsay Electrical Test (ElecTest)?

The Electrical Maintenance Test is a pre-employment test conducted for candidates for electrician and electrical maintenance jobs. Therefore, it is also often referred to as an Electrical Maintenance Test.

The test is administered by Ramsay Corporation, the world’s leading provider of professional and mechanical assessments.

It contains 60 questions on 8 content areas and lasts about an hour.

 

Equivalent Names of the Ramsay Electrical Test

  • Electrical Maintenance Test
  • Ramsay ElecTest
  • Ramsay Maintenance Electrician Test

Ramsay Electrical Test Content and Topics

 The Ramsay Electrical Test covers 8 topics:

  • Motors – 8 questions
  • Digital and Analog Electronics – 9 questions
  • Schematics, Print Reading, and Control Circuits – 11 questions
  • Basic AC/DC Theory and Electrical Maintenance – 6 questions
  • Computers/PLC and Test Instruments – 9 questions
  • Power Supplies – 5 questions
  • Power Distribution and Construction/Installation – 6 questions
  • Mechanical and Hand/Power Tools – 6 questions

All questions on the Ramsay Electrical Test are multiple-choice with 4 answer options. Some questions include schematics and prints, especially in the Schematics, PLC, and Electronics sections.


Electrical Maintenance Test (ElecTest) Sample Questions and Answers

Below are 6 sample questions to demonstrate the test's level of content.

Schematics

What will happen if the forward button is pressed and released after a while?

amazon ramsay maintenance test print reading sample question

 

AC/DC Theory

In a 110V electrical system, there are three appliances: appliance A (550W) appliance B (770W), and appliance C (330W). Given that all appliances operate simultaneously, what is the minimum required fuse rating?

A. 30A
B. 25A
C. 20A
D. 15A
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is C.

The minimal fuse rating should be higher than the normal operating current of the system. Since an electrical system is connected in parallel, the total current in the system when all three appliances are working is the sum of all three.

The current consumption of each appliance is calculated by:

I = P/V

Where:

  • I = Current [Ampere]
  • P = Power [Watt]
  • V = Voltage [Volt]

Therefore:

  • Appliance A consumes 550/110 = 5A
  • Appliance B consumes 770/110 = 7A
  • Appliance C consumes 330/110 = 3A

The total current in the system is 5 + 7 + 3 = 15A

In order to withstand normal working conditions, the minimal fuse amperage rating must be greater than 15A, thus 20A.

 

Control Circuits

Identify the relay type shown below:

amazon ramsay maintenance test electrical theory sample question
A. SPST
B. SPDT
C. DPDT
D. None of the Above 
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is B.

SPDT is a single pole double throw relay. The schematic diagram of an SPDT is shown below.

There are three terminals:

  • COM (common)
  • NO (normally open)
  • NC (normally closed).

When the relay is OFF, the COM terminal is connected with the NC terminal and when the relay is ON, the COM terminal is connected with the NO terminal. The schematic diagram of SPST (single pole single throw) and DPDT (double pole double throw) are also shown below.

amazon control systems electrical sample question answer

 

Electronics and PLC

What is the equivalent Boolean expression for the PLC program below?

amazon control systems plc sample question
C(AB+D)
C+D(A+B)
C+(AB)D
ABCD
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is A.

Below are the steps of analysis:

 

Motors

In induction motors, the difference between the synchronous and asynchronous speed of the rotor is referred to as:

A. Single phasing
B. Slip
C. No-load speed
D. None of the above
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is B.

Induction motors which are also called asynchronous motors work on the principle of induction which is inducing a current in the rotor by changing the magnetic field of the stator.

We can differentiate two definitions of speed in induction motors:

  • Synchronous speed – The speed of the changing magnetic field.
  • Asynchronous speed – The speed of the rotor (which is different from the synchronous speed).

The difference between these two is called slip. Therefore, B is the correct choice.

As for the other answers, single phasing (A) occurs when one of the motor terminals is loose or disconnected making the motor run on a single-phase. No-load speed of a motor (C) is the maximum speed of a motor when there is no load applied.

 

Test Instruments

In electrical circuits, voltmeter is always connected in ____________ and ammeter is always connected in ____________.

A. series, parallel
B. series, series
C. parallel, parallel
D. parallel, series
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is D.

In electrical circuits, voltmeters are always used in parallel to the nodes where the potential is required to be determined. However, ammeters are always connected in series to measure the desired current in the branches. These connections are shown in the figure below.

ramsay test instruments answer

What Is the Passing Score on the Ramsay Electrical Test?

There is no clean-cut passing score for the ElecTest, and that score depends on the specific position you applied to, as well as the mean score of other candidates.

However, according to the official test statistics provided by Ramsay Corporation, the estimated passing score of the Ramsay Electrical Test is around 40/60. That calculation is based on an average score of 32/60 and a standard deviation of 9.5.

That score might seem low, but it contains the top 20% of test scores, the common threshold on pre-employment tests.


How to Practice and Pass the ElecTest

Here are 3 important tips to maximize your Ramsay Electrical Test Score:

#1 – Learn Your Way Around Schematics

Reading and interpreting electrical schematics is one of the major topics on the Ramsay Electrical Test. In fact, this topic alone (combined with control circuits) constitutes nearly 20% of the test questions.

In addition, you will also be required to read electrical schematics in other test topics, such as PLCs, Motors, Electronics, etc.

Make sure you have a very good understanding of the various annotations and symbols used in electrical prints, ladder logic schematics, etc. It is invaluable for your success on the test.

 

#2 – Review the Theory

Although the Ramsay Electrical Test puts great emphasis on practical knowledge, it is, after all, a written test. As such, many questions will deal with the theoretical foundations and definitions of topics included.

That is one of these areas where job experience can actually harm your chances – since the theory is often not required in day-to-day work, many experienced candidates tend to forget these concepts over the years.

Don’t make that mistake. When going through Ramsay Electrical Test practice tests, make sure you understand the definitions and theoretical grounds behind every question you solve.

 

#3 – You Can Return to Your Answers and Change Them

That important tip is going to be of great help during your prep. If you find a question particularly difficult, don’t spend time too much time on it. Select an answer and mark it for later review (the test interface allows you to do so).

Sometimes, disconnecting from the question and getting back to it later, after most of the test is behind you, can give you a fresh, more relaxed look at the question.

Important note: Since an unanswered question is scored 0, always pick some answer before clicking the “Review” checkbox. That will make sure that even if you forget to review the question (or ran out of time) you will not leave it blank.


Ramsay Electrical Test Practice

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  • Practice tests for all 8 test topics (Digital Electronics, Print Reading, AC/DC Theory, etc.)
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