Ramsay Maintenance Test / Multicraft Practice and Info [2021]
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What Is the Ramsay Maintenance Test?

The Ramsay Maintenance Test (also referred to as the Ramsay Multicraft Test) is a specific version of the Ramsay Mechanical Test conducted for maintenance mechanics and technicians as a part of their hiring process. It is considered a journey-level test and assesses knowledge in a variety of mechanical and electrical topics.

Note that the Ramsay Maintenance Test is not to be confused with the Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Test (MAT-4) (as many info sources out there conflate the two).

The Ramsay MAT is a much simpler test that contains questions about things like gears, basic physics, and everyday working tools.


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The Ramsay Multicraft Test

The Ramsay MultiCrafTest (A6), conducted to journey and above-journey level candidates, is one of Ramsay’s most popular and professional tests, and most large employers using Ramsay tests, such as Amazon, Walmart, or the USPS, use it or some variation of it.

According to Ramsay Corporation, the test provider, the Multicraft Test “assesses technicians for proficiency in mechanical and electrical knowledge and skills”.

It contains, as the name suggests, a variety of topics – ranging from motors and hydraulics to PLCs and electrical diagram reading.


Ramsay Multicraft Test Structure and Content Areas

The test contains 60 questions in 7 topics (content areas):

Topic

Questions

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

7

Welding and Rigging

7

Power Transmission, Lubrication, Mechanical Maintenance and Shop Machines, Tools, and Equipment

12

Pumps, Piping, and Combustion

9

Motors, Control Circuits, Schematics, and Print Reading

9

Digital Electronics, Power Supplies, Computers, PLC, and Test Instruments

8

Basic AC and DC Theory, Power Distribution, and Electrical Maintenance

8

While untimed, you are expected to complete the test within approximately 1 hour.

The test topics and questions on the Ramsay Multicraft Test, (as in all of Ramsay Corp’s tests) are taken from Ramsay’s secret pool of questions.

Why secret? I’m getting there.


Ramsay’s Secret Pool of Questions

Ramsay Corporation’s tests are some of the most confidential tests in the entire testing world. Every employer using them is required to adhere to a very strict proctoring and identification process for their candidates.

But what’s the catch?

That high confidentiality allows Ramsay to basically use one big pool of questions for all their tests.

And that’s exactly what they do. They scramble the questions, mix them up – but in the end – it’s all from the same source.

And they even say so themselves.

If you take a closer look at the Ramsay product catalog (as I did), you will see right away that test topics repeat themselves in many, many tests.

So, whether you are taking the Ramsay MultiCraft test, the Ramsay Mectest, or the Ramsay Maintest, you are very likely to encounter very similar topics and questions. Therefore, practicing with a large pool of questions covering relevant test topics is your safest bet for success.

Ramsay Maintenance Tests Practice Pack (2021 Edition)

 


See What You'll Get
  • 4 Ramsay Maintenance/Multicraft - Style Practice Tests
  • 4 additional topic-specific practice tests for the MecTest and MultiCrafTest
  • A pool of over 300 Ramsay-style questions
  • 5 Study guides for prevalent topics
  • Bonus: 52 Personality Tests
  • Get a glimpse

Please note: There is an overlap between the MecTest and MultiCrafTest practice tests, since a candidate is not requested to take both.


Ramsay Maintenance Test Practice Questions (with Answers)

 

Print Reading Sample Question

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

amazon ramsay maintenance test print reading sample question

 

Power Transmission Sample Question

Which bearing can sustain axial as well as radial loads?

Cylindrical roller bearing
Tapered roller bearing
Thrust ball bearing
None of the above
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is B.

Cylindrical roller bearings (A) use rods rather than balls. They can provide better performance than ball bearings and are used for systems with radial loads.

Tapered roller bearings (B), on the other hand, can provide radial loads as well as uni-directional thrust loads.

Thrust bearings (C) are designed to deal mainly with axial load.

 

Electrical Theory Sample Question

An instrument is measuring a physical quantity that changes frequently with time. The instrument should have _____________ damping.

 

Low
High
Alternating
Average
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is A.

Damping in instruments is caused by the resistance or the friction in the measuring elements. Higher damping causes slow responses which are not desirable for systems with higher response rates.

In order to measure the physical quantity at higher rates, the instrument should have less damping.

 

More Ramsay test sample questions and answers

 


How to Practice and Pass the Ramsay Maintenance Test - 3 Rules

Maintenance or Multicraft tests are knowledge-based tests, meaning that they require much more memorization than mechanical aptitude tests.

While it is a challenging task to go over the enormous scope of knowledge they entail, here are three basic practice rules for success:

 

Rule #1 - Make the Most out of Every Question

 

Since the scope of the Ramsay Multicraft Test is so vast, it is important to extract the most information from each and every question.

Although memorization is key with Ramsay Maintenance Tests, you should not merely memorize answers to practice questions hoping they will appear on the actual exam.

Whenever you encounter a question, try to make the most out of it. After understanding why the correct answer is correct, try and understand why the others aren't. Try considering other forms in which this question could have come and answer them in your mind.

Let's look at an example of a question adapted from the Ramsay Multicraft Test:

Which type of valve should be used when a precise, low flow is required?

  1. Check
  2. Needle
  3. Gate
  4. Both A and B
Memorization Explanation

The correct answer is B.

A needle valve is constructed as an elongated, narrow plunger inside a small port. This structure enables the valve to regulate the flow with high precision.

Knowledge Explanation

The correct answer is B.

A needle valve is constructed as an elongated, narrow plunger inside a small port. This structure enables the valve to regulate the flow with high precision. However, it is not capable of withstanding high pressure.

A check valve is a valve that enables flow in only one direction, using a ball, a piston or a spring-loaded flapper.

A gate valve operates by lifting a gate from the path of the fluid. These gates are planar and are mostly used with high-volume, unrestricted flow.

You can easily see that the knowledge expressed in the second explanation can be used to answer up to 3 or 4 other questions on the exam. It is, therefore, crucial to read the full answer explanation and utilize the knowledge it contains.

 

Rule #2 - Focus on the Main Issues

 

Make sure to focus on the main subjects of the exam – mostly hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical maintenance and welding.

Your chances of passing the Ramsay maintenance tests depend on your overall score and not on your scores on specific sections. (See some more explanation on Ramsay test scoring).

That is why you should focus your efforts on the main topics found in the test – hydraulics and pneumatics, mechanical maintenance, welding, and rigging.

By leaning your focus toward studying these major subjects first, you can improve your chances of earning a high score.

That said, it's important to maintain a reasonable score on each subject, which brings us to the next point.

 

Rule #3 - Don't Completely Neglect a Subject

 

Maintenance and mechanic jobs require knowledge on a variety of topics. Even with a high overall score, scoring too low in one area might not be a good sign for the employer.

It is true that maximizing your overall score should be your top priority with Ramsay Maintenance Test. However, remember that this test is designed to measure your knowledge over multiple topics – a trait often essential for mechanics and maintenance employees, who are often in charge of a multitude of technical, mechanical, and electrical systems.

Neglecting to study a specific subject might result in a substantially lower score for it, and although your overall score might be high, employers are probably not too keen to take on a maintenance worker who knows absolutely nothing about a particular subject.

So, make sure you go over all subjects at least once.


The Ramsay MecTest

The Ramsay MecTest is another popular maintenance test conducted by Ramsay. While the Multicraft test contains both mechanical and electrical topics, the MecTest focuses strictly on mechanical ones.

Similar to the Multicraft Test, the MecTest contains 60 questions and should be solved in around 1 hour.

Preparing for the Ramsay Multicraft Test gets you covered for the MecTest as well.

 

Topic

Questions

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

15

Print Reading

4

Welding and Rigging

7

Power Transmission

5

Lubrication

4

Pumps and Piping

7

Mechanical Maintenance

10

Shop Machines, Tools, and Equipment

8

 

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