Prepare for the TVA AIR, EEI Tests & Hiring Process

7 Facts About the TVA Hiring Process

  1. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.
  2. You can start a career at TVA through one of their many training programs, you can launch your career as an operator, technician, instrument mechanic, and more. For each position, you apply for there will be an assessment test during the hiring process.
  3. TVA periodically offers entry-level training programs for Fossil, Hydro, and Nuclear Training. Some positions that fall under that category are Student Generating Plant Operator, Instrument Mechanic Trainee, Electrical Technician Trainee, and Mechanical Technician Trainee.
  4. TVA also offers positions in Transmission and Power Supply Training frequently. Lineman Apprentice and Electrician Apprentice are just two positions under that category.
  5. For each position that you apply for, you will need to take POSS, MASS, and AIR Testing. These tests measure the skills and abilities required for the job.
  6. Both EEI and AIR are the test providers for the exams you will encounter during the hiring process. Preparing for those tests will help you gain an advantage in the hiring process.
  7. TVA also has internship opportunities for students. They offer two and four-year internships to those who are enrolled in a two-year college or a four-year college/university.

Which Assessment am I Going to Take?

On the TVA hiring process  you are likely to face one of these assessments:

AIR Test - Given to:

  • Groundman Trainee
  • Lineman Apprentice
  • Electrician Apprentice positions

EEI Tests (POSS & MASS) - Given to:

  • Student Generating Plant Operator
  • Mechanical Technician Trainee
  • Combustion Turbine Technician and Combined Cycle Technician Trainee
  • Instrument Mechanic Trainee
  • Hydro Technician Trainee
  • Electrical Technician Trainee

What Is the TVA AIR Test?

The AIR (American Institute of Research) Test is a multiple-choice test given to candidates for electricity-related positions at TVA. The test covers Algebra, Reading comprehension, and Mathematical usage. The test takes 96 minutes to complete and is considered difficult to pass.


Check these sample questions:

Sample Question #1

Consider the following table:

9 1
18 2
27 3
36 4
45 5

Which of the following choices represents the same relationship as demonstrated in this table?

  1. Y = 2X + 1
  2. Y is equivalent to the sum of the value X and a constant C, where C equals 3.
  3. X Y
    2 0.222
    3 0.333
    6 0.666
    10 1.111
  4. TVA AIR Test Sample Question
Answer and Explanation

As can be seen from the table, the relationship is Y = X / 9:

1 = 9 / 9
2 = 18 / 9
3 = 27 / 9
4 = 36 / 9
5 = 45 / 9

Answer (A) is incorrect because if Y = 2X + 1, then when X = 9, Y = 19 instead of 1.

Answer (B) is incorrect because if Y = X + 3, then when X = 9, Y = 12 instead of 1.

Answer (D) is incorrect because in the given table, X is always greater than Y, and in the graph, Y is always greater than X.

Only answer (C) represents the same relationship:

2/9 = 0.222

3/9 = 0.333

6/9 = 0.666

10/9 = 1.111

Therefore, the correct answer is C.


Sample Question #2

Find the missing number on the right:

144 | 73 | 18 | 10 | 520 | ?

  1. 76
  2. 146
  3. 247
  4. 261
Answer and Explanation

Every two terms are a pair. The first number is divided by two and then increased by 1 in order to produce the second term.

144/2+1 = 73
18/2+1 = 10
250/2+1 = 261

Therefore, the correct answer is D.


Sample Question #3

Read the passage below and answer the question:

Last year, road fatalities decreased by 9%. According to the latest figures published by the Department of Transportation today, this year has seen the lowest number of deaths in road traffic since records began. However, road deaths are only the tip of the iceberg, because for every death on US roads there are 10 serious injuries such as damage to the brain or spinal cord. Country by country statistics shows that the number of road deaths per year still varies greatly across the US with the countries reporting the lowest number of fatalities being California, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Maine, with only 30 deaths per million inhabitants. Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and users in certain age groups, notably the elderly, are particularly affected by serious road injuries.

Which of the following statements is correct?

  1. Cyclists should be banned from riding on the roads.
  2. More animals are killed by cars than by pedestrians.
  3. Road deaths are on the rise in Vermont.
  4. There are more serious injuries than deaths.
Answer and Explanation

Option D is correct. This is what the text states: "for every death... there are 10 serious injuries".

What About the EEI Tests?

If you're going to take one of the two EEI tests (POSS/MASS), prepare yourself to encounter a variety of different question types.

Here are the types of questions you'll get on each test:

Reading Comprehension v v
Mechanical Concepts v v
Mathematical Usage Version 1   v
Mathematical Usage Version 2 v  
Figural Reasoning v v

You can read more about each test on our dedicated EEI pages for the POSS Test and the MASS test.


Come Prepared

TVA's recruitment process is rigorous, but with extensive practice, you can improve your chances of being selected to work at TVA. Start preparing yourself now for the company's aptitude tests with JobTestPrep.


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