Created by the International Union of Elevator Construction (IUEC) and the National Elevator Industry, Inc., the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) is a joint labor-management and education program that serves the IUEC industry. Its EIAT Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (aka Elevator Test) aims to provide skill and knowledge to candidates who can, later on, utilize while working in the elevator industry.

The purpose of the EIAT is to gauge the ability of the candidate to work in the elevator industry. To pass the test, the candidate will need to complete two stages: a pre-apprenticeship aptitude test, followed by an interview. To pass, candidates will need to reach 70 points or higher. If you did not pass, you can re-apply for the test again.

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The Elevator Aptitude Test is composed of three sections: (1) reading comprehension, (2) mechanical comprehension, and (3) arithmetic computation. The test is pass/fail, and requires a 70% or higher to pass. Those who pass will face a tool recognition test and an interview. High scorers improve their chances to be called for an interview.

The written test features a variety of reading, mechanical and numerical questions. The interview potion highlights your behavior and personality, work experience, school record, and much more. The test-interview is conducted by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) and will take at least 15-20 minutes. In the interview, you will be judged by each interviewer and the average of your two scores will become the final interview score.

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1. Help in becoming a professional elevator installer

Since the NEIEP develops the test, if you pass, it should be simple to obtain a professional apprenticeship job.

2. Used by many renowned companies

The Elevator Apprentice Test is used by many companies, such as IUEC, OTIS, and Skyline; simply pass the test and get employment in these companies.

3. Same questions for all candidates

Since all applicants will be asked the same set of questions, be prepared! Practice sample questions to get the hang of what the interviewer can ask.

4. Simple and accessible

To become an apprentice, you have to complete the application process by filling out the associated form. To request the application, just contact the nearest branch of the International Union of Elevator Contractors.

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Are you preparing for an apprenticeship in the elevator industry? If so, you have to pass the EIAT. Here are some technical facts you should know before taking the test:

Test Fast Facts (tl;dr)

  • 15-20 minutes long.
  • Multiple-choice.
  • Get 70% or more to pass.
  • Question types: reading comprehension, mechanical comprehension, and arithmetic computation.
  • Calculators are not permitted.
  • Bring a form of ID.

Common and past names of the test

  • Elevator Test
  • Elevator Industry Aptitude Test
  • Elevator Mechanic Apprenticeship Entrance Exam
  • Elevator Mechanics Exam
  • Elevator Apprenticeship Test
  • NEIEP Aptitude Test
  • NEIEP Application Test
  • Tech Elevator Aptitude Test
  • IUEC Local One test

The process to be an Elevator Constructor Apprentice

  1. Apply for the relevant position
  2. Complete the application process
  3. Pass the aptitude test
  4. Complete the tool assessment test
  5. Pass the interview process and you’re done!

Sections covered

The test will feature three main areas:

  1. Reading Comprehension: brush-up your reading skills.
  2. Mechanical Comprehension: this will assess your ability to understand mechanical concepts.
  3. Arithmetic computation: this will test your math skills.

Who can apply?

To apply, a candidate needs to be over the age of 18 and either have his or her high school diploma or GED certificate.

Where do I send my application?

All documents including the complete Apprenticeship application, the copy of the GED certificate or high school diploma are submitted online.

What happens after I submit my application?

After an application is submitted, you will have to pass two more steps: The Elevator Industry Aptitude Test and the interview.

How can I apply for the test?

Approach your local branch of the International Union of Elevator Construction (IUEC) to take the test. They will give you details about the application packages and apprenticeship programs.

When should I expect to take the test?

The IUEC will send you the date and time of your Elevator Industry Aptitude Test once you complete the application, or after your high school transcript or GED results arrive if these are not yet available at the time of your application.

Is there a penalty for wrong answers?

There’s no penalty for incorrect answers, which means you can also guess if you don’t know the correct answer.

What is the minimum targeted score?

Any candidate who scores below 70 is not eligible for the next stage. To pass the test, you need to answer correctly at least 70% of the questions.

What to expect from the interview?

Once you pass the aptitude exam, you will be scheduled for the interview. You will receive notification of the day and time of the interview.

Who will perform the interview?

The interview is conducted by two members of the JAC (Joint Apprenticeship Committee). Usually, one interviewer will be connected to the International Union of Elevator Construction (IUEC), and the other will be connected to the industry.

How long will the interview be?

The interview usually lasts for 15-20 minutes. The interviewer will ask each candidate the exact same questions, and the candidates will be assessed by their mechanical ability, past work experience, and personality.

Do the two interviewers score individually?

Yes! You will get a score from each interviewer, and then the average of the two scores will become your final interview score. You will be ranked via the four-tier ranking system, which is based on your final scores.

What if I fail in the exam?

You will not be interviewed if you fail to reach the minimum score. However, you can re-apply for the next recruitment period.

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The final assessment is based on a four-tier system:

  • Tier 1 – 96-100 points
  • Tier 2 – 90-95 points
  • Tier 3 – 80-89 points
  • Tier 4 – 70-79 points

The higher your score, the higher the chance an employer will hire you. Practicing is essential.

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What is the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test?

The Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) is a pre-employment test that measures a candidate’s reading, mechanical, and numerical abilities and also includes an in-person interview. Companies will look at the results of both the written test and the interview to determine whether you are a good candidate to consider hiring.

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It is imperative to get a high score on the test so recruiters can feel confident that hiring you is a good decision because the test shows your ability to both use your previous knowledge fluently and catch on quickly to new tasks.

What to Expect on the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test?

The EIAT is comprised of a 15-20 minute test and includes multiple-choice questions in three different areas:

1. Reading comprehension
2. Mechanical comprehension
3. Arithmetic computation

There is no penalty for answering incorrectly, so is it definitely a good idea to answer even if you’re not sure you are correct. Of course, you should try to answer as many questions correctly as you can. Once you have taken the test, you will be notified if you passed and if you did, you will be scheduled for an interview.

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1. Work on your skills

Practice! Practicing the different sections repeatedly will help you improve your skills and answer more questions correctly during the time limit.

2. Read fluently

Read plenty of books prior to the test to improve your reading comprehension (not included in the above sample questions, yet included in the test and in iPrep’s course.)

3. Practice math equations

You will encounter a variety of math questions, including algebra, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is essential to practice and sharpen your math skills.

4. Guess and move on

Since wrong answers will not negatively impact your overall score, and given the time limitation, don’t spend too much time on any one question, guess the answer and move on.

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Who will administer the test?

The International Union of Elevator Construction (IUEC) administers the test.

What score is needed to pass the test?

You need to score at least 70/100 to pass the test. If you got 69.5 or less, you will have to reapply for the test.

How will I know if I am eligible for the test?

Within 15 days of the IUEC receiving your application and associated documents, you will get an exam date.

Will I be informed of my eligibility for the interview?

You will get a notification for the date and time of the interview if you are qualified for it.

Is there anything else required to qualify for the test?

Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility, nothing else is needed to qualify for the test.

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Companies like OTIS and Kone rely on the test to ensure they have skilled and professional elevator installers and repairers employed.

NEIEP, the National Elevator Industry Educational Program, has served the International Union of Elevator Construction (IUEC) for many years. Companies have been relying on NEIEP because of their meticulous curriculum design and evaluation program. NEIEP’s aim is to improve the skills, knowledge, and mechanical skills of the candidates, and to help them get ready for the expected job.

Disclaimer – All the information and prep materials on iPrep are genuine and were created for tutoring purposes. iPrep is not affiliated with NEIEP nor with IUEC, which are the owners of the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test.

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Welcome to iPrep’s Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) course.

This course will help you boost your skills and with it your confidence towards your upcoming aptitude test. This is the test that you need to pass in order to be accepted for the IUEC apprenticeship programs. The course will provide you with the following tools and benefits:

  • You will become familiar with the test’s various types of questions.
  • You will be given an EIAT-style simulation test. This simulation is divided into two sections – the Math and Mechanical Comprehension section and the Reading Comprehension section. Each section includes similar questions to those you will encounter in the real test with the same level of difficulty. Experiencing the test’s time pressure will ensure it will not come as a surprise on test day.
  • You will be provided with a great variety of helpful tips for the different types of questions. Some of the tips are in the introductory sections while most are in the detailed explanations that follow each question.

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By the end of this course, you will be more knowledgeable and comfortable with the aptitude test – Knowledge and familiarity with the test are the two most significant factors that can help you maximize your score and improve your chances of success.

The course is comprised of both practice and learning sessions. We will guide you through learning lessons with essential information about your upcoming elevator mechanic apprenticeship aptitude test. These lessons will help you understand the underlying techniques that are essential for succeeding on the test.

The course is then concluded by its core component – simulating timed EIAT-style tests that follow the structure and concepts of the elevator industry aptitude Test. Once done, you will be able to get full question explanations and even see how well you performed in comparison with other people who have taken the test.

Wishing you an enjoyable learning experience!

Skills You Will Learn

Basic mathBasic algebraReading comprehensionMechanical comprehension


  1. Course Introduction
  2. Question Types Introduction
  3. Tool Recognition
  4. Test-Taking Tips
  5. Elevator Industry Aptitude Test-Style Simulations
  6. Course Conclusion


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Get to know what the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) will be like by practicing with these sample questions:


Question 1 of 9

If the middle gear is rotating clockwise, which gear, A or B, will rotate in the same direction?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C. Neither A nor B


The correct answer is C – Neither A nor B.

It can be observed from the image that gears A and B are linked directly to the middle gear. However, when two gears are directly linked, their tangential velocities are always the same, although the directions of their rotation are always opposite to each other.

In our case, the velocity vector between the middle gear and gear A will point upwards and direction of rotation of the middle gear and gear A will be clockwise and counterclockwise respectively. Similarly, the velocity vector between the middle gear G and gear B will point downwards and the rotation of gear B will be counterclockwise. Hence both the gears A and B will rotate in the opposite direction of the middle gear.


Question 2 of 9

Similar balls are thrown to containers A and B. The ball sinks in container A and floats in container B. Which container is filled with denser liquid?

(If the information is insufficient, mark C.)

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.


The correct answer is B

When an object is immersed in liquid, a pressure difference is created between its opposite sides. This pressure difference causes a force that pushes the object upwards, known as buoyancy. It is defined as:

Buoyant Force B = density of liquid (ρ) × displaced volume of fluid (V) × gravitational acceleration(g)

This shows that the denser the liquid, the greater the buoyant force and the object will be more likely to float. In our case, liquid in container B must be denser for the same ball to float higher. Forces acting on the ball are shown in the figure below:


Question 3 of 9

In which case is a stronger force required to lift the load?

(If equal, mark C.)

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.


The correct answer is B.

In the given scenario, the weight is being supported by two different mechanisms. In case A, the weight is being lifted with the help of four pulleys joined by a single string, while four parts of the string lift the load. The tension force in the string will be equally divided between the parts of the string. Hence the total effort required to lift the load “W’ will be “W/4.”

In case B, there are two strings, each connected to two pulleys and having two pieces each. The load, in this case, will be divided into two since two strings are being used. First, analyze the left string. The load to be lifted is W/2. The tension in each piece of the string will be half the load, i.e. W/4. The tension in the right string will also be the same. Since two people are pulling in case B, each will require an effort of W/4 and the total effort will be W/2. Hence Case B will require a stronger force in lifting the load.


Question 4 of 9

Which of the two illustrated scenarios is physically possible?

(If both or neither, mark C.)

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.


The correct answer is C – both are possible.

The given scenario shows a class 1 lever balanced in two different cases. We assume load on the right side of the fulcrum and effort on the left. Now, in case A, load and effort are equal and so are the moment arms of both load and effort. This means that the moments of both the load and effort cancel out each other and as a result, the lever is balanced. Hence, case A is very likely to be possible.

In case b, the effort is greater than the load, but the moment arm of effort is smaller than the moment arm of the load. The resultant moment in this case will also be zero since the moment is the product of force and moment arm and one factor compensates for the other in this case. Therefore this case is also physically possible.

Therefore, both scenarios are physically possible.


Question 5 of 9


$$$ \dfrac{1}{2}-\dfrac{2}{9} = ?$$$

  • $$$ \dfrac{7}{18} $$$
  • $$$ \dfrac{2}{9} $$$
  • $$$ \dfrac{1}{3} $$$
  • $$$ \dfrac{5}{18} $$$


The correct answer is $$$ \dfrac{5}{18} $$$

$$$ \dfrac{1}{2}-\dfrac{2}{9} $$$ The LCM is 18
$$$ \dfrac{1\times9}{2\times9}-\dfrac{2\times2}{9\times2} $$$

$$$ \dfrac{9}{18}-\dfrac{4}{18} $$$ Subtract the numerators
$$$ \dfrac{9-4}{18} $$$

$$$ \dfrac{5}{18} $$$


Question 6 of 9

Write the solution in the box below:

434 ÷ 31 = ?
The correct answer is 14.

As 31 is clearly higher than 4, you may begin the long division by asking yourself how many times 31 goes into 43 (the first two digits). Then, you bring down the last digit 4. If you are not certain about the answer, it is recommended to subtract 31 from the remainder of the dividend and count how many times you had to repeat the action to reach a remainder of zero.


Question 7 of 9

Which of the following has the lowest value?

  • 1/3 + 1/6
  • 1/5 + 1/8
  • 1/2 + 1/10
  • 1/4 + 1/7


The correct answer is 1/5 + 1/8.


In this problem, you may try to calculate the exact value of each expression, but two observations may help you quickly figure out which expression has the lowest value.

  • First observation – only 1/2 + 1/10 is an expression higher than 1/2 and it can be eliminated.
  • Second observation – recall that in any comparison of fractions with equal numerators, the fraction with the higher denominator has the lower value. If you compare the expression 1/5 + 1/8 to the other two options, it has two fractions which respectively have lower values than the components of the other expressions (i.e. 1/5 is smaller than both 1/3 and 1/4 AND 1/8 is smaller than both 1/6 and 1/7); therefore, it must have the lowest value overall.

The complete calculation of the expressions:

  • 1/3 + 1/6 = 2/6 + 1/6 = 3/6 = 1/2 = 0.5
  • 1/5 + 1/8 = 0.2 + 0.125 = 0.325
  • 1/2 + 1/10 = 0.5 + 0.1 = 0.6
  • 1/4 + 1/7 = 0.25 + 0.143~ = 0.393~
  • In order to efficiently solve problems that involve the comparison of fractions and decimals, we recommend having the ability to convert simple fractions, decimals, and percentages from one form to another. The following table includes the most common values used in cognitive ability tests. We recommend learning it by heart as the exam gets closer:
    Numerical Values Expressed as Percentages, Fractions, and Decimals
    Percentages (%) Decimals (N.r) Fractions (a/b) Equivalent Fractions
    0.01% 0.0001 1/10000
    0.1% 0.001 1/1000
    0.2% 0.002 1/500 2/1000
    0.25% 0.0025 1/400
    0.5% 0.005 1/200 5/1000
    1% 0.01 1/100 10/1000
    2% 0.02 1/50 2/100, 20/1000
    5% 0.05 1/20 5/100
    10% 0.1 1/10 2/20, 10/100
    11.11% 0.111 1/9 2/18, 10,90
    12.50% 0.125 1/8 2/16, 10/80
    14.28%~ 0.143~ 1/7 2/14, 10/70
    16.66% 0.166 1/6 2/12, 10/60
    20% 0.2 1/5 2/10, 20/100
    25% 0.25 1/4 2/8, 5/20, 25/100
    30% 0.3 3/10 6/20
    33.33% 0.333 1/3 2/6, 3/9, 4/12, 5/15
    40% 0.4 2/5 4/10, 6/15, 8/20
    50% 0.5 1/2 2/4, 3/6, 4/8, 5/10
    60% 0.6 3/5 6/10, 9/15, 12/20
    66.66% 0.666 2/3 4/6, 6/9, 8/12, 10/15
    75% 0.75 3/4 6/8, 9/12, 12/16, 15/20
    80% 0.8 4/5 8/10, 12/15, 16/20
    90% 0.9 9/10 18/20
    100% 1.0 1 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 10/10…
    110% 1.1 1 1/10 11/10
    120% 1.2 1 1/5 6/5, 12/10
    125% 1.25 1 1/4 5/4, 10/8
    133% 1.33 1 1/3 4/3, 8/6, 12/9
    150% 1.5 1 1/2 3/2, 6/4, 12/8, 15/10
    200% 2.0 2 2/1, 4/2, 6/3, 10/5…
    500% 5.0 5 5/1, 10/2, 15/3…
    1000% 10.0 10 10/1, 20/2, 50/5…
    10000% 100.0 100 100/1, 1000/10…


Question 8 of 9

Which of the following has the highest value?

  • 4.119
  • 0.7489
  • 3.981
  • 3.69899
  • 3.096


The correct answer is 4.119

Explanation: The first thing you should do when you encounter questions of this type is to check the value of the integer part. The number with the highest integer value always points to the number with the highest value overall. If some answers have the same value for the integer part, then the highest value is determined by the value of the leftmost decimal digit, the one closest to the decimal point. If the leftmost decimal digit is also identical, the highest value is determined by the next decimal digit, etc.

In this case, answer A has the highest integer part value – 4, thus it is the correct answer.


Question 9 of 9

Which of the following has the lowest value?

  • 1/4 + 0.2
  • 0.32 + 0.19
  • 2/5 + 0.1
  • 1/2 – 0.01
  • 1/3 + 1/6

The correct answer is 1/4 + 0.2

Explanation: In questions that involve expressions comprised of both decimals and fractions, it is usually easier to convert all expressions to decimals and only then to compare them. An exception is the last expression, which is more easily simplified by finding a common denominator.

  • 1/4 + 0.2 = 0.25 + 0.2 = 0.45 → the lowest value
  • 32 + 0.19 = 0.51
  • 2/5 + 0.1 = 0.4 + 0.1 = 0.5
  • 1/2 – 0.01 = 0.5 – 0.01 = 0.49
  • 1/3 + 1/6 = 2/6 + 1/6 = 3/6 = 1/2 = 0.5



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