Everything You Need to Know

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 Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) 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.

The purpose of the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test (EIAT) is to gauge the ability of the candidate to work in the elevator industry.

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.

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 process to be an Elevator Constructor Apprentice is as follows:

  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!

Test Features

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.

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.

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.

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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Technical Facts

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:

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.

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


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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Test Provider

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.

Sample Questions

Sample Question 1

Given that X: 8 = 4, what is the value of X?

  1. 8
  2. 4
  3. 2
  4. 32

Sample Question 2

The table represents the prices of different office supplies:

Product – Price
Calendar – $10
Personalized stationery (1 pack)- $25
Mousepad – $5
Laser pointer – $35

How much should the customer pay if he/she has to buy seven mousepads, two personalized stationery pads, three laser pointers, and ten calendars?

  1. $220
  2. $290
  3. $75
  4. $250

Sample Question 3

Baker Street is 1.5 miles in length, so how long it is in feet?

1 mile = 5,280 feet

  1. 5,280
  2. 2,640
  3. 10,506
  4. 7,920

Sample Question 4

Which is the closest decimal approximation to 0.38 from below fractions?

  1. 3/6
  2. 3/7
  3. 3/8
  4. 3/9

Sample Question 5

Many parents and not enough time socializing worry that their children spend too much time playing video games.

Which phrase is misplaced in the above sentence?

  1. And not enough time socializing
  2. Spend too much time
  3. Worry that their children
  4. Many parents

Tips for Passing

One essential tip to ace any aptitude test is to prepare yourself before the exam date. Here are few additional tips:

  • Practice reading: This will increase your speed as well as improve your vocabulary.
  • Brush-up your mechanical skills: Read and learn about mechanical equipment and be prepared before taking the test. Good mechanical skills will help you achieve the success you desire.
  • Practice math: You will also encounter math and algebra questions. Practice as many questions as you can until you can solve them with ease.
  • Don’t leave any question unanswered: Since there is no penalty for a wrong answer, don’t spend too much time on any particular question. Guess if you don’t know the answer and move to the next question. Try solving as many questions as you can. Don’t leave any question unattended; you will not get any negative score for trying.

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