Elevator Industry Aptitude Test: Free Practice & Prep Guides

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Welcome to the #1 practice spot for the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test, AKA the EIAT. Here you will find: 

  1. a free EIAT practice test
  2. test content breakdown with examples & tips
  3. a prep course to maximize your score potential
  4. a free tool assessment PDF guide

Access all the tools and advice to prepare for and improve your score on this test!


EIAT Test Quick Overview

The Elevator Industry Aptitude Test is a 100-question multiple-choice test consisting of three parts:

  • Reading Comprehension – 25 minutes
  • Mechanical Comprehension – 25 minutes
  • Arithmetic Computation – 40 minutes

Calculator: not allowed

Administration: on paper

Pass score: 70%

The EIAT is  a nationally validated exam, used by the National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) as part of the application process for elevator apprenticeships.

Numerical Reasoning

These questions will assess your ability to work with and understand numbers. Question types will include:

  • Arithmetic 
  • Basic algebra
  • Fractions and decimals

The bad news is that you cannot use a calculator!


  • Calculate 10212 ÷ 222
  • Express 1 and 5/8 as a decimal
  • Which number has the lowest value? 0.3 | 1/3 | 3/8| 20% of 0.6

See more examples in our free practice test.

Verbal Reasoning

This section assesses your ability to read and infer written data. 

  • Sentence completion
  • General vocabulary

Forests of growing trees absorb carbon dioxide, _____ this is released into the atmosphere when they are cut down and allowed to rot, or are burnt. 

  • but
  • or
  • because
  • despite
  • hence

For more examples, take our free practice test.

Mechanical Reasoning

This is perhaps the most challenging section of the test. Questions will review different topics including:

  • Gears
  • Pullies
  • Levers
  • Forces


Which shelf will support the heaviest load?

For more mechanical reasoning example questions, take our free practice test

EIAT Free Sample Test

Take a test to get a feel of what the real Elevator Industry Aptitude Test would be like.

Upon submission, you’ll get a score report that will break down your performance in each section and will compare you to the general population of test-takers who’ve taken this quiz before. You’ll also get a chance to read the explanations per question and to grab some time-saving tips.

Tool Assessment

In addition to the Elevator aptitude test, you will also be asked to complete a short tool assessment, which will test your knowledge of different tools.

  • Tool recognition – identify how each tool looks
  • Tool application – understand what each tool can do
  • Measurements – use rulers properly

We have prepared a free tool assessment PDF guide for you:

Elevator Mechanic Apprenticeship Process

Here’s an infographic that summarizes the step required to apply for an apprenticeship at NEIEB


The Benefits of Practice & How We Can Help You

Practicing for the EIAT test can improve your score. apart from the general sense of confidence you will gain, training allows you to perform better in each section of the test. 

  1. Numerical Reasoning. By far the most important part to train for in advance. This is because calculators are not allowed. Training will help in non-calculator skills and calculating faster.
  2. Mechanical Reasoning. The second most important section to train on. You’ll be surprised at what topics appear here and what tricks and skills you’ll need in order to score high on this section.
  3. Verbal Reasoning. The most straightforward section on the test. You could claim that preparation is not required here, but that’s incorrect. This is because you want to solve these questions quickly. Without training in advance, you will likely be able to solve the questions, but they will take you more time. Time is a  precious resource and you can’t afford spending too much time on verbal reasoning questions.

Maximize your Elevator Test score potential

Our prep course includes all the tools you need to improve your score. Start with a free sample lesson and a practice test.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does NEIEB offer a practice test?

The NEIEB does not offer a practice test, unfortunately.

How long is the EIAT test?

The total time is 90 minutes, divided as follows:

Reading Comprehension – 25 minutes
Mechanical Comprehension – 25 minutes
Arithmetic Computation – 40 minutes

How long should I prep for the EIAT test?

The answer to this question depends on your current level of knowledge of basic math and mechanical concepts.

The more rusty you are, the more time you need. This could be even two weeks of extensive practice in advance to get back on the horse.


Start now with a free practice test

Is the EIAT test hard?

Certain topics on the EIAT can be considered difficult if you face them without prior preparation. This is especially true in the math and mechanical sections of the test. Unlike the verbal part which relies on general and even daily knowledge and skills, the math and mechanical sections rely on specific knowledge, techniques and skills that require training and pre-exposure.

In short, you can turn your EIAT test experience from difficult to easy by training in advance.

External Resources

NEIEB's recruitment openings

Here you’ll see all the available recruitment openings by local:


Good video about the recruitment process

National Elevator Industry Educational Program:


Disclaimer: 12MINPREP is not affiliated with nor belongs to NEIEP which are the owners and publishers of the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test. This website solely provides information on how to prepare for cognitive ability tests.