Mobile Equipment Operator

June 29, 2017

This test, Form A, was reviewed and re-numbered to start on (1). In addition, one distractor was updated, and numerous grammatical improvements were made.  The test was then renamed Form AR and was made available in the online testing site.

White Paper: Evolution of Apprenticeship

February 6, 2017


The purpose of this paper is to show how apprenticeship has evolved over the last 50 years.

Full white paper located here:

Welder, Repair, and Maintenance – Form A3

September 12, 2016

The original 121-item test was thoroughly analyzed and reviewed. Based on the item level analysis, 61 items were removed to create a more streamlined 60-item, journey-level test. Test categories are: Print Reading; Welding Process; Types of Welds; Types of Joints; Welding Positions; Filler Metals; Processes Related to Welding;  Welding Metals; Welding Defects; Repair Welding & Surfacing; Tools, Machines, & Equipment.

Robotics – Form A

July 28, 2016

We developed this new test to address technological developments in manufacturing facilities. Our Robotics test covers: Operation Principles; Diagnostics; Troubleshooting; Program Interpretation; and Components. It is a 95-item, journey-level test.

Arithmetic – Form CO-AR

June 2, 2016

In a review of RCJS Arithmetic Form CO-A, we removed nine questions, reducing the number of questions to twenty-four. The questions removed were primarily those involving operations with whole numbers, which were deemed to be too easy based on statistical data from test results. We also replaced two questions, reordered all of the questions, and reduced the time limit to 20 minutes. These changes were made to improve the reliability and validity of the test. The test is now Form CO-AR.

MultiCraft Trainee – Form A3

May 23, 2016

We updated this 60-item test by replacing four questions and making numerous grammatical changes. Test categories remain the same: Hydraulics & Pneumatics; Welding, Cutting, & Rigging; Power Transmission, Lubrication, Mechanical Maintenance & Shop Machines, and Tools & Equipment; Pumps, Piping, & Combustion; Motors, Control Circuits, and Schematics & Print Reading; Digital & Analog Electronics, Power Supplies, Computers & PLC, and Test Instruments; and Basic AC/DC Theory, Power Distribution, & Electrical Maintenance.

Large Utility Company

May 14, 2016

A large utility company contacted us to facilitate the development of a custom test for their Substation Electricians. Paul R. Kramer, M.A., Consulting Associate, is working with their job experts to create a completely customized test to use as a promotional tool.


InstrumenTest – Form A3

April 27, 2016

Early in 2016 this 60-item, journey-level test was reviewed for currency. Three questions were replaced, minor edits were made to several questions, and two diagrams were updated.  The test, formerly Form AIT-C, was then renamed Form A3. Categories remain the same and are: Mathematics and Basic AC/DC Theory; Analog & Digital Electronics and Power Supplies; Schematics and Electrical Print Reading; Process Control; Test Instruments; Mechanical and Hand & Power Tools; and Computers and PLCs.

PLC Test – Form A4

April 21, 2016

A PLC instrument expert consulted with us to review this test. As a result, the former 50-item test became a new 60-item test, because we added 10 questions in a new category—Relays and Controls. In addition, we replaced five questions and updated seven others. Other categories include: PLC and I/O Basics; Ladder Logic; Programming Basics; Peripherals and Systems; and Troubleshooting.

Mechanical Repair Apprentice Battery – Basic Mechanical Knowledge – Form A4

April 1, 2016

This 49-item tool test has been completely re-worked and streamlined. Answer choices on all of the tool identification questions have been reduced from eight to five. In addition, six items were replaced. As a result, while the test still measures the same knowledge of tools and their uses, it is now more job-relevant and current.