How To Pass The Cables And Dials Test

How To Pass The Cables And Dials Test

I often get asked by train driver applicants about the types of test they will be required to undertake during the trainee train driver selection process. The tests themselves are very difficult to pass, simply because there is very little margin for error. Of those people who do pass the train driver tests, they focus n speed as well as accuracy. There is no room for ‘wild-guessing’ during the tests as the assessing body with deduct marks for any incorrect answers. During the train driver tests and selection process you will most likely have to sit:

  • A group bourdon concentration test
  • A fault finding test
  • Trainability for rules and procedures part 1 test
  • Trainability for rules and procedures part 2 test (cables and dials)
  • Fast reaction and co-ordination test

In this article I will provide you with tips on how to pass the cables and dials test which forms part of the TRP part 2.

Cables and Dials Test

The reason why this type of test is used during the selection process is because it is imperative that train drivers have the ability to find and identify faults in their cab whilst driving the train. They work on their own and it will be down to them to spot any problems. This test assesses your ability to carry out this part of the role.

During the test you will be presented with cables and dials in a train that must be checked in the event of a fault or problem on the train. The dials in the drivers’ cab help with the fault diagnosis and provide information. This helps the driver to decide in which order the cables should be checked.

When you have studied the instructions for the test you will be presented with 43 questions relating to the dials and the arrows. The questions are multiple-choice in nature. For each question you will have four possible answers and you must select the one which is correct. You will have 8 minutes to answer the 43 questions.

Instructions

The following sample practice test for Part 2 of the TRP test is based on the same idea as the test you will sit on the day of the assessment, but it is not identical. The practice test uses dials and indicators, rather than dials and cables. There are 3 dials on 3 panels. Each dial has an arrow indicator on it which is positioned on one of three different patterned backgrounds. You will have to decide the order in which the panels must be checked. If the arrow on a panel has this a certain colour background then this panel should be checked first. If the arrow on the panel has a different coloured background then it should be checked second. If the arrow on the panel has another colour background then it should be checked last. You must then choose which of the multiple- choice answers; either A, B, C or D matches the order that you think that the panels must be checked. Take a look at the following sample question.

Sample Train Driver Cables and Dials Test

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The correct answer is A. The order that the panels need to be checked in is right panel, middle panel, left panel, ie, RML. The arrow in the right panel (R) is over the white sector which must be checked first), followed by the middle panel (M) as the arrow in the middle panel is over the black sector which must be checked second, followed by the left panel (L) as the arrow in the left panel is over the grey sector and must be checked third.

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