Train Driver tests form an integral part of the selection process and are normally split over four different areas. The majority of Train Operating Companies will employ a specialist independent company to conduct the assessments on their behalf.

  • There are currently only a few Assessment Centres that have the capability of carrying out such assessments and these are based at Doncaster, Crewe and London.
  • Before you commence each of the tests you will have the opportunity to carry out a range of practice sample questions.
  • Obviously the best way to prepare is to carry out lots of practice tests well in advance of your assessment day.
  • You should start the practice questions at least two weeks before your assessment date so that your mind gets used to working under pressurised conditions.
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At the start of the Fast Reaction and Coordination test the candidate will be handed a set of headphones and foot pedals which will be used in conjunction with a computer keyboard and a standard computer screen.

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  • Mechanical Comprehension Tests are designed to assess a candidate’s ability to interpret basic mechanical principles.
  • Trainee Train Drivers receive a level of traction training during their initial training programme and the Mechanical Comprehension Test is designed to assess your ability in this area.
  • Research has shown that candidates who perform well during Mechanical Comprehension Tests are more likely to perform better in the role of a Train Driver.


  • This test is quite difficult and requires a high level of concentration.
  • This is the area that the majority of candidates fail on.
  • The reason why the TOC assess you in this particular area is due to the fact that you need a high degree of vigilance and concentration whilst carrying out the role of a Train Driver.

At the start of the Fast Reaction and Coordination test the candidate will be handed a set of headphones and foot pedals which will be used in conjunction with a computer keyboard and a standard computer screen like the one below:

  • Basically, you will be presented with five screens/sheets of paper that have rows of dots grouped together in boxes.
  • The dots will be in clusters of 3, 4, 5 and 6, and it is your task to work through each page and cross out each group of 4 dots.
  • You only have two minutes in which to complete each page.
  • The adjudicator will tell you to ‘change’ pages or screens every two minutes, so you have to work fast in order to score well.
  • The problem with this test is you will lose marks for incorrect answers.

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Mechanical comprehension tests are an assessment that measures an individual’s aptitude to learn mechanical skills. The tests are usually multiple choice in nature and present simple, frequently encountered mechanisms and situations. The majority of mechanical comprehension tests require a working knowledge of basic mechanical operations and the application of physical laws.


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