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The Construction and Skilled Trade Selection System examination (CAST) is a standardized test that also includes measures of area-specific knowledge pertaining to mechanical concepts. The CAST test was created to assess an individual’s aptitude for construction and skilled trade jobs. It is a precise standardized assessment of your understanding and aptitude in your selected field of construction and skilled trade.

It is important to do well on this assessment, so you can show your potential employer that you have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your chosen field.*So, how can you ensure success in this test? **Practice, practice, practice.*

The more mock tests you take the more you will learn how to anticipate the nature and types of the questions you will be given in the test. This will help you achieve better performance, improve your speed, and will let you approach the test with confidence. A great way to start is with PrepTerminal’s free CAST practice test.

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This section measures your ability to interpret visual data and undertake basic arithmetic calculations. Here you will have the option to simulate a real CAST Graphic Arithmetic test.

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The floor plans of a house is shown below:

What is the surface area of the balcony in m^{2}?CorrectIncorrect - Question 2 of 5
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The floor plans of a house is shown below:

What is the internal (effective) surface area of the bathroom in m^{2}if the walls are 20 cmthick?CorrectIncorrect - Question 3 of 5
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The floor plans of a house is shown below:

How many times bigger is the surface area of bedroom 2 than that of bedroom 1? Consider only the effective surface area (do not include the thickness of walls). All walls are 20 cm thick except the one that separated the two bedrooms which is 40 cm thick. Write the answer at two decimal places.CorrectIncorrect - Question 4 of 5
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The floor plans of a house is shown below:

What is the value of the missing quantity x?

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The floor plans of a house is shown below:

What is the thickness of the outer walls if the effective length (without including the walls) of the Southern side of the house is 890 cm and the wall which separate the two bedrooms is twice as thick as the other walls?CorrectIncorrect

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This section tests your ability to understand core mathematical concepts. In particular those relevant to the construction and skilled trade industry. Here you will have the option to simulate a real CAST Mathematical Usage test.

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During a TV weather forecast the speaker says there is 1 out of 5 chance to rain tomorrow, 1 out of 4 chance to have good weather and the rest, represents the chance to have cloudy weather. What is the percentage of chance that the weather be cloudy for tomorrow? Exclude the other weather options such as snow, fog, etc.CorrectIncorrect - Question 2 of 5
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The seal population in a sanctuary has been rising in recent years. This is demonstrated in the bar graph above. Which years found the ratio of seal populations to be approximately 7:20?CorrectIncorrect - Question 3 of 5
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35% of science students studying in a school (or 49 students exactly) love Math. Science students represent 40% of the total number of students in that school. How many students does the school have in total?CorrectIncorrect - Question 4 of 5
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The daily goods produced by two workers is shown in the chart below.

These two workers have something in common: the rate of their ability to produce goods.Only in one day this rule breaks. What day is it?CorrectIncorrect - Question 5 of 5
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Alan, Bob and Cathy have $1234 between them. Bob has $671 and Cathy has $436.How much does Alan have?CorrectIncorrect

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This section tests you on mechanical concepts that most regularly appear on a day to day basis in construction and skilled trade jobs. Here you will have the option to simulate a real CAST Mechanical Concepts test.

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How many joules of heat energy are needed to increase the temperature of 200 galuminum from 15^{0}C to 55^{0}C?(c_{aluminum}=900 J/kg^{o}C)CorrectIncorrect - Question 2 of 5
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Which of the following gives the correct order of the increasing intensity for thefollowing sound sources?(1) rock concert(2) busy street(3) whispering(4) damage to hearing(5) threshold of hearingCorrectIncorrect - Question 3 of 5
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A boy can push a box using 100 N force for 12m in 20 s along a horizontal plane.What is the power delivered by the boy?CorrectIncorrect - Question 4 of 5
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Three objects of equal masses and different volumes are floating in the same liquid as shown in the figure.F_{1}, F_{2}and F_{3} are the buoyant (upthrust) forces of the liquid acting on the objects. How do these buoyant forces compare?CorrectIncorrect - Question 5 of 5
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The image of an object formed by a concave mirror is inverted and has the same size as the object. Find the distance between the mirror and the object (in cm) if the focal length of the mirror is 30 cm?CorrectIncorrect

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This section tests your core reading ability. Here you will have the option to simulate a real CAST Reading Comprehension test.

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One red brick costs $1. If a crate can carry 48 pieces of bricks, how many cratesdo you need to take if you have $240 worth of bricks?CorrectIncorrect - Question 2 of 5
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A 4 week-old bar of cheese shares a shelf with a cup of yogurt that is a quarter as old. When the bar of cheese will be 5 weeks old, the cup of yogurt will be __?__ old.CorrectIncorrect - Question 3 of 5
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Jessica and Mabel can weave a total of 15 baskets in one day. Mabel can weave twice as fast as Jessica. Mabel can weave __?__ baskets in one day.CorrectIncorrect - Question 4 of 5
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Gas for traveling 300 miles costs $50. How much is his total gas expense on a1500-mile drive?CorrectIncorrect - Question 5 of 5
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Vivian is 15 years old and her volleyball coach, Willy, is thrice as old. When Vivian will be 23 years old, her coach Willy will be __?__.CorrectIncorrect

The graphic arithmetic test is one of the four exams that make up the CAST test. The graphic arithmetic test measures your ability to interpret visual data and undertake basic arithmetic calculations. Specifically, it assesses how you solve arithmetic problems when presented with information in the form of prints and drawings.

In the graphic arithmetic test, you will be presented with many floor plans, blueprints, and other sorts of drawings and prints that relate to the construction and skilled trades area. This section of the CAST test features 16 questions.

When completing the graphic arithmetic test you will need to apply the following skills:

- Basic arithmetic (multiplication, division, addition, subtraction and the like)
- Understanding and interpreting visual information
- Elementary algebra (in keeping with the high school level algebra curriculum)

The test is comprised of two distinct drawings and a series of questions, which are based on each drawing. You will have 30 minutes to study the drawings and answer the questions.

The mathematic usage test covers core mathematical concepts, and particularly those that are relevant to construction and skilled trade job roles. All of the questions in this test focus on the math that you will probably use on a daily basis if you successfully land such a job.

Put simply, the mathematical usage test assesses your ability to solve basic math problems with the information presented to you at the start of the test.

The exam will test your knowledge of the following areas:

- Basic arithmetic (such as multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction)
- Algebra (at a high school level)
- Measurements (such as the ability to convert between various types of measurements)

This section of the test is made up of 18 questions and you only have 7 minutes to complete the test.

The mechanical concepts test focuses on the mechanical concepts that most regularly appear on a day to day basis in construction and skilled trade jobs.

This test examines your ability to work with fundamental mechanical concepts. It is made up of 44 multiple choice questions, covering mechanical principles such as:

- Levers
- Pulleys
- Gravity
- Shapes
- Gears
- Centrifugal force

All questions feature a visual representation of a mechanical situation. For each question, you will be presented with three possible answers. You are given 20 minutes to complete the mechanical concepts section of the CAST test.

The reading for comprehension test is created to assess your core reading ability. The capacity to read and interpret information in any given text is a key part of any skilled trade job, even if you plan on primarily working with your hands.

The reading for comprehension test assesses, as the name implies, your skills in reading and understanding. The test is comprised of four distinct reading passages which are each followed by several questions, which relate to the passage of text.

The test is made up of 32 questions in total, all of which assess how well you can understand and retain the information presented in the text. The reading for comprehension test must be completed within 30 minutes.

The EEI CAST test is a standard component of the employment application process for individuals looking for jobs in industries, including facility maintenance and repair, vehicle maintenance and repair, transmission and distribution, electrical repair, machine maintenance and repair, meter service and repair.

You can take the CAST test if you are starting your career in the skilled trades and construction industry field to show that you have the right skills and abilities for the job. You can also complete the test if you have a job in the skilled trades and construction area and wish to advance your career and take on a leadership or management role.

By taking the test you can prove to your employer that you have the innate and learned skills needed to handle the job you are applying for, or the abilities necessary for taking on additional job-related duties.

You will receive one total score for your entire CAST test. The score will be between 1 – 10 (with 10 being the highest score). This score is reflective of your relative potential to perform and succeed in the job for which you are applying.

As there is no universally agreed-upon cutoff score every potential employer will develop their own minimum cutoff mark. It is recommended that you ask your potential employer what their cutoff score is, so you know what score to aim for. You can then mark your practice exam to see how well you are progressing.

The most effective way to prepare for the test is to gain a good understanding of its structure and content. Let’s take a look at 8 top tips for doing well on the CAST test.

**#1. Understand the question**

It is easy to get caught out by not reading the question thoroughly. Make sure you read each question properly, without making assumptions about its suggested meaning.

**#2. Conduct sanity checks**

After spending time understanding a question it would be silly not to take a couple of extra seconds to check through your answer. This doesn’t mean going through all your workings again, but rather just spending a few sections to re-read the question to ensure you have done what is being asked. This acts as a quick check and lets you move onto the next question with confidence.

**#3. Get a good nights sleep**

If you are tired on test day you won’t be able to perform to the best of your ability. When you are tired, your mental performance slows down and you may lose concentration. Losing concentration when the clock is ticking means that you miss out on the opportunity to score certain points.

**#4. Understand when to move on**

At times you will start on a question without being sure how long it will take you. If you have done several practice tests you should be able to judge if a question is going to be tricky. Nevertheless, if you discover that you are spending more than a minute on one question and are still not sure if you are approaching it in the right way, leave it and go on to the next question.

**#5. Practice, and more practice**

Practice as many questions as you can before test day, The more practice test you take the more familiar you will become with the sort of questions you’re likely to be asked in the real exam.

**#6. Practice exams under timed conditions**

To make sure your preparation is effective, take mock tests that provide timed conditions. This will help you experience the pressure you are likely to feel during the real test.

**#7. Work on questions you have difficulty with**

Focus on your areas of weakness. If you discover that numerical reasoning is the hardest subject for you then this is where you should put all your efforts into. Generally, we like to do things we are good at, but it is important to be disciplined and to pay attention to your weak areas too.

**#8. Take a range of different mock tests**

Practice on as many different types of mock tests as you can so you get used to being different question types. It is never too late to practice. Any practice you can do prior to your test will help you maximize your test score.

The CAST test is four tests in one. All of these tests are multiple-choice. The test takes approximately two hours to complete. As this test is designed to assess skills in the area of construction, potential employers want to discover the probability of a candidate’s successful on-the-job performance.

The four sections, the number of questions in each section, and the time limit for each test is as follows:

1. The first test measures graphic arithmetic. This section is made up of 16 questions, and you are given 30 minutes to complete the test. The purpose of this test is to measure your ability to solve arithmetic problems, particularly in relation to drawing and prints.

2. The second test assesses your knowledge and understanding of mechanical concepts. This test is made up of 44 questions, and you are given 20 minutes to complete the test. The questions presented will assess your capacity to understand the principles of mechanics.

3. The third test assesses your reading comprehension. This test is made up of 32 questions, and you are given 30 minutes to complete the test. This test was created to assess your reading comprehension of different written materials.

4. The fourth test assesses your mathematical skills. This test is made up of 18 questions, and you are given 7 minutes to complete the test. This test assesses your ability to solve basic math problems based on the information presented to you at the start of the test.

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When you enroll in our CAST test prep course you will gain access to a vast array of resources including, in-depth video presentations and instructions, module-based study guide PDFs, and additional full-length practice tests with questions, answers and explanations. With PrepTerminal’s CAST test prep course you can learn at your own pace, take as many mock tests as you like, and practice on specific test sections.

Our CAST test prep course is expertly designed and updated to help you build on your knowledge base. It doesn’t matter if you scored 3 or 20 on your practice test: this course will help you improve your test-taking skills and thus your test results.

**Assess your preparedness with sample questions**

PrepTerminal’s CAST prep test course is developed from true industry-wide question categories that are centered on official CAST tests used by various esteemed companies. By completing this exam, you will gain a clear idea of how prepared you are for test-day.

**Experience the pressure of a true testing environment**

Our live testing environment gives you an understanding of the pressure you may experience on when taking the real test. This way you can learn to manage your stress and handle the time constraints.

**Learn from experts in the field**

PrepTerminal’s CAST test prep is expertly formulated to show and simulate what appears on the real CAST tests so that you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from the real exam. Our tests are created by industry professionals who review the actual CAST test regularly as well as interview former test-takers, so the information in the course stays up-to-date and relevant.

*Note: Our website is not associated or affiliated in any way with CAST.

The Construction and Skilled Trade Selection System examination (CAST) is a standardized test that also includes measures of area-specific knowledge pertaining to mechanical concepts. The CAST test was created to assess an individual’s aptitude for construction and skilled trade jobs. It is a precise standardized assessment of your understanding and aptitude in your selected field of construction and skilled trade.

It is important to do well on this assessment, so you can show your potential employer that you have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your chosen field.*So, how can you ensure success in this test? **Practice, practice, practice.*

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