PAT Testing Mock
There are 50 questions in this PAT Testing Mock Exam. You must score 80% (40 out of 50) to pass. You may review answers after each question by clicking the 'check answer' button or you can wait until the end of the test for your final score. Good luck!
PAT Testing Mock Tests
PAT testing deems whether electrical appliances are safe for use, and if there are intended function is operating correctly. Given the exponential growth of electrical usage in both public and private sectors, PAT testing is a regular duty conducted by electricians.
Businesses rely on this equipment to be able to maintain industry. Therefore, it is in their best interests to keep it routinely serviced. Moreover, employers have a responsibility to ensure staff remain safe in their respective workplaces, and PAT testing offers protection against electrical hazards. Although there is no legislative guidance on PAT testing, it’s well-established that assessments should ideally be conducted by fully-qualified electricians. Furthermore, most businesses will establish annual testing practices, as this meets industry-recognised guidance on frequency.
In order to gain the necessary accreditation to perform PAT testing, individuals must sit an appropriate examination. This article intends to provide an overview of what this assessment will look like, before incorporating some ‘real-world’ exam questions.
Prior to conducting this test, candidates will undertake an appropriate learning programme. This will help suitably prepare them to have the best possible chance of passing their assessment.
However, individuals should not undertake courses with the sole purpose of navigating their final exam. If PAT testing information is simply committed to memory, and studied in independence from its governing principles and theories, then the likelihood is that the assessment will feel more challenging than it needs to. The best candidates absorb knowledge whilst considering its practical application in the field. This provides a more holistic view on PAT testing processes, and better places them to tackle the exam. It will also provide a better platform for success when exercising PAT testing in the industry.
These may be conducted as isolated courses away from formal training programmes, or integrated into an apprenticeship or diploma. Future course content should be checked prior to organising a PAT testing qualification, as this may be already covered within long-term training plans. A variety of learning providers offer courses in PAT testing, with this certification awarded by several different industry bodies. For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the City and Guilds 2377-77 EET/PAT Testing course.
The ‘EET’ element stands for ‘Electrical Equipment Testing’ This part of the qualification which has significantly grown in stature in recent times. Additional focus on EET elements has developed due to technological advancement and increasing electronic device usage. As a result, the scope of equipment testing has substantially increased. This means that the PAT testing discipline no longer independently addresses all industry requirements. Nevertheless, PAT testing will most likely always remain a salient part of electrotechnical practice.
For reference, the City and Guilds (C&G) are an industry-recognised, leading skills provider, who offer numerous qualifications schemes across a range of sectors. Therefore, delegates can trust course content will prepare them thoroughly for PAT testing activity.
At the conclusion of the course, an assessment will need to passed. This serves to demonstrate that the individual has the competency to conduct PAT testing in ‘real-world’ scenarios. This will be a reflective examination based on the content learned throughout the course. Most learning providers will offer two course duration options, which will be based on experience and current capability level. For those who have already accumulated some industry knowledge, it’s advised that they undertake the shorter programme length. This usually lasts approximately two days. Candidates who are relative novices in the electrotechnical sector, should attend the more extensive training sessions. In doing so, they will most likely receive an additional full day of study. This will provide the appropriate foundation knowledge, and allow individuals to tackle more complex theory later on in the course.
The assessment itself consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, and lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes. This facilitates a response time of just over two minutes per question. The exam is ‘open-book,’ which means approved literature can be taken into the examination hall (or used remotely in virtual testing). For this exam, students are permitted to use the IET: Code of Practice- In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment- 5th Edition. This is an article which will be consistently referred to during the C&G 2377-77 course. To pass this assessment, candidates must register a score of at least 80%.
In terms of testing approach, it’s worth considering the following ‘top tips’ to ensure you’re appropriately prepared for the exam:
- Ensure that you read through each question thoroughly. Assessments can be highly-pressurised environments, often leading to information or key wording being missed in questions. Make sure you don’t succumb to this common error.
- The test will come with in-built flagging software. Therefore, if you’re unsure of an answer, you can simply ‘mark’ it, and re-visit it later on in the exam. Deploy this wisely, as it may mean you could avoid wasting too much time early on in the assessment. Flag when its appropriate to, otherwise this could lead to increased nervousness around completion timing.
- Don’t panic if you originally feel compelled to guess an answer. You can also change responses later, with the help of the same flagging tool articulated above.
- Do not spend unnecessary time reviewing the Code of Practice document. If you’re fairly confident of your answer, press on. Some candidates will constantly check the note to assure themselves they’ve answered correctly. This could waste valuable time.
- Remember, even though they’re multiple-choice questions, answer’s still need to be applied with considerable care and patience. Questions will often challenge you to work out involved sequences. Each option will need to be worked through to its conclusion, before allowing you to answer through a process of elimination.
- Ensure every question has been answered.
- Lastly, try not to finish the exam before the allocated time has elapsed. If all questions have been offered a response, and flagged questions have been addressed, then double and triple-check answers given. You never know when you may have made a silly mistake! This would also be a more suitable time to compare responses to the information contained in the Code of Practice note.
The following section offers some examples of questions you may come across in the assessment. These have been extracted from a combination of real, historical test papers, so don’t be surprised if these re-appear in your actual assessment. The more ‘mock’ test papers you complete, the higher the likelihood is that you’ll pass your final examination.
The information below presents a snippet of what a PAT testing assessment may look like:
1. When carrying out a risk assessment to evaluate the frequencies between inspection and testing, which one of the following factors will not influence the decision?
B. Power rating
C. Equipment construction
D. Previous records
2. When carrying out a protective conductor current test on a handle-held Class I appliance, the measured value should not exceed:
A. 0.25 mA
3. Which of the following describes equipment of Class II construction?
A. Equipment with an unearthed metal case that is separated from the live parts by reinforced insulation.
B. Equipment with an earthed metal case separated from the live parts by basic and supplementary insulation.
C. Equipment with an unearthed metal case that is separated from the live parts by basic insulation.
D. Equipment with an unearthed metal case that is separated from the live parts by basic insulation and earthed metal.
4. Which of the following tests isn’t applicable when testing an appliance fitted with a 2 core cord?
A. Substitute leakage
B. Insulation resistance
C. Earth continuity
D. Current leakage
5. How many 3000W kettles can you run off a standard 13Amp 4-way extension lead, at the same time?
6. What does a polarity test give an indication of?
A. The size of the fuse
B. The condition of the insulation
C. The condition of the earth wire
D. Whether the wires in an extension lead socket are in the correct position
7. The IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment applies to equipment supplied by a d.c. voltage up to an including:
A. 1500V d.c.
B. 1750V d.c.
C. 2000V d.c.
D. 3750V d.c.
8. Which one of the following items is covered in the scope of the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment?
A. An item of current using equipment, fixed to a wall and supplied from a fused connection unit using a flexible cable
B. A current switching item of equipment wired directly into the fixed electrical installation controlling a luminaire fixed to a wall
C. An item of current monitoring equipment wired directly in into the fixed electrical installation located at the origin of the supply
D. A current switching item of equipment located within the consumer’s control unit located by the metering equipment
9. What is the nominal voltage available from a standard 3-pin socket outlet e.g. a wall socket?
10. The definition of an exposed-conductive-part is the metallic part of an appliance with can be touched and,
A. Will not become live under any circumstances
B. Will be live under normal circumstances
C. May become live under fault conditions
D. Shall not be connected to a protective earth
The information above should serve to support your understanding of the PAT Testing assessment, aligned to the C&G 2377-77 qualification. By familiarizing yourself with the structure, format and duration of the examination, it’s hoped you’ll be able to prepare for the test with relative assurance. It’s really worth ensuring that the ‘top tips’ guidance is followed, as this should serve to support you through the exam day itself.
PAT testing is a routine practice for electricians, but this doesn’t mean you should be complacent about acquiring the associated qualification!
However, by undertaking mock tests, and engaging properly with your respective learning programme, delegates should feel confident in acquiring the 80% pass mark.
Best of luck in your PAT Test, test! Answers to mock test questions below.