Pre-tests are used to evaluate candidate preparedness for certification tests. Pre-tests may either be taken individually or in a group setting such as during a Review Training Session (RTS). As a part of an RTS, pre-tests are used to allow the instructor to tailor the subject matter coverage to the needs of the audience. When a candidate is studying individually or in a small group, pre-tests provide insight into which areas require further study and whether the candidate should consider other study options, such as an RTS.
Included in this manual are three separate pre-tests for the Pneumatic Specialist Certification test. Each pre-test has its own separate answer sheet which appears at the end of the pre-tests. Individual pre-tests are numbered PS-1, PS-2, and PS-3. The answer key for all three pre-tests appears at the end of the manual.
Candidates are encouraged to take a pre-test early in the study process. Pre-tests should be taken under timed conditions. A maximum of forty-five minutes should be allotted for each pre-test. This should be sufficient time to answer all twenty-five questions on the pre-test. The results of the pre-test will guide the candidate to one of four possible courses of action regarding tests preparation.
1. Take the test: Preparation is sufficient.
2. Study the material using the Study Manual.
3. Attend a Review Training Session (RTS): Preparation is good, but not sufficient to pass the test.
4. Participate in a formal (general) course: A Review Training Session would not provide adequate preparation to pass the test.
Additional pre-tests should be taken after individual study or attendance at an RTS to further evaluate test readiness. In some instances, it may be desirable to take all three pre-tests at different times during the study process to better access preparedness and effectiveness of study.
The answer sheets provided have been developed such that each question is referenced to a particular subject matter area of the study manual and of the test. The candidate is encouraged to fold the answer sheet vertically along the dotted line before taking the pre-test. This will eliminate any bias that may occur by having the appropriate outcome statement appear with the answers and more closely mimics actual test conditions. After checking the answers, the answer sheet may be opened to reveal the areas where further study is needed. This should enable directed study in the areas where a deficiency exists.
Candidates should be advised that each pre-test covers only a representative sample of the types of questions found on the test. Due to the need to keep the pre-test brief, not all subject matter is covered on every pre-test. Thorough preparation for the Certification test is strongly encouraged.
The experience of taking pre-tests under timed conditions should reduce test anxiety associated with the actual certification test. If necessary, candidates may wish to retake the pre-tests after some period of time has elapsed to recheck their knowledge.
Suggestions or comments for improvements of these pre-tests and other certification materials should be sent to: Fluid Power Society Education Institute, c/o FPS, 2433 N. Mayfair Rd. Suite 111, Milwaukee, WI 53226, 414-257-0910.