Becoming Trainee Train Driver – Passing the TRP Tests

Looking to become a trainee train driver? What you need to know about the transferability for rules tests (TRP) at your assessment centre.

If attending an assessment centre to become a trainee train driver, one of the statutory tests which must be passed by all candidates is the transferability for rules and procedures test (TRP). The test is split down into two sub-tests as detailed below.

Transferability for Rules and Procedures Test One – Comprehension Test

The first part of their TRP test is a basic comprehension exercise. Candidates are issued a short passage of information; an answer booklet containing 18 multiple choice questions; and some rough paper for note taking. In this test, candidates are played an audio tape of the passage for which they are expected to then answer the multiple questions on. After playing the audio tape, candidates are given a further five minutes to study the text based passage and make notes. At the end of this period, the invigilator will collect all of the notes and the text passage and the candidates will be expected to answer the 18 multiple choice questions entirely from memory.

In this test, candidates are scored positively for all correct answers but are not penalised for incorrect answers as in the Group Bourdon Test. As such, it is in the candidate’s best interest to get to the end of the test and enter an answer for all questions even if not sure of the correct answer. However, regular practise of reading and comprehension exercises and sufficient note taking during the study period should see candidates able to give a logical answer to all of the questions in the time given.

Trainee train driverTRP Test Two – Logic Test

In the second part of the test candidates are given a set of instructions detailing the priority of order for checking a series of dials which may indicate a fault on a train. The test requires no prior technical knowledge to complete but does assess how well a candidate can quickly prioritise information of a technical nature based upon a fixed set of rules.

After a short study period, the candidate is presented with series of multiple choice questions which must be answered based upon the information and rules provided. Unlike in the first test, the information aiding the candidate to answer the questions remains available throughout the test. However, the time constraints of the test mean it is preferable to retain as much information as possible in the study period.

Here questions are of a standard format: each question presents four “dials” with numerical readings indicated by the hands printed on each dial. Based upon the rules stated in the information booklet the candidate must then decide which order the dials must be checked in and select the right order from one of the four combinations offered as multiple choice answers. In this test, time again is of the essence with around 40 questions to answer in just eight minutes.

So if attending an assessment centre for a trainee train driver position, the trainability for rules and procedure tests are a set of tests which you must pass regardless of which train operating company you have applied for. Best results will be achieved by practising basic comprehension and memory exercises and brushing up on those note making skills.