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Hi last year I was invited to an OPC assessment day for a TPE conducter role. I passed the scaat test but failed the RAAT test. I’ve just applied for the role again with the same company and was just wondering if I would need to retake the scaat test or is the pass still be valid for a certain amount of time? Thanks :)
 
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For those that don't already know, a "SCAAT test" (= Safe Concentration and Attention Test) is essentially a concentration test that may be used for safety critical roles and/or other roles on the railway that require concentration for long periods of time, such as for repetitive and/or potentially monotonous tasks.

Whereas "RAAT" (= Rules Acquisition Aptitude Test) is intended to give an insight into the individual's capacity to learn the necessary rules and procedures during training and to follow those rules on a particular job.
 
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For those that don't already know, a "SCAAT test" (= Safe Concentration and Attention Test) is essentially a concentration test that may be used for safety critical roles and/or other roles on the railway that require concentration for long periods of time, such as for repetitive and/or potentially monotonous tasks.

Whereas "RAAT" (= Rules Acquisition Aptitude Test) is intended to give an insight into the individual's capacity to learn the necessary rules and procedures during training and to follow those rules on a particular job.
for commercial guard position at swr the tests you pass are valid for 3 years.
 

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For those that don't already know, a "SCAAT test" (= Safe Concentration and Attention Test) is essentially a concentration test that may be used for safety critical roles and/or other roles on the railway that require concentration for long periods of time, such as for repetitive and/or potentially monotonous tasks.

Whereas "RAAT" (= Rules Acquisition Aptitude Test) is intended to give an insight into the individual's capacity to learn the necessary rules and procedures during training and to follow those rules on a particular job.

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for commercial guard position at swr the tests you pass are valid for 3 years.

I can second that, I was told the same thing in Southampton last month. I am 70% certain that Transpennine Express would not expect you to retake the SCAAT test although an email from Transpennine might clarify the situation. When I applied in 2013, they used the Group Bourdon instead of the SCAAT for concentration which worked the other way roumd for me, I could use the Transpennine pass for Freightliner afterwards.

Never been able to crack the online test with Transpennine Express, is it still just the one online test, SWR use three?
 

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I can second that, I was told the same thing in Southampton last month. I am 70% certain that Transpennine Express would not expect you to retake the SCAAT test although an email from Transpennine might clarify the situation. When I applied in 2013, they used the Group Bourdon instead of the SCAAT for concentration which worked the other way roumd for me, I could use the Transpennine pass for Freightliner afterwards.

Never been able to crack the online test with Transpennine Express, is it still just the one online test, SWR use three?
Thank you, hopefully I won’t need to re do it then! Yes there was just one online assessment when I applied, then there’s an assessment day with various tests, role play and interview. Last time I never made it passed the first stage so fingers crossed I do better this time
 

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Thank you, hopefully I won’t need to re do it then! Yes there was just one online assessment when I applied, then there’s an assessment day with various tests, role play and interview. Last time I never made it passed the first stage so fingers crossed I do better this time
I have never heard of role play being part of the assessment day.
 

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I have never heard of role play being part of the assessment day.
There definitely is now, something I’m not looking forward to! You get a brief of the situation so you can prepare.
 

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Thank you, hopefully I won’t need to re do it then! Yes there was just one online assessment when I applied, then there’s an assessment day with various tests, role play and interview. Last time I never made it passed the first stage so fingers crossed I do better this time
I have never heard of role play being part of the assessment day.
We did Rvce which is similar maybe.
 

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Thank you, hopefully I won’t need to re do it then! Yes there was just one online assessment when I applied, then there’s an assessment day with various tests, role play and interview. Last time I never made it passed the first stage so fingers crossed I do better this time

It is a long time since I failed the role play so I can only remember two or three things about it. Even though I passed the RAAT last month, I would not be able to recite a single question. I had just about enough time to finish all the questions. The advice I would give is to scan the passage for key words in the questions, sometimes, you might be scanning for a synonym, a word of similar meaning, rather than the exact match. The problem I had with the practice material is that I started to memorise the answers.

I have never heard of role play being part of the assessment day.
We did Rvce which is similar maybe.

Role play has been a part of the Transpennine Express assessment since 2013 at least. Unlike SWR, the assessment is split in two. Concentration test, RAAT and ticket tests on the first day with the role play, and possibly a structured interview as well, on the second day.

The role play is quite different. Unlike the rVCE which is more of a monologue, the role play is very much a two way conversation between you and the assessor who plays the part of a passenger. The assessor is sat in a room and you enter the room playing the part of a guard. You are even given a bag full of tickets and Monopoly type money. You will be assessed on your communication and customer service skills.
 
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