Get Into Energy Math and Test Prep Workshop

Based on the changes to the MOSS and POSS pre-employment tests as of January 1, 2017, CEWD is updating the Get Into Energy Math & Test Prep Workshop. We expect the revised materials to be ready by the end of February. Should you be administering the workshop in advance of that date, please contact Valerie Taylor at

As part of the Arizona Sun Corridor Get Into Energy Career Pathways (GIECP) initiative, CEWD has incorporated a Get Into Energy Math and Test Prep Workshop to increase the skill level of students in applied math specific to the energy industry and teaching concepts that are critical to success on energy industry jobs, first and foremost, and are therefore also important for passing the pre-employment tests.

The Get Into Energy Math and Test Prep Workshop is structured to be taught in a 5 day period with the final day designated as Test Preparation. However, the program is modularized and can be taught in sections and spread over time. There are two components to the Workshop, an applied math section and a pre-employment test prep section. Each section can also be taught independently. The workshop consists of an instructor guide, a student guide, practice problems, exercises, and quizzes. All quizzes cover competencies included in the Energy Competency Model such as math, mechanical concepts, spatial reasoning, tables and graphs, and reading comprehension.

An analysis of the competencies taught in the workshop shows a direct relationship to the abilities required for success in energy industry jobs and, therefore, are also important for passing the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) employment test batteries used by the industry, as well other utility specific pre-employment tests. Due to the heavy content and the pace at which the workshop is facilitated, it is strongly recommended that individuals wishing to participate in this workshop have already taken one or more of the following: Technical Math, Introduction to Algebra, or College Algebra. This workshop is not designed to "teach" the various math competencies, but rather "refresh" the concepts and show how to apply them in a manner to improve test-taking ability.

Passing a pre-employment test is critical to employment in most investor-owned utilities, and "mental math"--along with the ability to solve math problems with paper and pencil--are critical components of most of the test batteries. The workshop requires students to use mental math to solve problems and to complete exercises in a timed environment. Mental calculation comprises arithmetical calculations using only the human brain, with no help from calculators, computers, or pen and paper. Mental calculation often involves the use of specific techniques devised for specific types of problems. Many utility jobs require mental math, since using a calculator could be a safety hazard.

In addition to the program, GIECP students will also take the Work Keys assessments for Math, Reading, and Finding and Locating Information to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate.



Full GIE Math and Test Prep Workshop



Full Instructor Guide

Full Student Guide


Certificate of Completion

Online Resources

Math Section

For Instructors

GIE Math Instructor Guide


PowerPoint Presentations (ZIP)

Student Quizzes


Math Reference Materials

U.S. Department of Energy Fundamentals Handbook: Math, Vol. 1 - Introductory Mathematics, Algebra

U.S. Department of Energy Fundamentals Handbook: Math, Vol. 2 - Geometry, Trigonometry, Higher Concepts of Mathematics


Online Resources

Math Conversion Chart

Geometry Handout

For Students

GIE Math Student Guide

Test Prep Section

For Instructors

Test Prep Instructor Guide


Pre and Post Tests (ZIP)

Practice Tests (ZIP)

For Students

Test Prep Student Guide



Equal Opportunity Employer/ Program
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

ASC-GIEC programs and services are funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. Program materials were created by the grantee and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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