Practice tests for prospective meter readers contain questions on basic math computation and problem solving, reading, mechanical comprehension and coding, and visual speed and accuracy. These tests assess a job candidate's ability in several areas related to meter readers' job duties.
Math computation is performing basic numerical calculations such as dividing and subtracting. Problem solving involves reading, comprehending and answering math word problems. Mechanical comprehension questions are reading comprehension questions about mechanical topics. Coding is assigning a number or symbol to a group of items and being able to quickly identify the appropriate code. Visual speed and accuracy questions ask a test taker to note visual differences and similarities in numbers, letters or patterns.
There are several common tests that utility companies administer to assess an applicant's skill base for an entry-level meter reader position. They include the Clerical/Meter Reader Test and the Meter Reader Aptitude Battery. Edison Electric Institute creates industry-specific pre-employment testing, including the MRAB. The EEI offers practice tests on its website that are accessible with a user name and password. As of 2015, TestPrep-Online also provides practice and sample versions of the EEI tests at a cost of $39.
A meter reader's job duties include monitoring consumer use of utilities, such as water and electricity, inspecting meters for defects and driving an assigned route. In addition to basic math, reading and other skills measured by pre-employment tests, meter readers must demonstrate good attention to detail and solid customer service abilities.