Group Bourdon Tests


This single website will provide you with the most effective way of how to prepare for the Group Bourdon Tests that form part of the Train Driver Selection process.



You are advised to read the following information and your chances of passing the Train Driver Tests will increase greatly. I have also provided you with 10 important tips that you should read carefully, digest and implement.

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Group Bourdon Tests by Richard McMunn

The Group Bourdon/Concentration Test is probably the hardest part of the psychometric testing process. It is the one test that most people fail and this is mainly due to a lack of preparation. Many candidates turn up to take the test without any prior knowledge of how it works and what is expected of them.

The test is designed to assess your ability to concentrate whilst performing tasks at high speed. The test will be carried out either with a pen and paper, or a computer and a computer screen. Whichever test you undertake, you will be presented with five pages or screens that each contains 25 columns. Each of the columns contains boxes with patterns of dots which are either in groups of 3, 4, 5 or 6. Your task is to work quickly and accurately through each column, from left to right, identifying boxes of 4 dots only.

You are allowed two minutes only per sheet and, once the two minutes are up, you are told to move onto the next page regardless of whether you have completed it or not. The test requires ten minutes of solid concentration.

Take a look at the following row of dots:

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You will notice that the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th boxes each contain 4 dots. If you were taking the paper and pencil based version of the test, you would mark the boxes that contain 4 dots as follows:

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You will notice that I have placed a single diagonal line through each of the boxes that contains 4 dots.

If you are required to undertake the computer based version of the test then you will be required to use the keys on the keyboard as follows:
You will use this key to move from left to right across the screen.

You will use this key to mark each box that contains 4 dots.

You will use this key to move back in order to correct any mistakes.


Now take a look at the sample Group Bourdon Test that follows.



Place a diagonal line across each box that contains 4 dots only. You have 30 seconds to complete the test.

Sample Group Bourdon Test

Answer at the foot of the page.

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Good luck!

Richard McMunn

Train Driver Recruitment Expert

ANSWER TO GROUP BOURDON TEST: 53 boxes of 4 dots.



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