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SARAIL Safety Assessment Rail



The test set SARAIL Safety Assessment – Rail assesses safety-related cognitive and psychomotor abilities and personality characteristics. Fourteen cognitive, psychomotor, behavioral and personality-specific abilities are tested. The test set thus provides important information about specific requirements that are not reliably assessed by other suitability assessment tools. SARAIL makes a valuable contribution to corroboration of decisions that need to be taken in the course of psychological safety assessments in the field of HR.
SARAIL is the leading international tool for the assessment of train drivers’ fitness to drive. It identifies whether train drivers meet the requirements of the European Train Driver’s License. As well as being used to test train drivers, SARAIL can also be used to select drivers of other rail vehicles (e.g. rapid-transit train, metro, tram) and applicants for safety-related jobs in the rail sector.

Legal basis

Directive 2007/59/EC of the European parliament and of the council of 23 October 2007 on the certification of train drivers operating locomotives and trains on the railway system in the Community stipulates that psychological assessment tests must be used both during the application process for train drivers and for regular performance monitoring of active train drivers. This occupational group includes drivers of rail vehicles such as rapid transit trains, metro systems and trams and other safety-related jobs in the rail transport sector.
The dimensions measured in this test set were selected on the basis of the EU directive and the requirements of the CER (Community of European Railways) and the ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation). The result is a particularly economical and high-quality assessment tool, the predictive validity of which has been demonstrated in metaanalyses and numerous rail-specific studies.


  • Table with raw scores, percentile ranks and confidence intervals.
  • Profile
  • Written report with profile and verbal description of the individual results.


The SARAIL test set comprises the following dimensions and tests:
Dimensions Tests Testform/Subtests Duration in minutes
Total length if all dimensions are presented approx. 116
Cognitive abilities
Memory VISGED S11 approx. 13
Logical reasoning INSSV S2/Figural Inductive Reasoning approx. 15
Verbal ability INSSV S2/Word meaning approx. 7
Resilience and ability to react
Stress tolerance, reactive DT S1 approx. 6
Reaction ability, simple RT S3 approx. 6
Attention and concentration
Concentration COG S11 approx. 10
Vigilance WAF S1 approx. 32
Sensomotor functions and perception
Eye-hand coordination 2HAND S3 approx. 4
Visual perception LVT S2 approx. 13
Personality determinants
Emotional Stability BFSI S1/Social confidence, Emotional robustness approx. 2
Extraversion BFSI S1/Sociableness, assertiveness approx. 2
Conscientiousness BFSI S1/Sense of duty, Ambition approx. 2
Openness BFSI S1/Openness to actions, Openness to ideas approx. 2
Agreeableness BFSI S1/Genuineness, Willingness to help approx. 2

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Test information

cross-test scoring
cross-test norming
cross-test validation
based on statutory requirements
test(s) specifically adapted for test set
additional device required
supervisor-supported testing