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Forklift Training Practice Test

If you are looking to become a forklift driver, the first step to becoming certified is to pass the forklift training test. The forklift test is designed to ensure that a candidate is knowledgeable and skilled enough to use the machine safely. To assist in the preparation of the test we have compiled this forklift practice test, which includes 10 questions taken directly from the official test paper.

1. Name 4 main safety checks you would make before loading or unloading a flat bed or curtainsider lorry.

2. Name 2 effects that ground conditions can have on a lift truck.

3. In relation to a truck’s capacity, which 3 items of information must be printed on a truck’s rating plate?

4. Who is responsible for checking that the lift truck is in good working order before use?
A. The management
B. The maintenance department
C. The operator
D. The insurer

5. From the list below select the last thing the operator should do before moving off?
A. Put their seat belt on
B. Engage drive
C. Look around
D. Sound the horn

6. What position should a lift truck’s mast be in to comply with the manufacturer’s stated lifting capacity?
A. Slightly tilted backwards with the truck on level ground
B. It doesn’t matter as the mast angle does not affect the rated capacity
C. Slightly tilted forwards with the truck on level ground
D. Vertical with the truck on level ground

7. When driving an unladen lift truck how should the forks be set?
A. With full back tilt
B. As low as practicable and tilted forward to prevent damage
C. As low as practicable and tilted back
D. As low as possible and parallel to the ground

8. When parking a lift truck how should the forks be positioned?
A. The tips not more than 100-150mm high with the heels touching the floor
B. The heels not more than 100-150mm high with the tips touching the ground
C. The heels as low as possible with the tips touching the ground
D. The heels touching the ground with the tips within 100mm of the ground

9. Before starting to load a rigid flatbed lorry or trailer from ground level, the lift truck operator must check that:
A. The lorry driver has checked the load
B. The lorry’s tyre pressures are correct for the weight of the load
C. The destination of the lorry
D. The lorry driver is aware that loading is to take place, the lorry engine is turned off, the lorry parking brake(s) are applied, and the lorry wheels chocked (if necessary).

10. When the load centre is increased:
A. The load carrying capacity is not affected
B. The load carrying capacity is increased
C. The load carrying capacity is not affected if it is a live load
D. The load carrying capacity is reduced



A. The lorry brakes or wheels should be chocked, to ensure the vehicle is stable and stationary.
B. Check the lorry bed condition, width, height, level and ensure the curtains out of the way, to allow for safe unloading.
C. Locate the lorry driver and find out what is required, to ensure the area is clear and task is understood correctly.
D. Position a support stand on an unsupported semi-trailer to ensure stability.

There are a variety of effects upon ground conditions which can have a negative impact of a lift truck, answers can be taken from:
A. Lift truck instability
B. Loss of adhesion or braking
C. Damage or loss of the load
D. Damage to the forklift truck

A capacity plate will provide information on what the truck can lift, to a specific height. The correct answers are:
A. Lifting capacity in kilograms
B. Load centre in millimetres
C. Stacking height in millimetres


The correct answer is C. It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that forklift is in good working order before using it, this will involve carrying out a pre-shift check and also an operational check.


The correct answer is C. The situation within the area could have changed before the driver prepared the forklift, so the driver should check for any changes to the immediate area before moving.


The correct answer is D. Both the rated capacity and manufacturers stated lifting capacity apply when the mast is in a vertical position, as this maintains the centre of gravity and lifting capacity design.


The correct answer is C. By ensuring the forks are moved as low as possible to the ground and tilted back, to reduce the risk upon any potential impacts.


The correct answer is C. The heels should be kept as low as possible with the tips touching the ground. This will protect any pedestrians from a potential trip hazard as a foot could become caught in a gap below the tips.


The correct answer is D. The operator must ensure the lorry driver is ready and aware that loading is due to begin, so that they know to remain in a safe position. The operator should also double check that the engine is off, parking brake(s) applied, and the wheels chocked where necessary, to improve stability and the risk of movement.


The correct answer is D. By increasing the load centre the capacity of the forklift is reduced, and the forklift could become unbalanced.


Hitec employs only the very best forklift instructors who are experts in their field. Get in touch with one of the team if you’d like to find out more about our training programmes.

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