Student Outcome Assessments for High Schools

Secondary (high school) HVACR instructors need to validate if a student has the retained knowledge to move on to the next level, or if they need additional training. HVAC Excellence offers the tools needed to accomplish this through our Heating, Electrical, & Air Conditioning Technology (H.E.A.T.) and H.E.A.T. + student outcome assessments.



While your students are not yet technicians, and do not meet the requirements to sit for technician-level exams, HVAC Excellence offers the Heating, Electrical, & Air Conditioning Technology (H.E.A.T.) and H.E.A.T. + Student Outcome Assessments. These national assessment examinations, designed specifically for secondary students, provide validation of a student’s retained knowledge against nationally established standards.

Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Technology (H.E.A.T.)

The H.E.A.T. exam, is a 100-question, end of program student outcome assessment. It provides instructors with the information needed to evaluate the effectiveness of their training.

To accommodate geographical differences, two versions of this exam are available: one with an emphasis on gas heat and the other with an emphasis on oil heat. Both versions cover the same basic electricity and vapor-compression cycle competencies.

H.E.A.T. Exam Covers

  • Electrical theory
  • Electrical safety
  • Electrical components
  • Fundamentals of motors and capacitors
  • Electrical troubleshooting
  • Interpreting electrical diagrams
  • Electrical meter usage
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration theory
  • Air conditioning systems and components
  • Air conditioning equipment service
  • Air conditioning troubleshooting
  • Refrigerant flow control theory and application
  • Heating systems and components
  • Combustion theory and heating fuels
  • Heating safety
  • Furnace installation and service
  • Furnace troubleshooting
  • Safety


The H.E.A.T. PLUS exams is a multi-exam package that includes: the 100-question H.E.A.T. exam, a 25-question core exam that covers; computer literacy, safety, related math, employability skills, work ethics, and a hands-on performance test.

Certificate Issued

Students who successfully pass the Student Outcome Assessments with a score of 70% or higher are awarded a certificate of achievement.


Proctors can log in to review candidate test results and access detailed statistical reports. These reports are helpful in satisfying Perkins compliance.

Additional Credentials Available

Looking for additional credentials that go beyond the basics covered in an exploratory program, but your students are not yet ready to sit for the Employment Ready Certifications? HVAC Excellence offers additional discipline specific examinations for secondary students.

Air Conditioning Exam

This 50-question exam covers: safety, air conditioning and refrigeration theory, equipment service, systems and components, refrigerant flow control theory, application, and troubleshooting.

Electrical Exam

This 50-question exam covers: theory, components, fundamentals of motors and capacitors, meter usage, safety, interpreting electrical diagrams and troubleshooting.

Gas Heat Exam

This 50-question exam covers: combustion theory, gas properties, air properties, heating system components, basic tools, ducts, electrical troubleshooting, heating safety, basic furnace installation and service.

Oil Heat Exam

This 50-question exam covers: combustion theory and heating fuels, safety, fans, thermostats, fuel oil types, electricity basics, burner nozzles, venting, basic installation, and service.

Math Exam

This 50-question Exam covers basic math skills from simple addition skills to complex skills using formulas and data collection used in the HVACR industry. It is important to note that a basic understanding of HVACR terms is also important before taking this exam.

Tools & Materials Exam

This 100-question Exam covers the basic tool and materials used in the HVACR industry. A series of questions on basic materials and the knowledge and identification of tools: from a simple screwdriver to test instruments used in the HVACR industry are explored in the exam. The student need knowledge in: Safety, Torches, Hand Tools, Tubing / Pipe, Fasteners, Electrical test tools, and Vacuum Pumps / Gauges.

Becoming a Proctor is Easy!

HVACR wholesalers, educators and trainers interested in proctoring exams should email their completed proctor application to or fax it to 1-800-546-3726.

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Comparative Analysis Reports

Proctors can log in to review candidate test results and access detailed statistical reports.

Comparative Analysis Report