Mechanical Aptitude Practice

also called mechanical comperhension or mechanical reasoning


Mechanical reasoning (also mechanical aptitude or mechanical comprehension) tests are used for candidates for Engineering related positions, as well as army (CFATASVAB)  emergency services personnel (Canadian Firefighter), skilled trades, automotive and industrial trades such as the Elevator Repair Aptitude Test. Mechanical reasoning tests are used to gauge your practical reasoning skills, mechanical understanding and aptitude.

See also Spatial Relations Practice

Mechanical Comprehension and Mechanical Reasoning Tests 

These tests assess an individual’s understanding of basic mechanical concepts and principles, such as force, motion, and energy. They may include questions on topics such as gears, pulleys, levers, and simple machines, and how to apply these concepts to solve real-world problems.

However, here are some examples of common Mechanical Comprehension Tests:

  1. Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT)
  2. Differential Aptitude Tests (DAT)
  3. Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
  4. Trades Entrance Exam (TEE)
  5. Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Test (MAST)
  6. Mechanical Reasoning Test (MRT)
  7. Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Test
  8. Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA)
  9. Minnesota Manual Dexterity Test (MMDT)
  10. The Bennett Test of Mechanical Reasoning

Registration and Fees

Registration is usually organized by companies with job vacancies.  The test usually comes at no cost.

Format and Test Contents

Most  tests are taken on a computer (CBT) while they are still sometimes taken with a pen and paper.   Help with computer based tests

The test is multiple choice.   Help with multiple choice

The questions which will be asked are centered on the basic principles and concepts. The test is designed to assess your understanding and command of basic principles. Here are the most common subject areas on the test.

Mechanical Aptitude Tests
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  • Pulleys and Belts
  • Gears
  • Springs
  • Levers
  • Balancing Scales
  • Gravity
  • Acceleration
  • Hydraulics
  • Weights
  • Magnetism
  • Energy Types
  • Friction
  • Horseshow Magnets
  • Pressure
  • Pendulum
  • Pivot Points
  • Power Source
  • Conductors
  • Open and Closed Circuits
  • Switches
  • Series and Parallel Circuits
  • Electrical load and Path

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Date Published: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
Date Modified: Tuesday, April 18th, 2023