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Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test Preparation

Do you need to take the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT)? If so, learn more about the content of the test and begin preparing for it with JobTestPrep.

What do you get?
  • 2 full-length Bennett-style practice tests, 136 Q&A
  • Our mechanical concepts study guide:  gears, levers, pulleys & more
  • Electrical concepts: circuits, sequences, signal flow
  • Explanations, solving tips & a score report
  • Immediate online access, Practice 24/7 
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About the BMCT

The Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT) is a popular assessment used in several industries, including technical and industrial occupations. The test was developed to measure a person’s aptitude for understanding and applying mechanical principles, from which an employer may infer future performance in jobs that require these skills. The individual who scores high in mechanical comprehension tends to learn readily the principles of the operation and repair of complex devices.

Test Format & Content

The BMCT, from Pearson Assessments, consists of 68 multiple-choice questions with a 30-minute time allotment and can be administered on paper or online. It is currently available in two forms, Form S and Form T. Illustrations and diagrams of encountered mechanisms used in different structures are provided and then followed by questions. The Bennett Mechanical Test is used to identify individuals with good mechanical reasoning abilities and spatial perception. The test measures a person's ability to understand and implement his/her knowledge of physical and mechanical elements in practical situations or in his/her applied job. For those who plan to take the BMCT, it is important to be familiar with basic concepts in physics and physics terminology.

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The BMCT is used to assess the following:

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Spatial visualization
  • Application of physics
  • Deduction of "how things work"

There are 136 items split into 18 categories of mechanical principles implemented into the two forms:

Category Number of Items
Acoustics 3
Belt Drive 2
Center of Gravity 7
Centrifugal Force 5
Electricity 6
Gears 10
Gravity and Velocity 9
Heat 8
Hydraulics 16
Inertia 5
Levers 8
Optics 6
Planes and Slopes 2
Pulley Systems 10
Resolution and Forces 6
Shape and Volume 7
Structures 12
Miscellaneous 14

Sample Question

Who is Required to Take the BMCT?

Those who work in the following industries may be required to take the BMCT:
  • Engineer
  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Equipment Operators/Transportation Trades (Truck Driver)
  • Automotive and Aircraft Mechanic
  • Industrial/Technical Sales Representative
  • Installation/Maintenance/Repair
  • Skilled Tradesperson (Welder, Electrician , Carpenter)
  • Mechanical Trades

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Prepare Online

To succeed on your BMCT test, it is important to practice. JobTestPrep's Bennett-Style Mechanical Comprehension practice test pack covers the mechanical aptitude topics seen on the actual Bennett test. The Bennett practice tests can be taken in real-time simulation mode (to reflect similar test conditions) or step-by-step mode. Practice tests include answers and in-depth explanations.


  • It is important to administer the test in a quiet, well-lit room. Make sure to have comfortable seating, adequate desk, comfortable positioning of the computer screen, keyboard, and mouse.
  • Handbags, briefcases, and other personal materials are not allowed on or near the work surface. Examinees may not use reference materials, books, or notes to take the test, and such materials must be placed out of reach.
  • Get familiar with the Directions for Administration and the test materials before attempting to administer the test.
  • Whether you administer the paper-and-pencil or online version of the test, the best way for test administrators to familiarize themselves with the BMCT is to take the test, complying with the 30-minute time limit, prior to administration.
  • To facilitate accurate timing, write the starting time immediately after you have given the signal to begin and write the finishing time immediately after you have given the signal to stop.

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