What is the Dat Mechanical Reasoning Test?

Pearson Assessments’ Differential Aptitude Tests for Personnel and Career Assessment, more commonly known as the DAT, are used to assess various job aptitudes via different tests. Among these tests is the Differential Aptitude Test in mechanical reasoning. The DAT Mechanical Reasoning exam is similar to the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT).


Test Format & Content

The DAT Mechanical Reasoning exam is comprised of 45 multiple-choice items with a 20-minute time allotment. The questions on the test portray simple principles which involve reasoning instead of something that requires specialized training or knowledge. This test assesses one’s ability to comprehend basic mechanical principles of motion, tools, and machinery.


Who Needs to Take the DAT Mechanical Reasoning Test?

Those interested in the following fields may be required to take the DAT Mechanical Reasoning test:

  • Carpenter
  • Mechanic
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Assembler

Practice Online

To be successful on your DAT Mechanical Reasoning test, it is important to practice. Because the BMCT is very similar to the DAT Mechanical Reasoning exam, JobTestPrep's Bennett Mechanical Comprehension practice test pack may be used as a substitute. These 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.

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