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Eight Popular Mechanical Aptitude Tests

  1. Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT)
  2. Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA)
  3. ASVAB Mechanical Comprehension Test
  4. Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Test
  5. DAT for PCA Mechanical Reasoning Test
  6. ASTB Mechanical Comprehension Test (MCT)
  7. EEI (Edison Electric Institute) Tests (CAST, MASS, TECH, SOPD)
  8. Firefighter Mechanical Aptitude Test

What is Mechanical Aptitude Tests?

Mechanical aptitude tests measure candidates' knowledge of mechanical and physical concepts.

They are most commonly used in the energy and manufacturing industries. Relevant occupations include mechanics, engineers, repairpersons, maintenance personnel, skilled tradespersons (i.e., carpenters and electricians), and transportation operators. The U.S. military is also known to use mechanical reasoning tests when evaluating candidates for military personnel. There are various industries in the field of mechanics and therefore the content of mechanical aptitude tests may vary accordingly.

For example, a candidate for military pilot and flight officer training program will probably be asked questions concerning machinery and terms common to the aviation industry, whereas an electrician or plumber will likely be asked questions about home appliances and other related mechanisms.

Test Format and Content


Mechanical comprehension tests usually consist of multiple choice questions, generally relating to an included diagram. The purpose of these questions is to assess a candidate's knowledge of machinery and other physical concepts. The test may be administered either on a computer or on paper. A candidate is not usually tested on profession-specific knowledge. Rather, these tests assess the candidate’s inclination, understanding, and intuition concerning a variety of subjects. Therefore, score results often depend on the depth of the candidate's knowledge of the following subjects:

1. Mechanics

  • Energy - transformation, work & power, kinetic & potential energy
  • Forces & Motion - friction, acceleration, gravity (center of gravity), moments, pressure, etc.
  • Test Questions: levers, pulleys, screws, gears, spring, etc.

2. Electricity

  • Voltage, resistance, current, capacitors, and charge
  • Circuits - parallel, series
  • Magnetism
  • Test Questions: circuit diagrams, etc.

*Portions of this section may also appear on electrical aptitude tests. Click here to learn more about this kind of test.

Prepare in Advance:

Mechanical aptitude tests require knowledge in specific fields. In order to succeed on any test, ample time must be dedicated to test preparation. JobTestPrep offers practice tests and other preparatory tools for mechanical reasoning tests. Our mechanical aptitude practice test pack consists of hundreds of questions to help familiarize you with the various types of questions found on mechanical comprehension tests. Becoming familiar with the structure of the test inspires confidence and results in higher test scores. Start studying now with JobTestPrep and succeed on your mechanical reasoning test!

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