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What Is Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Test?

The Ramsay MAT is a short mechanical aptitude test. It contains 36 questions to be answered in 20 minutes. Questions appearing on the test include those involving household objects, power tools, maintenance and basic physics.

 

The Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Test (MAT) is a short, 36-questions test that aims to assess your ability to learn the skills required for a mechanical, industrial or maintenance positions. It is not a knowledge-based test, but rather deals with basic physical principles and the ability yo apply them to various situations.

The time limit for the test is 20 minutes.


Ramsay MAT Content and Format

The MAT test is very short compared to other mechanical aptitude tests and contains 36 questions to be solved in 20 minutes.

There are four main topics covered on the MAT:

  • Household objects
  • Production and maintenance
  • Hand and power tools
  • Science and physics

The division of the questions between the different topics may vary.


How to Pass the Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Test

Although the Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Test is similar in many ways to other mechanical aptitude tests, it does have some special features. Considering these features, keep the 2 following basic rules in mind in order to pass the test:

Rule #1 - Learn Physical Principles

Learning physical principles will allow you to answer virtually any mechanical aptitude question, regardless of how it is presented.

Physical principles are the fundamental, theoretical concepts behind mechanical reasoning questions, and understanding them will make it possible to solve any question, no matter the image or the wording.

As put by one of our customers:

 

The science concept type questions are excellent and do a very good job at explaining the concept behind why the answer is what it is, which likely would be difficult to find any other way. Once you understand a concept, you will be able to answer any question regardless how it is presented to you.

-Adam

 

If you want to learn more about physical principles and why they are so important for your success, check out this section of our complete guide for mechanical aptitude tests.

 

Rule #2 - Practice Specifically for the Ramsay MAT

While being similar to other mechanical tests in terms of fundamental content, the format of the Ramsay MAT has several unique pitfalls that make it essential to practice real-test simulations

 

Intentionally Vague Images and Descriptions

As in all mechanical aptitude tests, nearly every question on the Ramsay MAT includes an image, so this topic is of great importance.

If I had to compare the images of the 4 most common mechanical aptitude tests and make a scale of crude vs. detailed, the Ramsay MAT would definitely be on the lowest end of the scale.

ramsay mechanical aptitude test sample

The vagueness of the images and the instructions that come with them is intentional and is used in order to throw you off and confuse you. Therefore, it is important to become familiar with the format of the Ramsay MAT, as well as what to look out for and what to ignore while taking the assessment.

Let’s take a look at one of the many types of tricky images you might run into when taking the MAT:

Which liquid is heavier?

ramsay mechanical aptitude test sample question

What makes this question tricky? + Explanation

The correct answer is B.

This question is an example of a double whammy of trickiness.

1. To start, the difference between images A and B is the depth to which the paper boat sinks. In image A it sinks lower than in image B, which can be deduced from the wavy line on the boat being higher. fAs you can see, the crudeness of the images in this test can make it quite difficult to answer the question properly.

2. In addition, you might be confused and answer the wrong question – which boat is heavier. The answer to which would naturally be A.

Explanation

Any object floating in a fluid displaces the amount of fluid equal to its weight. Boat A and B are identical and they both float, therefore we can deduce that they have displaced an equal weight of the fluid. However, since boat B has displaced a smaller volume of fluid, it means that the fluid is heavier.

Note: Try and think of it intuitively as a wooden boat floating in water and in honey. The boat floating in honey will naturally displace less volume and will float higher in the liquid.

 

More Practical Questions

Although it deals with the same topics as other mechanical aptitude tests, the questions on the Ramsay MAT tend to be more practical and incorporate cases from everyday life. This might come as an advantage or disadvantage to you, but it is something you should be prepared for in any case.

That’s why some questions in the Ramsay MAT do require a certain degree of basic knowledge and common sense that don’t exist in other mechanical aptitude tests.

Here is an example of such a question:

Which of these two foods will be hotter after two minutes in a microwave oven?

ramsay mechanical aptitude test sample question 2

What makes this question tricky? + Explanation

The correct answer is A.

To answer this question, you must be familiar with the concept that fluids absorb microwave radiation, and therefore foods containing more fluids will heat up faster.

Therefore, the pie will heat up faster than the toast, so the correct answer option is A.


Summary

The Ramsay MAT is a rather unique mechanical aptitude test, which requires specific preparation due to its intentionally vague and tricky questions, as well as its more practical nature.

JobTestPrep offers a complete preparation pack for the Ramsay MAT which includes 2 full-length simulations, as well as over 20 additional mechanical practice tests covering the entire scope of the exam.

 

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