Mechanical Reasoning Aptitude Test

Assess a candidate’s understanding of basic physical and mechanical principles and the application to everyday situations with our Mechanical Reasoning Aptitude Test.

Pre-Employment Test

Mechanical aptitude test for assessing potential employees

Purpose: This mechanical aptitude test assesses understanding of basic physical and mechanical principles and the application to everyday situations. The Mechanical Reasoning Test should be used where employees work around large equipment and are expected to understand basic operations and engage in limited troubleshooting of equipment failures. We recommend this mechanical aptitude test for a wide range of positions from entry-level production associates to higher level maintenance workers in industrial settings.

About the Test: This is a timed aptitude test. It has a time limit of 20 minutes.

High Scorers: People scoring high on this test tend to pick up new information in a job orientation program more quickly. They profit from formal instruction and demonstrate a higher ability to apply what they have learned in on-the-job applications. They are the employees that you tend to give additional responsibility for the more complicated equipment – particularly those that have multiple systems and computer interface.

Low Scorers: People scoring low on the Mechanical Reasoning Test tend to have a great deal of difficulty learning new things about equipment operations, preventive maintenance and more complicated mechanical troubleshooting. They are less likely to be able to take on full responsibility for automated equipment and they tend to ask a lot of questions about simple problems. Low scorers on the Mechanical Reasoning Test are more prone to behavior that could lead to an accident and to persist in activities that are inefficient methods of solving equipment problems.

Testing Process: Online aptitude testing provides immediate reporting. Proctoring is desirable but not required.

Sample Question for Mechanical Reasoning Test

Which system will allow the 50 lb. crate to be picked up with the least effort?

(A) System A
(B) System B

(Sample questions differ from actual test appearance and do not contain real test content.)

Select Validity Information: This test was developed through an iterative process using the expertise of multiple degreed engineers with experience in manufacturing. In various validation studies, this test has found to significantly related: (r=.40**) with composite job performance; (r=.33**) with teamwork; (r=.24*) with task competence; (r=.31**) with overall performance; (r=.20*) with productivity; (r=.27**) with openness to training and dealing with change; (r=.19*) with safety mindedness; (r=.29**) with teamwork; (r=.35**) with relations with supervisors; (r=.26**) with decrease in turnover among production workers; (r=.28**) with job knowledge; (r=.32**) with reasoning skills and judgment; (r=.28**) with planning ability; (r=.37**) with ability to learn; (r=.39**) with reasoning ability; (r=.30**) with skills competence; (r=.32**) with openness to new learning; (r=.18*) with attendance. In a test of convergent validity, the Resource Associates Mechanical Reasoning Test was correlated (r=.81**) with the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test.


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