What is a mechanical reasoning test and what does it measure?
A mechanical reasoning test is an assessment of a candidate's understanding of physical and mechanical principles.
Candidates are provided with a range of multiple-choice questions based on principles such as forces, compression, expansion, magnetism, electricity, gravity, gears, springs and levers. Using their knowledge and understanding, a test-taker must correctly select the right answer.
For some roles, you may also be expected to make calculations such as basic mathematics (ratios, percentages, averages and fractions), conversions and units, as well as calculating area.
A variety of publishers write tests for mechanical reasoning. The most popular are Bennett Test of Mechanical Comprehension, Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude, Barron's Test of Mechanical Aptitude, Stenquist Test of Mechanical Aptitude and SHL Mechanical Comprehension Test.
A mechanical reasoning test is used by employers to measure critical thinking, attention to detail and problem-solving skills in the context of mechanical and engineering concepts.
The assessment ensures high employee performance and helps identify top talent where mechanical reasoning is needed as a prerequisite for the role.