Mechanical Reasoning

Mechanical reasoning tests are frequently used for technical positions and measures a candidate’s capacity to apply mechanical principles to solve problems.

  • What are mechanical reasoning tests?

    A mechanical aptitude test, or mechanical reasoning test, is frequently used for technical positions and measures a candidate’s capacity to apply mechanical principles to solve problems. Areas tested might include gears, circuits or kinetic energy.

  • Why do employers use mechanical reasoning tests?

    Employers use mechanical tests to check that applicants have the necessary mechanical knowledge and capabilities to carry out tasks that will be required of them. The ability to apply a range of mechanical concepts is crucial in a number of industries and jobs, including those that involve maintaining, repairing and operating mechanical equipment.

  • What is the mechanical reasoning test format?

    Typically, candidates will be presented with a series of images showing mechanical problems or scenarios, and must answer questions based on these.

    Mechanical reasoning tests include 20 multiple choice questions which need to be answered in 20 minutes. This one minute per question rule applies to both foundation level and advanced numerical reasoning tests. The only difference between the two is the complexity of the questions.

  • What skills does mechanical reasoning test?

    Mechanical comprehension tests measure how candidates apply their knowledge in a practical setting, with questions usually based around problems or scenarios they may encounter in the specific industry to which they are applying.


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    How difficult are the tests?

    We have two levels of mechanical reasoning tests so they can be used for all levels within a company. The foundation level is typically given to more vocational roles, while the advanced level is used more senior and management positions.

    How long do the tests last?

    The allotted time for the mechanical reasoning tests vary, but they're typically 15 - 20 minutes long. Likewise, the number of questions will be dependent on the complexity, but as a guide, candidates will be given about one minute per question.

    Are these tests available in my plan?

    We have a range of plans available. The difference between the plans is the number of test attempts permitted, not the type of tests. All our plans include our full test suite comprising all tests and all levels.

    Can I see what the test is like?

    Yes, of course. You can see a test by clicking on the 'view example' button at the top of the page. This test includes a mixture of foundation and advanced level questions so you get a full understanding of the various levels.

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