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About Mechanical Reasoning Tests
Mechanical reasoning tests measure an individual’s ability to understand and solve mechanical, physical and technical problems. These tests typically assess an individual’s ability to work with pulleys, pivots, weights, forces, fluid and other mechanical / physical principles. Mechanical reasoning tests are typically used when selection in highly manual or technical roles, particularly in fields such as engineering, the emergency services and skilled trades. Although mechanical reasoning tests primarily measure general cognitive ability, there is a learned and developable element to mechanical reasoning, enabling candidates to improve their ability through practice and preparation.
Psychological research has found mechanical reasoning tests to be highly valid predictors of future performance in work and education. As a result, job candidates may be asked to complete a mechanical reasoning test as part of an organisations selection process. Organisations are likely to use a mechanical reasoning test in a number of possible ways. Firstly, a mechanical reasoning test may be used as an early screening tool, identifying high potential candidates early in the selection process. Secondly, a mechanical reasoning test may be used in conjunction with an interview, either before the interview or shortly after. Finally, candidates may be required to complete a mechanical reasoning test during an assessment centre, at the final stages of the selection process. Regardless of when the mechanical reasoning test is administered, passing it is essential to maximising your chances of being selected by that organisation.