Mechanical Reasoning
Pre-employment Skills Assessment

The Mechanical Reasoning test is a comprehensive assessment designed to put a candidate's advanced mechanical knowledge and problem-solving abilities to the test. It covers a broad spectrum of mechanical concepts, from the understanding of basic principles to the application of these principles in complex scenarios. The inclusion of questions with multiple correct answers further enriches the assessment, making it a nuanced tool for employers to gauge a candidate's practical reasoning skills in addition to their technical knowledge.






10 min

Test type

Role specific skills

About the test

This Mechanical Reasoning test is tailored to assess advanced skill levels among candidates, focusing specifically on their capacity to apply mechanical principles in solving complex problems. It delves into understanding forces, movements, energy, and the mechanics of various machinery and tools, which are crucial in industrial, manufacturing, and technical roles. With 40 carefully crafted questions, each with a set timer of 30 seconds, the test aims to challenge the candidates to not only rely on their theoretical knowledge but also to apply this knowledge practically and efficiently. The assessment encompasses a wide range of topics from basic mechanical levers to the interpretation of complex diagrams. Approximately 20% of the questions are designed to have two correct answers, testing the candidate's ability to evaluate multiple aspects of a problem simultaneously without explicit instruction to do so, thereby simulating real-world scenarios where answers are not always clear-cut. This test serves as a powerful tool for employers in identifying potential hires who possess not just the technical understanding of mechanical concepts but also the intuitive grasp of physical principles in action, making it an invaluable resource for positions where technical proficiency and problem-solving skills are paramount.

This test is relevant for

Mechanical Engineer
Responsible for designing mechanical systems and troubleshooting mechanical problems.
Automotive Engineer
Focuses on the design, development, and manufacturing of vehicles.
Maintenance Technician
Ensures machinery and equipment operate efficiently and reliably.
Product Designer
Applies mechanical principles in the design of new products.
Aerospace Engineer
Designs and tests aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles.
Industrial Engineer
Optimizes complex processes and systems for efficiency.

Skills measured

Mechanical Comprehension
Understanding mechanical principles and their application.
Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Spatial Reasoning
The ability to visualize and manipulate objects in space.
Technical Aptitude
Possessing a natural ability to understand and apply technical information.
Analytical Skills
The ability to visualize, articulate, and solve both complex and uncomplicated problems and concepts and make decisions that are sensible based on the available information.

Sample questions

Preview a few questions that can be found in this test.
Mechanical Reasoning Test Preview
Question 1/3
What principle does a hydraulic lift operate on?
Select all that apply
Pascal's law
Pascal's law
Archimedes' principle
Archimedes' principle
Newton's third law
Newton's third law
Bernoulli's principle
Bernoulli's principle

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