About Mechanical Comprehension Tests
Mechanical comprehension or aptitude tests have been in use for many years as a method for assessing a candidates potential to perform a specific job. Predominantly, they are used in careers which require an ability to work with, or understand, mechanical concepts. Examples of types of careers which require this level of aptitude include:
- Careers which require an ability to work with and operate complex machinery, such as Train driver;
- Driving careers where an ability to understand mechanical concepts is a must, such as Freight Driver;
- Some Armed forces jobs such as the Royal Engineers, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force;
- Engineering careers;
- Emergency services, especially the job of a firefighter;
- Vehicle or transportation mechanic;
- Aircraft engineers.
Of course, the above list is not exhaustive and there are many other jobs which require an ability to interpret mechanical concepts.
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Tips for Passing Mechanical Comprehension Tests
Top 4 tips for passing mechanical questions:
The majority of employers will assess youron speed and accuracy. Therefore, you are advised against random ‘guessing’. In order to stop this practice more and more test administrators are deducting marks for incorrect answers.
Therefore, during your preparation for your assessment I recommend you simply practice lots of test questions but more importantly understand how the answer is reached.
Whilst on the subject of multiple-choice questions, you will most probably find that there are more mechanical comprehension test questions than you can answer during the allocated time given for the test. If this is the case, do not worry.
Many tests are designed so that you do not finish them. Once again, simply work as fast as you can but also aim for accuracy.
If you come up against a difficult question during your mechanical comprehension test, move on, but remember to leave a gap on the answer sheet. If you fail to leave a gap then each of the preceding answers will be incorrect.
In the build-up to the test, if you feel like you are struggling with basic mechanical concepts then I recommend you study a car manual such as Haynes. This will give you an idea of how mechanical concepts work. You can obtain Haynes manuals at www.haynes.co.uk.
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