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Bennett mechanical comprehension test

Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Tests

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  • 80 questions
Bennett mechanical comprehension test

The Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test demonstrates your ability to understand mechanical concepts and apply them to solve problems. It has been used for more than 60 years in various forms as a screening and capability test for military, engineering and other technical roles.

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Free practice mechanical questions

As with all other aptitude tests, one of the most important things you can do to improve your score is to practice.

With the practice questions below, you will be able to see the layout and check that you are comfortable with the way you need to answer. Solutions follow beneath the questions.

Mechanical practice question 1

mechanical pulleys question

What force is required to lift this weight?

  • A) 30kg
  • B) 50kg
  • C) 100kg
  • D) 150kg

Mechanical practice question 2

mechanical cogs questions

If two cogs are turning together, one with 30 teeth and the other with 20, how many revolutions would the smaller cog have turned if the larger cog had rotated 15 times?

  • A) 21
  • B) 21.5
  • C) 22
  • D) 22.5

Mechanical practice question 3

mechanical thermodynamics question

Which container is being represented in this graph as it is filled with water?

Solutions

Question 1: There are 6 sections of rope supporting the weight, meaning we must divide the total weight by 6. 300 / 6 = 50kg (B).

Question 2: The smaller cog rotates 1.5 times quicker than the larger as there are 1.5 times more teeth on the latter cog. This means that is the cog with 30 teeth has rotated 15 times, the smaller cog will have turned 1.5 times more. So 15 x 1.5 = 22.5 (D).

Question 3: The steepest lines on the graph represent the thinnest part of the container, as this is the part of the container that would become fuller quicker. This graph represents a container that starts thin, gradually becomes wider and then becomes thin again at the top. The answer is B.

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Is the BMCT hard?

The structure and language of the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test is not designed to be difficult. In fact, it is aimed at a sixth-grade level. The difficulty of the BMCT comes from the application of this relatively basic knowledge to answer questions – and doing it quickly.

What are basic mechanical skills?

Some of the basic principles that you might need to understand include: pulleys; force and movement (Newton’s three laws of motion, friction and gravity); fluids (hydraulics, the ideal gas law, Bernoulli’s principle); thermodynamics (heating, cooling, evaporation and condensation); electricity (Ohm’s Law, circuits); wheels (rotational and linear velocity, the relationship between wheel size and speed); gears (direction of rotation, gear ratio); acoustics (refraction, reflection, the Doppler effect, attenuation); optics (principles of light, reflection and sight).

Where can I practice mechanical reasoning tests?

To get started, you can practice some free mechanical comprehension tests on our mechanical reasoning tests page.

What are mechanical reasoning tests used for?

Mechanical reasoning tests are generally used to assess how well the test taker can apply mechanical principles to solve problems in a practical environment. As part of the recruitment process, these tests can show whether an applicant has a natural affinity for mechanics and would be successful in a role where this is needed.

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Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Tests Tips

1Read the question

The questions are usually not complicated, so take some time to read them thoroughly and it will help you to understand how best to answer.

2Use the graphics

Each question is accompanied with a graphic or image that demonstrates the mechanical law that is being assessed. The answer is in the image – you just need to apply the correct mechanical reasoning.

3Practice

It might seem obvious, but the best way to prepare and succeed in a mechanical reasoning test is to practice. Pearson has stated that those who practice regularly can increase their score by 4 points on average – and while that might not seem like much, it could be the difference between a pass and a fail.

4Be quick

With 55 questions to answer in just 25 minutes, there is not a lot of time to spend on each one. This means that you need to be able to answer quickly as well as accurately to be successful.

5Use your knowledge

Unlike some other types of aptitude tests that require you to use only the information in front of you, the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test makes use of your prior knowledge and also your competence at physics and mechanics.

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Reviews of our Mechanical Reasoning tests

What our customers say about our Mechanical Reasoning tests

  • United States of America

    July 28, 2021

    Time yourself

    I liked the timing feature of it, adding a little pressure that is sure to be felt taking the actual test.

  • United States of America

    July 22, 2021

    Practice makes perfect

    I like the actual timing and complexity of the test. But this test doesn't seem to test how a real test would.

  • Ireland

    July 16, 2021

    Useful for practice

    I particularly appreciated the questions with graphical information that needed to be applied to physical situations, like the water container filling and car acceleration.

  • United States of America

    June 17, 2021

    Pretty challenging

    I like being able to have a solution tab, just in case I get stuck and have to review my answers on the practice tests.

  • United States of America

    June 04, 2021

    Passing

    Testing isn't my thing but I like the fact I am exposing myself to things I haven't done for over 10 years

  • United States of America

    June 04, 2021

    Good test

    This test was good. It made me think a little but I was able to reason through all of the questions.

  • United States of America

    May 28, 2021

    Thought Provoking

    When you don't think about these situations for a long time, this is challenging!

  • Canada

    May 27, 2021

    How the test applies to real life.

    A good test. I recommend giving it a try.

  • United States of America

    May 27, 2021

    Easy to use

    Test had fairly simple questions, if you misread, it will throw off you answer. So reread the question.

  • United States of America

    May 26, 2021

    It is challenging

    The test is challenging and makes me wonder how much mechanical knowledge I know