Technical Aptitude Tests

These types of tests are otherwise known as Technical Test Battery and they will test your skills for technically focused roles such as positions within the emergency services, military, mechanics, machine operators and many more.

Technical Aptitude Tests

What are technical aptitude tests?

Technical aptitude tests typically use four main areas of aptitude. These include:

  • Verbal – such as vocabulary checking, information processing and basic verbal reasoning questions

  • Numerical – such as basic numeracy and numerical reasoning

  • Visual – such as visual estimations, spatial awareness and tracking abilities

  • Mechanical – such as tests that measure your knowledge of mechanical and physical concepts such as Levers, Pullers, Gears, Springs, Simple Electrical, Circuits etc. They will often include fault diagnosis questions where you will be expected to find and repair faults in electrical control systems.

What are verbal reasoning tests?

Verbal reasoning tests assess your understanding and comprehension skills. You will be presented with a short passage of text which you’ll be required to interpret before answering questions on. These are typically in the ‘True, False, Cannot Say’ multiple choice format, although there are a range of alternatives too.

What are numerical reasoning tests?

Numerical reasoning tests demonstrate your ability to deal with numbers quickly and accurately. These tests contain questions that assess your knowledge of ratios, percentages, number sequences, data interpretation, financial analysis and currency conversion.

What are visual reasoning tests?

Visual reasoning tests (often known as diagrammatic reasoning tests) use shapes, patterns and figures, rather than numbers and words. They are used by recruiters to assess your ability to think logically and solve complex problems.

What are mechanical reasoning tests?

Mechanical reasoning tests measure your ability to understand and apply mechanical concepts and principles in order to solve problems. These tests are based based on a variety of topics such as: Electrical circuits, pulleys, levers, springs, tools, gears and maps.

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Why do employers use technical aptitude tests?

Similar to that of mechanical aptitude tests, technical aptitude tests are used to identify suitable candidates for technical roles. They are becoming increasingly common at assessment days and so we would recommend using this package to improve your technical understanding skills.

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Technical Aptitude Tests Tips

1Prepare your own toolkit

Whether you need to sharpen your technical skills or learn everything from scratch, taking some mock tests will help. It might not help you achieve technical brilliance but will definitely improve your performance. Practice will also save you sleepless nights before the real assessment day by improving accuracy, speed and confidence. And you will need a good night’s sleep.

2Watch your timing

Don’t get stuck on one question. Work out roughly how much time you have per question before you start each test (think of it as a good warm-up) and try to stick to those timings. If it feels tough, keep going anyway and remember the easiest questions might be to come.

3Practice in exam conditions

When you practice for your assessment, try to do so in the same conditions in which you will be sitting your real technical aptitude tests. Try quiet surrounding with a minimal distraction at a table. This will not only keep you more focused but also make silence less daunting while sitting your real assessment.

4Ask the expert

Look at our explanations to see how we’ve come up with the solutions. Understanding the thought process, how the question is broken down and the steps involved is an excellent way to simplify difficult questions.

5Carry out post mortems

Sure, technical aptitude tests won’t kill you, but you should assess which areas you’re getting wrong. That way you can focus on practicing them which will improve your performance on the tests as a whole.

6Do your research

Find out from your employer what type of psychometric assessments they are going to want you to sit. If you’re not sure simply ask them! Each job is different so the assessments will vary but as a starting point visit our top employers.

7Don't be complacent

There are sometimes 100+ applicants per place for the most sought after roles. Your competition will be prepared so make sure you are too. The more you practice, the better prepared you’ll be.

Numerical Reasoning Video Tutorials

Simplified Ratios

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Data Interpretation

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Number Series

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Percentage Change


Currency Conversion


Graph Interpretation


Practice technical aptitude tests

There’s a reason they say practice makes perfect. That phrase holds true when it comes to technical aptitude tests. In fact, practice is perhaps even more important if you’re pretty new to these tests.

But don’t worry, we have all the tools you need to get started. Begin by trying some technical aptitude questions, viewing the explanations and seeing your scores improve.

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