Are you looking for mechanical job?
It is mandatory in most of the situations to screen candidates through mechanical aptitude tests for a mechanical job. It measures your ability to comprehend simple mechanical and physical principles. The test focuses upon your motivation for machines and interest in movement of their components.
The scores of mechanical aptitude testing are used to predict your future performance and learning potentials in mechanical tasks.
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1- Screening for Mechanical Jobs
For mechanical situations, you are required not only to qualify a mechanical test but also score better than other applicants. You are screened for such jobs in army, navy, air-force, and private and public organizations. Different level of knowledge is required for different jobs such as welding, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, hydraulics, map-reading etc. However, you are analyzed for your working knowledge of mechanics instead of academic depth.
2- Mechanical Training
The application of mechanical testing is not restricted to the fresh recruitment. Sometimes, managers introduce new machines and need to train people already working with the organization. The aptitude testing sessions determine your capability to learn complex mechanical expertise. This saves employers money and time which they could have wasted otherwise on training wrong people.
3- Mechanical Education
The education has been specialized. Children express difference of aptitudes and learning capabilities early in their lives. A young man with mechanical inclinations is the best candidate for future mechanical career. Early choice of the right career can result not only in better performance but also a satisfied population.
4- Psychological Studies
Two most prominent mechanical tests; Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT) and Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA), are used for different psychological studies and experiments. Due to their objectivity and validity, they have become excellent tools for controlled studies and verification of different hypothesis.
1- Most of the mechanical tests are administered in written format with paper and pencil, or computer and mouse. You are required to identify and mark the correct logical solutions for the proposed mechanical problem.
2- Most of the mechanical aptitude questionnaires are administered to groups as well as individuals effectively. However, some of them are applied to the individuals in one-to-one fashion.
3- Many tests consist of a number of diagrams of mechanical objects. Some focus upon describing the problems in verbal format. But their range comprises of a number of mechanical areas to make them universal.
4- Some old aptitude mechanical tests are read over to the subjects. You are required to identify the right solution for the cited problems. This format is getting the least attention for objectivity issues.
It is important to prepare for any aptitude, personality or even IQ test. However, when a mechanical job is your dream, you need to go through the following suggestions.
1- Working Knowledge of Mechanics
Do you know what kind of mechanical test you are going to encounter?
In most of the cases your answer would be a big no. However, if you know the machines which are used in your applied job, you may find type of questions to be expected. You can read through the prominent mechanical aptitude tests to get a degree of familiarity.
You also need to know daily life machines such as pulleys, gears, shafts etc and observe their movement in different machines. This shall boost your imagination when you shall be offered complex movement problems.
They say practice makes a man perfect...
...and your practice of sample mechanical aptitude tests shall help you to score better in real mechanical aptitude test. You can take online free mechanical aptitude tests. It is better to read a couple of related quality books to get a hang of the testing mechanism.
3- Relax Before Session Starts
...you are ready to encounter your mechanical career assessment session. Have a good night sleep and go to the examination center with a fresh and relax mind. Most of the experiences have proved that the candidates scored much better when they were mentally relaxed and free from any kind of anxiety.
4- Notes Allowed or Not?
Before making your choices, read the instructions very carefully. Some mechanical tests may allow you to make notes upon the question paper but most of them shall not provide the facility. In the former situation, the testers want to analyze your short term memory and aptitude simultaneously. In the later case, they want to analyze your reasoning system. Follow the directions very strictly.
Like other psychological instruments, mechanical aptitude tests are also subject to a number of limitations. There is no evidence that better scoring candidates prove better mechanics than those who failed even to qualify. It is possible that a Master degree holder in Physics may outperform others in a written session but may fail to earn his bread even in mechanical career.
Then general mechanical aptitude measuring mechanism doesn’t fit to the requirements of all jobs. They need to be restructured and re-validated for each and every job. Most of the organizations fail to hire industrial psychologists for the task and miss the basic goal; proper screening.
However, these minor limitations can’t stop the employers to go for mechanical aptitude testing. They are objective, cost-effective and the most reliable available tools. You agree to their validity or not, you will have to qualify them if you are serious about a mechanical career.
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