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What is the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT)?

The Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT) is an assessment developed by Pearson Assessments. The BMCT is used as a prerequisite during the employment process for many technical roles.

This test intends to seek out individuals with good mechanical reasoning abilities and includes questions covering your mechanical aptitude, spatial visualization, application of physics and ability to deduce how things work.

The original BMCT consists of 68 multiple-choice questions and has a 30-minute time limit. The updated BMCT II consists of 55 multiple-choice questions and has a 25-minute time limit. It is administered online only.

The BMCT, like many other psychometric tests, is administered under strict time constraints. The original BMCT consists of 68 multiple-choice questions that need to be answered in a 30-minute timeframe. The updated BMCT II, on the other hand, consists of 55 multiple-choice questions that will need to be answered in a 25-minute timeframe. The most common version of these tests that you will encounter during the recruitment process is the BMCT II.

The BMCT scoring process is based on item response theory (IRT). Since the questions on the BMCT are often randomly compiled through an item-banked system of 300+ questions, the IRT has been found to be the most ideal method of scoring.

This form of scoring can adapt to minor differences in difficulty between item-banked test versions so that scores are equivalent across organisations. Once you have completed the BMCT, the company will receive a comprehensive score report from Pearson. This report will represent your final score in a variety of ways; they are:

  • Percentile Ranking
  • Raw score (number answer correctly)
  • T-score
  • STANINE Score
  • STEN Score

Your score can tell potential employers whether you are scoring in an appropriate range for your job level and if it will be beneficial for them to hire you. The higher that you score in any of these areas, the better your chances will be of landing the job you want.

The questions that you will encounter on the BMCT will be randomly generated from an item-banked system. This method allows for each BMCT test administered to be different in terms of questions, but equal in terms of question difficulty. As this is a mechanical exam, you will encounter many different types of questions regarding pulleys and levers, hydraulics, gravity and velocity, gears and belt drives, structures, planes and slopes, etc.

 

What Does the BMCT Assess?

The BMCT assesses the following:

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Spatial visualization
  • Application of physics
  • Deduction of "how things work"

The breakdown and frequency of the sections appearing on both the BMCT I and BMCT II can be found below:

On the BMCT I, there are 68 items split into 18 categories of mechanical principles:

Category Number of Items
Acoustics 3
Belt Drive 2
Center of Gravity 7
Centrifugal Force 5
Electricity 6
Gears 10
Gravity 9
Heat 8
Hydraulics 16
Inertia 5
Levers 8
Optics 6
Planes and Slopes 2
Pulley Systems 10
Resolution and Forces 6
Shape and Volume 7
Structures 12
Miscellaneous 14

On the BMCT II, there are 55 items split into 12 categories of mechanical principles:

Category Number of Items
Pulleys and Levers 7
Hydraulics 6
Resolution of Forces, Centrifugal Force, and Inertia 6
Structures, Planes, and Slopes 6
Gears and Belt Drives 5
Miscellaneous 6
Gravity and Velocity 4
Acoustics and Optics 3
Center of Gravity 3
Electricity 3
Heat 3
Shape and Volume 3

 

 

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BMCT Sample Questions

Below you will find several BMCT sample questions with answers and answer explanations. Use the free test on this page to further gauge your mechanical aptitude skills for your upcoming exam.

BMCT Sample Question 1

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The correct answer is A.

The pendulum is moving backward; therefore, the car is accelerating in the opposite direction. That happens when an object is in an accelerating system, in the same way you feel yourself being pulled backward when the car is speeding up or forward when it is braking.

Remember the physical principle: When an object is within an accelerating system (another object that accelerates or decelerates), the force on the inner object will be in the direction opposite to the acceleration.


BMCT Sample Question 2

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The correct answer is C.

The figure in B has a wheel to reel in the rope. However, this wheel does nothing to divide the force and only changes the pulling from a linear motion in A to a circular motion in B.

Remember the physical principle: In a pulley system, the wheels that reduce applied force are supporting wheels, not wheels that only change the motion’s direction.

 

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General Advice 

Below you will find several tips for boosting your chances of success when taking the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test. These tips include: 

  • Practise: Giving yourself time to practise for this or any exam will give you a good foundation for passing the test. Knowing what to expect prior to test day will give you a clear advantage over other candidates.
  • Get to know the physical principles behind each question found on the test: You will encounter a wide array of questions while taking the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test. Our specialised PrepPack™ includes questions stylised after those found on the Bennett test and include full answer explanations. These answer explanations give detailed information on how to solve each problem you will be presented with as well as the mechanical principle associated with each question. Knowing what to expect will improve your test-taking speed and accuracy, ultimately enabling you to obtain a high overall test score.
  • Get enough sleep the night before your test: Getting at least 8 hours of restful sleep the night before your assessment will help to increase your mental focus, thus helping you to complete your test in the time allotted.
  • It is important to take the test in a quiet, well-lit room: Make sure to have comfortable seating; an adequate desk; and comfortable positioning of the computer screen, keyboard, and mouse.
  • Handbags, briefcases, and other personal materials are not allowed on or near the work surface. You may not use reference materials, books, or notes to take the test, and such materials must be placed out of reach.
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How to Understand Your Test Results 

Regardless of the different scores shown on your final BMCT score report the employer will receive, there will also be a percentile rating showing where your score falls compared to the normative group.

This percentile rating can tell the employer a lot about you in terms of your skills and if it will be beneficial to hire you. The higher your raw score is once you have completed the assessment, the higher your percentile rating will be.

This percentile placement can be interpreted as follows:

BMCT-II Percentile Score Ranges
0 to 19 Range

This score tells the employer that it would be risky to hire you and that you may take longer to learn the job than someone scoring higher.

This score also tells the employer that you may require closer supervision and that you may never reach the goals so out for you by the company.

20 to 39 Range

This score shows the employer that you have a good grasp of mechanical and physical principles, however, you may still require close supervision while on the job.

This score does give you the ability to still be considered for the role you have applied for only if you are able to demonstrate the desired interpersonal skills during the interview process.

40 to 59 Range

This score demonstrates to the employer that you have a solid understanding of the necessary mechanical and physical concepts and are likely to learn the job being offered at a steady pace.

Falling into this percentile range will have you dubbed as a ‘very good hire’ in the eyes of the recruitment team.

60 to 79 Range

Falling into this percentile group shows the employer that you have an excellent grasp on the mechanical and physical concepts being tested.

It also shows the employer that you will be able to learn your job quickly without too much need for close supervision. Scoring in this range will also have you dubbed as a ‘very good hire’.

80+ Range

Falling into this percentile range shows the employer that you have a very strong, in-depth grasp of the mechanical and physical concepts being tested. Candidates who score in this percentile range will most likely learn the job quickly and will not need much if any supervision once it has been mastered.

This score range also shows that you are a fast learner and are likely to pick up on unfamiliar concepts very quickly.


Bennett Mechanical Comprehension FAQs

Many of the skills needed for technical positions cannot be ascertained or measured by reading your CV or through an interview.

This is where the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test comes in.

This assessment allows employers to gain insight into your current level of mechanical and physics knowledge and can also help them gauge your future job performance.

The higher your BMCT test score, the better your chances will be of landing the job being advertised.

 

Individuals who work in the following industries may be required to take the BMCT:

  • Engineer
  • Automotive mechanic
  • Equipment operators/transportation trades (truck driver)
  • Automotive and aircraft mechanic
  • Industrial/technical sales representative
  • Installation/maintenance/repair
  • Skilled tradesperson (welder, electrician, carpenter)
  • Mechanical trades

Practising for the BMCT could be the difference between scoring below or above the average for your profession. According to Pearson, if you practise prior to this exam, you will be able to raise your score by 4 or more points. 4 points may not seem like much, however, this increase in points has the ability to show your employer whether you are scoring at the same level as a sales representative or at the level of an engineer. Increasing your BMCT score will help demonstrate your value to the company you have applied to.

Scoring high on the BMCT displays good spatial perception and mechanical reasoning ability. It also displays your knowledge of basic mechanical operations and physical laws, as well as an aptitude for learning mechanical processes and tasks. This, in turn, shows employers that you are a qualified candidate, thus heightening your chances of getting the job you applied for.

The BMCT is a timed test. On the BMCT II, you need to answer 55 questions in 25 minutes. By practicing for the test, you can improve your timing and answer accuracy during the exam.

Below you will find a list of employers who use the BMCT test in their recruitment processes:

Please note that while these companies may require you to take the Bennett Mechanical test, they may also require you to take additional assessments, participate in interviews, and/ or participate in group exercises. 

Company Positions
Delta Airlines Mechanic
Keyence Sales/ Technical/ Engineer
BWXT Supervisor/ Engineer/ Welder
Nestle Electrician/ Maintenance/ Operator
Perry Technical Institute Electrician & Technician
DuPont Operator
Tyson Maintenance
Culver Careers Technician & Sales
Union Gas Service Representative
Savant Sourcing Quality inspector
Coca-Cola Maintenance Mechanic
INEOS Process Operator
Valero Operartor

 

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