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Developed by Pearson Assessments, the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test II (BMCT-II) is an exam that assesses your understanding and abilities in basic mechanical problems. This mechanical assessment test is the successor to the original Bennett Mechanical Comprehension test, which was in use for decades, to great success. The Bennett test can help candidates showcase their spatial perception skills and mechanical reasoning abilities, and it is used to identify the best candidates for mechanical, repair, and industrial occupations. Passing the Bennett test may be the deciding factor in being hired, while scoring high on this test will show your future employers that hiring you is a great business move.


The Bennett test is timed. You have less than 30 seconds to answer each question. If you prepare in advance, you will feel more confident and shorten your test-taking time.


The BMCT-II test contains 55 multiple-choice questions from a bank of 300 questions, with a 25-minute time limit, which means that you will have less than 30 seconds to answer each question. The original BMCT timed test was 30 minutes long and contained 68 multiple-choice questions. If you are invited to take the Bennett test, you will most likely be taking the BMCT-II, as it is the most up-to-date version and the original test has been retired.

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If you pass the test, you will open yourself up to the following:

  1. A fulfilling career in a company such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, or Dupont.
  2. A job in the following areas:
GroupOccupations
Installation/Maintenance/RepairFacility maintenance, HVAC technician, equipment installation technician
Skilled TradesElectrician, welder, plumber, carpenter
Machine Operator/Machinist Machine operator, machinist
General LaborLaborer, material mover/handler, groundskeeper
Vocational/Technical Student
Student in a vocational/technical programrequiring mechanical aptitude
Mechanic
Automotive, motorcycle, diesel, aircraft
Engineer
Mechanical, electrical, civil, aerospace
Industrial/Technical Sales
Industrial product sales, technical product sales

Technical Facts

The BMCT II contains 12 categories of mechanical questions

CategoryNo. of questions
Acoustics and optics3
Center of gravity3
Electricity3
Gears and belt drives5
Gravity and velocity4
Heat3
Hydraulics6
Miscellaneous6
Pulleys and levers7
Resolution of forces, centrifugal force, and inertia6
Shape and volume3
Structures, planes, and slopes6
 55

What are the differences between the BMCT and the BMCT-II?

There are some differences to the BMCT-II tests and the now-retired BMCT. The former is the newer version and is the only one still in use. The BMCT-II contains 55 questions and takes 25 minutes to complete, while the BMCT contained 68 questions and took 30 minutes to complete. 

Also, the old BMCT contained 18 categories of mechanical questions while the BMCT II contains only 12 categories (see table above).

Timed power test

This multiple-choice test is timed, and you will have less than 30 seconds to complete each question. Therefore, it is essential to practice in advance and be ready to answer each question correctly as quickly as possible. 

Full-color, updated test

The questions on the BMCT-II test are presented in color and reflect the 21st-century workplace.

Question bank

In the BMCT-II, multi-level questions are taken from a continually refreshed bank of items. The test questions vary in difficulty and do not necessarily get more challenging as they are answered. No two tests are the same, which is why the test can be taken without a proctor present.

Tips for test day

Bring a photo ID if you are taking the exam at a testing center.

Is the test taken online or with paper and pencil?

The test is usually computerized, but employers have an option for pencil and paper tests as well. 

What should I study for the test?

We recommend that you have at least a basic command of mechanical principles underlying each of the test categories to be comfortable taking the exam. Practicing with iPrep will improve your scores and help you get ready for the test.

Skills and abilities assessed

Mechanical comprehension is the ability to understand and apply basic mechanical and physical concepts, as well as the key principles underlying the workings, maintenance, and repair of machinery and equipment.

BMCT–II was developed to help identify individuals with good mechanical comprehension abilities and those with an aptitude to understand and apply mechanical concepts and principles to solve problems.

Results Scale and Interpretations

How does the scoring work?

Since the questions vary in difficulty, you will not receive a raw score (number correct). Rather, you will see your percentile score, ranked among your peers. 

The average (mean) score is 43-48, depending on the occupation. This means that people must answer over 80% of the questions correctly (and aspire to 90-100% correct responses) to be above average and be chosen for a job. It is very important to try to score as high as you can so you can outrank the competition, which is why it is imperative to study in advance.

Source: pearsonassessments.com

John Sample’s score is higher than or equal to 43 percent of the Installation/Maintenance/Repair norm group.

What does this mean?

This individual is likely to adequately perform tasks that require an understanding of the

principles of physical forces and mechanical elements in practical situations. Specifically, this individual is likely to

  • possess or obtain at least a basic understanding of physical principles and laws and their application;
  • install devices or equipment in a manner that typically meets specifications;
  • accurately diagnose routine or obvious problems involving machinery or equipment but may struggle somewhat with more complex problems,
  • make repairs that infrequently require rework, though occasional minor rework may be needed;
  • possess a level of mechanical aptitude that enables proficiency in relatively simple or basic mechanical roles or functions;
  • have a need to be supervised on projects involving relatively complex machinery or equipment; and
  • learn new or unfamiliar mechanical concepts in a generally reasonable amount of time.
Source: pearsonassessments.com

Your score will be presented in other formats as well (see above) so it is easier for the employer to compare it to past candidates in the database.


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Test Provider

The Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT) and the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test II (BMCT-II) were created by Pearson Education/TalentLens. Manufacturers and other types of companies have been relying on Pearson to help assess potential candidates for mechanical/technical jobs for decades.

Disclaimer – All the information and prep materials on iPrep are genuine and were created for tutoring purposes. iPrep is not affiliated with Pearson, TalentLens, or any other company mentioned.

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