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 reasoning assessment test is the successor to the original Bennett Mechanical Comprehension test, which was in use for decades, to great success. The Bennett test (aka Bennett aptitude 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.
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The Bennett Test contains 12 categories of mechanical questions; the most common are: (1) pulleys, levers & gears, (2) hydraulics, (3) structures, planes, and slopes, and (4) gravity and other forces. You must score 80% or higher to be chosen for a job. To do well on the test, you need to display mechanical comprehension and understand the key principles underlying simple machines and basic physical concepts.
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 aptitude 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:
- A fulfilling career in a company such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, or Dupont.
- A job in the following areas:
|Installation/Maintenance/Repair||Facility maintenance, HVAC technician, equipment installation technician|
|Skilled Trades||Electrician, welder, plumber, carpenter|
|Machine Operator/Machinist||Machine operator, machinist|
|General Labor||Laborer, material mover/handler, groundskeeper|
|Vocational/Technical Student||Student in a vocational/technical program requiring mechanical comprehention|
|Mechanic||Automotive, motorcycle, diesel, aircraft|
|Engineer||Mechanical, electrical, civil, aerospace|
|Industrial/Technical Sales||Industrial product sales, technical product sales|
The BMCT II contains 12 categories of mechanical questions
|Category||No. of questions|
|Acoustics and optics||3|
|Center of gravity||3|
|Gears and belt drives||5|
|Gravity and velocity||4|
|Pulleys and levers||7|
|Resolution of forces, centrifugal force, and inertia||6|
|Shape and volume||3|
|Structures, planes, and slopes||6|
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).
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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.
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.
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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 BMCT 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.
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 knowledge 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.
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.
BMCT Test Tips
Read the below tips that will help you pass the BMCT-II:
1. Work on your test-taking skills
Practice with iPrep so you can improve your skills and answer more questions correctly within the time limit. Practicing in advance will not only help you do better in a shorter amount of time, but you will also feel more confident on testing day.
2. Watch your time
Pay attention to the clock because a timed test has a limit. Don’t get too caught up on one particular question. Taking timed practice tests in advance will help you learn the types of questions on the real test and will help you get used to answering quickly.
3. Get a good night’s sleep
Resting well will help you concentrate on testing day. Make sure you have used the restroom and are ready to go when you start the test.
4. Don’t come hungry to the test
Get a well-balanced meal before taking the test, so you don’t get distracted.
5. Learn to make educated guesses and move on
Don’t spend too much time on any one question; guess the answer and move on.
- Test Location: The BMCT is either sent as an invitation to take an online test at home or administered at a Pearson’s assessment center or at the company/school/organization.
- Test Schedule: The test is scheduled during the early stages of employment, usually right after sending your resume. If the test is online, you usually have up to 7 days to complete it upon receiving the invitation.
- Test Format: It is a multiple-choice test with 3 possible answers. It is usually administered as a computerized test but can alternatively be a pen & paper test, especially if the recruiting organization schedules the test in its location.
- Cost: Typically, the applicant bears no financial responsibility as the BMCT fee is paid for by the company/school/organization requiring the test.
- Retake Policy: You may retake the test as many times as you’d like, restricted only by the recruiting organization’s policy.
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.
About this Course
Welcome to iPrep’s Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test (BMCT) Course.
This course will help you boost your skills and with it your confidence towards your upcoming BMCT exam. The course will provide you with the following tools and benefits:
- You will become familiar with the test’s various types of questions.
- You will be given a full-length BMCT-style simulation test. This simulation includes similar questions to those you will encounter in the real test with the same level of difficulty. It also has the same time limit as the real test. Experiencing the test’s time pressure will ensure it will not come as a surprise on test day.
- You will be provided with a great variety of helpful tips for the different types of questions. Some of the tips are in the introductory sections while most are in the detailed explanations that follow each question.
7 Learning Hours4 Practice Tests225 Questions30 Day Access
By the end of this course, you will be more knowledgeable and comfortable with the BMCT Assessment – Knowledge and familiarity with the test are the two most significant factors that can help you maximize your score and improve your chances of success.
The course is comprised of both practice and learning sessions. In the following sections, we will guide you through learning lessons with essential information about your upcoming BMCT test. These lessons will review the basic skills and knowledge that are essential for succeeding in the test.
The course is then concluded by simulating full-length tests that accurately follow the structure and concepts of the BMCT. Once done, you will be able to get full question explanations and even see how well you performed in comparison with other people who have taken the test.
Wishing you an enjoyable learning experience!
Skills You Will Learn
Mechanical ComprehensionSimple MachinesEveryday Mechanics
- Course Introduction
- Mechanical Comprehension Guide
- Time Management Tips
- Full-Length BMCT-Style Test Simulations
- Course Conclusion
Very good study guide and practice exams. I’ve worked as a civil engineering inspector for 20 years and I was surprised that my new potential employer asked me to take the Bennett Mechanical Test. I’m very glad I took this course because the practice questions really helped put my head back in the theoretical aspects of engineering. The answer explanations are thorough yet simple. I definitely recommend this course!
May 27, 2020 at 1:46 AM
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- Question 1 of 6
Which pulley mechanism reduces the effort of lifting a similar weight?
(If both reduce the effort, mark C.)CorrectIncorrect
- Question 2 of 6
While taking a right turn, which driver position is more likely to happen?
(If equal, mark C.)CorrectIncorrect
- Question 3 of 6
Which gunman’s bullet will strike the ground first?
(If at the same time, mark C.)CorrectIncorrect
- Question 4 of 6
The same load is being hung from each construct, made up of springs with the same length and stiffness. In which construct will the spring extensions be longer?
(If equal, mark C.)CorrectIncorrect
- Question 5 of 6
Two water jets are ejected from tank-pipes A and B. Which jet will reach farther?
(If equal, mark C.)CorrectIncorrect
- Question 6 of 6
Which mechanism would move the chain more slowly?
(If there is no difference, mark C.)CorrectIncorrect