The BMCT is a test used widely in assessing potential candidates for positions dealing with mechanics. These include aircraft, ship, automotive and machine mechanics, sales representatives, maintenance and repair workers and more. The test does not require specific training but candidates must have a working knowledge of mechanical operations and physical laws in order to succeed.
Employers use the BMCT in order to assess a potential candidate’s aptitude and ability to fit in to the workplace. In jobs which require such skills, the test can be an important factor in making decisions regarding hiring certain candidates.
General Information- BMCT
The BMCT-II (released in 2014) is a mechanical test in which candidates must answer questions based on drawings which show the operation of certain mechanical principles. There are three main focus areas on the test: mechanical information, spatial visualization, and mechanical reasoning and understanding.
The test consists of 55 questions (generated from over 300 items) which must be answered in 25 minutes. No two exams are exactly the same. The test is given online only. Practicing and preparing for the test can lead to better timing on the exam resulting in a higher score. No materials may be used while taking the exam and may not be near the work area at all. These include reference books, notes and any other materials which may help during the exam. The BMCT-II is available in English, Spanish, Dutch, French and French Canadian.
The test is randomly generated and therefore different from participant to participant. In order to make the exam fair for all those taking it, each test has an equivalent number of questions in each difficulty level. The test is also consistent in terms of subject matter between candidates.
Preparing for the Exam
The BMCT has questions on the following topics:
- Pulleys & Levers
- Resolution of forces, centrifugal force, and inertia
- Structures, planes, slopes
- Gears and belt drives
- Gravity and velocity
- Acoustics and optics
- Center of gravity
- Shape and volume
Before the exam, you must brush up your knowledge on these subjects which will appear on your test.
Here are some tips to complete the exam successfully:
- Make sure you read and understand the instructions for every question.
- Take plenty of practice tests which are similar in nature to the real exam.
- Focus on the little details! Make sure to use a method to search for the correct answer.
- Don’t get distracted by the other answers in multiple-choice questions. These other answers are designed to trick you. Make sure you are answering the question asked.
- Make sure to bring a pen and paper even though you are taking the exam on a computer.
- Review the subjects listed above in depth.
The results of the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test are given as a percentile. This allows employers to compare the candidate to others who have taken the same exam. In addition, the employer is provided with a list of skills that the potential candidate should be able to perform successfully according to the test results. A raw score isn’t provided in the test results due to differing difficulties between questions leading to little importance to the actual raw score.
Which companies use BMCT?
Many major companies use the BMCT test today in order to screen potential employees. The exam helps companies in recruiting, training and assessing risk. The test is often used for engineers, mechanics, sales representatives, tradespeople and more. Keep in mind that in addition to the exam you will often be asked to participate in interviews, other assessments, group exercises and more.
Here are some of the companies using the BMCT:
- Paragon Pacific
Having to take an aptitude test before being accepted to a new job can be stressful and intimidating, especially if you don’t have experience with similar exams. We have seen that practice can improve your score significantly! Not only will you improve your knowledge of the subject matter by taking practice exams, you will also improve your timing and therefore be able to complete the test in time.
The Transition From BMCT to BMCT-II
The BMCT-II was launched in 2014 to replace the BMCT. The BMCT-II has fewer questions and therefore the time allotted is also shorter (The original BMCT has 68 questions with a 30-minute time limit). Due to the differences in the exams and the grading process, scores between the two are not equal.
Some employers are still using the original BMCT and have not yet transitioned to the new exam. Each employer must decide when is appropriate to move to the new exam (usually after a hiring round is completed, before testing a new group of candidates). Employers will have to establish new cut-off scores for the new exam after gathering significant data for the specific job type and position.