Although the tests of mechanical aptitudes and clerical aptitudes have been included in the multiple aptitude batteries, they have also been constructed as a full independent test. There are two probable reasons, first, it is not possible for any test constructor to give as much emphasis as these tests require when placed in a battery of aptitude test.Second, thesetwo tests are more commonly used for a variety of purposes and as such, a separate status for them is essential.
A test of a test of mechanical aptitude is solely concerned with mechanical reasoning, mechanical information or mechanical comprehension.In some tests of Mechanical Aptitude, two factors namely, the perceptual aptitude and the special attitudes, play a significant rolewhereas, in some other tests, only items regarding the appraisal of mechanical reasoning and mechanical information are included. Examples of the formal type of mechanical aptitude test are the Minnesota Paper Form Board test and the Space Relation Test of the Differential Aptitude Test DAT, the SRA Mechanical Aptitude Test, and the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test.
The fact of mechanical reasoning which is an important part of the mechanical reasoning test is closely related to the capacity of solving problems. How well a person understands, depends on how deeply he knows about the subject. Only if he has proper understanding and knowledge about the subject matter he can apply the principles and concepts of mechanical reasoning to solve problems. Any organizational firm who will want to hire a mechanical engineer will definitely be curious about the candidates take on knowledge, and his application skills to arrive at conclusions. How well a candidate can handle the fundamental mechanical operations, techniques and terminologies is effectively reflected by his score on the psychological tests like different reasoning tests. A person who has a strong practical idea about the existing physical laws, and is always keen on learning more can definitely make through the test.
An individual who is ever graceful to learn something new, someone who is always enthusiastic about knowing the mechanical processes in depth, and largely who is curious about almost anything is the one whom every organization desires to have. Well, how well a candidate will do after he gets hired, based on the curriculum vitae, is not reliable. Hence, we need sound psychological tests, which assess a candidate’s grasp of knowledge, understanding and applicability skills in language he is comfortable in. Mostly the tests are conducted in English language. The tests are constructed having fundamental to standard levels of difficulty, depending on the post of the job they will be screening candidates for. A candidate who has the basic sense of how easy and complex mechanical setups are made and administered, will be reflected through the results of this test.
A few tests have their pattern of questions arranged in an interactive structure and that which helps to examine the capabilities of a candidate. No doubt such a test will effectively conclude about a candidate’sabilities in the interpretation of technical drawings, apprehension of the drawings and diagrams of technical devices as well as their functions.