Mechanical Reasoning Test


This suite of tests looks at the skills required in different positions where mechanical knowledge is key.


This test forms part of our General Assessment suite for recruitment and internal HR and promotion processes.

It is also suitable for individuals who wish to understand their capability in mechanical reasoning, to assist with their personal development or to determine whether they are suited for a particular career.

User Requirements

Are you looking to better understand or practice your mechanical reasoning abilities? Candidates are able to purchase an individual license. You will receive a licence code to allow you access to the system, which will enable you to undertake the assessment.

Buying multiple tests - do you need a corporate account? Speak to our sales team for bulk discounts on test purchases in preparation for a recruitment process or assessment centre. Once purchased, you will receive Licence codes to enable you to distribute the assessments to your candidates as required.

Licence codes are for single use only and the assessment must be completed within 3 months.

What happens next

Once you have completed the secure online payment through Worldpay, you will be sent a Welcome email containing licence codes for the purchased tests.

The assessment is accessed by redeeming the licence code on our ADAPT platform.

If you / your participants have previously registered an account on our ADAPT platform and have a username and password, this licence code can be redeemed against existing accounts by logging in at If not, you / your participants will need to register a new account at, and enter the licence code during this process.

The test can then be taken through the ADAPT platform. Once the test is completed, a report containing the results and how to interpret them will become available as a PDF download.

For assistance during this process, please see support details provided in the welcome email.

Taking the test

This is a test of cognitive capacity, with randomly generated questions from our banks to reduce the risk of cheating or sharing answers across candidates. The test takes 45 minutes to complete and automatically finishes after this time regardless of whether the candidate has answered all of the questions. Different aspects of mechanical reasoning, including gears, levers, gravity, pulleys and cogs are tested.


This test generates a report, which the Symbiotics team put together in easy-to-interpret sections and pass back to the customer.

Our Psychologists say

Mechanical reasoning tests are often used for engineering or other technical roles. They rely on the test taker having a knowledge of mechanical concepts rather than looking at an underlying mechanical aptitude. However, it is reasonable to assume that an applicant for a role of this sort will have an academic background that includes Physics and Maths, which will have introduced them to the relevant concepts.