Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude
Created by Joël P. Wiesen, this mechanical comprehension test is distributed by several publishers, such as Criteria Corp. and Ramsay Corporation. It is considered to be one of the most reliable mechanical aptitude tests, along with the BMCT and MAT exams.
What Skills Are Assessed?
The WTMA evaluates candidates on:
- Mechanical reasoning skills
- Capability to learn about mechanical processes
- Capability to learn how to use and repair mechanical equipment
- Understanding and application of basic mechanical and physical concepts
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Overview of the WMTA
|Full name||Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude|
|Number of questions||60|
|Time allotment||30 minutes|
|Test format||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|Skills evaluated||Installation, repair and maintenance of mechanical equipment|
|Languages||English (Criteria and Ramsay)|
|Conditions||Both supervised and online (unsupervised) tests are available|
The WTMA Structure
The Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude consists of 60 multiple-choice questions to be completed within a 30-minute time limit. Each exercise consists of a simple black and white illustration, a related question and 3 possible answers (A, B and C). The questions are suited to a basic reading level (6th grade) and involve familiar situations and objects. Previous mechanical knowledge is not required. The questions deal with topics such as function, size, shape, weight and appearance of common tools and devices.
Subjects covered in the Wiesen test are:
- Basic machinery concepts
- Motion of objects
- Gravity/centre of gravity
- Thermal conduction
- Basics of electricity/electronics
- Basic physical properties of materials
WTMA Question Example
Which jug of water will stay cold for a longer period of time?
- They will stay cold for equal amounts of time
The correct answer is (B).
Level of Difficulty
As explained above, the Wiesen Mechanical test does not assess the candidate's mechanical knowledge but rather learning potential. This test requires certain logic and a general understanding of the basic mechanical and physical laws.
How Are the Test Results Presented?
Results of the Wiesen Mechanical Comprehension Test are presented in a complete profile report, including the number of correct answers (unlike the BMCT) and the candidate’s ranking compared to all other examinees (in percentages).
The report also includes suitability rankings for various roles, as per each testing service provider (e.g. Criteria Corp.) Finally, the candidate’s raw score in each category is rated, indicating whether he/she has the required score for the position in question.
Example of Criteria score report
In Which Languages Is the WTMA Available?
The WTMA is available in English and Spanish, both online and in print.
Relevant Vocations for the Test
Examples of professions for which the Wiesen Mechanical Comprehension Test may be required are:
- Maintenance/Installation: industrial maintenance technicians.
- Industrial machinery: toolmakers and tool builders, machinists, machine operators and industrial machinery mechanics.
- General industrial workforce: workers, handlers, surface technicians and construction workers.
- Mechanics: auto mechanics, engine manufacture, production workers.
- Skilled trades: electricians, maintenance workers, electromechanics, tufting machine operators, wind turbine technicians etc.
By Criteria Corp.
|Auto mechanic||CBST, WTMA|
|Construction Laborer||WPP, WTMA|
|Field technician||WTMA, CSAP, WPP|
|Maintenance technician||WTMA, WPP, CSAP|
|Industrial machinery mechanics||CBST, WTMA|
|Machine operator||CBST, WTMA, WPP|
|Maintenance worker||WTMA, CBST, WPP|
|Wind turbine technician||WTMA, WPP|