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The Mechanical Aptitude Test is a quick evaluation of a person's mechanical aptitude with reduced adverse impact compared to older measures. This test is excellent for use in pre-employment selection and predicting success in employee training programs. This is the MAT-B version and is an alternate equivalent of the MAT-3-C.
Ramsay Corporation's Mechanical Aptitude Test (MAT) was
professionally-developed in 2004 as a short-measure of mechanical aptitude with reduced
adverse impact based on gender and race. The MAT has been found to be highly correlated with other measures such as the Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA) and the Bennett Test of Mechanical Comprehension. The MAT should be useful in selecting apprentices, trainees, or
other candidates who are learning and performing production and maintenance job
Great care was taken in selecting questions
that relate to everyday items and common knowledge to reduce adverse impact
(early data collection reveals this test to be very gender friendly). The following areas are the primary focus of the questions:
- Household Objects
- Work - Production and Maintenance
- School - Science and Physics
- Hand and Power Tools
Ramsay Corporation felt the need to develop the MAT to address several issues in the realm of
mechanical aptitude testing. Specifically, the MAT fills
the following voids:
- The need for an updated measure of mechanical aptitude.
- The need for a short and user-friendly measure of
- The need for a measure without reference to city/rural or
- The need for a measure appropriate to the context of 21st
In order to ensure this test can measure the ability to learn
and perform production and maintenance jobs, the
MAT underwent criterion-related validation studies for both
maintenance and production applications. This test has been used in 8
content validation studies and 2 criterion-related validation studies.
- It was found to be significantly (.48 p< .01) correlated
with GPA for a sample of mechanical technicians in a technical college.
- Scores on the MAT
were found to correlate (.40 p<.01) with a measure of mechanical knowledge.
- In a study of production workers, the Mechanical Aptitude
Test was found to be significantly correlated with "ability to troubleshoot
equipment" and "ability to enter and receive information using competency".
- The MAT was shown to have a significant
predictor-criterion relationship to success and manager ratings.
Additionally, validation studies were completed to
determine the construct validity of this test and was found to be significantly correlated with scores on the WTMA
(Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude) and the Bennett Test of Mechanical
The reliability of the test was shown to be .72 (KR20) in a
sample size of 994 persons.
- Ramsay Corporation's self scoring test format
- Contains 36 multiple choice items
- 20 minutes testing time
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O*NET† Job Titles
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[Industrial Machinery Mechanics]
Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
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