How to Prepare for the Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Tests

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Barron's Educational Series, 2003 - Study Aids - 396 pages
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Both private employers and public agencies use many different mechanical aptitude tests to screen job applicants seeking employment in areas that can range from machinist and skilled trades apprentice to helicopter pilot or aerospace engineer. Though tests take many different forms, all measure the same ability, and people who do well on any one test are likely to do well on all of them. This manual presents 18 practice tests in both mechanical aptitude and spatial ability, with answers and detailed explanations for all questions. The author also offers advice on ways to develop and improve mechanical aptitude, gives test-taking tips, and provides explanations of how simple machines--for instance, pulleys and levers--work. The book is filled with diagrams and illustrations
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Streetwise Test Taker
3
How to Develop Your Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Ability
9
General Mechanical Understanding
12
Gears
44
Pulleys
60
Tools
75
Map Reading
88
CutUps
130
Jigsaw Puzzles
141
Hole Punching
156
Hidden Blocks
167
Counting Touching Blocks
178
Making Rectangular Boxes
186
Paper FoldingShape Known
195
Paper FoldingShape Unknown
210

Line Following
107
Matching Shapes
111
Visual Comparison
118
Finding Rotated Shapes
123
Parts Assembly
241
Practice Tests
253
Index
395
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