Cognitive Aptitude

Criteria Mechanical Reasoning Assessment (CMRA)


  • The ability to learn how to operate, maintain, install, and repair equipment and machinery.
score report for CMRA

About the CMRA

The Criteria Mechanical Reasoning Assessment (CMRA) measures mechanical aptitude, a strong indicator of a candidate’s capacity to learn machinery operation and the ability to learn how to repair, maintain and install equipment. This timed 15-minute test has a total of 30 questions.

Assess Mechanical Aptitude – Anywhere, Any Time

The CMRA is a brief, extensively validated evaluation of mechanical reasoning, which can be taken on any device.

Appropriate for a Wide Range of Job Roles

The CMRA can predict future performance for a wide range of roles which require the operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment and machinery. It’s ideally suited to positions such as machinery operators, electricians, construction workers, field service technicians, mechanics and more, and is a great addition to an apprentice intake process.

Sample CMRA Question:

Which metal bar can withstand more pressure before being flattened by the vice?

Two holdfasts with metal bars

  1. A
  2. B
  3. No Difference

Answer: B

Accurate Predictor of Job Success

Cognitive aptitude assessments like the CMRA have been proven time and again to be one of the most accurate predictors of future job success: twice as accurate as interviews, three times as accurate as experience and four times more accurate than education. Adding the CMRA to a well-rounded recruitment process will give you the full picture on your next hire.

Mitigate Bias

The CMRA has been rigorously validated, giving you confidence that the test is highly predictive of job performance in any role requiring the operation, maintenance and repair of equipment or machinery. In addition, particular attention was given to reducing adverse impact along gender and racial/ethnic lines, with all questions relating to everyday situations that require mechanical reasoning and understanding. The CMRA has demonstrably less adverse impact than other tests of mechanical aptitude. The reading level for the CMRA is estimated to be at the upper primary school level.

Instant Results, Practical Reports

Get powerful information in an easy-to-understand format. The CMRA report is designed for easy interpretation by hiring managers, and provides useful information about each candidate’s mechanical reasoning ability and mechanical aptitude, including:

  • Raw Score: indicating the number of questions answered correctly

  • Percentile rank: indicating how each individual scored relative to others who have completed the CMRA, including a comparison to common positions the test is used for

  • Score ranges by position: See how your candidates’ scores compare to recommended ranges for common roles.