The Clerical Skills Test comprises six sub-tests designed to measure a candidate's aptitude to do clerical work. This test is ideal for job positions such as clerks, receptionists, secretaries, and other jobs of administrative nature.
Type of test: Skills test
Useful for: Predicting job performance in administrative jobs
Estimated time: 30 - 35 minutes
Mode of Administration: Online
Alphabetic and numerical filing (time limit: 7 minutes)
This test determines a candidate's skill to apply the common rules of filing alphabetically and numerically. This test consists of 20 items.
Attention to detail (time limit: 3 minutes)
Determine how much a candidate is detail-oriented while working under a strict time limit. Every correct answer increases the candidate's score by 1, while every wrong answer decreases it by 1. This forces the candidate to work quickly without sacrificing precision.
Data checking (time limit: 5 minutes)
In this sub-test, the candidate is presented with tables of information that must be checked against each other. Every correct answer increases the candidate's score by 1, while every wrong answer decreases it by 1. This forces the candidate to work fast without sacrificing precision.
Workload / Concentration (time limit: 2 minutes)
In this sub-test, the candidate is required to quickly read and analyze a short and simple sentence and answer a simple question related to the sentence. Every correct answer increases the candidate's score by 1, while every wrong answer decreases it by 1. The candidate has to work quickly and precisely to obtain a good score.
Basic verbal skills (time limit: 10 minutes)
This sub-test includes vocabulary, grammar, and spelling questions, which amount to a total of 30 items. The score of this test indicates how well a candidate can process basic verbal information.
Basic math skills (time limit: 5 minutes)
In this sub-test, the candidate has to solve basic mathematical calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages. The candidate has to solve as many calculations as possible within the time limit. Every correct answer increases the candidate's score by 1, while every wrong answer decreases it by 1.
For every candidate completing the Clerical Skills Test, you will be able to download or print a detailed test report. The results of the candidate are compared to the norm groups to get the percentile population score. If the candidate has a score of 70, he/she scored as well or better than 70 percent of the 2,000 who were part of our 2014 test survey. The candidate receives a percentile population score in all six sub-tests.
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An exploratory factor analysis was conducted on a validation study dataset. Results are interpreted through a scree plot below, which indicates that the best factorial structure for the test is that of only one factor. This indicates that the total score of the test is representative of a single factor that represents all sub-tests and is thus indicative of a candidate's overall clerical skills.
The Clerical Skills Test has an appropriate level of internal consistency reliability, indicated by the following coefficients:
Cronbach's α: 0.60
McDonald's ω: 0.64
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