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

**Languages:** English

**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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As shown in the correlation matrix, all the scores of the Clerical Skills Test are correlated with each other. This indicates that a candidate getting a high score on a skill is highly likely to get high scores in the rest of the skills, which indicates that all the scores can be used together to infer the overall ability of a candidate to do clerical tasks.

The Clerical Skills sub-tests have appropriate levels of internal consistency reliability, as shown in the table.

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