The Clerical Ability Test comprises six sub-tests designed to measure a candidate's basic clerical skills. The Clerical Ability Test is appropriate for clerks, receptionists, secretaries and other administrative employees.
Estimated time of the full Clerical Ability Test is 30-35 minutes.
Candidates are assessed through a series of six sub-tests:
Alphabetic and Numerical Filing
The Alphabetic & Numerical Filing sub-test determines a candidate's knowledge of and ability to apply the common rules of filing, alphabetically and numerically. This test consists of 20 questions with a time limit of 7 minutes.
Attention to Detail
Determine whether a candidate is detail-oriented while working under a strict time limit. This test runs for 3 minutes. Every correct answer will add one to the candidate's score, while every incorrect answer will subtract one from the score, this forces the candidate to work fast without sacrificing precision.
In the Data Checking sub-test the candidate is presented with tables of information which must be checked against each other. This test has a time limit of 5 minutes. Every correct answer will add one to the candidate's score, while every incorrect answer will subtract one from the score, this forces the candidate to work fast without sacrificing precision.
Workload / Concentration
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. This test runs for 2 minutes. Every correct answer will add one to the candidate's score, while every incorrect answer will subtract one from the score. The candidate has to work very quickly and precisely to obtain a good score.
Basic Verbal Skills
The Basic Verbal Skills sub-test includes vocabulary, grammar, and spelling questions.
The test consists of 30 questions with a 10-minute time limit.
Basic Math Skills
In the Basic Math Skills sub-test the candidate is to solve basic mathematical calculations. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages are included. The candidate is to solve as many calculations as possible within 5 minutes. Every correct answer will add one to the candidate's score, while every incorrect answer will subtract one from the score.
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For every candidate completing the Clerical Ability Test, you will be able to download or print a detailed test report. The results of the candidate are compared to the norm groups in order 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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