Basic Math Skills I – Arithmetic

Use the Basic Math Skills I – Arithmetic to test for basic math skills in all positions that require solid mathematical computation skills.

About this Test

Screen candidates for basic skills in arithmetic, decimals and fractions for all jobs requiring solid mathematical computation skills with the Basic Math Skills I – Arithmetic test.  See all 3 tools in this series: Basic Math Skills I – Arithmetic, Basic Math Skills I – Decimals, Basic Math Skills I – Fractions

Before you invest time and money to train a new employee, test your applicants’ ability to work with:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Division
  • Multiplication
  • Fractions
  • Decimals

This test provides the answers you need to make informed hiring and promotion decisions.

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Purpose: The Basic Math Skills I – Arithmetic test measures skill in five areas of basic math using whole numbers:(1) adding,(2) subtracting, (3) multiplying,(4) dividing, and (5) using arithmetic to solve simple work related word problems.

When To Use It: The Basic Math Skills I- Arithmetic test should be used where employees need to be competent in making simple calculations in their jobs. The test points up areas of deficiency that could be remedied by targeted training on the job. We believe that even though most jobs allow use of calculators, people who cannot do simple math in their head or by hand calculations will make a lot more mistakes when using calculators. Therefore, we advise against allowing candidates to use calculators for this test.

Target Group: We recommend using this for any position where you need to know employees’ level of math skills and areas of deficit.

High Scorers: People scoring high on the Basic Math Skills 1-Arithmetic Test should perform the quantitative aspects of their job more quickly with a minimum of mistakes.

Low Scorers: People scoring low on the Basic Math Skills I-Arithmetic test are likely to make a lot of mistakes in their work, thus causing problems with production and record keeping.

Number of Items: 5 problems in each section for a total of 25 questions

Time Limits: Untimed

What the Report Provides: The report provides an overall score for all 25 problems, as well as separate scores for the five topic areas: Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, Dividing and Word Problems.

Validity: Content validity based on Subject Matter Expert reports of job content. Scores are reported as “Percent Correct.

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