Basic Skills Test (BST)

Measures 15 skills including vocabulary, problem solving, language, reading, computation.


The BST is a paper-and-pencil inventory that measures the aptitudes of job applicants. It consists of 15 individually sold tests which have been specifically designed to measure language skills, numerical ability, reasoning and perceptual ability – the abilities required for successful performance in clerical, administrative and customer service positions. As with any selection tool, the BST should be used in conjunction with other standard selection and interview processes.

Select tests to form batteries customized to meet your needs. Instructions to administrators and examinees are straightforward and easy to follow. Most tests take only 5 minutes to complete. As well, the tests have been validated to ensure accuracy and to eliminate bias with respect to race and gender.

Reasoning: The ability to analyze and evaluate information and to arrive at conclusions correctly. It includes making judgments regarding accuracy of information, application of rules and procedures, data classification and the understanding and application of underlying principles.

Perceptual Ability: The ability to perceive detailed information very quickly and accurately including both verbal and numerical material. It includes the ability to classify and code information as well as to see differences in small detail.

Numerical Ability: The ability to perform mathematical calculations quickly and accurately. It includes the ability to apply reasoning processes to determine the appropriate arithmetic operation for solving a problem.

Verbal Ability: The ability to understand and use language correctly and effectively. It includes the ability to read, understand and interpret written material as well as to recognize the meanings of words and concepts associated with them.

BST1 – Language Skills
BST2 – Reading Comprehension
BST3 – Vocabulary
BST4 – Computation
BST5 – Problem Solving
BST6 – Decision Making
BST7 – Following Oral Directions
BST8 – Following Written Directions
BST9 – Forms Checking
BST10 – Reasoning
BST11 – Classifying
BST12 – Coding
BST13 – Filing Names
BST14 – Filing Numbers
BST15 – Visual Speed & Accuracy

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