Clerical Work Sample Test

To evaluate whether one can quickly search for information, then transfer it elsewhere.


Purpose: This test requires the candidate to search for specific information from a page of complex set of data, then type in the information in an accurate manner onto a template on the computer.

When To Use It: The Clerical Work Sample Test should be used to evaluate whether people are capable of quickly searching for information, then remembering it long enough to type it in a new location.

Target Group: We recommend using this test for positions such as bookkeeper, administrative assistant, inventory control personnel, shipping & receiving clerk, accounting personnel, finance clerk. It is also useful when you are concerned that candidates might transpose letters and numbers when copying information.

High Scorers: People scoring high on the Clerical Work Sample Test are quick to complete administrative tasks and they do not make many errors. This test predicts who can type in information quickly.

Low Scorers: People scoring low on the Clerical Forms Comprehension Test are somewhat slow in completing their work and they tend to make more errors than expected.

Number of Items: 50

Time Limits: 6 minutes

Validity: This test was content validated based on an extensive job analysis for a warehouse personnel in a manufacturing company distribution center. Materials used in this test come from actual employee work activities but is not company specific. A benchmark analysis (n”‘ 30) was conducted to establish scoring formula with subject matter expert judgements used in setting cut-offs.

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