Office Skills Test (OST)

THIS ASSESSMENT IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE – 11 tests of office skills: grammar, filing, coding, checking, following directions, more.


Special Announcement

We regret to announce that as of February 2019 the publisher of this product has temporarily  discontinued it.  Until further notice it is no longer available for purchase.  Our hope is that it may be reinstated at some point in the future and/or be re-offered in an online format.  However, we do not know when, or if, that will occur.  We apologize for the inconvenience that this creates for current users.  We will be glad to help you select an alternate product in the meantime – if a suitable substitute exists.  Please contact us for recommendations.


The Office Skills Test (OST) is a paper-and-pencil inventory that measures the attitudes of job applicants. The OST test is useful in helping you identify top-notch office personnel who are proficient in the areas you require. The OST test is a battery of 11 individually sold tests. Choose the tests you need to create a personalized battery for your organization. It should be used in conjunction with other pre-employment screening procedures such as interviews and reference checks.

The Office Skills Test measures applicants on the following scales:

Checking – Ability to check names and numbers accurately.

Coding – Ability to use simple codes accurately.

Filing – Ability to recognize different types of filing systems and accurately file additional entries into them.

Forms Completion – Ability to select facts from a block of information and correctly record them on a form.

Grammar – Ability to recognize correct use of English grammar.

Numerical Skills – Ability to solve problems of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages.

Oral Directions – Ability to note facts given in an audio-cassette presentation and answer related questions afterward.

Punctuation – Ability to recognize proper punctuation and capitalization.

Reading Comprehension – Ability to understand written directions.

Spelling – Ability to spell words frequently used in office communications.

Vocabulary – Ability to understand words and phrases frequently used in office communications

There are two forms, A and B, for the OST test. They are comparable and can be used to retest applicants.

This instrument is an inexpensive and highly reliable way to pre-screen applicants.


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