Office Skills Test (OST)

Use the OST to ensure that your clerical and administrative applicants have the skills you need for checking, filing, grammar, punctuation, reading comprehension, spelling and more.

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Special Announcement

We regret to announce that as of February 2019 this product was temporarily discontinued.

 Until further notice booklets are no longer available for purchase and we apologize for the inconvenience that this creates for current booklet users.


 

Use the OST to ensure that your clerical and administrative applicants have the skills you need for checking, filing, grammar, punctuation, reading comprehension, spelling and more.  Before you invest the time and money to train a new employee, test your applicants for things like:

  • Forms Completion
  • Checking
  • Filing
  • Grammar
  • Oral Directions
  • Punctuation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling

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

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Not the perfect fit?  No problem.  We have many similar tests to choose from.  See alternatives in the Clerical & Administrative Skills category section of our site.


 

 

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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