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Pre Employment Basic Skills Test

Basic work skills will always be important, even with all the technology and AI we use today.  When you’re hiring for your team, make sure they have the basic skills they need to do well.

Your organization will always need people who can read and understand information quickly, do basic math, and pay close attention to details. This helps your team work better, because nobody wants to work with someone who can’t get things done.

Just because someone has a college degree doesn’t mean they have all the basic skills needed for a job. Having work experience might be more important than a degree, but it still doesn’t guarantee that someone can read, write, and focus on details well.

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Admin/Office Support
(Most Jobs)


Multiple Choice


Basic level


15 minutes

Common Basic Skills Needed for Employees

  • Read a multi-paragraph report (or instructions) and be able to summarize it?
  • Compare two basic sets of data and determine if they are the same or different.
  • Identify (or avoid) basic grammar/spelling errors in emails to customers or employees? (Spellcheck never catches everything…)
  • Calculate using basic math to solve problems and make decisions at work.
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Basic Pre-Employment Skills Test Topics

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Basic Math
  • Attention to Detail
  • Each topic also available as a separate, more in-depth test.

This test has timed sections and will take an applicant, start to finish, approximately 10 minutes. It’s completed online, via a computer or smartphone/mobile device.

You will just email the applicants a test link from your admin dashboard and that link will provide access to this and other tests that are important for the job positions (eg Microsoft Office skills tests, cognitive reasoning tests, behavioral personality profiles and more).

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How are the Basic Skills Tests scored?

Our system instantly emails the score report when the test is finished.  The test taker does not receive or view the results.  The reports are highly detailed and cover the below topics:
  • Percent of Correct Answers (80%, 50%, 100%, etc)
  • Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced
  • Correct/Incorrect for each question
  • Time taken per question and more
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How Basic Skills Tests for Employment Helps Avoid Bias

Using pre-employment tests, such as our basic skills tests, is one way to avoid bias in the hiring process. Bias can be conscious or unconscious and recruiters may not be aware that they have them.

But using research-based, validated pre-hire tests reduces bias that may come from work or educational experience.

All of our tests follow the guidelines of the EEOC and US Department of Labor’s Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection.

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How does it work for the applicant?

The applicant will receive an emailed test invitation, which includes a web link that starts the test.
The test will begin in their web browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari) and they don’t need to download or install anything.
After the test is completed, the screen closes and our system emails the score report to the test administrator. The applicant does not see  the score.
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