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Accounting Assessment Test for Employment

Accounting jobs will grow by 100,000 positions in the next 10 years. This growth also means more applicants, qualified or not. More applicants can be good, as you’ll get a bigger pool to choose from. But you’re competing for top talent, and it’s hard to know which applicants are the most qualified.

The most commonly used tests for Accounting jobs are:

  • Microsoft Excel Skills
  • Cognitive Ability and Reasoning Skills
  • Accountant Knowledge
  • Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
  • Full list below

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Accounting and finance jobs in public/private companies


Multiple choice with terminology, principles and basic math. Microsoft Office simulation tests


Basic, Intermediate and Advanced


25-30 minutes (estimated)

Are resumes and interviews 100% accurate?

Resumes and interviews are important tools in the hiring process, but they don’t always paint the full picture of a candidate’s abilities.

According to Accounting.com, there are ten essential skills for success, including analytical skills, interpersonal skills, industry knowledge, and spreadsheet proficiency. These “must-haves” for new hires may not be easily assessed through traditional methods.

You’ll need an action plan to measure those skills during the interview process, because HR staff and hiring managers aren’t usually proficient in identifying every skill needed.


Which Accounting Job Assessment Tests are best for us?

Our team can provide guidance and we recommend you take sample test(s).

Beyond the accounting knowledge tests, reasoning tests are strong predictors of job success, as well as our Microsoft Excel tests, Attention to Detail tests and our Elite Personality Profile, which measures behavioral traits relevant to accounting jobs (and other jobs).

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Pre-employment tests for skills

How are the questions developed?

Most questions are multiple choice, requiring test takers to answer knowledge questions as well as calculate mathematical answers to common accounting problems. Each test has approximately 30-40 questions.

These tests have been created by subject matter experts who identified the most important topics in the accounting and finance fields. Questions include real-world examples and illustrations. Microsoft Excel (and other computer skills tests) are simulations, not multiple choice, so it works like the real program.

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Pre-employment tests for job interviews

How are the Accounting Tests for Employment Scored?

Our system instantly emails the score to the test administrator upon completion (no “scoring by hand” or waiting on us). The test taker doesn’t get the results.

The score reports will be in-depth, providing scores and detailed descriptions of a candidate’s knowledge. Overall scores (by percentage) will be followed by scores for each topic.

  • 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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Pre-employment tests work well with job interviews

Avoid bias with data driven hiring tools.

Using pre-employment tests, such as our Accounting Knowledge 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.

Pre-employment tests for job applicants