Tests for employment assess competencies for the job, so they may relate to skills such as verbal reasoning, math, inductive or deductive reasoning, or reading comprehension. Personality tests are common precursors for employment.Continue Reading
Verbal reasoning tests assess a candidate's ability to evaluate arguments about a text. The questions typically consist of a passage followed by statements. Test-takers mark whether the statements are true or false based on the passage, with a "cannot say" option also in place.
Math tests can be related to numerical reasoning, calculations, counting out money or other job-specific tasks. Numerical reasoning tests assess the candidate's understanding of tables of statistical and numerical data. Calculation tests assess the candidate's ability to solve math problems. Testing a candidate's ability to count out money usually consists of an interactive simulation.
Inductive reasoning tests are designed to assess a candidate's ability to draw inferences. For these tests, it's necessary to understand the relationship between concepts that are independent of the given information. Deductive reasoning tests relate to logic. The questions are designed to assess the candidate's ability to draw logical conclusions based on the given information.
Personality tests don't assess ability as much as they test a person's suitability for a job. The questions can be based on statements with which the candidate rates agreement. There are also forced choice, open-ended and covert questions.Learn more about Applying & Interviewing