Clerical testsThere are many different psychological tests that are available and suitable for assessing an individual’s clerical skills.

These tests include tests of Typing, Spelling and Grammar, Checking Tests and Filing Tests.

Depending on the skill you wish to assess then the selection of one or more of the clerical tests may be appropriate, in many cases in addition to other tests such as verbal comprehension, verbal reasoning, numerical ability and IQ tests.

MOST - Word Meanings

  • 12 minutes in length.
  • 40 possible correct items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based version only.
  • This word meaning ability test is a measure of language comprehension and word choice.
  • Candidates have to identify words that have been used incorrectly and then choose a sensible replacement from a list of words. 
  • This ability test is helpful when trying to assess an individual’s language skills.

MOST - Spelling and Grammar Ability TestClerical Tests

  • 8 minutes in length.
  • 80 possible correct items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based version only.
  • This ability test looks at the ability to detect errors of spelling and grammar embedded in text.

MOST - Filing Ability Test

  • 12 minutes in length.
  • 40 possible correct items.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based version only.
  • This ability test is designed as a measure of the ability to put records in the correct place in files which are organised using a variety of systems.

MOST - Verbal Checking Ability Test

  • 8 mins, timed.
  • 42 errors to find.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based version only.
  • This ability test measures the ability to detect (quickly and accurately) errors in text of various sorts.
  • Relevant for any occupation where it is important for documents to be checked before being sent out.
  • This includes PAs, secretaries, typists, clerks, data inputters, assistants, proofreaders, etc.

MOST - Numerical Checking Ability Test

  • 8 mins, timed.Clerical Tests
  • 52 errors to find.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based version only.
  • This ability test measures the ability to quickly and accurately detect errors in various sorts of numerical data.
  • The task does not require any numerical ability, only the ability to scan arrays of numbers and being precise in detecting errors.
  • Relevant for any occupation where care needs to be taken to ensure that the numerical content of documents or files is correct.
  • This includes data processors, clerks, typists, clerks, data inputters, research assistants, proofreaders, etc.

MOST - Technical Checking Ability Test

  • 12 mins, timed.
  • 28 errors to find.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based version only.
  • This ability test measures the ability to detect errors when the information has been changed from one form (eg: numerical) into another (eg: verbal).
  • Although the checking is done against a correct copy, subjects must be able to translate information in one form into another.
  • It is applicable in any occupation where it is necessary to ensure the consistency of information presented in different forms.  This includes bank clerks, research assistants, proofreaders of technical reports etc.

MOST - Decision Making Ability (15 mins, timed)

  • 15 mins, timed.Making Decisions Test
  • 24 highest possible score.
  • Administration needs to be supervised.
  • Paper based version only.
  • This ability test assesses the ability to understand and apply rules, regulations and criteria in choosing between options.
  • The candidates need to be able to understand instructions, make categorisation and coding decisions and do simple calculations.
  • This test requires the candidate to quickly get to grips with the sort of information used for planning, scheduling and dealing with client claims. 
  • Suitable for those involved in jobs such as clerks, claims people, office assistants and personal assistants.

We have other ability tests in the following categories:Many types of ability tests

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