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Workplace Skills Survey
The Workplace Skills Survey provides critical information regarding basic employment skills. Candidates must select the correct response to workplace scenarios and common business information. The test items measure work skills such as the appropriate use of company time and resources, telephone etiquette, and the proper way to resolve on-the-job conflicts. Items are presented in a reusable test booklet, and candidates respond on a pull-apart answer sheet that automatically transfers the answers to a scoring key. Scores are provided for the six individual scales, and an overall composite score for each test taker simplifies comparison among candidates. The Workplace Skills Survey provides valuable information for pre-employment and promotion issues, and is also effective in training and adult education programs.

Six scales:
  • Communication
  • Adapting to Change
  • Problem Solving
  • Work Ethics
  • Technological Literacy
  • Teamwork

Self-scoring answer sheet

20 minutes
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Applied Math
Applied Math measures the ability to solve one- and two-step algebra word problems. Candidates read a short scenario containing the problem and then use appropriate math skills to select the correct response from four choices. Scores on the Applied Math test predict success in a variety of technical and clerical positions requiring abstract reasoning and numeric estimation skills. Hand-scored with a key.

Practical algebra

12 minutes
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Blocks
Blocks assesses the ability to visualize the size and spatial relationship of objects in two and three dimensions. Candidates view illustrations of blocks in various stacks and must count the number of blocks in the stack, including those concealed from view. This skill is important in the use of hand tools, equipment operation, warehouse management, and assembly line work. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Spatial relations

No reading required.

6 minutes
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Dexterity
Dexterity measures fine motor skills with three separate one-minute tasks. Candidates trace a line through a maze, make two check marks in squares, and place a dot inside small triangles. Results from the three tasks are averaged into a single score. Scores predict success in technical tasks such as drawing, operating machines, and using hand tools. Hand-scored.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Fine motor skills

No reading required.

3 minutes
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Dimension
Dimension measures the ability to visualize objects drawn in their exact reverse. Candidates view illustrations of people or objects and must select the response that represents the mirror image of the original. Scores on the Dimension test predict success in technical and mechanical positions requiring inspection, design, and assembly. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Inspection and design

No reading required.

6 minutes
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Fluency
Fluency measures the ability to think of words rapidly and easily. Candidates perform three separate tasks listing words with certain characteristics, such as words beginning with "re" and ending with "ing." Candidates are given two minutes to complete each task, and the results are averaged into a single score. Scores on the Fluency test predict success in jobs requiring verbal or written communication such as sales, customer service, record keeping, and clerical duties. Hand-scored.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Communication skills

6 minutes
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Judgment
Judgment measures the ability to think logically and deduce solutions to abstract problems. Candidates select the next logical item in a series of numbers or letters or choose the group of letters that does not logically belong with the others. This problem-solving skill is important in a broad spectrum of jobs requiring abstract reasoning and organizational skill. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Problem solving

6 minutes
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Memory
The Memory test incorporates three tasks to measure recognition and recall of visual, verbal, and numerical information. For each task, candidates have one minute to study the material and one minute to recall the information. Results from the three tasks are averaged into a single score. Rapid recall and recognition of information is essential in many technical, secretarial, sales, and supervisory positions. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Recognition and recall

6 minutes
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Motor
The Motor test provides a direct measure of manual dexterity by using an apparatus that contains bolts, nuts, and washers. Candidates have two minutes to move the nuts and washers from one side of the board to the other. Results from three separate two-minute trials are averaged into a single score. Manual dexterity is important to use tools and equipment properly and to handle materials safely.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Manual dexterity

No reading required.

6 minutes
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Numbers
Numbers measures the ability to perform numerical computations and to understand mathematical concepts. Candidates must solve one- and two-step math problems using appropriate combinations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Basic math skills are important in a wide variety of positions that require record keeping, sales, accounting, work planning, or obtaining measurements. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Basic math

6 minutes
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Office Terms
Office Terms assesses the understanding of words and terminology commonly used in business settings. Candidates must select the correct definition of routine office procedures and concepts from four possible choices. Knowledge of common business terms is important in a variety of office tasks involving technical writing, file management, correspondence, and telephone contact. Hand-scored with a key.

Business communication

6 minutes
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Parts
Parts measures the ability to organize a series of parts in relation to the whole object. Candidates view illustrations of geometric shapes that have been disassembled and must select the completed shape from four choices presented. This skill is essential to planning, scheduling, and meeting work demands, as well as to technical jobs involving design, engineering, or drafting. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Planning, scheduling, design

No reading required.

6 minutes
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Perception
Perception measures the ability to locate details and to recognize differences rapidly. Candidates read numerical and verbal items and must select the exact match to the original. Scores predict success in clerical positions such as record keeping and correspondence and in technical areas such as proofreading and statistical analysis. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Record keeping and proofreading

6 minutes
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Precision
Precision measures the skill of recognizing likenesses and differences and perceiving details in objects. Candidates view illustrations of people or objects and select the exact reproduction of the original from four possible answers. Visual accuracy, as measured by this test, is critical to inspection, plant machinery repair, hand tool use, and machine operation. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Inspection and machine operation

No reading required.

6 minutes
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Reading Comprehension
Reading Comprehension assesses literacy from functional (symbol recognition) to advanced (early college level) with items that relate to common workplace tasks. For example, one series of questions asks the candidate to locate information found in a typical office product catalog. As the test progresses, comprehension of more complex text is required. Candidates use a reusable test booklet and respond on a pull-apart answer sheet that transfers the answers to a scoring key.

Spanish translation is available.

Workplace literacy

Grade-level norms.

12 minutes
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Tools
Tools measures recognition of common tools, equipment, and machines used in factory and mechanical areas. Candidates view a tool and then select from four illustrations, one of which is best related to that tool. Scores on this test predict success in semi-skilled and skilled jobs requiring the proper use of tools and equipment as well as assembly work and machine maintenance. Hand-scored with a key.

Spanish and French translations are available.

Assembly and maintenance

No reading required.

6 minutes
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