Office Skills Test (OST)

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Appropriate For New Applicants
Comprehensiveness Basic
Administration Time - 30 min
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Scoring Options hand icon
Language English
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The Office Skills Test (OST) is a paper-and-pencil inventory that measures the attitudes of job applicants. The OST test is useful in helping you identify top-notch office personnel who are proficient in the areas you require. The OST test is a battery of 11 individually sold tests. Choose the tests you need to create a personalized battery for your organization. It should be used in conjunction with other pre-employment screening procedures such as interviews and reference checks.

The Office Skills Test measures applicants on the following scales:

Checking - Ability to check names and numbers accurately.

Coding - Ability to use simple codes accurately.

Filing - Ability to recognize different types of filing systems and accurately file additional entries into them.

Forms Completion - Ability to select facts from a block of information and correctly record them on a form.

Grammar - Ability to recognize correct use of English grammar.

Numerical Skills - Ability to solve problems of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages.

Oral Directions - Ability to note facts given in an audio-cassette presentation and answer related questions afterward.

Punctuation - Ability to recognize proper punctuation and capitalization.

Reading Comprehension - Ability to understand written directions.

Spelling - Ability to spell words frequently used in office communications.

Vocabulary - Ability to understand words and phrases frequently used in office communications

There are two forms, A and B, for the OST test. They are comparable and can be used to retest applicants.

This instrument is an inexpensive and highly reliable way to pre-screen applicants.

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