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Employability Skills

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:

Applied Academic Skills

  • Uses reading skills in a workplace environment
  • Uses writing skills in a workplace environment
  • Uses mathematical strategies and procedures

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Applies analytical and strategic thinking
  • Analyzes and solves problems using reasoning skills and sound decision-making processes
  • Plans and organizes tasks and projects

Resource Management and Systems Thinking

  • Demonstrates time management skills and prioritizes work effectively
  • Responsibly uses allocated resources (e.g., materials, finances, personnel) for projects
  • Understands roles and missions within an organization

Information Use

  • Uses analytical strategies to determine best medium for finding information
  • Uses information effectively to support projects and tasks
  • Assesses information for accuracy, relevance, and quality
  • Communicates information appropriately for different tasks and audiences

Communication Skills

  • Effectively communicates with individuals and groups
  • Listens actively
  • Interprets verbal and nonverbal communication appropriately

Technology Use

  • Uses word processing, spreadsheet, and database software
  • Uses social media appropriately and effectively in personal and professional situations

Interpersonal Skills

  • Understands teamwork and words effectively with others
  • Exhibits a positive customer service attitude
  • Respects individual differences

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrates responsibility and self-discipline
  • Takes initiative and works independently
  • Demonstrates a willingness to learn

Written Assessment:

Administration Time: 3 hours
Number of Questions: 111

Areas Covered:

13% Applied Academic Skills
11% Critical Thinking Skills
11% Resource Management and Systems Thinking
13% Information Use
11% Communication Skills
  9% Technology Use
17% Interpersonal Skills
15% Personal Qualities

Sample Questions:

Select the sentence below that is written correctly.
A. It was to expensive for me to buy.
B. I think she said she lived their
C. Jim’s patients was wearing thin by the end of the day.
D. The correspondence was left on the manager’s desk.

When coming up with possible solutions to problems at work, an employee should
A. only listen to project managers
B. discuss the problem with as many outside parties as possible
C. listen to all possible solutions first
D. speak to numerous employees and criticize possibilities

A business may provide employees with a document explaining what their firm expects in terms of their responsibilities and behaviors toward coworkers and customers. This document is called a
A. Mission Statement
B. Code of Ethics
C. Vision Statement
D. Code of Honor

When conducting internet research on the side effects of a particular drug, the most important thing to consider is the
A. number of sites listed
B. source of the information
C. number of hits the page receives
D. site creation date

A manager has asked an employee to provide her with regular updates about a project. If the manager is in a different location than the employee, what is the most efficient way to do this?
A. Send a calendar invitation to the manager to attend all project meetings.
B. Call the manager daily to give her a progress report.
C. Copy the manager on various messages about the project.
D. submit a weekly summary for the manager including specific updates.