Clerical Testing

Have you ever hired a typist that couldn't type? Even with the latest word processing software, productivity can be affected by the user's ability with a keyboard. DES's automated typing test measures both speed and accuracy, so that you can make an informed choice in selecting candidates for job openings. In addition, DES offers other tests for certain skill requirements that are helpful in the screening process.

The following tests, developed by the U.S. Employment Service are offered at no additional costs to your business: Typing - Statistical Typing - Spelling - Legal Spelling - Medical Spelling - Dictation.

For more information, contact your opens a new browser window  nearest DES office.

QWIZ
At selected locations, DES can narrow your choices with QWIZ. QWIZ tests an individual's skill levels for a variety of software applications. The tests require applicants to perform specific functions at basic, intermediate and advanced skill levels. With QWIZ, we can accurately evaluate and document skills in: Windows - Microsoft Word - Microsoft Excel - Access - PowerPoint - WordPerfect - Lotus 1-2-3

In addition, tests are available for Data Entry, Ten-key - Statistical Typing - Letter Form - General Spelling

QWIZ is available at selected DES offices. For more information contact the DES office at one of the following locations: Aberdeen, Boone, Charlotte, Durham, Edenton, Fayetteville, High Point, Statesville, Whiteville, Wilmington, Wilson, Winston-Salem.

More Information on Testing Services

Self Assessment/Career Choices
To help individuals assess personal career choice, change or adjustment, the Division of Employment Security's Employment Counselors use the O*NET Interest Profiler, Interest Checklist, and Interest Inventory. These services are available at most Division of Employment Security (DES) offices.

A new publication, Tests and Other Assessments: Helping you Make Better Career Decisions, is designed to help test takers better understand the different types of career assessments and how to best use them to make career decisions. The publication can be viewed and downloaded from the opens a new browser window O*NET Consortium's web site or ordered from the U.S. Government Printing Office.*

At some JobLink sites, where DES is co-located with other agencies, additional instruments such as Computer Learning Works, Adult Basic Literacy Exam (ABLE), or The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) may be administered by our partners. To inquire further about these services, contact your opens a new browser window  local DES office.

Screening Applicants
DES does not administer any employment tests because of the significant liability of adverse impact on members of a particular race, sex, or ethnic group. That is, the magnitude of difference on test scores is such that if a test is used as a basis for hiring, adverse impact on a minority group will almost always occur. DES does, however, provide information and other assistance to employers who are interested in using tests.

A new publication, Testing and Assessment: An Employer's Guide to Good Practices, covers many of the dos and don'ts in the area of test selection. Its topics range from selecting a good test to implementing a testing program. The publication can be viewed and downloaded from the opens a new browser window O*NET Consortium's web site or ordered from the U.S. Government Printing Office.*

To order printed copies of the publications mentioned above, write:

Testing and Assessment: An Employer's Guide to Good Practices Cost $9.00 Stock # 029-014-00259-3

Tests and Other Assessments: Helping You make Better Career Decisions Cost $5.50 Stock # 029-014-00260-7

Service to Employers
DES is also now offering more "hands-on" assistance in the area of assessment including:

For more information or assistance in any of these areas, contact your opens a new browser window  local DES office.

Employment Testing Links

To explore the use of employment tests, the following web sites offer information on employment testing issues. These links open a new browser window.