Concentration tests are used to select personnel who need to work through items of information in a systematic way while making very few mistakes.
They are most often used when selecting candidates for administrative and clerical jobs where mistakes can have serious or expensive consequences. This includes areas like financial services, legal services and healthcare.
Concentration tests are speed tests. This means that given sufficient time to complete them, most people would be able to obtain a perfect score provided that they were capable of working in a systematic and careful way. However, the time limit is usually set so that the test is impossible to complete. In addition, the questions tend to be similar and rather repetitive which makes it difficult to maintain attentiveness. These factors taken together make this type of test ideal for selecting candidates who are able to process information accurately and maintain their concentration even when certain parts of the job may be repetitive.
This sample question paper contains 12 questions and has a suggested time limit of 5 minutes. The questions are presented in Letter/A4 format for easy printing and self-marking.
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