Pre-Employment Testing

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Our Hiring Process

You can apply for jobs on this site using keywords or with our job opening map. Once you find a job, follow the application process and we will review your credentials.

If we ask you to visit with us on site, you may be required to complete pre-employment testing, if applicable for the position for which you are applying (see information below).

If you are invited to interview, be prepared to answer both general questions about your background, as well as specific questions about projects you have worked on or situations you have encountered in your previous employment.

Pre-Employment Testing

As part of the recruitment process, you may be asked to complete an assessment when applying to a position. The pre-employment testing process is designed to measure various skills and abilities that are important to performing clerical and technical aspects of the job.

Frequently Asked Questions - Assessments

What is the purpose of these online assessments?

For certain jobs, relevant assessments are administered to assess candidates' technical skills. Please refer to the Test Batteries by Job Family to see the skills test which apply.

Will my application be considered if I do not take the test/assessment?

No, all applicants are required to take the assessment/test as part of their application. Applicants who do not take the test will not be considered.

Do I have to take the test?

Applicants who do not take the test will not be considered for the job which they applied. In order to move forward in the application process, you must complete the test(s) assigned to you.

If I am a current employee do I test?
Will my results count toward my consideration for the position for which I applied?
Will my test scores impact my current job?

Current employees will be required to take the same tests that external applicants are required to take if they are moving from one job family to another (Please see the Test Batteries by Job Family). The same requirements will be applied.

Current employees who do not meet the requirements will not be considered in the selection process. These results will not impact their current position.

What tests do I have to take?

For a list of job families and titles within these job families and applicable tests, refer to the Test Batteries by Job Family (pdf). All applicable tests must be completed to be considered for one of these jobs.

Once I take the test(s) as part of the online application, will I have to take any additional tests?

For those individuals who continue in the screening process beyond the online application, they may be assessed when brought into Human Resources. If you continue in the screening process, your recruiter will advise you of any additional testing requirements.

What's the difference between an assessment and a test?

There is no difference between an assessment and a test. The terms assessment and test are used interchangeably in the process.

How long do I have to take the test?

You must take the test within 7 days of completing your application. If you do not take the test within this time period, your application will be closed.

How long do the tests take to complete?

The average time for each battery is approximately 30 minutes. You may want to allot yourself more time so that you do not feel rushed during any of the assessments. For the average time for a specific test battery of tests, please refer to Test Batteries by Job Family (pdf).

If I apply to multiple jobs, will I have to retake the same test multiple times?

No, you only have to take the assessment(s) once. The score(s) are applied to each job that you apply for within a six month period

Will I get the results of my test?

No, test results are not released to anyone. They are held confidential by Human Resources. Candidates are told only whether they meet or do not meet the requirements for a position.

Can I retake the test if I do not meet the requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the requirements may only retest after six months.

Applicant Test Prep Guide

The purpose of this guide is to assist you in preparing for the THOCPA Pre-employment Testing Process. The guide provides general tips for helping you prepare for the testing process.

The testing process is designed to measure various skills and abilities that are important to performing clerical, secretarial, and technical jobs. At THOCPA, there is a wide range of jobs that are currently tested. These jobs include:

  • Administrative and secretarial positions
  • Business, clerical positions, patient and public contact positions
  • Data entry operators
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Surgery schedulers
  • PBS Specialists

TEST-TAKING TIPS

The following are some suggestions to help you prepare for the Pre-employment Testing Process.

General Testing Suggestions

Before the Test

  • Eat well and get a good night's sleep before the test. If you are tired or hungry, your concentration may be affected and so might your test performance.
  • Make sure that you have set aside enough time to complete the test battery. Once you start a particular test, you will not be able to exit the test and come back to it at another time.
  • Make sure the testing area you choose is quiet and free from distractions. Silence or turn off any pagers, cell phones, calculators, portable radios, etc.
  • Read the frequently asked questions regarding assessments located on the How to Apply page.
  • Go into the test with a positive attitude, determined to do your best. Focus on what you know rather than worrying about what you do not know.

During the Test

  • Read all of the instructions for each test and follow them step-by-step. If you skip the instructions, you may miss important information.
  • No calculators, cell phones, and other electronic devices may be used during the test. Scratch paper/pencil may be used if needed.
  • Keep in mind that some tests have time limits. Work as quickly and accurately as you can, but do not become discouraged if you do not complete any test. It is not expected that everyone will be able to respond to all of the test questions in the given time limits.
  • Carefully read each test item. Skimming over a test item may cause you to miss important information.
  • Try to stay relaxed during the test.

Strategies for Multiple-Choice Tests

Multiple-choice test formats present questions with several response alternatives. You are to choose the one alternative that is the correct or best answer to the question. Keep the following tips in mind when you are taking a multiple-choice exam:

  • Never choose an alternative based on the frequency or pattern of your previous responses. Do not assume that the correct answers follow any sequence or pattern, or that they are used in equal numbers.
  • Be sure to read every alternative. Even if one of the first responses is the alternative you expected to be correct, one of the others may be better or more specifically correct.
  • Eliminate alternatives you know are wrong. This will help you to focus on the remaining alternatives. If two or more alternatives seem correct, compare them to determine what makes them different. Evaluate these differences in relation to the question.
  • If you are not sure about any of the alternatives, use logical reasoning to rule out as many alternatives as you can. Then, choose between the remaining alternatives.
  • If you cannot rule out any alternatives, your first reactions often tend to be correct. Change your answer only if information remembered later or a strong hunch indicates that your first guess is wrong.
  • Try to answer as many questions as you can during the time limit. Do not spend too much time on any one question.

Other Tips

Several of the assessments will allow you to complete warm-up questions prior to the actual test. Take advantage of these items to familiarize yourself with the assessment format and content. This will allow you to get a feel for the assessment prior to completing the portion that will be scored. Once you have completed the warm-up questions, you may then begin the assessment.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

The following list presents examples of requirements that were identified as important for these jobs (note that you will only be tested on a subset of these as appropriate for the test that you are applying to):

  • Ability to inspect and verify information for accuracy, paying close attention to details.
  • Ability to formulate ideas and thoughts and present them meaningfully (for example, in letters, memos, reports, presentations, or instructions).
  • Ability to read and comprehend information from charts, graphs, and diagrams.
  • Ability to think logically and make appropriate decisions in routine and non-routine situations.
  • Ability to follow THOCPA rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Ability to organize, assemble, and compile information, including tracking and recording information on forms and in records.
  • Ability to plan, schedule, organize, and prioritize work activities for self and others.
  • Personal characteristics such as dependability, communication, and interpersonal skills.

TESTING PROCESS OVERVIEW

Basic Skills Tests

Many of the Basic Skills Tests in the Pre-employment Testing online application process are multiple-choice tests. You will select the best answer to each question from the response options presented. The number of response options varies, ranging from two to five, depending on the test. The specific Basic Skills Tests you will complete depend on the job for which you are applying. Some of the tests are timed, and depending on the test, you will have 3 to 35 minutes to respond to as many of the items as you can. You should work as quickly and accurately as possible.

Specialized Skills Tests

In addition to the Basic Skills Tests, applicants for some jobs will complete a Specialized Skills Test. Administrative and secretarial applicants will complete a Microsoft Word test; administrative applicants will also complete Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint tests. Applicants for data entry operator positions will complete a data entry test. Applicants for pharmacy technician positions will complete an online Pharmacy math and dosage calculations test. Surgery Scheduler applicants will complete a surgery terminology test online. PBS Specialists will complete a medical terminology test online.