ACER Tests

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When many public sector employers are hiring, they turn to ACER to ensure they’re attracting and recruiting the best talent. ACER is a well-respected business that provides reporting tools and testing services to schools, universities, training organisations, and employers. Below, you’ll find a list of all of the different tests ACER offers, which will help you to understand more about what you might be asked to do:

ACER Vocational Selection Test

Five tests exist within the ACER VST, but generally, candidates only have to take three of the following five tests (depending on the job role you’re applying for):

  1. ACER verbal reasoning - this consists of two types of verbal reasoning questions. The first is where you will be given passages of texts that you’ll have to answer questions on. The second will present you with a flow chart detailing a task and again, you will be asked to answer questions on it.
  2. The core vocational selection test - includes three tests: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and abstract reasoning.
  3. ACER quantitative reasoning / numerical reasoning - this test examines your numerical and mathematical skills.
  4. ACER abstract reasoning test - you’ll have to work through diagrams to identify the relationship between each diagram, before choosing the missing one.
  5. Optional components - this includes two tests. Mechanical reasoning tests, which assess your understanding of mechanical systems, and the relationship between the moving parts in a mechanism. And interpersonal understanding, which is essentially a personality questionnaire.

ACER Core Skills Profile for Adults Aptitude Test

The ACER CSPA aptitude test is most commonly used in Australia and again consists of five test types. Cleverly, the test adapts to your capability level based on how you have answered the previous questions. The five test types include:

  1. Numeracy - this test looks at how well you can solve simple mathematical challenges in measurement, geometry, statistics, probability, and algebra.
  2. Reading - similar to verbal reasoning, this test requires you to read and understand passages of texts to answer questions.
  3. Writing - this test will require you to write a letter, report, or short passage based on a specific brief.
  4. Abstract reasoning - this test requires you to determine what the patterns, rules, and relationships are between different images.
  5. Mechanical reasoning - moving parts, mechanisms, circumference, diameter, radius, volume, and area are just some of the subjects tested.

ACER Mechanical Reasoning Test

This test examines your ability to determine the relationship between mechanical components. The test consists of 42 questions, which you’ll need a very basic knowledge of physical and mechanical principles to answer.

ACER Test of Employment Entry Mathematics

The ACER TEEM is a numerical reasoning test that examines your ability to work with percentages, fractions, ratios, and much more.

Online Writing Assessment for Adults

The OWAA is used to determine your ability to write a report, as well as an argumentative piece. It evaluates:

  • Quality of ideas
  • Language choice
  • Sentence structure
  • Punctuation (of and within sentences)
  • Spelling
  • Purpose and audience
  • Text cohesion


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