Teaching Test

Teaching tests evaluate the skills and characteristics of applicants who are applying for a position in teaching.

  • What are teaching skills tests?

    Teaching skills tests are an effective way to assess teachers and educators across a range of roles in education.

    Working in education requires specific skills and competencies such as stress tolerance, patience, interpersonal skills, situational awareness and problem-solving. Teaching skills tests are an easy way for a recruiter to assess these core competencies and identify top talent among their talent pool.

    The tests are typically sent once a candidate has submitted an application form for their chosen role during the early stages of recruitment. Candidates are given two or three days to complete the online tests, which are under timed conditions and often use multiple-choice questions. Each test taker will receive a test score, providing recruiters insight into candidates’ core strengths and weaknesses.

About the Teaching Test

Poor teaching skills can have a negative effect on educational institutions and their students. It is therefore a core area a recruiter should test for before hiring new employees.

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  • Why use pre-employment testing for teaching?

    There are a variety of challenges when hiring teachers and educators in the education sector, particularly finding top candidates that meet the skills and competencies required for your role.

    Traditional methods of recruitment such as CVs and applications are good but don’t always provide the most effective insight into a candidate's skills.

    Teaching tests solve this problem as they can test the essential requirements needed to thrive at being a great teacher.

    The test can be sent to a large pool of applicants which provide you with test results upon completion. Results from the skills tests will help you rank your top-performing teachers based on their results – this allows shortlisting to be more efficient, improves the quality of hires you make and reduces unconscious bias during the recruitment stages.

    Typically, only the top 50% of test-takers are shortlisted where further time can be invested in interviews and assessment days.

    Job roles teaching tests would be suitable for include:

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Results for the Teaching Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

Which specific tests should you use?

At the core of retail work the following tests are useful in measuring the quality of your hires:

  • Verbal reasoning tests
  • Personality tests
  • Interpersonal skills tests
  • Software skills tests
  • Situational judgement tests

Verbal Reasoning

A verbal reasoning test is a type of aptitude test that assesses how well an applicant can comprehend complex passages of text and information.

Test takers will need to answer a series of multiple-choice questions based on passages of text and information they are provided with. The role of the test-taker is to decide whether the questions about the text they have read is factual, false or implied.

The test is particularly useful for the teaching industry for those who might be given reports, curriculum, emails or instructions. It’s an important skill for an educator to be able to separate the key information needed to use from a curriculum and then relay it back when teaching.

Personality tests

A personality test helps assess whether an educator will be an effective team member and a good cultural fit for the education establishment they will be hired to work for. Finding the right personality traits in your talent pool is an essential part of a recruiters job - particularly in the teaching industry. Personality traits like empathy, stress tolerance and teamwork are skills difficult to assess just from a CV or interview.

The personality assessment uses Likert scale questions and tests a range of personality traits that you’d typically look for in a candidate.

Interpersonal skills tests

Soft skills such as demonstrating strong interpersonal skills are important for anyone in the teaching profession. The interpersonal skills test is a measure of a teacher's social intelligence, an important skill needed to work effectively with others. Communication, empathy, conflict resolution, and emotional awareness are all strengths covered in an interpersonal skills test.

Software skills tests

Teachers may require a range of software skill tests such as Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and basic knowledge such as using Windows and email systems. A software skills test assesses a candidate’s proficiency using specific software.


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“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how the all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain


What is the typical recruitment process in a teaching institution?

Educators are typically recruited using the following process:

  • Online application
  • Pre-employment assessments
  • Telephone interview
  • Assessment day
  • Panel interview
  • Job offer
What skills does a candidate need in education?

A candidate who works in the education industry might typically have skills in the following areas:

  • Passion
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity
  • Sense of humour
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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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