Accounting Technician Test

Accounting technician tests are designed to assess whether a candidate possesses the numerical and commercial skills required to work as an accounting technician.

  • What is an accounting technician test?

    An accounting technician is responsible for a range of administrative and account tasks. They will either join a wider finance team in large organisations, or be the sole accounting function for smaller enterprises.

    An accounting technician test is used to assess whether a candidate has the necessary hard and soft skills to succeed in your accounting role. Employers can use this test in the early stages of the hiring process to ensure they proceed with the most skilled applicants.

    Each candidate is evaluated by a series of multiple-choice questions. The accounting technician test measures an individual's numeracy and commercial skills, as well as their ability to think critically and solve situational accounting-based problems accurately.

    Achieving a high score on this test suggests that the candidate would be able to perform to a high standard in the role.

About the Accounting Technician Test

An accounting technician's responsibilities for the most part will be to prepare accounts, bookkeep, process and pay invoices, record payments, consolidate accounts and support in the preparation of tax returns.

This test assesses whether candidates for an accounting technician role possess the required level of numeracy, logical reasoning, problem-solving, analytical and communication skills to be effective.

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  • Why should you use an accounting technician test for recruiting?

    Shortlisting the most suitable candidates for your accounting technician position is critical for business success. Identifying the difference between applicants based on their resume alone can be challenging, particularly as many of them will hold a similar level of qualifications and experience.

    An accounting technician test removes this challenge and gives companies the ability to distribute skills tests to large numbers of candidates and receive comparative data to analyse. The results will give an unbiased insight into how well suited each candidate is, by evaluating their numerical competency, attention to detail, communication style, logical reasoning, and commercial awareness.

    Applicants that meet the requirements of the role can be shortlisted, while those who do not display the necessary skills can be withdrawn.

    An accounting technician test could be useful for the following additional roles:

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Results for the Accounting Technician 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.

How our test assesses accounting technician skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable (e.g. Microsoft Excel), soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. numerical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. integrity). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be an accounting technician were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our accounting technician test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.

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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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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.”
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Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Accounting Technician Test FAQs

What are the key skills for accountant technicians?

The key skills required to be successful in an accounting technician role include:

  • Excellent mathematical competency and numerical literacy
  • Commercial awareness
  • Logical and methodical way of working
  • Strong written and verbal communicator
  • Good IT skills using programmes such as Excel
  • Critical thinker
  • Highly organised
What other useful tests are there for an accountant technician?

In addition to the accounting technician test, software-specific tests would help to evaluate applicants. These tests could include those for common bookkeeping software such as Xero, Sage or Quickbooks, as well as more generic software like Microsoft Office Exceland Google Sheets tests.

What is the cost for Picked's accountant technician test?

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