Certified Public Accountant Test

Certified public accountant tests are an effective way of assessing a candidate's aptitude in the skills needed to be successful in the role.

  • What is a certified public accountant test?

    A certified public accountant test is an online aptitude test used during the recruitment process to identify individuals strong in the traits needed to work as a public accountant. It is most effectively used early in the hiring process to objectively streamline large applicant pools.

    The test can be tailored to assess numerical aptitude, critical thinking, problem-solving ability, attention to detail, and communication skills, through numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, error checking, and abstract or logical reasoning test sections.

    To gain insight into a candidate's behavioural traits and ability to handle the different scenarios that may arise in role, the test can also feature personality and situational judgement questions.

    The questions on the certified public accountant test are multiple-choice and must be answered within a set time limit. Candidates must complete the test quickly and accurately to display their aptitude across a range of key skills.

About the Certified Public Accountant Test

A certified public accountant advises clients on financial matters - analysing financial records, preparing tax returns, and creating budget reports. They may handle the financial management of corporations, organisations, or individuals.

Whether they specialise in taxation, personal financial planning, or forensic accounting, certified public accountants need strong numerical skills, meticulous attention to detail, and good communication skills to interact with their clients.

The certified public accountant test assesses a candidate's proficiency in these skills, to ensure you select the most suitable candidate for your vacant position.

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  • Why should you use a certified public accountant test for recruiting?

    Embedding a certified public accountant test into your recruitment structure is an effective way to gain the insight needed to objectively evaluate candidates and streamline your applicant pool.

    The test can assess job readiness through verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, logical reasoning, situational judgement, and personality test questions, so you can measure performance across a variety of key skills.

    It can be difficult to differentiate between candidates based upon written accounts of educational background and experience on application forms and CVs. Assessing essential skills through aptitude testing provides objective data and forms a more accurate picture of candidate potential.

    The test can be easily administered to large applicant cohorts, providing these valuable ability insights without any extra stress. The efficiency and effectiveness of the hiring process is improved through testing, as it saves your recruitment team time and money, whilst ensuring the best candidate is chosen for each open role.

    The certified public accountant test may be useful when recruiting for the following roles:

    • Accountant
    • Chartered Public Finance Accountant
    • Junior Certified Public Accountant
    • Senior Certified Public Accountant
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Results for the Certified Public Accountant 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 certified public accountant 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. accountability), 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 a certified public accountant 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 certified public accountant test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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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

Certified Public Accountant Test FAQs

How difficult is the certified public accountant test?

The certified public accountant test is purposefully challenging so that it can accurately identify the strongest candidates within your applicant pool. The timed nature of the test makes it particularly tricky, as applicants will need to rapidly absorb information, handle numbers, and solve problems under pressure.

What skills are important for a certified public accountant?

A certified public accountant needs to have a strong mathematical brain, high attention to detail, and the ability to think logically and critically. They also need good communication skills to work successfully with their clients.

These skills can be assessed through numerical reasoning, error checking, and verbal reasoning test sections as part of the certified public accountant test.

What is the cost for Picked's certified public accountant test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

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Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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