Editor Test

An editor requires a range of skills to oversee the production of great copy, which is why a skills test can be so important when hiring for this position.

  • What is an editor test?

    An editor test is designed to ensure editors are competent at carrying out the key skills that are required to be successful in their role.

    Editing involves carefully reviewing material before it is published, providing feedback and suggesting changes to improve it. Key skills for this type of role include error checking, communication, proofreading, creativity, language skills and knowing best practices when it comes to editing.

    Using a series of multiple-choice style questions, candidates will be assessed on their knowledge and ability to successfully edit copy.

    The editor test provides an easy, bias-free way of assessing a pool of editorial candidates and supporting shortlisting or hiring decisions.

About the Editor Test

Editors are typically in charge of copy (be that web pages, newspapers, magazines, etc) and decide what will be published and when. An editor test can help you assess the skills, competencies and cultural fit needed in a successful editor.

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  • Why should you use an editor test for recruiting?

    Resumes and applications are a first step to assessing an editor's ability to demonstrate some of the skills required, but are fairly limited. An editor test can help evaluate further, by assessing proofreading, attention to detail and problem-solving skills, as well as editing principles.

    For recruiters, the test provides a great way to speed up the shortlisting process and allows a bias-free, data-driven approach to hiring, as opposed to selecting applicants based on experience alone.

    Editor types you might consider using this test for include developmental editors, substantive editors, copyeditors and proofreaders. It can also be used for a range of other job roles, including:

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Results for the Editor 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 editor skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable (e.g. Microsoft Word), soft skills (e.g. time management), aptitude (e.g. verbal 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 editor 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 editor test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


Predictor of job success

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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    All our Editor tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    For all levels

    We offer Editor tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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    Our full array of candidate performance metrics will provide actionable data on each of your candidates.

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    Candidate comparison

    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“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 they all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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Written by an Editor Test expert

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


Can I use this test to hire freelancers or agencies?

Yes. The editor test can be sent to anyone outside of your organisation to test whether they are competent and fit your role requirements for a successful editor.

What other useful tests are there for an editor?

Situational judgement tests, personality assessments or speed typing tests might also be useful tests for an editorial vacancy.

What is the cost for Picked’s editor 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.

Can I get a free trial?

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

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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