Legal Secretary Test

Legal secretary tests help prospective employers to evaluate whether job applicants have the essential traits and skills to be effective legal secretaries.

  • A legal secretary test is used to assess whether a candidate has the necessary skills and personality traits to thrive in a secretarial role. Employers can use this test in the early stages of the recruitment process to ensure they proceed with the most skilled candidates.

    Each candidate is evaluated by a series of multiple-choice questions. The legal secretary test measures an individual's knowledge of legal terminology and crucial comprehension skills as well as grammar and spelling, organisation, attention to detail, and competency with computer programs such as Microsoft Word.

    A high score on this test suggests the candidate is likely to be able to support your legal team with confidence and accuracy.

About the Legal Secretary Test

A legal secretary supports senior members of legal teams by carrying out secretarial duties as well as legal-specific tasks. Frequent responsibilities include preparation of appeals, cases, and research as well as taking calls, scheduling appointments, and filing documents.

This test assesses whether candidates for a legal secretary role possess the required level of organisational, communication, and comprehension skills.

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  • Creating a shortlist of your legal secretary candidates based on resumes alone could seem like an impossible task, particularly when the majority of applicants all claim to have a similar set of skills and experience. How do you know who would be best in practice?

    A legal secretary test removes this uncertainty and gives employers the ability to distribute skills tests to large volumes of candidates and in return receive digestible comparative data. The results will give a clear and impartial insight into how suitable each candidate is for the position, creating a streamlined hiring process.

    The test highlights how well versed a candidate is in the essential skills required of a legal secretary such as excellent comprehension, and documentation systems such as Microsoft Word. It is also able to measure their general personality, assessing whether they have the professional manner expected, and how organised they are.

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

    A legal secretary test could be useful for the following roles:

    • Legal Assistant
    • Paralegal
    • Court Secretary
    • Barrister's Clerk
    • Legal Administrator
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Results for the Legal Secretary 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.

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. error checking) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. organisation). 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 legal secretary 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 legal secretary 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


What are the key skills for a legal secretary?

The key skills required to be successful in a legal secretary role include:

  • Excellent reading and writing comprehension
  • Typing and note-taking skills
  • Active listener
  • Highly organised
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and other database systems
  • Research skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Works well as part of a team
Is the legal secretary test difficult?

The legal secretary test aims to evaluate whether a candidate has the general skills required to succeed in this role, such as accurate and fast typing, good reading and writing comprehension, and a professional manner. An intermediate level of skill and knowledge is required to do well in the test.

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