Nursing Assistant Test

A nursing assistant test can be used by employers to assess applicants on essential skills and competencies to determine their suitability for a nursing assistant position.

  • What is a nursing assistant test?

    A nursing assistant test can be used to screen candidates by assessing how well they might perform in a nursing assistant position.

    The test is most effective when it is used during the early stages of the recruitment process, to ensure only the most suitable candidates are shortlisted to interview.

    The nursing test uses a series of multiple-choice questions to evaluate a candidate's proficiency in several key areas, including communication skills, decision making, and situational judgement.

    A candidate who performs well on the test has shown that they may have the skillset and competencies required to carry out their duties to a high standard, and should be advanced to the next stage of selection.

About the Nursing Assistant Test

Nursing assistants require a specific set of skills and aptitudes to provide high-quality care to patients, such as health and safety awareness, attentiveness, and good communication skills. Picked's nursing assistant test assesses candidates to determine if they possess the skill set to perform the role effectively.

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  • Why should you use a nursing assistant test for recruiting?

    Nursing assistants work in hospitals and long-term care settings like care homes and assisted living facilities, and are responsible for assisting patients with their basic needs. Their responsibilities may include helping patients with personal hygiene, eating, and getting dressed; serving meals, making beds, and keeping rooms clean; as well as taking vital signs like temperature and blood pressure.

    Therefore, you want to ensure you are employing individuals who are capable of providing the highest quality of care. But it can be hard to determine a candidate's level of suitability using just resumes or application forms alone, which can often give limited insight into true capabilities.

    Picked's nursing assistant test can help solve this difficulty by adding an extra layer of scrutiny to your application process. Assessing candidates on the requisite skills and competencies needed for the position, the nursing test can highlight those who are most likely to perform the role effectively.

    All candidates receive the same test, so you can compare them on a like-for-like basis. Candidates who score highly on the test can be advanced to the next round of selection, whilst those who fall short of the mark are removed from consideration.

    This creates a more efficient hiring process that reduces the administrative burden on your hiring team, whilst increasing the likelihood of hiring the right candidates the first time round.

    A nursing assistant test could be useful for the following roles:

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Results for the Nursing Assistant 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 nursing assistant skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. numerical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. stress tolerance). 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 nursing assistant 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 nursing assistant 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.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Nursing Assistant Test FAQs

Is the nursing assistant test hard?

The questions in the nursing assistant test are set at an intermediate level of difficulty. The test is designed to screen out those who are not suitable for a nursing assistant test, so a qualified candidate should not find the test overly challenging.

What skills should nursing assistants have?

Key skills for a nursing assistant include attention to detail; interpersonal skills; ability to follow rules and protocol; strong organisational skills; compassion and empathy.

What is the cost for Picked's nursing assistant 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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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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