Substitute Teacher Test

Substitute teacher tests are an effective way of assessing a candidate's aptitude in the skills necessary to be a successful substitute teacher.

  • What is a substitute teacher test?

    A substitute teacher test is used during the recruitment process to identify individuals strong in the traits needed to teach a wide range of students. The test can be used to assess general cognitive aptitude – such as written communication, mathematical ability, and the capacity to think logically and to solve problems.

    Situational judgement and personality sections can also be included in the test, to gain insight into whether a candidate has the behavioural traits required to fit into the culture of your school or college.

    The substitute teacher test is a multiple-choice assessment, to be completed under timed conditions. This means it assesses both speed and accuracy of work.

About the Substitute Teacher Test

A substitute teacher takes over the responsibilities of a full-time teacher in the event of their absence.

A substitute teacher must be able to adapt quickly to new environments and classrooms: interpreting lesson plans, delivering material in an engaging manner, and rapidly building a rapport with students. They must also report back on progress and behaviour to the permanent teacher.

A substitute teacher test will give you insight into the skills needed to be successful in the role and to help you shortlist the best candidates.

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  • Why should you use a substitute teacher test for recruiting?

    When screening candidates early in the recruitment process, it can be difficult to differentiate between promising applicants. The substitute teacher test can be used alongside the information contained on resumes and application forms, to give a more complete picture of the abilities of your applicants.

    It is important that substitute teachers are adept at adjusting to and thriving in new scenarios, to ensure there is as little disruption as possible to the delivery of education.

    The test can be used to assess ability across key areas of importance, to allow effective and objective decisions to be made. It can also be easily administered to a large applicant cohort, with applicants able to take the online test from home.

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Results for the Substitute Teacher 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 substitute teacher skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. time management), aptitude (e.g. verbal reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. resilience). 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 substitute teacher 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 substitute teacher 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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    We offer Substitute Teacher tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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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


What are the key skills for a substitute teacher?

A substitute teacher needs to be able to adapt to new environments, solve unexpected problems, interpret new information rapidly, and communicate clearly. These skills can be assessed through a range of aptitude tests includingverbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, and situational judgement tests.

When in the application process is it best to use a substitute teacher test?

An online aptitude test to assess substitute teacher candidates can be used to great effect early in the recruitment process. Setting a test after initial application submission helps to gain insight into your prospective employees' abilities, and enables informed and objective hiring decisions.

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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.

What is the cost for Picked's substitute teacher 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.

“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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