Teacher Test

Schools and colleges looking to hire a teacher should consider a teacher test to evaluate whether candidates have the right skills and competencies necessary to succeed in the role.

  • What is a teacher test?

    A teacher test provides assessments to make better hiring decisions and support the shortlisting process for a role in teaching.

    Teachers are an essential part of any school, college or university. A teacher will assess the work of students, manage and teach them. Teamwork and resilience are important aspects of a teaching role. A candidate would need to demonstrate strong test scores across all of these skills.

About the Teacher Test

The teacher test is an effective way to evaluate your next teaching hire. If you are looking to improve your recruitment process when hiring teachers, you should consider using a teacher test.

Teachers are fundamental staff members for schools, colleges, and universities. The duty of a teacher is broad and the skills and knowledge are important to test.

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  • Why should you use a teacher test for recruiting?

    The skills assessed by the test cover the core competencies and skills that would be expected of a successful teacher.

    A teaching test includes general knowledge of teaching, ranging from behaviour management techniques to marking work, providing feedback and ensuring students are engaged. Teaching competencies include general teaching techniques, situational judgement, error checking, verbal reasoning, non-verbal skills, teamwork and time management.

    Teaching skills can be difficult to assess during the initial application stages. It’s hard to know if a teacher will be a good fit or not, and even more challenging to know who you shortlist by just looking at resumes and application forms alone.

    Using a teacher test allows you to evaluate the skills and then use comparative data to rank teachers in your talent pool, which helps with shortlisting.

    The additional job roles a teacher test might be suitable for include:

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Results for the 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 teaching 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. teamwork), 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 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 teaching 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

FAQs

Is the teaching test only limited to schools?

No, the teaching test can be used for any role where teaching is required, whether it’s corporate training or professional development. The teaching test is not simply limited to classroom teaching within a school.

What other tests are useful when recruiting a teacher?

Other useful tests you might want to consider when recruiting a teacher include software tests (such as Microsoft office packages) and a personality assessment. This can provide useful insight into a teacher's skill capabilities.

What is the cost for Picked's 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.

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