Accountant Test

When looking to fill an accountant position, it's important to make sure that the candidate has the skills necessary to do the job. An accountant skills test can help ensure that the candidate is a good fit for the position.

  • What is an accountant skills test?

    The accountant skills test measures candidates' understanding of basic accounting principles such as preparing financial statements, budgeting and bookkeeping, as well as how competent they are at analysing data and figures.

    The accountant skills test is an essential addition to the hiring process when you're looking for a new accountant. It will give you a means of assessing the skills candidates list on their resumes, while helping you to make decisions based on who has proven their understanding, skills and knowledge.

    Accountants take on a lot of responsibility with their work, so it's important to use a test such as this to ensure you're hiring someone that can meet the many demands and intricacies of the role.

Identify the best candidates and hire faster

Our pre-employment tests let you drill down to the best candidates at the click of a button.

  • Find those candidates who will excel in the role.

    Select the assessments that match the skills or behaviours for the position. You can test for software or coding competency, soft skills like teamwork, or personality traits, to be sure those who pass have high potential.

  • Reduce costs and time.

    No more laborious sifting of resumes or cover letters. Pick your ideal assessment mix, invite your applicants to take them, see the results in your dashboard. Get to the interview stage fast.

  • Eliminate bias.

    All your candidates take the assessments on a level playing field. Only their results determine whether they get shortlisted.

  • What are the benefits of using the accountant skills test for pre-screening?

    The accountant skills test assesses the knowledge and skills an individual needs to make a successful candidate. This can include bookkeeping, understanding of industry terms, balancing accounts and even mathematical skills.

    The questions on the test are designed to probe each individual to ensure they have what it takes before being hired. Questions will cover everything from basic terms and accounting concepts, to the actual calculation of the figures and the management of financial records.

    As well as helping hiring managers and recruiters to identify the strongest candidates through results-based data, the test can also help to eliminate unconscious bias from the recruitment process.

    When decisions are made using data such as that which you'd obtain from the results of an accountant skills test, those in the hiring position are more likely to favour people based on their results rather than anything else.

    Accountancy skills tests can be a really useful way of pre-screening candidates as well. Using the test at an early stage in the process will allow you to only take the time to interview or meet with candidates who have already proven they have the required knowledge and skills to do the job.

    Although designed primarily for hiring accountants, the test may also be a helpful recruitment aid for roles such as:

    Those who do well on the test will have shown they're comfortable with the fundamentals of accounting including bookkeeping, managing accounts payable, preparing financial statements and analysing large volumes of data.

How our test measures accountant skills

Test questions are designed to assess industry-specific technical skills, soft skills, aptitude and suitable personality dimensions. Our data-driven approach provides results that enable you to determine how suited is a candidate for the role.

Depending on the type of question, the format of the test may vary. Multiple-choice questions are used to measure aptitude, technical skills and soft skills, while agreement on a Likert scale assesses suitable personality dimensions. Skills tests ensure that candidates are being evaluated in a precise and impartial manner, their results demonstrating the true knowledge and potential of each test taker.

The characteristics required to become an accountant were determined by looking at the skills and abilities listed in the US Department of Labor’s O*NET database, which collects data from professionals in various fields.

O*NET is the largest database of its kind, providing detailed information about occupations and the requirements for each role.

Our team of I/O psychologists and psychometrics worked closely with subject-matter experts to create an extensive question bank that can be used to test multiple candidates. We also conducted rigorous field testing with a representative sample of candidates to ensure that the questions were reliable and valid.

Test scores are averaged together to give an overall score. The average score is compared to other candidates' scores to ensure there is no bias towards certain candidates.

Our accountant test is constantly updated and optimised to ensure the best experience and results.


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).
  • Assessments

    A full suite of assessments

    Our platform comes with 12 tests across both foundation and advanced levels so they’re suitable for everyone. Including aptitude, behavioural and personality tests, you’ll have a full range of tests to help you find the candidates you’re seeking.

  • Analytics

    An array of candidate metrics

    For each of your candidates, you’ll be given a comprehensive report. Included will be all the metrics you need to build a detailed picture of each candidate and ensure you’re making the right hiring decisions.

“The platform is so simple to use. I had used competitor providers for over six years and will never go back. Fast, efficient and friendly!”
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd

Accountant Test FAQs

What kind of math is used for accounting?

Accountants need to have a grasp of basic mathematical principles including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. They'll need to use these core skills, as well as learned knowledge of accounting, to ensure financial records are accurate and up to date.

What is the golden rule in accounting?

This can be an important question to assess candidates on. The most important thing to remember in accounting is to debit the receiver and credit the giver.

Can I see what the test is like?

Yes, of course. You can try the test for free by signing up for a free trial.

Are these tests available in my plan?

We have a range of plans available. The difference between the plans is the number of test attempts permitted, not the type of tests. All our plans include our full test suite comprising all tests and all levels.

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Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA

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