Editor Test

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

  • What is an editor skills test?

    An editor skills test is a comprehensive assessment of an individual's ability to complete the tasks typically assigned to an editor: tasks related to the planning, collation and revision of content for publication.

    Designed as a screening tool for the early stages of recruitment, it tests for core skills like attention to detail, language comprehension, communication and time management. On completion, a score report is generated for each candidate, helping to identify the most promising talent for progression.

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 editor skills test for pre-screening?

    When used in conjunction with traditional methods like CV screening and interviews, the editor skills test adds significant value to the recruitment process.

    First, it helps to narrow down the applicant pool based on a practical evaluation of essential skills, abilities and behaviours. These have been expertly chosen based on an editor's responsibilities - not just the revision of content, but tasks such as giving constructive feedback, managing contributors, and planning content schedules.

    Through a series of multiple-choice questions, the test measures key soft skills like decision making, organisation and interpersonal ability, and technical skills, such as proficiency in Microsoft Word and, of course, core writing ability.

    A detailed score report is then provided for each candidate so you can make an informed, unbiased decision on their suitability, based not only on qualifications and experience, but also on real-world potential.

    Second, it brings increased efficiency. You can administer the test quickly without geographical restrictions, screening and shortlisting candidates at speed. With your efforts focused on the most promising talent, you considerably lower the risk and additional costs associated with a bad hire.

    Other roles could also use this test to support their hiring process, such as:

How our test measures editor 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 editor 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 editor test is constantly updated and optimized 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

Editor Test FAQs

Why are skills tests important?

Skills tests can help you quickly determine if a candidate has the necessary skills for the job, saving you time and money in the process. They can also help identify any gaps in a candidate's skill set that may need to be addressed before they are hired.

Are skills tests accurate?

Research has shown that these tests are actually very accurate. In fact, they are often more accurate than interviews or CVs. This is because the tests measure specific skills, rather than just general information. As a result, you can rely on these tests to find the best candidates for the job.

What types of editors can I hire using this test?

Our editor skills test can be used for any role related to the editing of written copy, including but not limited to; content editors, book editors, academic editors, web copy editors and proofreaders.

What are editorial skills?

Editorial skills are the skills and abilities required to commission, evaluate and improve written content. They include proofreading, research, grammatical skills, fact-checking, vocabulary, collaboration, attention to detail, creativity, diplomacy and tact.

“An unbeatable service, impressive platform and fantastic value for money.”
Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA
Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA

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