Medical Assistant Test

Medical assistants help other health professionals with both administrative and clinical tasks to ensure the smooth running of a clinical setting. They need to be able to follow instructions, with a good eye for detail and a calm head under pressure.

  • What is a medical assistant test?

    The medical assistant test is designed to be used in the early stages of the recruitment process for a role in a clinical setting, assisting doctors and nurses.

    The test itself asks questions that are based on the essential skills, aptitudes, and competencies that a medical assistant needs to be successful in the role. It is a multiple choice test that is taken online and in the candidates' own time; easy to administer to a large number of candidates.

    The test is becoming more commonly used because the simple test produces quantifiable data from the results that can be used to define which of the possible candidates possess the correct level of job knowledge and skills that predict performance.

    To do well in the medical assistant job knowledge test, the candidate has to demonstrate that they have excellent communication skills, as well as attention to detail, numeracy, and literacy.

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 medical assistant test for pre-screening?

    The different tasks that a medical assistant needs to complete make the role a challenging one, and a person who is a successful medical assistant needs to have many different skills.

    These include:

    • Performing as a liaison between patients and doctors or nurses
    • Helping patients to understand their prescription medications
    • Updating medical records
    • Booking appointments
    • Follow-up discussions with patients following examinations
    • Preparing and cleaning examination rooms
    • Collecting lab specimens
    • Taking blood
    • Removing sutures
    • Changing dressings
    • Sending information to other healthcare professionals (such as sending prescriptions to pharmacies or specimens to the lab)

    The aptitudes and competencies that will make a candidate good at these tasks are not easy to gauge through more traditional recruitment processes; this information is not always obvious in a CV or even through an interview.

    In the test, the candidate answers questions, and the ones that choose the right answers demonstrate that they have the right level of skill for the role, giving the recruitment team quantifiable data to use when selecting candidates. As the test is taken early in the process, it reduces the time taken in talent management and helps the process focus only on the candidates that have the required skills.

    As well as a medical assistant, you could also use this test if you were looking to recruit a:

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How our test measures medical assistant 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 a medical assistant 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 toward certain candidates.

Our medical assistant 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

Medical Assistant Test FAQs

What is the hardest thing about being a medical assistant?

A medical assistant needs to be able to work on different types of tasks every day to provide the right level of service to a doctor, nurse, or other health professional. They need to move between administrative and clinical tasks with the same level of skill and competency.

What qualifications does a medical assistant need?

In some settings, particularly a training or apprentice role, all the medical assistant will need is to have completed basic schooling and education. However, there are medical assistant certifications available, at a college and degree level, which teaches the candidate many of the essential knowledge and skills they will need to be successful.

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.

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

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