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Assessment and Selection Applicant Profile™ Industrial Suite: Advanced Industrial Reading

Applicant Profile™ Industrial Suite

Advanced Industrial Reading

Aon Hewitt’s Advanced Industrial Reading test is designed to measure candidates’ ability to read, understand, and interpret written material similar to what would be encountered in skilled or semiskilled industrial jobs. This test asks candidates to read passages consisting of several paragraphs and requires them to answer questions about their contents. An example item is provided below.

The Advanced Industrial Reading test requires 40 minutes to complete 34 multiple-choice items. It contains five written passages, each followed by five to eight questions. All information required to answer the questions is provided in the passages.

The assessment is also available in a computer adaptive test (CAT) format, which takes 30 minutes, maximum (most candidates take less time), to complete 15 items and covers both basic and advanced Industrial Reading. Since in-person testing is not always viable, this assessment is designed to be used in an unproctored setting. Administering the CAT version significantly reduces the risk of cheating and provides several additional benefits as well.

  • Secure—Virtually every candidate gets a unique string of test items from a large item pool, so the integrity of the test is much less likely to be compromised.
  • Quick and convenient—Candidates spend less time testing because each item is matched to their estimated ability, resulting in fewer delivered items, and they can take the test online.
  • Unproctored—The costs associated with monitoring and hosting test sessions are eliminated.
  • Accurate—Each test is tailored, allowing for accurate estimates of all knowledge, skill, or ability levels.

Key Features


  • Validated for use in a variety of industrial settings


  • Semiskilled or skilled industrial jobs
  • Jobs requiring applied reading skills

Skills Assessed

  • Applied reading
  • Learning


  • Adaptive, web
  • Paper

Scoring and Reporting

  • Web
  • Fax

Sample Item

Example passage excerpt

Drills are available in different types and in many sizes. The choice of drill to be used in the drill press depends on the size of the desired hole, the composition of the material to be drilled, and other considerations. Common twist drills (similar to those available in hardware stores) are used in industrial applications, as are certain specialty-type drills (for example, straight-flute gun drills, oil-hole drills, indexable-insert drills, step drills) designed for greater hole accuracy and/or production efficiency. The part of the twist drill that actually cuts the material is the point, located at the tip of the drill. At the opposite end of the drill is the shank, which mounts into the holding device (either a chuck or a spindle) on the drill press. Straight-shank twist drills mount into a chuck; taper-shank twist drills mount into spindles. Between the point and the shank is the body of the twist drill. Running along the body are flutes – spiral grooves which permit the material chips caused by cutting to escape and which permit cutting fluid (lubricant) to flow to the point. Most drills have their size marked on the shank. Over time, these markings become difficult to read; therefore, it is best to check the size of the drill with an appropriate drill gage or with a micrometer. This should be done before drilling the hole.

A spindle on a drill press:

A. fastens the work piece.
B. mounts straight-shank drills.
C. connects the drill to the work piece.
D. holds taper-shank drills.
E. spins the work piece.