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

Assessment and Selection Applicant Profile™

Advanced Industrial Skills

Aon Hewitt’s Advanced Industrial Skills test is designed to assess candidates’ ability to follow standard work instructions and engage in problem-solving issues like those commonly found in industrial environments. Candidates review standard work instructions presented in text, tables, and diagrams. They must identify key conditions and solve problems to determine the correct answer to each item. Example items are presented below.

The Advanced Industrial Skills test requires 40 minutes for candidates to complete 37 multiple-choice items. The test includes five sets of work instructions, each followed by five to eight questions.

The assessment is also available in a computer adaptive test (CAT) format, which takes 22 minutes, maximum (most candidates take less time), to complete 11 items and covers both basic and advanced Industrial Skills. 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

  • Problem solving
  • Reading
  • Using diagrams, tables, and graphs
  • Learning and following procedures


  • Adaptive, web
  • Paper

Scoring and Reporting

  • Web
  • Fax

Sample Item

Step Additional Information
1. Prepare the surfaces to be joined Surfaces must be clean. Sufficient cleaning includes a thorough wiping with a solvent, and it may also require that the surfaces be chemically treated
2. Prepare the adhesive If stirring, mixing, and/or adding other agents is required, the adhesive manufacturer's instructions must be followed
3. Apply the adhesive
  • Use appropriate tools and methods (e.g., brush, roller, nozzle, dip, spray)
  • The manufacturer's instructions must be followed, since specific tools and methods may be required in some situations
4. Properly position the parts to be joined
  • Make sure that the joining surfaces are aligned correctly and accurately
  • Special holding fixtures may be required to do this
  • Once joined with adhesive, it may not be possible to separate the parts without damaging them
5. Allow sufficient time for the adhesive to cure
  • This is essential for developing a strong bond
  • Application of pressure and/or heat may be required to assist in bond formation

Example 1

Preparation of the surfaces to be joined by an adhesive involves.

A. Allowing sufficient time for curing
B. Checking alignment of holding fixtures
C. Removing sources of open flames
D. Wiping with a solvent
E. Mixing hardening agents

Example 2

Which of the following should be performed after checking that the joining surfaces are aligned correctly?

A. Chemically treat the surfaces
B. Apply the adhesive
C. Separate the parts
D. Allow sufficient time for the adhesive to cure
E. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for preparing the adhesive