Human Resources
Assessment and Selection Applicant Profile™ Industrial Suite: Basic Industrial Reading

Applicant Profile™ Industrial Suite

Basic Industrial Reading

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

The Industrial Reading test requires 35 minutes to complete 25 multiple-choice items. It contains five written passages, each followed by five 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


  • Industrial jobs
  • Jobs requiring applied reading skills

Skills Assessed

  • Applied reading
  • Learning


  • Adaptive, web
  • Paper

Scoring and Reporting

  • Web
  • Fax

Sample Item

Lifting heavy objects is a major cause of injuries at work. Before lifting any objects over 20 pounds, employees should know the proper procedures for lifting heavy objects. The company safety manual explains the correct and safest method for lifting heavy objects. All new employees should read this manual.

What should new employees do if they do not know how to lift a heavy object?

A. Ask their supervisor for help
B. Refer to the company safety manual
C. Ask another employee to lift the object
D. Use a lift truck to lift the object