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

Applicant Profile™ Industrial Suite

Basic Industrial Skills

Aon Hewitt’s Basic Industrial Skills test is designed to assess candidates’ ability to follow standard work instructions and engage in basic 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 Basic Industrial Skills test requires 30 minutes for candidates to complete 25 multiple-choice items.

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


  • Industrial jobs
  • Jobs requiring learning and applying policies

Skills Assessed

  • Learning and following procedures
  • Applied problem solving
  • Applied reading
  • Using diagrams, tables, and graphs
  • Learning


  • Adaptive, web
  • Paper

Scoring and Reporting

  • Web
  • Fax

Sample Item

When monitoring the assembly machine, it is important to react to the warning indicator. When the status changes, you must take the following actions depending upon the numbered warning.

If the warning is a:


Then the required action is a:

No action required, continue processing
First, check product quality and then call maintenance
Shut off machine and contact supervisor immediately

The warning indicator may, on occasion, turn off. If this happens, you should press the reset button and wait 30 seconds for the machine to run a self-test. If resetting the machine fails to fix the problem, then shut off the machine and contact your supervisor.

Example 1

If the warning indicator shows a 1, what action is required?

A. No action is required
B. Check product quality
C. Contact supervisor
D. Call maintenance
E. Shut off machine

Example 2

What action should you take last if the warning indicator shows a 2?

A. No action is required
B. Check product quality
C. Contact supervisor
D. Call maintenance
E. Shut off machine