ACAB - Advanced Competency Assessment Batteries

The Advanced Competency Assessment Batteries (ACAB) is one of three test batteries of the SASS test.
The Advanced Competency Assessment Batteries consists of four batteries

  1. Simulation Work Sample (1 simulation/30 minutes)
  2. This computerized assessment is used to measure a candidate's ability to multitask, as well as to organize and prioritize assignments. The assessment is an actual simulation in which the candidate takes on the role of an administrative assistant serving six employees at a made-up company. S/he is required to perform various functions relevant to the position, including data entry, looking up information from various databases, calculations, and general problem solving. The candidate is presented with four assignments, which s/he may approach in any order. Simultaneously, the candidate must handle e-mails and phone calls, which may interrupt their work. The candidate should be aware that the priorities may change throughout the simulation. The simulation is 30 minutes long; with a practice session, the total test time is approximately 60 minutes.

  3. Data Entry/Database Work Sample (3 parts/6 samples/28 minutes)
  4. This test assesses one's competence in data entry and database operations and consists of three parts, each one requiring the candidate to enter data into a fixed-field formatted screens. The results of Parts I and II reflect the candidate's speed and accuracy, while the score in Part III only reflects the candidate's accuracy. The simulation is 28 minutes long; with a practice session, the total test time is approximately 65 minutes.

      Part I - the test taker is required to enter a Purchase Order from a handwritten request that is not formatted as it is on the computer. It is important that the candidate find and accurately enter the relevant information in the correct fields on the computer. This part includes two samples, each with a four minute time limit. (2 samples/8 minutes)


      Part II - the test taker is required to enter a Purchase Order from a handwritten request, like in Part I, only this time the order is incomplete and the test- taker is provided with instructions on how to find the missing information. This part has two samples, each with a six minute time limit. (2 samples/12 minutes)


      Part III - the test taker is required to review a Purchase Order to ensure completeness and accuracy. S/he must examine the included paperwork and make the appropriate changes as necessary. This part has two samples, each with a four minute time limit. (2 samples/8 minutes)


  5. Word Processing (2 tests/50 minutes)
  6. This battery tests word processing skills and is comprised of two tests, Revised Copy Typing and Text Editing. Each one beginning with instructions and a practice session in order to allow test takers to become familiar with the procedures of the test.

    Revised Copy Typing - this test measures competence in document creation via a word processing system. Candidates must proofread, correct, and enter text which they receive in a paper format. The text includes errors with handwritten corrections as well as specific notations for editing and formatting changes, all of which the test taker must incorporate in the document. There is a five minute time limit to type all of the information on the form. Speed and accuracy are of utmost importance.


    Text Editing - this test measures competence in use of word processing functions in order to edit texts. Test takers are asked to perform functions such as center, bold, italicize, underline, and change the font type and size of text, search and replace text, copy, cut, paste, etc. Candidates are given 5 items to complete in 90 seconds. Speed and accuracy are imperative.


  7. Spreadsheet (3 questions/24 minutes)
  8. This battery is comprised of three parts and assesses one's ability to work with spreadsheets. Though the test does not utilize a specific spreadsheet program, it does use procedures which are common among major spreadsheet applications.

      Part I - the test taker is required to enter information that is handwritten on a paper into a spreadsheet and is instructed on how to format the fields. This part has two samples, each with a five minute time limit.


      Part II - the test taker is required to show competency in the creation, copying, and modification of spreadsheet formulas. S/he must enter and change formulas, as well as format cells, based on the given instructions from their paper work. This part has two samples, each with a three minute time limit.


      Part III - the test-taker is required to review a spreadsheet to ensure that it is complete and accurate. S/he is to compare the provided paperwork with what is displayed on the computer screen and make changes as needed. This part has two samples, each with a four minute time limit.


    The results of Parts I and II reflect the candidate's speed and accuracy. The Spreadsheet Test battery is 24 minutes long. Including a practice session, the total test time is approximately 65 minutes.


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