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Ability Tests

One of the most common forms of screening for public safety roles is measuring each applicant’s ability in reading, writing and numeracy.  Our profession-specific Ability Tests have numerous advantages over “off the shelf” tests.

Using our Ability Tests can be a very quick and inexpensive way to identify the least suitable applicants.  This saves time and money by eliminating them from more expensive screening measures.

 

What makes our tests the preferred solution?

 

  • The content has been developed from the training manuals for specific professions. Thus, the tests are highly acceptable to applicants. They are able to see the direct application of what they are doing and how it relates to the job they are applying for.
  • Applicant scores are compared to a large sample of Australians who have applied for the same job.  This makes the test findings more accurate and easily defensible if challenged.
  • Our tests are secure. They are available only to SAFESELECT clients, testing under supervised conditions and otherwise cannot be purchased commercially. This ensures that applicants are unable to obtain copies of the tests.
  • Our tests are specifically normed by profession. In evaluating an applicant, we are able to tell you how their reading, writing or numerical skills compare to a large number of Australian applicants who are applying for exactly the same job.
  • Our tests have been shown through research with Australian public safety organisations to correlate well with academic performance during training.

News & Blog

Coroner's Court NSW: Inquest into the Fire at Quaker's Hill Nursing Home

11 September 2015

Mr. Roger Dean was hired to work as a nurse on the night shift at this nursing home.  He began employment on September 13, 2011.  He was hired on the basis of one interview and confirmation that he held a nursing certificate. His resume showed that he had worked at a cake shop since 2007.  It was later revealed that the shop was owned by his domestic partner.  (Why a registered nurse would spend four years working in a cake shop was never queried.)  His last experience working in aged care was listed as being in 2001-2002.  In fact, he had been employed in numerous aged care roles before applying to Quakers Hill, and as was later discovered, had difficulty at each of them.

Client Testimonials

  • Jenny Kitchin - Director of Community Services, Anglicare ACT

  • Athena Ermides - General Manager, Berlasco Court Caring Centre

  • Sandy Van Houwelingen - Supervising Fisheries and Marine Officer, Training and Development, Department of Fisheries, West Australia

  • Grant Lupton - CEO and Chief Fire Officer, South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

  • Ian Lanyon - Director, Secure Services, Department of Human Services