Pre-Employment Accounting Test

Find out what kind of accounting skills your job candidates have.

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Accurate accounting is critical to the functioning of any business. You wouldn’t entrust that responsibility to just anybody. So, when the time comes to hire someone for an accounting position at your workplace, you need to ensure that the candidate you choose has the necessary skills and personality traits to do the job well.

What is a pre-employment accounting test?

A pre-employment accounting test is an assessment given to job candidates to determine their grasp of basic accounting principles, terms, and concepts. When used as part of the hiring process, it can help you narrow down your list of applicants, saving you time and ensuring that you only interview top prospects. The Accounting Test is one of the many skills and aptitude tests offered by Hire Success®.

Some candidates with previous work experience may be surprised when asked to undergo an assessment. Why take an accounting test to get a job? Because accounting tests for employment, like the one offered by Hire Success®, provide a proven, objective method for reviewing the knowledge of applicants.

The benefits of testing your job applicants

By including accounting tests for employment during the hiring process, you can ensure that everyone you bring in for an interview has the accounting skills you need. You can also create custom aptitude and skills tests that include questions (about specific software, for instance) tailored to the job you’re hiring for.

Occupational roles that might benefit from a pre-employment accounting test include:

  • Tax accountants
  • Bookkeepers
  • Business analysts
  • Auditors
  • Forensic accountants
  • Finance professionals
  • Retail or finance management
  • And more
Hire Success Accounting Test

What does the Hire Success® Accounting Test include?

This assessment consists of 12 multiple-choice questions about basic accounting principles, terms, and concepts. As noted above, you can also add your own questions to those from our basic accounting skills test to create a custom exam.

In addition, you can create custom branded tests by adding your logo and information to the test form. You can also include authorship or copyright.

Assets and liabilities

Profit and loss statements

Earnings statements


Income and profit margins

Number of questions


Test type

Skills test

Time limit

Not timed

You will receive up to 3 separate reports:

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Accounting Skills Summary Report

The Hire Success® Summary Report for each basic accounting skills test is broken down into sections.

  • High-level summary - Get information specific to the test taker, such as overall score, weighted score, and number of questions correct.
  • Summary of statistics by cohort - Incorporating campaign, position, location, and account, this section shows you how the applicant compares to other cohorts.
  • Distribution of people - A graph shows you the distribution of people within the applicant’s campaign.
  • Scores by category - Examine summary scores by category.
Detail report for academic test

Accounting Skills Detail Report

The Detail Report for our accounting test shows a breakdown of how a test taker answered each question on the test:

  • Section 1 — incorrectly answered questions
  • Section 2 — correctly answered questions

Grouping the candidate's test answers in this way not only provides you with an easy way to gauge where the candidate made mistakes but also helps you get an idea of the candidate’s areas of strength or weakness. You may want to follow up on some concepts in an interview if the candidate is selected for the next step in the hiring process.

Hire Success accounting test audit report

Candidate Audit Report

If you activate the cheating mitigation feature of your online accounting test for job placement, you’ll receive a Hire Success® Audit Report showing you a timeline that reveals:

  1. When the test taker selects answers within a question.
  2. When the test taker moves to the next question.
  3. If or when the test taker leaves/returns to the test.

The report also shows whether the test was automatically submitted because the candidate left the testing window for too long (possibly to look up an answer) or ran out of time.

This feature doesn’t just help you find out whether applicants know the test answers — it uncovers how well they know them. With the Audit Report, you’ll have added confidence in your hiring decisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive each job candidate’s test results?

For every accounting test that’s submitted, you’ll receive two reports (or three, if you choose to receive an audit report). An email notification will be sent to you immediately upon submission, and results will be available for review in your Hire Success® online account within minutes. You can access this information securely from any internet-connected device and print or share reports if needed.

Can I customize the math test for job applicants?

Yes! With our Custom Test Builder, you can use questions from our basic accounting skills test in combination with any questions you want to add, creating an exam that’s specific to the job you’re hiring for. You can also include questions on other topics, such as finance, math, or specific software, like Microsoft Excel.

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How much does it cost?

Hire Success® offers much more than just an employment test — we provide a complete hiring toolbox that helps you improve and organize your recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding processes. Our pricing model depends on a few factors specific to your company, industry, and team size, so the best way to get accurate pricing information is to contact us for a tailored quote.

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