Pre-Employment Math Test

Find out what kind of general math skills your job candidates have.

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Every job comes with its own unique set of required skills and personality traits, but a basic understanding of mathematics is critical to many workplaces. Knowing what kinds of math problems your job candidates can and cannot solve will help you determine whether they merit an interview — and you’ll have much more confidence in selecting the right person for the position.

What is a pre-employment math test?

A pre-employment math test is an assessment given to job candidates to determine their current grasp of general math. When used as part of the hiring process, it can save you time by helping you narrow down your pool of candidates. The General Math Test is one of the many skills and aptitude tests offered by Hire Success®.

The benefits of testing your job applicants

By requiring a basic math test for employment, you can ensure that everyone you bring in for an interview has the math skills needed for a particular role at your company. You can also create custom aptitude and skills tests that include questions tailored to the job you’re hiring for.

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

  • Accountants
  • Bookkeepers
  • Bank tellers
  • Cashiers
  • Sales managers
  • Treasurers
  • Finance professionals
  • Human resources associates
  • And many more
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What does the Hire Success® General Math Test include?

This assessment consists of 30 multiple-choice math questions, ranging in difficulty from a fourth-grade level to a college level. The majority of questions on this pre-employment math test are at the middle school or high school level.

Topics covered in our basic math aptitude test for employment include:






Prime numbers

Basic units of measurement

Number of questions


Test type

Skills test

Time limit

Not timed

You will receive up to 3 separate reports:

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Math Skills Summary Report

The Hire Success® Summary Report for every math test for employment 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.
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Math Skills Detail Report

The Hire Success® Detail Report for our basic math test for employment shows a breakdown of how the applicant answered questions 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.

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Candidate Audit Report

If you activate cheating mitigation, 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 math test that’s submitted, you’ll receive two reports (or three, if you activate cheating mitigation). An email notification will be sent to you immediately upon submission, and results will be available for review in your Hire Success® online account instantly. You can view results in your account securely from any internet-connected device, and print or share results if needed.

Can I customize the math test for job applicants?

Yes! With our Custom Test Builder, you can use questions from our General Math 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 in other areas, such as finance or accounting principles.

Learn about the Hire Success® Custom Test Builder

How much does it cost?

Hire Success® offers much more than a math test for job applicants — we provide a complete system that helps you improve your recruitment and hiring process. 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.

Request a customized quote from Hire Success®

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Take a free test run of our whole system — from the pre-employment math test to the personality profile to the integrity test and more — and find out why thousands of companies have turned to Hire Success to build stronger, more organized, and more consistent hiring systems.

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