Basic Skills

Basic or Advanced Skills: Which Do You Need to Test?

Basic skills testing has long been proven effective in identifying gaps on the rudimentary levels for English and math skills. This is very useful for screening and placement for entry-level jobs, training programs and student admissions. But what if you need something that goes a little deeper? What if you’re hiring for a higher-level position, or you have incoming students who are supposed to take challenging courses for their degree program, but in reality they’re not ready? Read more about Basic or Advanced Skills: Which Do You Need to Test?

Advanced Skills in the Workplace

Although advanced skills are required for many jobs, HR professionals are having extreme difficulties recruiting skilled workers. For example, according to a 2013 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey of over 3,400 HR professionals, 55% noted that they had difficulties finding employees with sufficient writing skills.

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Beyond the Basics: Addressing Advanced Skills Deficits

Everywhere you turn there seems to be bad news about the U.S. falling further behind other countries when it comes to matters of education. Unfortunately, when it comes to mastery of the basics, it’s true. Read more about Beyond the Basics: Addressing Advanced Skills Deficits

Employee Assessments: Tactical or Strategic?

You followed the hiring process to a T and it worked! You hired a great employee and they are proving to be a great fit. But what happened to their assessment results? I’m willing to bet you used the results to help you make a hiring decision, but haven’t looked at them since.

You’re not alone. Read more about Employee Assessments: Tactical or Strategic?

Why You Might Need More Than a Basic Skills Test

Hiring is on the upswing, which is great! But many of the open positions require more than just basic skills. Jobs are becoming increasingly complex and require higher levels of education, experience and problem solving ability – qualifications that a relatively small proportion of the labor force possesses. Read more about Why You Might Need More Than a Basic Skills Test

GAIN and the 2014 GED Test

As we continue to get closer to the implementation of the new 2014 GED assessment, I have gotten a lot of questions surrounding how this will affect use of the Wonderlic General Assessment of Instructional Needs (GAIN)® basic skills test. 

My answer: it doesn’t!

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What is the Difference Between the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test and GAIN?

Given my occupation, I spend a great deal of time meeting with people and discussing our products. One question I am often asked is what is the difference between the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test and the Wonderlic General Assessment of Instructional Needs (GAIN)®. While they both assess basic math and verbal skills, their purposes are very different.

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The Skills Gap is Real – and Widening

(The following is an excerpt from the September issue of The Direct Report.) Read more about The Skills Gap is Real – and Widening

Cognitive Ability vs. Basic Skills

Are you confused about the difference between a cognitive abilities test and a basic skills test? This short video will help you understand what each assessment measures and what you can use them for.

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