Find out the sample skill tests that an administrative assistant needs to take to evaluate their skills

Employers use skills tests to gauge the how suitable an applicant is, in the role of an administrative assistant. The role requires one to have strong computer skills, time management skills, professionalism, paying attention to details and excellent communication skills.


The most administered skills tests are aptitude tests that include verbal comprehension, numerical comprehension, situational judgment tests, and personality tests. Skill assessments tests are also used to test if the applicant is conversant with typing, using applications such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint as well as spelling.

Administrative assistant office skills test template

This sample Office skills test has four sub-tests

Subtest 1 – Filing

Subtest 2 – Arithmetic

Subtest 3 – Vocabulary

Subtest 4 – Following Instructions

The filing test is for testing accuracy and speed in filing items in chronological, numerical or alphabetical order. A question contains five items that should be arranged in the required order whether chronologically, alphabetically or in a particular order.

The arithmetic test measures accuracy and speed in doing calculations that involve division, multiplication, subtraction, and division.

Vocabulary test checks how well a person understands various words. It comprises identifying a word or phrase with similar meaning with the one highlighted in bold.

Following instructions test checks if the person can follow written instructions. The test is based on a calendar and its information list.

Sample text of administrative assistant skills test

Office skills test

The test has 4 sub-tests with sample questions for each sub-test.

Sub-test 1 – Filing

Each question has five numbers, five dates or five names. Arrange the numbers in descending order, arrange dates chronologically and names alphabetically.

Question 1

  1. Jack, Reagan
  2. James Roy
  3. Joyce, Lawson
  4. Jacqueline, Kenneth
  5. Jared, Pierre

Answer options

  1. 4, 3, 2, 5, 1
  2. 1, 4, 2, 5, 3
  3. 2, 4, 3, 1, 5
  4. 5, 2, 1, 3, 4,
  5. 2, 5, 3, 1, 4,

Question 2

  1. 48980
  2. 48786
  3. 49739
  4. 49385
  5. 48710

Answer options

  1. 3, 4, 5, 2, 1
  2. 3, 4, 1, 2, 5
  3. 5, 2, 1, 4, 3
  4. 4, 3, 2, 5, 1
  5. 5, 1, 3, 2, 4

Subtest 2 – Arithmetic

The test measures accuracy in calculation

Solve the given problem

8+5+17+28=

Answer options

  1. 48
  2. 58
  3. 52
  4. 46
  5. 67

Subtest 3 – Vocabulary

Choose the phrase or word that best describes the word in bold

To cancel an event

  1. Schedule
  2. Call for
  3. Not to go
  4. Stop
  5. Call off

Subtest 4- following instructions

Use the calendar and its information list to answer the question.

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Information list

Holidays are shaded

Weekend comprises of Saturdays and Sundays

Weekends and holidays are the non-working days. The rest are working days.

Question 1

Which is the last working day of the month?

Answer options

  1. 27th
  2. 26th
  3. 30th
  4. 28th
  5. 25th

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