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Pre-Employment Tests For Data Entry Positions

Top Skills and Abilities:

  • Typing Speed
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Written Comprehension
  • Getting Information

Top 3 Tasks:

  • Read source documents such as canceled checks, sales reports, or bills, and enter data in specific data fields or onto tapes or disks for subsequent entry, using keyboards or scanners.
  • Compile, sort and verify the accuracy of data before it is entered.
  • Compare data with source documents, or re-enter data in verification format to detect errors.


Data entry positions primarily consist of transcribing information into a computer. Data entry clerks may be asked to transcribe anything from a written document to a recorded conversation. Most employers seek clerks who can type quickly and accurately, with 45 to 75 words per minute (WPM) being the average across most industries. New audio-recognition technologies have made manual data entry obsolete in some fields.

Assessments for Data Entry Positions

Criteria offers two employment tests for hiring managers looking for data entry clerks: the Employee Personality Profile (EPP), and the Ten-Key Test (TKT). The EPP assesses key personality traits such as conscientiousness and patience, which are essential for data entry roles due to the required attention to detail and the ability to focus on repetitive tasks. The Ten Key Test is specifically designed for numerical data entry positions. Candidates are tasked with transcribing twenty entries. The score report provides a speed score, measuring keystrokes per minute, and an accuracy score, indicating the number of correct transcriptions.

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Source: U.S. Department of Labor


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