ACER, the Australian Council for Educational Research is a provider of assessment and reporting tools and services for schools, universities, TAFE institutions and Registered training organisations, health professionals, employers and governments in Australia and internationally. They are also associated with the assessment provider Testgrid. There are many different psychometric and aptitude tests in the ACER vocational, adult and workplace education assessments bracket and we will go through each of them below.
With over 12,000 candidates tested by the ACER Vocational Selection Test is gaining in popularity to employers across Australia and in the rest of the world. There are five elements to this test but generally only three of them are used. We will explain each of these tests below.
This ACER aptitude test is made up of three tests: the ACER verbal reasoning test, the quantitative reasoning test and the abstract reasoning test.
There are two different types of question in this test. In the most common form of question in the ACER verbal reasoning test you are presented with a flow chart of sorts that details a specific task or review. After careful analysis of the chart you have to answer a number of questions that relate to the chart. The other form of question is similar to the reading section in the ACER OWAA where you are presented with a passage of text and you have to answer questions based on this. Learn more about verbal reasoning tests on our dedicated page.
This test assesses your mathematical skills and numerical aptitude levels. The questions focus on your ability to use mathematical concepts in somewhat algebraic terms and use them to answer questions that are primarily based on different shapes. In general terms, quantitative reasoning is commonly known as numerical reasoning and assesses your ability to critically evaluate information presented to you in a numerical form. Learn more about quantitative and numerical tests.
In the ACER test of abstract reasoning you are presented with non-verbal diagrams that have a specific relationship to each other. You have to deduce this relationship that runs through the diagrams and use it to work out the missing diagram. You are given four different answer options and you have to select the correct one. There are different ways of classifying such tests, the most popular of which is called deductive reasoning. Learn more about Abstract/ Deductive reasoning tests on our dedicated page.
There are two optional tests that employers or testing companies can use as part of the ACER VST. They are:
This ACER aptitude test is widely used in Australia and comprises five different test elements which will be explained in more detail below. It is an adaptive test which means that you will be tested on the level that is most appropriate to you. The first 10 questions on this ACER test are used to gauge your skill level and whatever mark you get for these questions determines which level test you receive. The five test elements are:
In this section of the test you will be presented with long passages of information that you have to comprehend and answer questions that are based on it. You have to be able to get to the crux point of the article and by doing so you will be able to answer the questions. Further questions in this section test your ability to understand precisely what is written on signs and other short pieces of information.
In this section of the ACER aptitude test you will be presented with either numerical information in a few sentences that you have to use to create a simple calculation (the four basic functions). Moreover, there are questions that test your ability to know how to use simple calculation materials such as a tape measure. The main skills that are tested in these questions are:
In this section you are asked to write a letter, report or short piece based on specific skills. For example, you may be asked to write a letter of introduction that informs the reader of who you are, what you do and how you are going to help them. You may also be asked to write a very short note detailing something as rudimentary as a note of their car telling them to please park somewhere else.
In the ACER abstract reasoning test you are tested on your ability to identify abstract patterns, rules, and relationships between different images. You will be presented with a sequence of different images and it is your task to discern what this relationship is and use this understanding to select the next image in the sequence. Learn more about abstract reasoning here.
This section of the ACER CSPA test assesses your understanding in the following areas vis a vis mechanical reasoning:
You are presented with an image of a mechanism with a number of different movable parts or a number of images. Making a change in part of the image will have an effect elsewhere and you have to work out what this is. For more information on mechanical reasoning tests see our dedicated page.
This ACER aptitude test is designed to understand your ability to answer questions concerning mechanical aptitude and understand relationships between mechanical components. You need to understand basic principles of physics and mechanics, cause and effect relationships among others. The ACER-MRT consists of 42 questions with a 20-minute time allotment and can be administered on paper or online. Every question includes a simple pen-and-ink illustration and multiple answer choices.The ACER-MRT does not measure any previous knowledge in mechanics or reading ability. It measures specifically your mechanical aptitude: understanding the relations between mechanical components and visualizing spatial movements. Only a very basic familiarity with physical and mechanical principles is required.Topics discussed in the test are:
This is the most common ACER test and is the one you are most likely to face if asked to take an ACER test. Learn more about mechanical reasoning tests on our dedicated page.
To succeed on your ACER-MRT test, it is important to practice. JobTestPrep’s mechanical reasoning practice test pack covers the topics seen on the actual ACER test. The practice tests can be taken in real-time simulation mode (reflect similar test conditions) or in step-by-step mode. Practice tests include answers and in-depth explanations.
This test assesses your ability to work with numerical concepts such as percentages, rounding off and fractions. For each of the 32 questions in this test there are four possible answer options. It can be administered through a booklet or online. This test is used in the assessment of apprentices, trainees, technical and trade personnel as well as others who need to perform basic mathematical problem solving. The questions are generally in the form of a sentence where you have to work out the information needed to answer the question before you start making any calculations. Learn more about numerical reasoning tests.
This ACER test is designed to be used in the assessment of vocational learners, ESL students, students enrolled in higher education pathway programs and graduates and professionals in the workplace. In this exercise you will be asked to generate a report and an argumentative piece of writing that will be assessed using the OWAA assessment criteria:
The OWAA is administered online and is generally used in conjunction with the most common of the ACER tests, the CSPA which is a combination of five different test subjects.
The Senior Years Learning Framework is an educational framework preparing students either for university or going straight into the workforce. It is an Australian national qualification.
This page has served as an introduction to the various ACER tests in the vocational, adult and workplace education assessments. JobTestPrep provides materials that are similar in style and more importantly in difficulty level to these tests.
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