[IPAC-List] Data Entry Testing

Dennis Doverspike dennisdoverspike at gmail.com
Tue May 18 13:49:07 EDT 2021

Greetings Denise,

Technically, Yes, if the test does not result in adverse impact.

Given at least a math test is likely to result in adverse impact, and also
is not a clear work sample, NO. If I was advising you, I would say, NO,
that is a bad idea. HR needs to keep control of and validate all tests.

You appear to be at a government agency, so there you may have additional
issues related to how merit is defined and what is allowable under civil
service rules.

But, summary, Yes if the test does not result in adverse impact, but given
at least the math test is likely to result in adverse impact, No. And for
practical purposes, HR should always maintain control over all testing in
an organization, making sure it is reliable, valid, free of bias,
consistent with government and professional guidelines, and for the public
sector, union contracts and civil service rules.


On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 1:39 PM Courtney, Denise (DHR) <
denise.courtney at delaware.gov> wrote:

> Hello,
> New here so thank you in advance for your patience and assistance!
> My question is regarding data entry tests. Can an employer test for skills
> like data entry or math without using a validated test? We have managers
> that want to give a data entry test for positions that key in tax forms and
> another manger that wants to give a math test for Engineering Technician
> candidates where knowledge of basic math is a job requirement. These tests
> are not administered/proctored by HR, rather they wish to provide them at
> the time of interview (almost like a writing exercise).
> Please advise,
> Denise
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