Whether for a data entry job online or offline, data entry tests are designed to assess a candidate's ability to enter data (numbers and letters) quickly and accurately.
During data entry tests, candidates are asked to enter written, verbal, or audio data quickly and accurately. Additionally, they are given tables of information and must compare them to each other, cross checking for errors. The information that is compared and entered is typically in the context of item numbers, model numbers, a particular range of numbers (i.e. units/quantity or data with positive or negative numbers), and occasionally letters (i.e. IDs, addresses, pertinent information).
Data entry tests primarily focus on speed and accuracy, but some tests also assess a specific aspect of data entry. For example, some tests concentrate on alphanumeric data entry, numeric entering, data entry keystrokes, or 10 key data entry.
Other than speed and accuracy, some tests assess additional job-related skills. These skills are primarily concentrated around three elements: stress management, listening and communication, and problem solving.
Although all these job-related aspects are assessed, it is important to note that candidates are often expected to perform these skills simultaneously and accurately.
Tests that specifically assess data entry skills last between three to five minutes per section. However, it's important to note that most candidates are not able to finish entering or reviewing the content in time. The test is specifically designed this way.
Tests that assess data entry skills, in addition to other job-related skills (multi-tasking, analysis, listening and communications, problem solving, attention to detail, etc.), can last up to 30 minutes.
Many professional jobs use a form of data entry. Therefore, it's important to keep your typing and data entry skills up to par. Some jobs that use data entry are:
|Typists||Transcribers||Customer Service Representatives|
|Administrative Positions||Clerical Assistants||Call Center Personnel|
Even though these jobs share similar responsibilities, it is important to know the specific job qualifications expected of you during your time of employment.
While data entering and data processing might appear similar, they are different. Data entry focuses primarily on entering data and information. Data processing, on the other hand, involves collecting information and data and then analyzing, assessing, and determining what useful or helpful information can be extracted from the data. However, both jobs require employees to either enter or accurately assess data.
This test requires you to type data into a simulation of a database. It requires you to type both letters and numbers. The goal of this test is to measure your data entry speed and accuracy. It includes five records (each record on different page), with eight fields apiece, which you are requested to fill by typing the letters or numbers presented at the side of the screen.
This test requires you to type numbers into a simulation of a spreadsheet. The goal of this test is to measure your speed and accuracy when entering numeric data. The test includes five records (each record on a different row within the same page). There are eight fields on each record, which you are requested to fill by typing the numbers that present below. The "+" key or the "Enter" key will navigate you between fields. Each field contains between 4–6 numbers in an inconsistent order.
Similar to typists, data entry clerks input information, data, and more into a variety of software, systems, and programs. Depending on the job, data entry clerks must possess higher levels of accuracy and typing speeds. To help prepare you for future data entry employment, JobTestPrep has created a PrepPack™ that includes data entry practice tests, test information and content, and job information. Start practicing now.