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In-Basket Tests - Online Practice Tests

In-basket exercises are frequently used to assess employees seeking promotions to middle management. If you are seeking to move up to a management position, you may want to consider practicing in-basket exercises. Learn more about in-basket exercises and practice online!
Practice In-Basket/ In-Tray Exercises

Two practice tests as well as answer explanations, scores and tips. 

Only $45

What is an In-Basket Test or In-Basket Exercise?

An in-basket test or an in-basket exercise is a pre-employment and promoting assessment used by various companies. The in-basket assessment is an effective way to assess candidates seeking to move up into supervisor, manager, director, or even senior executive roles.

The Process of an In-Basket Test

Assuming the role of a manager at a made-up company, the candidate is given material and information generally found in the inbox of the manager. The candidate must respond to the material as though s/he is the manager. Provided with general information about the fictitious company, the candidate is expected to react in real time to each professional scenario that comes his/her way. The candidate is expected to prioritize emails and respond accordingly. He/she is provided with supporting information to assist in responding and in the decision-making process. Additionally, the candidate will participate in a role playing exercise in which an assessor will act as an employee and interact with the candidate.

The Purpose of an In-Basket Exercise

These exercises provide employers with a more precise assessment of a candidate’s abilities and performance. In-basket exercises help to determine how a candidate works under pressure and how he/she budget his/her time. For instance, a candidate may be asked to prepare a timeline to demonstrate the different phases of a project. This approach is one of those used to test time the management and logical skills of an accountant candidate. In addition to providing employers with valuable information regarding the a candidate’s abilities and work ethic, the in-basket assessment also familiarizes the candidate with the position and his/her potential responsibilities. 

Who Uses In-Basket Exercise?

The test tends to be used for candidates who are already employed and looking to move up professionally (to middle management). Fields in which the in-basket exercise is utilized include:

  • Social services
  • Fire departments
  • Criminal justice
  • Public service
  • Government
  • Accounting
  • Recruiters
  • Inspectors

The In-Basket Assessment

Aside from assessing a candidate’s leadership style and ability, the in-basket assessment also measures:

  • Decision-making style
  • Empowering others
  • Interpreting information
  • Managing resources
  • Working with others
  • Written communication

Practice In-Basket Exercises is affiliated with, which offers extensive in-basket exercise training. If you are interested in becoming a manager, prepare online for your in-basket test using with JobTestPrep's practice assessments. These practice tests will provide you with the confidence you need to succeed and get the promotion you desire!

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