USA Hire Assessment: Free Practice Guide & Sample Questions

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What Is the USA Hire Assessment?

USA Hire assessments assess general competencies necessary for federal job performance. The assessment is made of several types of tests, including multiple choice and simulation, which can be administered online without supervision.

There are two main categories of USA hire assessments:

  1. Cognitive exams - these include occupational Math, Judgment, Interaction, Reasoning, and Reading assessments.
  2. General Exams that include Job knowledge questions, A writing assessment, work simulations, personal record questions, and an interview.

How do USA Hire test scores work?

The USA hire assessment test results are organized into three categories:

  • Best Qualified.
  • Highly Qualified.
  • Qualified.

The threshold for each category is determined by the governmental agency that is seeking to hire employees. 

Unless there is a low ratio of candidates to job openings, only the best-qualified candidates are certified for the position. 

Exam preparation is an essential step to successfully completing USA Hire Competency Assessments.

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USA Hire Assessment Sample Questions and Answers

Occupational Math Sample Question

An organic greenhouse grows Roses and Lilies in an 11:10 ratio in favor of the Roses. On Valentine's Day, the owner of the greenhouse was overflowed with orders and sold out his entire stock of flowers. If the total amount of Lilies was 2,000 how many more Roses than Lilies were sold?

Choose the correct answer:

A. 2200
B. 2100
C. 200
D. 180
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is 200.

In this question, we have both the ratio and an absolute value. Thus, once we calculate the value of a unit of ratio we can easily find the rest of the values.

Since the ratio between the Roses and Lilies is 11:10, we can consider the 2,000 Lilies as 10 units of ratio and therefore: 2,000 Lilies/10 units = 200 Lilies per unit of ratio. The difference between the number of Roses and the number of Lilies is one unit: 11-10 = 1, which equals 200.


About The Occupational Math Assessment

The USA Hire math test measures your basic math reasoning skills and arithmetic. Many other basic math functions will be tested as well, such as decimals, probability, fractions, percentages, and math word problems. All of the information you need to answer the question will be provided on the exam. You will be allowed to use a calculator, as well as scratch paper in order to answer the questions. There is no option to review or change your answer after submission.

Occupational Judgment Sample Question

Mary has been working in your unit for six months. Her work is quick, she meets deadlines and she is friendly to other employees. 

However, she seems to be careless in her work – she doesn’t pay attention and doesn’t check herself properly. You have tried to work on this issue with her but it doesn’t seem to change. 

Although she meets her deadlines, discovering and correcting her errors has caused major set-backs to your team and some product releases had to be delayed. Eventually, you have decided to let her go. 

However, Mary spoke to the HR department and asked them to find her a new position in the company. They are asking for your input on her. What would you say?

Choose the correct answer:

A. Emphasize that her lack of accuracy would interrupt any type of work and unfortunately, your recommendation is to let her go.
B. Say that Mary is friendly and her work is quick but very inaccurate.
C. Emphasize her qualities and only mention the problems in a word, so that she gets a fresh start in her new position.
D. Tell them that since you have fired her you can’t provide an impartial opinion.  
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Best response: B

Core competency: integrity and reliability
Secondary competencies: organizational thinking

Explanation: In this question, you are asked for your professional opinion on a former employee. You like the employee personally, but your overall opinion is that her carelessness is too harmful.

Response A is honest and emphasizes the harmfulness of the employee’s carelessness.

However, this feedback lacks the employee's good qualities – her quick work, her time management, and her ability to work in a team.

Although in her position in your team her lack of attention was harmful, the overall feedback that should be delivered to the HR department should include all of these qualities – For sake of fairness, as well as for the possibility that they may find her a better fitting position that requires speed over accuracy.


About Occupational Judgment Assessment

The judgment section of the exam is a situational judgment test. It is a video-based exam where you will be asked to provide the most and least effective responses to the said scenario that played out on the screen.

The question will also instruct you as to who's perspective you should take. For those with hearing issues, there is also a closed caption option to read the text.

Occupational Reasoning Sample Question

India’s economy grew faster than estimated last quarter, maintaining pressure on the central bank to extend its record interest-rate increases even as the global recovery weakens. 

Stocks, bond yields and the rupee advanced. Gross domestic product rose 7.7 percent in the three months ended June 30 from a year earlier, the Central Statistical Office said in New Delhi today. 

That compares with a 7.8 percent climb in the previous three months. The median of 26 predictions in a Bloomberg News survey was for a 7.6 percent gain.

India’s consumption has “remained strong” because of higher salaries and inflation may remain “stubborn” in the near term, the Reserve Bank of India said last week.

By contrast, growth has cooled in other Asian nations such as Taiwan, South Korea and Malaysia as a faltering U.S. recovery and Europe’s debt crisis curb demand for the region’s exports.

Choose the correct answer:

A. True
B. False
C. Cannot Say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The passage says that during the last three-month period, the GDP rose by 7.7 percent; the three-month period before that by 7.8 percent; while the expert prediction was a rise of only 7.6 percent.

That means that India's gross domestic product is higher this year than foreseen. Therefore, the answer is False.

About Occupational Reasoning Assessment 

The occupational reasoning test is a multiple choice exam in which you will be asked to provide logical answers based on your analyses of the given situation. You do not need to know any rules and regulations before the exam. 

Other USA Hire Occupational Exams

Here are some details about some other sub-tests that may show up on the USA Hire Assessment. 

  • Occupational Interaction Assessment - The interaction test section of the USA Hire is based on a personality exam, in which you will be provided with a statement and will need to mark how you feel about the statement. You need to choose the answer you believe best describes your attributes.
  • Occupational Reading Assessment - The reading portion of the USA Hire exam is another multiple-choice exam. You will be provided with a paragraph or table in which you must answer a question given the information provided to you. You do not need any previous knowledge to answer this section of the exam. You will be asked to choose the best answer, which may not always be what you assume to be the correct answer.
  • Job Knowledge Test – For positions that require specialized or technical training, a Job Knowledge Test is administered to assess the extent of job-specific knowledge each candidate possesses.
  • Writing Assessment – This portion of the exam measures the applicant’s ability to show writing skills similar to those required on an everyday basis at work. The items and multiple-choice responses include the sequencing of facts and grammatical issues.
  • Work Simulation – You may be asked to go to an assessment center and undergo a work simulation. The simulation will assess your reaction and skills as they related to scenarios you may encounter on the job.
  • Accomplishment Record – In this section of the exam, you will be asked about your general accomplishments and work accomplishments. This includes going over specifics of why you are proud of your accomplishments, what you did, and why it worked.
  • Structured Interview – This is an interview in which candidates for a position are ranked according to the rating scales that USA Hire uses. Candidates are asked similar questions as they relate to the job.

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