ACER Select Questionnaire

An Overview of Psychometric Testing: ACER Select Questionnaire

Acer Psychometric testing diagram

Psychometric testing is used to improve the effectiveness of the recruitment process. It helps to accurately select the right person for the organisation.

It is critical to remember that tests should be used  in conjunction  with other sources of information on the candidate such as interviews, resume, reference checks etc.

There are two main types of tests:

  • Ability tests  assess specific individual abilities such as numerical, spelling and grammar, strategic thinking etc.
  • Personality tests  assess motivation and personality traits, such as Drive, Independence, Adaptability, etc. Understanding what motivates people and what style suits them best is critical to ensuring that employees will succeed in the job being considered.

Before selecting any particular test:

  1. Determine what you want to measure (what you are measuring must be based on the requirements of the job for which the person is being considered).
  2. Select a test that is designed to measure those abilities or personality characteristics.
  3. Make sure that you choose a test which is valid and reliable.

Tests can provide useful additional information on the candidates and  highlight areas that need to be checked during the final interview.

Tests can also be an invaluable tool to utilise  following  the recruitment process. These tools can assist in the identification of high potential employees, as well as in developing your employees.

The ACER Select Questionnaire

Acer Select Questionnaire

Summary of the test:

The ACER Select Questionnaire assesses numerical and verbal reasoning skills.

Cognitive Ability:

Test measuring verbal and numerical reasoning. Two levels of difficulty depending on the position being tested for:

  • General Select: best for technical, administrative, customer service and sales positions, where in-service training or study is involved.
  • Professional Select: best for graduate recruitment, managerial or leadership roles, where the work requires a high level of reasoning ability, or where these qualities will become increasingly important as staff are promoted in a career system.


  • Verbal – 15 minutes.
  • Numerical – 20 minutes

Important note:

Quick and easily administered online using any computer with internet connection.


For each test, the report generated contains two main sections:

  • A raw score against the amount of questions attempted;
  • A percentile rank ranging from 1 to 99. Compares the candidate to a reference group. Higher scores indicating a higher level of reasoning;
  • Short explanation and analysis of result.

Selecting Appropriate Testing Instruments

Allan Hall HR has access to a wide range of instruments that measure key dimensions, including the ACER Select Questionnaire. This not only covers personality and aptitude, but also specific skills and abilities.

We apply a tailored approach, with the recommended testing solution being dependent on how you will utilise the results and the specific outcomes you are looking to achieve. If you would like to find out more information about the ACER Select Questionnaire or if you are seeking support with identifying a suitable instrument to meet your needs, we can offer you a free consultation with one of our in-house testing experts or our organisational psychologist.


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