Friday, November 21, 2014

Standardized Tests for the Job Market - Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Angst over the perceived “skills gap” and a dearth of trained workers is growing. Meanwhile, many complain that typical college transcripts say little about what someone knows and can do in the workplace. One way for employers to find better job applicants might be to require all potential hires to take a test. This “GRE-for-job” assessment could measure both soft and hard skills. Employers might even require all job-seekers to get a minimum cutoff score. There is a growing market for such workplace readiness tests in the U.S. One of the most established is ACT's WorkKeys. The suite of 11 assessments help employers select, hire, train and retain a “high-performance workforce,” according to the nonprofit testing firm. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/11/14/indian-companys-skills-test-college-graduates

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