Sample Questions for the Test of Clerical Skills (Form A)



Objective:   Answer at least 16 questions correctly.


ALPHABETIZING

In each of these questions there is a name in the box at the left and four other names in alphabetical order at the right. Find the correct place for the name in the box so that it will be in alphabetical order with the others:



A
B
C
D
E





A
B
C
D
E




A
B
C
D
E




A
B
C
D
E


COMPARISONS

Compare each pair of names or addresses. Indicate whether they are EXACTLY the same or different in any way:
  1. Jeffery T. Liptmuss, Esq.     Jeffrey T. Liptmuss, Esq.

    same
    different

  2. 1203 Maple Ave.; Apt. 3-B     1203 Maple Ave.; Apt. 3-B

    same
    different

  3. Petterson, Brittania & Marley     Petterson, Brittaina & Marley

    same
    different

  4. 45508-67 South Somersette Ext.     44508-67 South Somersette Ext.

    same
    different


FILING

For each item, indicate which filing cabinet drawer from that set would be used by selecting the appropriate letter.

Remember to follow the rules for alphabetizing; rules vary depending on the material to be filed. The drawers shown for each set are in alphabetical order. Do not try to memorize these drawer designations since different ones may be used for each question set on the test.

Indicate which filing cabinet drawer would be used:
  1. Damon Cedarville, II

    Aa -- Ch
    Ci -- Dh
    Di -- Fl
    Fm -- Ht
    Hu -- Jm

  2. pre-authorized withdrawal

    Jn -- Mf
    Mg -- No
    Np -- Sm
    Sn -- Wd
    We -- Zz

  3. Fredrickson, Dunbar & Crane; Attorneys at Law

    Aa -- Ch
    Ci -- Dh
    Di -- Fl
    Fm -- Ht
    Hu -- Jm

  4. verified refunds

    Aa -- Ch
    Mg -- No
    Np -- Sm
    Sn -- Wd
    We -- Zz


Arithmetic

Use scratch paper and do all calculations carefully and neatly. Use your common sense to help narrow down the possible answer choices when you're not certain how to figure out a particular problem.

Mark "none of these" if the suggested answer choices are all incorrect, but be cautious about selecting this as an answer (the only way the test maker can be absolutely certain that you arrived at the exact answer is if it appears as an answer choice).

Calculate:
  1. 6 + 5 =

    1
    11
    13
    30
    none of these

  2. 3 + 2.4 =

    2.7
    5.4
    32.4
    52.4
    none of these

  3. 8 - 2 3/4 =

    5 1/4
    5 3/4
    6 1/4
    6 3/4
    none of these

  4. What is 50% of 80?

    16
    30
    40
    130
    none of these


SPELLING

Each question consists of three different spellings of the same word. Sound out the word so that you know what it is. Visualize the word spelled correctly in your mind. Examine each suggested spelling carefully. Consider spelling rules and exceptions.

Remember that if no suggested spelling is correct, select "none of these".
Select the word (if any) that is spelled correctly:
  1. Your answer:

    separate
    seperate
    separete
    none of these

  2. Your answer:

    truely
    truley
    truly
    none of these

  3. Your answer:

    Febuary
    Feburary
    Februery
    none of these

  4. Your answer:

    Wensday
    Wednesday
    Wendsday
    none of these


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