Finance & Accounting Tests
Accounting & Finance Professional Skills Tests
Professional tests include New Zealand’s only country-specific accounting and bookkeeping tests via our sister company Accountests.
Annually updated, including New Zealand taxation and financial reporting legislation as well as international accounting standards.
Professional tests include New Zealand’s only country-specific accounting and bookkeeping tests via our sister company Accountests.com.
Annually updated and testing domestic taxation and financial reporting as well as international accounting standards.
Sample Accounting & Finance Professional Skills Tests & Reports
Basic Double Entry Accounting Test
A fast, simple and efficient way to determine if your candidate has a good grasp of the basics of double entry accounting (i.e. debits and credits) in the form of journals, financial statements and transactions.
A distinct test for New Zealand's specific taxation and payroll standards.
Designed for people whose job includes bookkeeping functions, using current desktop or cloud accounting packages. The test assesses knowledge of double entry accounting, the ability to produce accurate month end accounts and the ability to interpret and use the accounts and other financial information to add value to the business owner.
Part/Non-Qualified Accountant Test
A distinct test for New Zealand's taxation and financial reporting standards.
Designed for candidates who are either working towards qualified membership of CAANZ or CPA, or experienced accountants who are not qualified members of a professional body, the test covers core accounting principles of Financial Reporting, Management/Business Advisory, Double-Entry Accounting & country-specific Tax.
Management Accountant Test
An international test designed for assessing candidates whose position will include providing management accounting support to their employer, including budgeting & forecasting, decision support, organisational financial health, capital budgeting and capital projects.
Chartered Accountant Test (Corporate)
The Chartered Accountant (Corporate) Test is designed for accountant candidates who are qualified members of their relevant professional body, such as CAANZ, CPA Australia, ACCA, CPA or similar.
This test specialises in assessing accounting knowledge and skills for roles in industry or commerce such as Company Accountant or Financial Controller.
The test is applicable internationally as it focuses on internationally accepted accounting principles. As the test is not country specific there are no questions on tax issues.
This test covers four core accounting activities:
- Financial Reporting (IFRS and US GAAP)
- Core Accounting
- Business Advisory & Analysis
- Budgeting & Forecasting
Cost Accountant Test
An international test designed for assessing candidates whose position will include providing cost accounting support to their organisation, including variances, implementing costing methods, costing terminology, solving practical cost accounting problems and IFRS.
Audit Senior/Audit Manager Test
The test covers areas:
- Accounting Understanding
- Financial Reporting Standards (appropriate for both IFRS and US GAAP)
- Analytical Review / Interpretation
- Auditing Standards
Chartered Accountant Test (Public Practice)
This test assesses accounting knowledge and skills for roles in Public Practice Chartered Accounting firms (manager level and below) and generalist roles in industry or commerce such as Company Accountant or Financial Controller where the role requires knowledge across all areas of accounting including tax.
This test covers four core accounting activities:
- Financial Reporting
- Core Accounting
- Management / Business Advisory
Public Sector Accountant Test
The New Zealand Public Sector Accountant Test is designed for assessing the core accounting skills and knowledge of candidates applying for public sector accounting roles in organisations such as Government Ministries & Departments, Local Government & Councils, District Health Boards and their subsidiaries and State Owned Enterprises.
This test covers 5 core accounting activities:
- Financial Health
- Decision Making
- Capital Budgeting
- Tax & Financial Reporting
Graduate/Trainee Accountant Test
The Graduate / Trainee Accountant Test is designed to be a fast, simple and efficient way to determine whether graduate or trainee candidates have a working knowledge of the basics of double entry accounting (i.e. debits and credits) and business acumen.
The test is ideal for graduate or trainee positions where candidates have limited accounting experience.
Microsoft Excel - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Make sure your candidate has the appropriate level of Excel skills. The Excel tests cover skills at Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The tests use a simulated Excel environment where candidates navigate the software and perform Excel functions to answer questions.
Beginner - Questions for the beginner user of Microsoft Excel features such as file management, editing, formatting, analysis and customizing Excel. Timed at 30 minutes.
Intermediate - Questions on the most commonly used Microsoft Excel features such as file management, editing, formatting, analysis, tools and automation. Timed at 30 minutes.
Advanced -Questions for the advanced user of Microsoft Excel features such as file management, editing, formatting, analysis, customizing Excel and Excel and the Internet. Timed at 30 minutes.
Click here to see a sample Excel Report.
Microsoft Excel - Pivot Module
A 30 minute timed test where applicants are assessed on their ability to use Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts.
Click here to see a sample report.
Microsoft Excel - Functions Module
A 30 minute timed test where applicants are assessed on their ability to use Microsoft Excel functions and formulas.
Click here to see a sample report.
Critical Numerical Reasoning
Measures the ability to understand and critically evaluate a wide range of numerical data and draw logical conclusions when turning raw data into meaningful management information.
Consequently, it forms a key assessment for managerial and professional roles which require the ability to understand financial, numerical and statistical information.
Click here to see a sample Critical Numerical Reasoning Report.
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