Employers use tests in the workplace to check employee competence, recruit and confirm employee readiness after onboarding. They also use tests to check training has worked and for certification, promotion and compliance.
When developing assessments to test specific skills, some employers may fall into a trap where their questions only focus on the recall of knowledge. In other words, they are only testing if the employee knows their facts.
But questions that only ask for recall of knowledge have a limited capability to fully measure job skills. So, there is a risk that workplace tests that only focus on recall will not be valid and prevent employers from making fully informed people-related decisions.
This white paper explains why it’s important to test an employee’s understanding or application of knowledge — these cognitive skills are commonly referred to as being “above knowledge” — and explain five practical ways employers can test “above knowledge”.
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