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"I recently used Accountests as we were looking for a way to assess technical management accountant ability to supplement our interviews of shortlisted candidates. It helped inform our decision and would definitely use it again." 

Amanda Michael, Faculty Finance Manager, Monash University, Melbourne

"The Public Sector Test was pivotal in validating our hiring decision.  The reporting was clear and we were able to pick out the criteria of greatest interest to us"

Adele Henderson, Director of Corporate Services, Napier City Council  

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. 

The test is aimed at accountant candidates who are either qualified members of a recognised accounting professional body, such as CPA Australia, CAANZ or international equivalent, are working towards qualification into a professional body, or have significant experience working as an accountant in a public sector organisation.

This test covers 5 core accounting activities:

  • Budgeting
  • Financial Health
  • Decision Making
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Tax & Financial Reporting

Recruiting managers gain insight into a candidate's skills and knowledge in each of these activities and identify performance in the activities most relevant to the vacant role, as well as a comparative overall score and performance against a norm group of other public sector accountants

Sample Candidate Test Report - Click Here
Example Public Sector Accountant Questions - Click Here 
  • Time to complete = 30 minutes
  • Number of Questions = 40
  • Question Levels – Basic = 12, Intermediate = 16, Advanced = 12
  • Questions per topic – Budgeting = 10, Financial Health Analysis = 6, Decision Making = 6, Capital Budgeting = 7, Tax & Financial Reporting = 11

When your candidate has completed the test you can use this Interpretation Video to help understand more about their test report.

Want to know more about your candidate?  Have a look at our Personality Profile and Ability Testing options.  You can easily add to your Accountests purchase:

  • Public Sector Accountant test + Personality profile $590
  • Public Sector Accountant test + Ability - Critical Reasoning test $445
  • Public Sector Accountant test + Personality test + Critical Reasoning test $760

Use the 'Additional Testing Options' menu on the top right of this page to select the bundle you need.  The Accountest link will arrive immediately.  The links for the personality and ability tests need to be specifically ordered, so will arrive within 4 business hours.