"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:
- 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
- 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.