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Pre-Employment Test Services

Find out about Pre-Employment Test Services and how to use them.

A Pre-Employment Test is intended to measure a job applicant's knowledge, skill, and abilities as it relates to the position and successful performance on the job. Federal regulations require the validation of employment tests. UC San Diego test and assessment tools are developed and validated in accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Guidelines. The test and assessment tools should be used as only one component, among others, in the overall evaluation of a candidate's skill, qualifications and suitability for the position. Pre-Employment tests may also serve as a resource in utilizing objective measurements that predict an individual’s future potential and a department's succession planning efforts.


  1. Hiring Departments must indicate that they will be using assessment tests when submitting the job requisition and select the specific assessment.
  2. Skill(s) being assessed must be noted on the job posting as a "Required" skill, at one of the following levels: Entry, Intermediate, or Advanced.

    Note: If skill proficiency is a requirement, a minimum passing score must be established at the Intermediate or Advanced skill level.

  3. Assessments may be conducted pre-interview or post-interview for the selected pool of applicants.
  4. Hiring Departments will be recharged on a per assessment/unit basis.


Hiring Departments are responsible for the cost(s) of the Pre-Employment Tests, which vary based on the type of skills test administered.

For more information, please consult with UC San Diego Talent Acquisition at 858-534-6333, or Talent Support Services at 858-534-9691.
Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.