Assessment Centers: The Beginnings and Beyond

Assessment centers were established by companies in the mid-20th century and the procedure has been expanding ever since. Assessment centers determine which employees exhibit the potential to earn promotions in managerial positions. This is accomplished through utilizing multiple assessment techniques that simulate realistic situations that candidates would face on the job for which they are being considered, and they are asked to handle these as if they were in the real situation. It goes without saying that there is no uniform way to design the content, administration, and cost of the process as these factors depend on the target group and its objectives.

When considering if a human resources department should utilize assessment centers, it is important to consider an assortment of factors. Let’s begin by briefly examining the history of this procedure. One of the first documented uses of assessment centers was in World War II when the United States was selecting spies to send to Europe.  The candidates were required to create a cover story and hide their identities while the interviewers attempted to break the candidates’ covers through situational tests. The next significant milestone in assessment centers occurred in 1956 when AT&T embarked on a longitudinal study to investigate which attributes of managers were correlated with success. Approximately ten years later the researchers noticed a significant trend in the data. Through the assessment intervention, the staff correctly identified 82 percent of the men who were promoted to middle-management positions. Likewise, the staff correctly identified 94 percent of the men who were not promoted. These predictions and many others made possible by the implementation of assessment centers led to their widespread usage that are still used today. Continue reading

New Police Detective Test Form Available

A new form of the Police Detective promotional test is now available. The PDET 202 features 100 all new items that are parallel to the PDET 201 Test. The breakdown of questions is as follows:

Content Items
Police investigation procedures 29
Laws related to police work 37
Concepts for writing and completing reports, records and paperwork 34
Total 100

The reading list for the PDET 202 Test is the same as the PDET 201, and can be requested here. Please visit the test page to order your inspection copy today!

Police Detective Test Updated to New Version

As a result of updates to the books that support our police detective tests and our commitment to making sure our tests are the absolute best they can be, we’ve released an update the PDET 101 Police Detective test. Because of these changes, the name of the test has been updated as follows:

PDET 101 PDET 2.1 PDET 201

Five questions were replaced from the PDET 101 to create the new PDET 201. These changes are a result of new editions to books that appear on the test’s reading list. The old questions were no longer supported by the new books, so we replaced them.

It is important to note that all replacement questions were written to assess the same content areas as the original questions and are supported by the books on the current reading list, dated March 2012. Continue reading