Purpose: To assess the ability to perform work tasks involving sorting, categorizing and filing by number arrangement, and using numbers and numerical series. The work sample simulates light work and makes the following demands: reaching, fingering, near acuity, depth perception, and accommodation. Significant clerical aptitude, motor coordination, finger dexterity, and manual dexterity are required to perform the work sample at a competitive level.
The work sample elicits information on several secondary work-related characteristics, including the ability to follow instructions, communication skills, frustration tolerance, and self-confidence.
The work sample is well suited to work-hardening uses.
Design: Hands-on work sample administered in two timed exercises.
Special Features: Scores may be interpreted against criterion-referenced standards, supplied norms, or locally developed norms. It is appropriate for use with disabled or nondisabled persons.
Available for those with Visual Impairtment Chips and Decals 1.5 larger – specify when ordering.
Information Collected: The work sample has been analyzed according to U.S. Department of Labor job analysis techniques. The result of the analysis is a list of rated DOL work-related abilities and other factors that are required for successful work sample performance. Valpar uses Methods-Time Measurement (MTM) to establish industrial work rate standards for the work sample. Successful performance requires a variety of DOL aptitudes, physical demands, and other factors.
The evaluator uses accuracy standards and learning curve adjusted MTM standards to determine whether the evaluee has demonstrated the work sample’s Worker Qualifications Profile. Adjusted MTM standards are provided for separate exercises as well. Unadjusted MTM standards are also given for single and multiple administrations of the work sample.
Procedures: Due to the short duration of the exercises, multiple administrations of the two exercises are recommended (but not required). In its standard format, the work sample takes approximately 30 minutes to administer.
The evaluee stands centered in front of two boards, one of which has 56 numerically ordered chips that have been inserted into corresponding slots. In the first exercise, the evaluee must transfer 42 of these chips into the proper slots on the second board. The chip placements are scored by the evaluator, and then the evaluee transfers the chips back to their original slots on the first board. These placements are then scored.
Components: The work sample is a box, 23 1/2″ x 23 1/2″ square with a lid. The box and lid are made of particle board and covered with blue plastic laminate. The box and lid form two flat work surfaces. Both work surfaces have recessed slots arranged in alphabetical order. Below each slot is a label with one letter and five numbers. There is a set of white plastic chips that bear the same letter and number series as the slots on the two work surfaces. There are fourteen more slots on the first work surface (box) than there are on the other (lid). The work sample comes with a manual and a pad of 100 scoring sheets.
Shipping Size and Weight: 26″ x 26″ x 8″ – 36 lbs.