Basic Skills Testing

Please review the skills definitions and testing information of the Connexus Energy Basic Skills Testing (BST).

Language Skills (BST 1)
The ability to recognize correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and usage. Part of a sentence will be underlined; you will determine whether the underlined section contains errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, or usage.

Reading Comprehension (BST 2)
The ability to read a passage and answer literal and inferential questions. You will read a passage and then answer questions based on the content.

Vocabulary (BST 3)
The ability to recognize the correct meaning of words. You will read a sentence that contains an underlined word, followed by a list of four words. You will select the word closest in meaning to the underlined word.

Computation (BST 4)
The ability to solve arithmetic problems that involve operations with whole numbers, decimals, percentages, and simple fractions. You will read an arithmetic expression and either select the correct answer or indicate that the correct answer is not listed.

Please note: We recommend that you prepare for this test by reviewing and practicing basic math skills such as how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. No calculators or outside devices are allowed.

Problem Solving (BST 5)
The ability to solve “word” problems that require the application of arithmetic operations. You will read a word problem, apply the appropriate arithmetic operations, and then either select the correct answer or indicate that none are correct.

Please note: We recommend that you prepare for this test by reviewing and practicing basic math skills, such as how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. No calculators or outside devices are allowed.

Decision Making (BST 6)
The ability to read a set of procedures and apply them to new situations. You will read a set of procedures followed by a corresponding set of action codes. You will then use the information to determine the best course of action for each problem.

Following Written Directions (BST 8)
The ability to read and follow a set of rules. You will read a set of rules and, based on those rules, determine what action to take in various situations.

Forms Checking (BST 9)
The ability to verify the accuracy of completed forms by comparison to written information. You will read a paragraph and then check to see if a corresponding form has been completed based on the information presented.

Reasoning (BST 10)
The ability to analyze facts and make valid judgments based on the logical implications of such facts. You will read a list of facts and a corresponding list of conclusions. You will then indicate whether each conclusion is true, false, or indeterminable.

Classifying (BST 11)
The ability to place information into predetermined categories. You will read a chart containing a list of categories with corresponding code numbers. You will then classify items into the appropriate categories.

Visual Speed and Accuracy (BST 15)
The ability to see differences in small details. You will view a set of two of characters that may contain symbols, numbers, or letters. You will then indicate whether the pair is the same or different.


Please contact the Human Resources department if you have questions about the Basic Skills Testing or the Connexus Energy hiring process. Call 763.323.2600 or email hr@connexusenergy.com.