The Clerical (CTB) / Meter Reader (MTB) Pre-Employment Test

Pacific Gas and Electric Company believes that it is critical that entry level employees have the basic ability to succeed on the job. The CTB/MTB test is standardized to ensure that everyone who wants to be considered for the clerical and meter reader positions receives a fair and objective opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. The test has been professionally validated to ensure job relatedness, and has been shown to be valid across all clerical and meter reader positions. The CTB/MTB pre-employment test is administered in one session that lasts about an hour.

The CTB/MTB test allows us to make an initial assessment of a job candidate's numerical ability, language skills, problem solving, classification, and perceptual ability - which are necessary for success in clerical and meter reader positions. The CTB/MTB consists of five components:

The CTB/MTB applies to the majority of entry level clerical and administrative positions, or meter reader positions at PG&E.

Computation

This component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test is designed to measure numerical and problem solving ability via basic mathematical questions. The applicant must add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve each problem and then select the correct answer from the five multiple choices provided. This component of the pre-employment test measures proficiency in working with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and percentiles. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below. The use of calculators will not be permitted.

Look at the sample problem below. Select the correct answer, and mark the circle below it. The sample has been done for you. For some of the problems, there is no correct answer shown. If the correct answer is not given, mark the circle below the X.
S1.18 + 2 =19202123X
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The Computation component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test allows the candidate to demonstrate his or her numerical ability in a short amount of time. This ability to problem solve quickly is important to success on the job.

Language Skills

This component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test is designed to measure language ability via proofreading sentences. The applicant must read each sentence, part of which is underlined, and determine whether the underlined section contains spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, or usage errors. They must then select the correct change from the four multiple choices provided. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below.

Look at the sample sentence below. Part of the sentence is underlined. The underlined section may contain errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, or usage. Following the sentence are three changes to replace the underlined section. Select the best answer and mark the circle in front of it. If the underlined section contains no error, mark the circle in front of NO CHANGE. The sample has been done for you.

The Language Skills component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test allows the candidate to demonstrate his or her proficiency in reading and writing English in a short amount of time. This ability is important to success in clerical positions.

Problem Solving

This component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test is designed to measure numerical and problem solving ability via mathematical word problems. The applicant must apply the appropriate arithmetic operations to solve each problem and then select the correct answer from the five multiple choices provided. The exercise measures proficiency in problem solving and working with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and percentiles. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below. The use of calculators will not be permitted.

Read the sample problem below. Select the correct answer, and mark the circle in front of it. The sample has been done for you. For some of the problems, there is no correct answer shown. If the correct answer is not given, mark the circle in front of NONE OF THE ABOVE.

S1. Susan Morgan is budgeted to spend $50 for office supplies for the month. Pencils cost $2.50 per dozen, pens are $5.00 per dozen, and rulers are $1.00 each. If Susan purchased two dozen pencils, one dozen pens, and five rulers, how much did she spend?

The Problem Solving component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test allows the candidate to demonstrate his or her ability to apply arithmetic operations in solving problems within a short amount of time. This ability is also important to success on the job.

Coding

This component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test is designed to measure applicants' classification skills. The applicant reads a table containing a list of items which are classified into three or four categories; each item has a unique code. The applicant then reads a new set of information and selects the correct code from the five multiple choices provided for each item in the set. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below.


The Coding component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test allows the candidate to demonstrate his or her ability to interpret and apply classification codes in an accurate and efficient manner. Coding is one of the many important skills necessary for success in clerical and meter reader jobs

Visual Speed and Accuracy

This component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test is designed to measure visual perceptual skill in a quick and precise manner. The applicant reads a pair of numerical strings which may contain symbols or letters. The applicant then indicates whether the pair of items is the same or different. There is a time limit for this entire section. A sample problem is shown below.

Look at the pair of numbers below. The first pair of numbers, 792 and 792, are exactly alike. Therefore the circle in front of S (same) has been marked. The second pair of numbers, 6123 and 6122, are not exactly the same. Therefore, the circle in front of D (different) has been marked. The next pair, $898 and $898, are marked to show that they are the same. The fourth pair, 72.10 and 72,10 are marked as different because one has a comma in it while the other has a period.

Now mark the next four items for practice.

The Visual Speed and Accuracy component of the CTB/MTB pre-employment test allows applicants to demonstrate their ability to quickly scan data visually and identify errors by comparing number strings. Such perceptual acuity is important for success in both meter reader and clerical jobs.