Document Review

Updated 23 April 2019

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A document review exercise is a type of aptitude test used by recruiters to measure the quality of a candidate's observations, attention to detail, spelling, grammar and understanding of the format and structure of professional office documents. Candidates are usually given a document and asked to find as many errors and inconsistencies in the data as possible, in a limited time period.

In particular, recruiters will be looking for candidates to identify:

  • Spelling and grammar errors;
  • Formatting errors (e.g. paragraph alignment, font); and
  • Content errors (e.g. conflicting information).

There is usually no 100% correct answer to a document review exercise, as small details may be affected by individual interpretation.