testing test‧ing [ˈtestɪŋ] noun [uncountable]
1. the process of checking something to see if it works, if it is suitable etc:

• The company specializes in software testing and software inspection.

• All our desktop computers undergo rigorous testing.

• Many people are against testing on animals.

• Phase one of the testing, which involves human testing of the drug, will be underway by the end of next year.

2. the process of asking someone questions, usually in written form, in order to find out their level of ability, if they are suitable for a job etc :

• Some companies carry out on-line testing of candidates before they come in for interview.

ˌpsychological ˈtesting HUMAN RESOURCES
testing in order to find out if someone has the right personality and attitudes for a job:

• From a purely financial view, if psychological testing can prevent you from making one bad hiring decision, it probably saves you tens of thousands of dollars.

ˌpsychometric ˈtesting
HUMAN RESOURCES testing that is intended to measure someone's ability and their thinking skills, and also their personality and attitudes, in order to find out if they are suitable for a job:

• Psychometric testing has been proven to be a systematic, scientific and controlled way of assessing human behaviour.

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testing UK US /ˈtestɪŋ/ noun [U]
the process of using or trying something to see if it works, is suitable, obeys the rules, etc.: to conduct/carry out testing »

Once the toys reach the US, the company will conduct testing using a lead-detection device.

undergo testing »

Products will not receive approval without undergoing adequate testing.


compliance testing


component/software testing


Our socially responsible criteria excludes companies that conduct animal testing for cosmetic or personal care products.


testing procedures/a testing program

HR the process of asking someone questions to discover what they know, if they are suitable for a job, etc.: »

Multiple-choice testing has not always been the most accurate assessment of candidates' abilities.

a testing ground — Cf. a testing ground
See also CONCEPT TESTING(Cf. ↑concept testing), COPY TESTING(Cf. ↑copy testing), PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING(Cf. ↑psychological testing), PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING(Cf. ↑psychometric testing)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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