This is a comment I posted subsequently on the forums at WSAT regarding a question about the test’s scoring. This was shortly after I had finished taking the test myself. (Disregard the typos.)
It’s definitely one of the hardest tests I’ve ever taken and the problem is that it is relatively new. The test gives you your raw score along with your raw score in each subject area your tested in. The one glaring problem that I’ve read about and experienced with this test is the very intensive time constraints. There were several times when I had to abandon finishing my computations for a particular question just because the time was coming to an end. In that scenario, I had to come up with a very decent approximation of what the answer should be and elect the closest answer for that approximation in order to keep myself from missing a point altogether. The WSAT also emphasizes certain topics over others and it’s difficult to discern why that is. For example, there were several questions on depreciation, while other topics in finance, that are much imperative to an understanding of the field, are only given one or two questions. The logic section is also a little over-stressed. Nonetheless, the WSAT is gaining in popularity and I for one would like to learn more about, its scoring, and employers are interpreting applicant’s scores. If you’re getting ready to take the exam, the best advice would be study up, but to really just calm yourself and push through the test as best you can when you finally decide to take it. When you receive your score, look at as a rough estimate and as I wrote in my comment above, and have read from others, in general a score above 40 seems to indicate an above average score as even those well-versed in the field (with years of experience) have trouble with the WSAT. It’s a very challenging test.