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My First Experience with KeyforCash Evaluations

I decided to join for the heck of things since everywhere I went said they were legit but lord, the evaluation tests were full of ambiguous directions. I found that some things were seriously open to interpretation like if there was a comma within a dollar value, should you just continue to type in the numbers only or should I hit the slash key BECAUSE there was a stinkin’ comma? (More on the tests later.) Would it have killed them to give examples? But I suppose if they did, most people would reach their 95 – 100th percentile threshold which is the assumed range by users that will land people in the “most likely to be hired” waiting list. However, I have read in the KeyforCash members FAQ (you can only access it after logging into the site) that depending on the amount of workload they have, they may very well extend job offers to people below 95 as well.

While they do allow for retakes of their evaluation tests every 24 hours, I believe that they are randomly generated and will not always consist of  the same categories. Naturally, this is done to prevent anyone from cheating.

Edit on Sept. 6th: I actually ended up with the same tests but the snippets were a bit different. Also, the Dollars Only and Numeric evaluations actually have examples. I guess I never scrolled down all the way in either pop-up window. Read about my second go at the evaluations:

The tests themselves consist of a multitude of images in the form of a single rectangle which is referred to as a snippet. Within each snippet, there is usually data that you are supposed to enter into the input box that sits below an individual graphic. You will also be shown a queue of the following 2 graphics that you will be working with below the input box. The information inside each snippet can be handwritten or computerized (suddenly can’t think of how to describe it) but not everything is perfectly clear or easily decipherable. Sometimes, the snippets have text that are cut off at the side or scribbled out numbers. What’s worse are those that are mostly legible but you’re unsure they should be given a pass or not. And that’s where the challenge comes in.

My evaluation came as a set of three:  Letter, Dollar, and Numeric. (There are apparently other evaluations as well.)

In Letter, I was tasked to only key in letters, ignoring case, ignoring punctuation, leaving a single space between words, and skipping anything that was illegible/incomplete.

In Dollar, I had to only type in dollar values (no cents). Leading 0’s had to be left out but a hyphen before a dollar amount would be included. The hyphen should also be keyed in if the dollar amount is in brackets or parentheses.

Finally, under Numeric, only numbers were allowed. Hyphens between numbers were to be excluded … and there were some other instructions that I forgot.

Instructions that were consistent throughout all three were:

  • If an item is blank, type a single slash “/”. You will see <BLANK> displayed and you will receive credit for a single keystroke.
  • If the item is illegible or you cannot satisfactorily determine the answer according to the rules for the format, then press “Enter” to skip it.

(Text is taken from the actual evaluation.)

One of the more difficult things to understand is the true function of the slash (/) since, after some investigation on forums and Web sites that had tips on how to pass these bloody tests, I read such things as these:

“1) If a snippet has .00 or has just a decimal point please key these as blank. ”
(Quote from

“The word NONE should be a SKIP in both numerical and dollars only.” But only to be followed by “I had others suggest to show NONE as blank ‘/’. When I started marking them as blank, I started getting these confirmed. I’ve heard it both ways.”
(Quotes from

eHow states the following on their tips page:

“If the snippet is ineligible don’t type anything and hit enter to the next snippet. If the snippet is blank you’ll want to enter a slash like this “/”. Occasionally, when in numeric, you will get a snippet that is just letters, this would be blank because there are no numbers to enter. It is also blank if the snippet shows a number or word that has been crossed out”

So how exactly does ACTUAL READABLE INFORMATION INSIDE A SNIPPET MEAN THE SAME AS AN ITEM BEING “BLANK“? Are we supposed to just magically interpret this as “If what you see in the graphic doesn’t jive with the instructions, hit /?” After all, the Enter key is used for anything that “you cannot satisfactorily determine the answer according to the rules for the format”.

I guess I’ll find out for myself when I redo the test. I skipped (as in, hit the Enter key) anything that was either a graphic with an empty box with a black border around it, actual empty snippets, or stuff that showed a decimal or NONE. For what it’s worth, I only scored a 90. Not sure if part of the reason is speed cuz I was kind of going slower than usual as I had to keep double-checking the rules to decide whether something should be entered or skipped. It also didn’t help that I’m on a laptop so I had to use my USB numberpad peripheral to do all the numeric tests. I literally had it sitting on the notebook keyboard and was holding onto the pad itself with my left hand as I keyed in stuff with the right. It wasn’t uncomfortable but definitely wasn’t the ideal setup for efficient typing. 😛 I’m going to get my full keyboard and do it from there next time.

Anyway, I hope you came across this blog post BEFORE you started any evaluation session because I think that, for what KeyForCash puts people through in them, it’s much better to do research beforehand.

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