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About the test:

The AWS DevOps Test is a scenario-based online test designed to assess a candidate's proficiency in working with AWS and implementing DevOps best practices. The test evaluates the candidate's understanding of key concepts, such as cloud computing, infrastructure as code, continuous integration and delivery, configuration management, containerization, and monitoring and logging. The test is used to identify the right candidates for DevOps roles in organizations that rely on AWS technologies.

Covered skills:

  • AWS Core services
  • AWS Troubleshooting and Debugging
  • Python OOPs
  • Linux Fundamentals
  • Configuration Management
  • Python Basics
  • Python Data Structures
  • Shell Scripting

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface AWS DevOps Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist AWS DevOps Engineers



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The AWS DevOps Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Able to use Python for scripting and automation
  • Proficient in working with Linux command line interface
  • Understanding of AWS core services and their functionalities
  • Competent in configuring and managing AWS resources
  • Skilled in troubleshooting and debugging AWS issues
  • Knowledgeable in Python basics
  • Proficient in Object-Oriented Programming (OOPs) concepts in Python
  • Ability to work with different data structures in Python
  • Familiarity with Linux fundamentals
  • Proficient in shell scripting
Reason #2

No trick questions

no trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

View sample questions

The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

Why we started Adaface
Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

How we design questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this AWS DevOps Test (AWS, Linux, Python) will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions
Solve
What will the following Python code output?
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Medium

Session
File Handling
Dictionary
Solve
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The function high_sess should compute the highest number of events per session of each user in the database by reading a comma-separated value input file of session data. The result should be returned from the function as a dictionary. The first column of each line in the input file is expected to contain the user’s name represented as a string. The second column is expected to contain an integer representing the events in a session. Here is an example input file:
Tony,10
Stark,12
Black,25
Your program should ignore a non-conforming line like this one.
Stark,3
Widow,6
Widow,14
The resulting return value for this file should be the following dictionary: { 'Stark':12, 'Black':25, 'Tony':10, 'Widow':14 }
What should replace the CODE TO FILL line to complete the function?
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Medium

Max Code
Arrays
Solve
Below are code lines to create a Python function. Ignoring indentation, what lines should be used and in what order for the following function to be complete:
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Medium

Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists
Solve
Consider the following Python code:
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In the above code, recursive_search is a function that takes a dictionary (data) and a target key (target) as arguments. It searches for the target key within the dictionary, which could potentially have nested dictionaries and lists as values, and returns the value associated with the target key. If the target key is not found, it returns None.

nested_dict is a dictionary that contains multiple levels of nested dictionaries and lists. The recursive_search function is then called with nested_dict as the data and 'target_key' as the target.

What will the output be after executing the above code?

Medium

Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist
Solve
What does the below function ‘fun’ does?
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A: Sum of digits of the number passed to fun.
B: Number of digits of the number passed to fun.
C: 0 if the number passed to fun is divisible by 10. 1 otherwise.
D: Sum of all digits number passed to fun except for the last digit.

Medium

Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging
Solve
You are working on a Linux system and have recently installed a new program named myprogram. The executable is located in /opt/myprogram/bin/. You want to be able to run this program from any directory in your shell without specifying the full path.
You executed the following command:
export PATH="/opt/myprogram/bin"
However, when you try to run the program using myprogram, you get the following error message:
-bash: myprogram: command not found

Which of the following commands can fix this issue and allow you to run the program?
A: export PATH=$PATH:/opt/myprogram/bin/
B: export PATH="/opt/myprogram:$PATH"
C: export PATH="/opt/myprogram/bin:$PATH"
D: ln -s /opt/myprogram/bin/myprogram /usr/local/bin/myprogram

Easy

File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands
Solve
Consider the following directory structure:
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You start at /home/user and execute the following commands:
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What will be the resulting directory structure?
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Medium

Fork mellow yellow
Solve
How many times will the following code will print "Mellow Yellow"?
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Medium

Remote server connection
SSH
Solve
Our software engineering intern, Wu is looking to use port 4545 on localhost to connect to a remote server called woot.bananas.com on port 80. Which command would you recommend for this?
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Easy

Downtime and Workload
EC2
Solve
ChickTok is a dating app that runs on EC2 behind an ALB. The EC2 instances run in an EC2 Auto Scaling group across multiple AZ. On every Saturday night, the app becomes atleast 5 times slower. Upon investigation, it is found that the CPU utilization reaches 100% within a matter of seconds instead of being a gradual increment. This is happening due to a batch core dating algorithm update that happens on every Saturday 9PM. 
ChickTok wants a solution that

- Tackles the extra workload
- Avoids downtime
Which of the following would you recommend?
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Medium

EC2DataProcessing
EC2
S3
Security Groups
Network ACLs
Solve
You work as a Solutions Architect for a data analysis firm. The company stores large datasets on Amazon S3, and you've been tasked with setting up an Amazon EC2 instance to process this data. The EC2 instance will fetch data from S3, process it, and then write the results back to a different S3 bucket.

To ensure security, the EC2 instance should not have direct internet access, and it should only be able to communicate with the S3 buckets. You've decided to place the EC2 instance in a VPC private subnet with a CIDR block of 10.0.1.0/24. The associated security group is set to deny all inbound traffic and allow all outbound traffic.

Which additional configuration should you make to enable the EC2 instance to access the S3 buckets while complying with the security requirements?
A: Modify the Network ACL of the subnet to allow outbound connections to the IP range of the S3 service.
B: Assign a Public IP to the EC2 instance and update the security group to allow inbound and outbound traffic to S3.
C: Add a NAT Gateway in the private subnet and update the route tables to direct S3 traffic to the NAT Gateway.
D: Create an S3 VPC Gateway Endpoint and update the route tables for the private subnet to direct S3 traffic to the VPC Endpoint.
E: Create a VPN connection from the VPC to the S3 buckets.

Medium

Orderly Restoration of RDS with Transaction Logs
RDS
Transaction Logs
Point-in-time recovery
Solve
You work as a database manager for a fintech company that uses an AWS RDS PostgreSQL instance. The company abides by stringent data security standards, which require minimal data loss in the event of database failures or accidental data modifications.

Unexpectedly, an operation that updates a significant number of records in a crucial transaction table is mistakenly run. You discover that this operation occurred at 12:45 PM. Your RDS PostgreSQL instance is configured to perform automated backups every day at 1:00 AM, with transaction logs being backed up every 5 minutes. Furthermore, there is a manual DB snapshot taken at 11:00 AM on the same day. 

To restore the database with minimal data loss, considering the sequence and order of log application, which of the following steps should you execute?
A: Restore from the manual DB snapshot at 11:00 AM, then perform a point-in-time recovery to 12:45 PM.
B: Perform a point-in-time recovery to 12:45 PM.
C: Restore from the last automated backup at 1:00 AM, then apply all transaction logs until 12:45 PM.
D: Restore from the manual DB snapshot at 11:00 AM, then apply transaction logs from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM.
E: Perform a point-in-time recovery to 11:00 AM, then apply transaction logs from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM.

Medium

Push Notifications
Dynamic DB
AWS Mobile Push
Solve
Flowlife is a tips iOS app that is running on AWS with ~10 million users in the US. Users can post tips about a particular place (restaurants, businesses etc) and other users can search for the tips in the app. Flowlife wants to implement location based alerts on their iOS app. Users will receive relevant tips in proximity to their location. For maximum user engagement and relevant tips, the tips must be in the low minute count. Which of the following solutions is cost effective?
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Medium

SecureEC2Setup
EC2
Security Groups
VPC
Solve
As an AWS Cloud Engineer for a financial institution, you're setting up an EC2 instance in a VPC to host a web application that handles sensitive financial data. The EC2 instance is placed in a private subnet and associated with a security group that only allows inbound HTTPS (port 443) traffic from the internet. You have an Application Load Balancer (ALB) in a public subnet, which forwards incoming traffic to the EC2 instance.

However, during the testing phase, you find that the web application on the EC2 instance is not reachable from the internet, but works fine from within the VPC. 

What could be the reason for this?
A: The security group should allow inbound traffic from the ALB's security group, not the internet.
B: The ALB should be in the private subnet, not the public subnet.
C: EC2 instances hosting sensitive data cannot be reached through an ALB.
D: The ALB and EC2 instance must be in the same subnet.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Session
File Handling
Dictionary

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Max Code
Arrays

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists

3 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist

4 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Easy

File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Medium

Fork mellow yellow

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Medium

Remote server connection
SSH

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Easy

Downtime and Workload
EC2

2 mins

AWS
Solve

Medium

EC2DataProcessing
EC2
S3
Security Groups
Network ACLs

2 mins

AWS
Solve

Medium

Orderly Restoration of RDS with Transaction Logs
RDS
Transaction Logs
Point-in-time recovery

3 mins

AWS
Solve

Medium

Push Notifications
Dynamic DB
AWS Mobile Push

3 mins

AWS
Solve

Medium

SecureEC2Setup
EC2
Security Groups
VPC

2 mins

AWS
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Session
File Handling
Dictionary
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Max Code
Arrays
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists
Python
Medium3 mins
Solve
Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist
Python
Medium4 mins
Solve
Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands
Linux
Easy2 mins
Solve
Fork mellow yellow
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
Remote server connection
SSH
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
Downtime and Workload
EC2
AWS
Easy2 mins
Solve
EC2DataProcessing
EC2
S3
Security Groups
Network ACLs
AWS
Medium2 mins
Solve
Orderly Restoration of RDS with Transaction Logs
RDS
Transaction Logs
Point-in-time recovery
AWS
Medium3 mins
Solve
Push Notifications
Dynamic DB
AWS Mobile Push
AWS
Medium3 mins
Solve
SecureEC2Setup
EC2
Security Groups
VPC
AWS
Medium2 mins
Solve
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries
Brandon

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!


Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment AWS DevOps Test (AWS, Linux, Python) in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Science behind Adaface tests
Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the AWS DevOps Test (AWS, Linux, Python) from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

invite candidates
Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

View sample scorecard
Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


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About the AWS DevOps Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment AWS DevOps Test?

The AWS DevOps Test (AWS, Linux, Python) makes use of scenario-based questions to test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge, ensuring that candidates who do well on this screening test have the relavant skills. The questions are designed to covered following on-the-job aspects:

  • Python Basics
  • Python Object-Oriented Programming
  • Python Data Structures
  • Working with Linux Fundamentals
  • Shell Scripting
  • Understanding AWS Core Services
  • Configuration Management in AWS
  • Troubleshooting and Debugging in AWS
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • AWS CLI

Once the test is sent to a candidate, the candidate receives a link in email to take the test. For each candidate, you will receive a detailed report with skills breakdown and benchmarks to shortlist the top candidates from your pool.

What topics are covered in the AWS DevOps Test?

  • AWS Core services

    AWS Core services refer to the foundational building blocks of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform, including compute, storage, and networking services. These services provide the infrastructure required to host and run applications in the AWS cloud. It is essential to measure this skill in the test as it assesses the candidate's knowledge and understanding of the core AWS services, which are fundamental for designing and implementing scalable and reliable cloud-based solutions.

  • Configuration Management

    Configuration management involves the processes and tools used to automate the management and deployment of system configurations. It includes activities such as provisioning, configuration file management, and setting up environments. Measuring this skill in the test allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's ability to effectively manage and maintain the configuration of software and infrastructure, ensuring consistency across different environments and improving overall system reliability and scalability.

  • AWS Troubleshooting and Debugging

    AWS Troubleshooting and Debugging refers to the ability to identify and resolve issues and errors that may occur within AWS services and solutions. This skill evaluates a candidate's proficiency in diagnosing problems, analyzing logs, and applying appropriate debugging techniques to ensure the smooth operation of AWS deployments. Measuring this skill is crucial as it assesses the candidate's ability to effectively troubleshoot and resolve issues, minimizing downtime and optimizing system performance.

  • Python Basics

    Python Basics encompass the fundamental concepts, syntax, and features of the Python programming language. This skill measures a candidate's understanding of variables, data types, control flow, functions, and basic programming constructs. Evaluating this skill in the test helps recruiters assess a candidate's foundation in Python, which is widely used for scripting and automation tasks in DevOps environments.

  • Python OOPs

    Python OOPs (Object-Oriented Programming) refers to the ability to leverage object-oriented principles and concepts, such as classes, objects, inheritance, and polymorphism, in Python programming. Measuring this skill allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's proficiency in developing modular and reusable code using OOP principles, enabling better code maintainability, extensibility, and code organization.

  • Python Data Structures

    Python Data Structures encompass the various data storage and manipulation techniques available in Python, such as lists, tuples, dictionaries, and sets. This skill measures a candidate's understanding of how to effectively store, retrieve, and manipulate data using these built-in data structures. Assessing this skill in the test enables recruiters to evaluate a candidate's ability to efficiently handle and manipulate data, which is essential for many DevOps tasks involving analysis, processing, and transformation of data.

  • Linux Fundamentals

    Linux Fundamentals refer to the foundational knowledge and understanding of the Linux operating system, including its architecture, file system, command-line interface, and essential utilities. Measuring this skill allows recruiters to assess a candidate's proficiency in navigating and working with Linux systems, which are widely used in many DevOps environments. Understanding Linux Fundamentals is crucial for effectively managing and maintaining Linux-based infrastructure in a DevOps context.

  • Shell Scripting

    Shell Scripting involves writing scripts that automate tasks and operations in a command-line environment using shell programming languages, such as bash. This skill measures a candidate's ability to write efficient shell scripts for automating repetitive tasks, system administration, and configuration management. Evaluating this skill in the test enables recruiters to assess a candidate's proficiency in automating various DevOps processes, improving efficiency, and reducing the likelihood of human errors.

  • Full list of covered topics

    The actual topics of the questions in the final test will depend on your job description and requirements. However, here's a list of topics you can expect the questions for AWS DevOps Test (AWS, Linux, Python) to be based on.

    AWS EC2
    AWS S3
    AWS Lambda
    AWS CloudFormation
    AWS IAM
    AWS RDS
    AWS CLI
    Configuration management with Puppet
    Configuration management with Chef
    Configuration management with Ansible
    Containerization with Docker
    Automation with Jenkins
    Version control with Git
    Python variables
    Python data types
    Python control flow statements
    Python functions
    Python classes
    Python inheritance
    Python lists
    Python tuples
    Python dictionaries
    Python sets
    Linux file system
    Linux commands
    Linux process management
    Linux permissions
    Shell scripting basics
    Shell scripting loops
    Shell scripting conditionals

What roles can I use the AWS DevOps Test for?

  • AWS DevOps Engineer
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • AWS Architect

How is the AWS DevOps Test customized for senior candidates?

For intermediate/ experienced candidates, we customize the assessment questions to include advanced topics and increase the difficulty level of the questions. This might include adding questions on topics like

  • Knowledge of Docker and Containers
  • CI/CD Pipeline Automation
  • Monitoring and Metrics in AWS
  • Security and Compliance in AWS
  • Networking in AWS
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
  • High Availability and Scalability in AWS
  • Database Management in AWS
  • Performance Optimization in AWS
  • Disaster Recovery in AWS
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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.


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reduction in screening time

AWS DevOps Hiring Test FAQs

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Screen proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser
  • Copy paste protection

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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