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About the test:

The AWS online assessment test evaluates candidates for the ability to deploy, manage and scale virtual servers (with services like EC2 and ECS), operate and scale storage services (with services like S3, RDS and DynamoDB), and manage application traffic flow (with services like Route 53 and CloudFront).

Covered skills:

  • Elastic compute cloud (EC2; EKS)
  • Identity and access management (IAM)
  • Database services (RDS; Redshift; Dynamo DB)
  • Docker containers and ECS
  • Serverless architecture with Lambda
  • Monitoring and auditing AWS services
  • Elastic load balancing and auto-scaling
  • Block and file storage (S3; EBS; EFS)
  • Networking services (Route 53; CloudFront; VPC)
  • Caching and performance optimization
  • AWS well architecture framework

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface AWS Online Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist AWS Developers



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The AWS Online Assessment 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 provision and manage EC2 instances
  • Able to set up and configure Elastic Load Balancers and auto-scaling
  • Familiar with IAM policies and roles for access control
  • Able to work with S3 for object storage and EBS for block storage
  • Experience with relational databases like RDS and non-relational databases like DynamoDB
  • Able to configure and manage networking services like Route 53, CloudFront, and VPC
  • Knowledge of Docker containers and ECS for containerized applications
  • Understanding of caching strategies and performance optimization techniques
  • Able to implement serverless architectures using Lambda functions
  • Familiarity with AWS Well-Architected Framework principles
  • Understanding of monitoring and auditing AWS services
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.

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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 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

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.
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ Skill

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
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ SkillπŸ’ͺ DifficultyβŒ› Time
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 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test 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 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test 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 Online Assessment Test

Why you should use AWS Online Assessment Test?

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test 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:

  • Deploying and managing EC2 instances
  • Working with Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)
  • Configuring and utilizing Elastic Load Balancing
  • Implementing auto-scaling policies
  • Managing user access and permissions with Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Utilizing S3 for object storage
  • Configuring and managing Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • Working with Elastic File System (EFS)
  • Utilizing RDS for managed database services
  • Managing and optimizing Redshift data warehousing

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 Online Assessment Test?

  • Elastic compute cloud (EC2; EKS)

    EC2 and EKS are essential AWS services for deploying and managing virtual servers in the cloud. EC2 provides scalable compute resources, while EKS allows for running Kubernetes applications on AWS. These skills should be measured in the test to evaluate the candidate's ability to provision and manage infrastructure as well as their familiarity with container orchestration.

  • Elastic load balancing and auto-scaling

    Load balancing and auto-scaling are crucial for ensuring high availability and scalability of applications on AWS. These skills should be measured in the test to assess the candidate's understanding of distributing workload across multiple servers and automatically adjusting resources based on demand, which are essential for building robust and scalable systems.

  • Identity and access management (IAM)

    IAM enables secure access control to AWS resources. It allows defining fine-grained permissions and managing user identities. Measuring IAM knowledge in the test is important to evaluate the candidate's understanding of securing resources and implementing proper access controls to protect sensitive data.

  • Block and file storage (S3; EBS; EFS)

    S3, EBS, and EFS are AWS storage services used for different purposes. S3 provides object storage for storing and retrieving large amounts of data, while EBS offers block storage volumes for EC2 instances. EFS provides scalable and shared file storage. Testing knowledge of block and file storage is essential to assess the candidate's ability to choose the appropriate storage solution based on application requirements.

  • Database services (RDS; Redshift; DynamoDB)

    RDS, Redshift, and DynamoDB are AWS database services. RDS is a managed relational database service, Redshift is a fully managed data warehousing solution, and DynamoDB is a NoSQL database. Evaluating database service knowledge in the test is important to assess the candidate's familiarity with different database technologies and their ability to design, deploy, and manage scalable database solutions.

  • Networking services (Route 53; CloudFront; VPC)

    Route 53 is a scalable domain name system (DNS) web service, CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN), and VPC is a virtual private cloud. These networking services are crucial for building resilient and secure applications. Assessing networking service knowledge in the test helps evaluate the candidate's ability to design and implement robust networking architectures.

  • Docker containers and ECS

    Docker containers and ECS (Elastic Container Service) are important for running and managing containerized applications on AWS. Docker provides a platform for packaging applications into portable containers, while ECS enables scalable and flexible container orchestration. Measuring knowledge of Docker and ECS in the test helps assess the candidate's proficiency in containerization technologies and their ability to deploy and manage container-based applications.

  • Caching and performance optimization

    Caching and performance optimization are essential for improving application performance and reducing latency. Evaluating these skills in the test helps assess the candidate's knowledge of caching strategies and performance tuning techniques, which are crucial for building highly performant AWS applications.

  • Serverless architecture with Lambda

    Serverless architecture allows developers to build and run applications without the need to manage servers. Lambda is AWS's serverless compute service. Testing knowledge of serverless architecture and Lambda in the test is important to assess the candidate's familiarity with event-driven architectures and their ability to design and deploy serverless applications.

  • AWS well architecture framework

    The AWS Well-Architected Framework is a set of best practices for building efficient, secure, and reliable systems on AWS. Measuring knowledge of the Well-Architected Framework helps assess the candidate's understanding of architectural principles and their ability to design and implement solutions that adhere to industry-standard practices.

  • Monitoring and auditing AWS services

    Monitoring and auditing AWS services are essential for maintaining system performance, security, and compliance. Evaluating these skills in the test helps assess the candidate's knowledge of monitoring tools, logging, and auditing practices in AWS, which are critical for identifying and resolving issues, ensuring system reliability, and meeting regulatory requirements.

  • 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 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test to be based on.

    EC2 instances
    EKS
    Elastic Load Balancers
    Auto-scaling
    IAM policies
    IAM roles
    S3
    EBS
    RDS
    Redshift
    DynamoDB
    Route 53
    CloudFront
    VPC
    Docker containers
    ECS
    Caching strategies
    Performance optimization
    Serverless architecture
    Lambda functions
    AWS Well-Architected Framework
    Monitoring AWS services
    Auditing AWS services

What roles can I use the AWS Online Assessment Test for?

  • AWS Developer
  • AWS Solutions Architect
  • AWS Solutions Associate
  • AWS Cloud Architect
  • AWS Cloud Engineer
  • Senior AWS Cloud Engineer
  • AWS DevOps Engineer
  • Senior DevOps Engineer
  • Cloud Solution Architect

How is the AWS Online Assessment 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

  • Utilizing DynamoDB for NoSQL database
  • Configuring and managing networking services with Route 53
  • Implementing content delivery with CloudFront
  • Setting up and managing Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Utilizing Docker containers in AWS ECS
  • Implementing caching strategies for performance optimization
  • Building serverless architectures using AWS Lambda
  • Understanding and applying AWS Well-Architected Framework
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting AWS services
  • Auditing and ensuring security compliance in AWS services
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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.


85%
reduction in screening time

AWS Online Assessment Test FAQs

Can I use the test for AWS Cloud Practitioners?

Yes. The test is customized based on the job description. For Cloud Practitioners, the test will focus on the following topics:

  • AWS fundamental services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), AWS Route 53
  • Configuring Amazon S3 bucket policies and sharing data between multiple AWS accounts
  • Deploy and manage Docker container clusters on Amazon Elastic Container Services (ECS)
  • Setting up serverless event-driven AWS Lambda Functions with Amazon API Gateway and Amazon Kinesis integrations
  • Geographically redundant database services with Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)
  • Configuring Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPC), subnets, and route tables
  • AWS cloud security and compliance concepts
  • AWS access management capabilities
  • Comparing various billing and pricing models

How to evalute AWS Developer associates?

The test evaluates candidates on developer topics:

  • Deploying applications using Elastic Beanstalk and AWS CI/CD tools
  • Creating Serverless API using AWS Lambda, API Gateway, DynamoDB & Cognito
  • Infrastructure as code using AWS CloudFormation
  • Implementing messaging and integration patterns using AWS SQS, SNS & Kinesis
  • Advance CLI, SDK and IAM security best practices in EC2
  • Monitoring, tracking and auditing microservices using CloudWatch, X-Ray and CloudTrail
  • Securing AWS Cloud using KMS, Encryption SDK, IAM Policies & SSM

How to hire AWS DevOps engineers?

Adaface customized DevOps engineers test focuses on following topics:

  • SDL Automation, Configuration Management and Infrastructure as Code - AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CloudFormation, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodeDeploy, and AWS CodePipeline
  • Monitoring and Logging (Cloudtrail, Kinesis, Cloudwatch)
  • Policies and Standards Automation (SSM, config, inspector)
  • Automate the development/staging/production process

Can I evaluate specific AWS services like AWS Lambda and AWS Cloudformation?

Yes. We offer customized assessments with questions that are focused on specific AWS sub services.

Can I evaluate coding skills along with AWS?

Yes. If your role requires the candidate to have experience with hands-on programming, we can customize the test to include coding questions.

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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