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About the test:

The Azure Online Test evaluates a candidate's ability to create and scale virtual machines, storage options and virtual networks with Azure. The test uses scenario-based MCQ questions to screen for the understanding of Azure compute (Virtual machines, App services, Functions), Azure Storage (SQL, Blob, SQL), Azure Networking (Virtual networks, Gateway, NSG) and Azure security.

Covered skills:

  • Basics of Cloud Computing (IaaS; PaaS)
  • Hosting and developing Web and Mobile Apps
  • Azure Virtual Machines (Scaling; Backup Strategy)
  • Networking in Azure (Virtual Networks; Subnet; Network Security Group; DNS)
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Microsoft Azure Online Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Azure Developers

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Microsoft Azure assessment test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes. The test screens candidates for the typical Azure skills hiring managers look for:

  • Deploying and scaling Azure Virtual Machines, scale sets, and backup strategy
  • Work with different storage services and policies (BloB, Disk, File, Table, Backup, Data lake)
  • Storing data and connecting to Azure databases (SQL database, NoSQL database, Cosmos DB, Data warehouse)
  • Managing application traffic with networking services like DNS, Firewall, Traffic Manager, ExpressRoute, Virtual WAN, Vnet (Virtual Network), NSG ( Network Security Group)
  • Efficient use of Application gateway (Routing traffic to backend services, Securing with SSL)
  • Managing Azure containers at scale (Kubernetes, Container Registry, AKS, Container Instance, Service Fabric Cluster)
  • Understanding of Azure Security and Monitoring (Azure Monitor)
  • Understanding of Azure pricing & Costing
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.

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.

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Microsoft Azure Online Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


Backup and Restore Strategy
You are a database administrator for an organization that uses Azure SQL Database for its operations. The organization has a strict data retention policy and has set up the following backup strategy:

1. Full backups are taken every Sunday at midnight.
2. Differential backups are taken every day at midnight, excluding Sunday.
3. Transaction log backups are taken every hour on the hour.

On Wednesday at 2:30 PM, a failure occurred, and the latest backup files available are: full backup from the previous Sunday, differential backups for Monday and Tuesday, and transaction log backups up to Wednesday 2 PM.

In order to restore the database to the most recent point in time with the minimum amount of data loss, in what order should you restore the backups?
A: Restore the full backup, then the differential backup for Tuesday, then the differential backup for Wednesday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Wednesday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

B: Restore the full backup, then the differential backup for Wednesday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Wednesday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

C: Restore the full backup, then each differential backup from Monday and Tuesday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Wednesday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

D: Restore the full backup, then the differential backup for Monday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Monday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

E: Restore the full backup, then the differential backup for Tuesday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Tuesday to 2 PM on Wednesday.


Resolving Connection Issues
Virtual Machines
You are an Azure Administrator and you manage a Linux VM running an internal web application in Azure. The web application communicates with a database server hosted on another VM in the same Virtual Network (VNet).

Recently, users have reported that the web application is not accessible. After initial troubleshooting, you have identified that the web application VM is unable to establish a connection with the database server VM on port 5432.

You have checked and confirmed the following:

1. Both VMs are up and running without any issues.
2. Both VMs are located in the same VNet and subnet.
3. Both VMs can successfully ping each other.
4. A Network Security Group (NSG) is associated with the subnet, and it has a rule allowing all outbound traffic from the web application VM.
5. The NSG rule for inbound traffic to the database VM on port 5432 has a higher priority than the default deny all rule.

Given the information provided, what could be the most likely reason for the issue and the appropriate resolution?
A: Add a route table to the subnet to enable communication between the VMs.

B: The NSG rule priority for the inbound traffic to the database VM is not set correctly. Adjust the priority to be lower than the default rule.

C: Check if a firewall is enabled on the database VM that might be blocking the port. If so, configure it to allow connections on port 5432.

D: The issue is related to the DNS resolution. Update the DNS settings in the VNet to enable name resolution between the VMs.

E: The web application is not correctly configured to connect to the database. Update the connection string in the web application configuration.


Resolving NSG Configuration Issues
Virtual Machines
You are an Azure Administrator in a software development company. A Linux VM is deployed on Azure, hosting an application server running on port 5000, set to start whenever the VM is booted up.

The VM is associated with a Network Security Group (NSG) having the following inbound security rules:

- Rule 100 (Priority: 100): Allow SSH (port 22) from any source
- Rule 200 (Priority: 200): Allow HTTP (port 80) from any source
- Rule 400 (Priority: 400): Allow TCP traffic on port 5000 from any source
- Rule 300 (Priority: 300): Deny all inbound traffic from any source

The outbound security rules are configured to allow all traffic to any destination.

Internal users have been attempting to connect to the application server on port 5000 but they are consistently facing connection timeouts. You've confirmed the application server is up and running, and you can connect to the server locally on the VM.

What is the most probable cause of the problem and how would you fix it?
A: The inbound rule to allow TCP traffic on port 5000 is conflicting with the rule to allow HTTP on port 80. Remove Rule 200.

B: Rule 300 to deny all inbound traffic is being processed before Rule 400 to allow traffic on port 5000. Modify the priority of Rule 400 to a value less than 300.

C: The application server should be configured to listen on a well-known port instead of port 5000. Change the server settings.

D: The NSG is missing an inbound rule to allow ICMP traffic. Add a new rule with a lower priority.

E: The NSG needs to have an outbound rule specifically allowing traffic to port 5000. Add a new outbound rule.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Backup and Restore Strategy
2 mins


Resolving Connection Issues
Virtual Machines
2 mins


Resolving NSG Configuration Issues
Virtual Machines
2 mins
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Backup and Restore Strategy
Medium2 mins
Resolving Connection Issues
Virtual Machines
Medium2 mins
Resolving NSG Configuration Issues
Virtual Machines
Medium2 mins
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries

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!

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Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Microsoft Azure Online 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.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Microsoft Azure Online 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

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

How is the Azure assessment test customized for Senior Azure Developers?

The questions focus on advanced topics for senior Azure developers and the difficulty levels of the questions will be higher. Here are a few advanced topics the questions might focus on-

  • Advanced Application Gateway usage (Custom WAF policies, Greenfield & Brownfield)
  • Experience with Azure Analytics (Stream Analytics, HDInsight, Lake Analytics, Data Explorer, Databricks)
  • Experience with Azure Migration (Site Recovery, Database Migration, Migrate, Migration Project, DataBox)
  • Experience with Azure security solutions (Security Centre, Azure Active Directory, VPN Gateway, DDoS Protection, Key Vaults, Dedicated HSM, Sentinel, Information Protection)
  • Designing Serverless architecture (Scale, Observability)
  • Enhancing and implementing Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • Designing and building scalable architecture using functions, queues, and event-sourced database model in Cosmos DB
  • Messaging in Azure using Queues, Event Grid, Service Bus and Event Hubs
  • Leverage Azure Redis Cache as a Service for high throughput and low latency
  • Utilizing storage pools as an efficient and scalable disk management system
  • Converting managed to unmanaged disks and vice-versa
  • Migrating existing applications to Azure

How is the test customized for Azure Data Engineers?

Azure Data Engineers are primarily assessed on three verticals:

  • Azure Databases: SQL Database, CosmosDB, Data Warehouse
  • Azure Analytics: Stream Analytics, HDInsight, Lake Analytics, Data Explorer, Databricks, Power BI, Data Factory
  • Azure Migration: Site Recovery, Database Migration, Migrate, Migration Project, DataBox

Questions for Azure Data Engineers are focused on core topics like:

  • Working with non-relational data on Azure, including Cosmos DB APIs, Table, Blob and File storage
  • Working with relational data on Azure, including Azure SQL Database and Managed Instance
  • Creating Data Lake Storage
  • Loading Data Lake with Data Factory
  • Auto running Jobs using Data Factory
  • Configuring and setting up Data Bricks
  • Staging Data into Data Lake
  • Provisioning a Synapsis SQL Data Warehouse
  • Loading Data into Azure Data Warehouse
  • Exploring Data using Power BI
  • Deprovisioning Azure resources

How is the test customized for Azure DevOps Engineers?

Azure DevOps Engineer tests evaluate candidate's ability to automate CI/CD Cycle using Azure Pipelines. The test will have scenario-based MCQ questions to evaluate Azure Storage, Azure Networking and Azure Compute fundamentals. Traditional DevOps skills like Python and Linux are evaluated using code-tracing and coding questions. The exact skills and topics are selected based on the job description. Here are the popular topics we design questions for Azure DevOps test:

  • Basics of Azure Storage
  • Basics of Azure Compute
  • Basics of Azure Networking
  • Managing storage, networks, VMs using Azure Powershell
  • CI/CD solutions with Azure (Pipelines; Artifices; Releases)
  • Docker fundamentals
  • Deploying containers to Azure Container Instances
  • Leveraging Azure Container Registries to store and deploy containers
  • Experience with Azure Kubernetes Service
  • Python fundamentals
  • Linux fundamentals

How is the test customized for Azure administrators?

Azure Administrator test evaluates a candidate on their ability to provision, size, monitor, and adjust Azure resources for optimal performance and scale. The questions focus on advanced Azure admin topics like:

  • Implementing VM high availability, scalability, and custom script extensions
  • Experience with Azure admin tools like Azure CLI, PowerShell, Cloud Shell
  • Creating Windows virtual machines with Azure PowerShell or using ARM Templates
  • Deploying custom server images and Linux virtual machines
  • Using Azure Monitor to configure Azure alerts and review the Azure Activity Logs
  • Querying and analyzing Azure Log Analytics data
  • Applying monitoring solutions for collecting, combining, and analyzing data from different sources
  • Storing and accessing data using Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN), and the Import and Export service
  • Secure and manage storage with shared access keys, Azure backup, and Azure File Sync
  • Configuring advanced networking components, DNS domains, zones, logging and network troubleshooting
  • Implementing site connectivity schemas: VNet-to-VNet connections and virtual network peering
  • Configuring Azure Load Balancer, Azure Traffic Manager, and Azure Application Gateway
  • Implement and manage Azure Active Directory integration options, Azure AD Application Proxy and Azure AD Identity protection
  • Managing domains, tenants accounts, users and groups, roles, and devices
  • Implementing Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Implementing Azure RBAC to grant a granular level of access based on an administrator's assigned tasks

How is the test customized for Azure Security Engineers?

The questions focus on Azure security topics to assess Azure security engineers. Here are the potential topics:

  • SSL Termination and End-to-End SSL encryption to secure Azure Application Gateway
  • Platform protection with NSG, Firewalls and Container Security
  • Configuring Multi-Factor Authentication, Azure ad identity protection and Azure tenant security
  • Managing API access to Azure subscriptions and resources
  • Creating Azure resource locks
  • Configure security policies to manage data
  • Creating and monitoring custom alerts
  • Enabling database authentication and database auditing
  • Setting up key management for storage accounts
  • Managing permissions to secrets, certificates, and keys
  • Configuring custom RBAC roles, Azure Monitor and Azure Key Vault
  • Configuring diagnostic logging and log retention

What roles can I use the Microsoft Azure Online Test for?

  • Azure Developer
  • Senior Azure Developer
  • Azure Solutions Architect
  • Azure Administrator
  • Azure Data Engineer
  • Senior Azure Data Engineer
  • Azure Infrastructure Engineer
  • Azure DevOps Engineer

What topics are covered in the Microsoft Azure Online Test?

Azure Compute
Azure Storage
Azure Containers
Container Registry
Azure Networking
Azure Database
Azure SQL
Azure Analytics
Azure Migration
Azure Security
Multi-Site Hosting
URL Routing / Path-based Routing
Azure Application Gateway
Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Internal Load Balancer
Auto Scaling & Zone Redundancy
SSL Termination
End-to-End SSL Encryption
Metrics and Alerts
Log Analytics
Health Probes
High Traffic Support
Pricing & Tiers
Cookie Affinity
Front-end IP
Azure Management Portal
Azure Subscription and Billing
Azure App Service
Azure Function Apps
Azure Functions
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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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Azure Online Test FAQs

How is the test customized for Senior Azure Data Engineers?

Azure Data Engineers are primarily assessed on three verticals:

  • Azure Databases: SQL Database, CosmosDB, Data Warehouse
  • Azure Analytics: Stream Analytics, HDInsight, Lake Analytics, Data Explorer, Databricks, Power BI, Data Factory
  • Azure Migration: Site Recovery, Database Migration, Migrate, Migration Project, DataBox

Questions for Senior Azure Data Engineers will be of higher difficulty levels and are focused on intermediate/ advanced topics like:

  • Core data concepts: Relational, non-relational, big data and analytics
  • Creating, scheduling and monitoring Azure Data Factory pipelines
  • Deploying Elastic Pool Database and adding/removing databases from the pool
  • Deploying Managed Instance Databases
  • Ingesting, managing, and serving data with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics Service
  • Differences between Traditional vs Modern vs Synapse Architecture
  • Understanding of Azure MPP (Massive Parallel Processing) architecture
  • Deep understanding of internal concepts like Data Distribution, Sharding, and partitioning
  • Advanced migration methods and best practices
  • Migrating data to Azure SQL Data warehouse using SSIS, Data Factory and PolyBase
  • Creating Azure Data Lake Gen1 storage accounts, populating and analyzing with U-SQL Language
  • Securing Data on Blob Storage using SAS URLs and Lifecycle Policies to archive data with auto tier change
  • Designing and managing End to End Data load pipeline

What questions should be used to evaluate Junior Azure developers?

The questions for fresher/ junior Azure developers will be of lower difficulty levels. The topics will be based on the basics of Azure services like-

  • Working with Azure Compute - Virtual Machines, App Services, AKS, Functions and more
  • Implementing networking in Azure - VNets, Subnets, NSG, App Gateway
  • Managing data resources in Azure - Azure SQL, MySQL, CosmosDB, Storage
  • Managing authentication using Azure AD
  • Basics of Azure pricing and costing

How are Azure and SQL skills assessed?

We support assessing multiple skills in the same test. If the role requires candidates to have an understanding of SQL and experience managing SQL databases on Azure, the questions will focus on SQL and Azure skills. The exact proportion of SQL, Azure and subtopics are chosen based on your job description. Here are the relevant topics the questions will be based on-

  • SQL fundamentals (databases, tables)
  • SQL CRUD queries
  • Creating and managing Azure database for MySQL server
  • Migrating on-premise databases to SQL Azure
  • Exporting and importing databases
  • Managing enterprise-grade databases in Azure SQL (Backups, restoring, securing, and scaling)
  • Configuring SQL Database Auditing
  • Deployment of Azure SQL Database Elastic Pools
  • Accessing Azure SQL Server VM using RDP, SSMS and Azure Data Studio

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.

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
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser

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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