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About the test:

The Basic Computer Skills Test evaluates a candidate's knowledge of fundamental computer skills, including data entry, Linux, Excel, computer programming aptitude, shell scripting, typing, system administration, and data analysis.

Covered skills:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Excel
  • System Administration
  • Data Entry
  • Typing

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Basic Computer Skills Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Data Entry Operators

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Basic Computer Skills 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:

  • Efficient data entry and accuracy
  • Proficient in using Excel formulas and functions
  • Strong typing skills with good accuracy
  • Knowledge of basic computer hardware and software
  • Able to troubleshoot common system administration issues
  • Understanding of file management and organization
  • Ability to navigate and utilize software applications efficiently
  • Attention to detail in data processing and analysis
  • Ability to follow instructions for performing tasks
  • Familiarity with basic networking concepts
  • Efficient time management and task prioritization
  • Proficiency in using keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys
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
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!

Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Basic Computer Skills 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 Basic Computer Skills 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.

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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.

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Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring

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About the Basic Computer Skills Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Basic Computer Skills Test?

The Basic Computer Skills 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:

  • Basic computer skills like file management and troubleshooting
  • Data entry accuracy and speed
  • Knowledge of Excel functions and formulas
  • Typing speed and accuracy
  • System administration tasks like user management and software installations
  • Basic understanding of computer hardware
  • Familiarity with operating systems and software applications
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve software and hardware issues
  • Knowledge of data organization and retrieval techniques
  • Understanding of basic networking concepts

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 Basic Computer Skills Test?

  • Basic Computer Skills

    Basic Computer Skills refer to the fundamental knowledge and proficiencies required to operate a computer system effectively. This includes understanding concepts like file management, internet browsing, and navigating the operating system. Measuring this skill ensures that candidates have the necessary foundation to perform tasks using a computer.

  • Data Entry

    Data Entry entails accurately and efficiently inputting data into a computer system or database. It involves skills such as keyboarding, attention to detail, and familiarity with software applications used for data entry. Assessing this skill is important to identify candidates who are capable of handling large volumes of data with precision.

  • Excel

    Excel proficiency involves the ability to effectively use Microsoft Excel, a powerful spreadsheet software, for tasks such as data analysis, calculations, and creating reports. This skill measures a candidate's knowledge and expertise in using functions, formulas, and features in Excel to manipulate and organize data, making them more efficient in handling complex data-driven tasks.

  • Typing

    Typing skill refers to the ability to accurately and quickly input text on a keyboard. This includes touch typing, proper finger placement, and familiarity with the layout of the keyboard. Measuring this skill provides insight into a candidate's typing speed and accuracy, which is crucial in many roles that require extensive typing such as data entry, transcription, and administrative work.

  • System Administration

    System Administration involves managing and maintaining computer systems, including hardware, software, networks, and user accounts. This skill includes tasks like installing and updating software, troubleshooting technical issues, and ensuring system security. Measuring this skill helps identify candidates who possess the technical knowledge and abilities required to effectively manage computer systems in an organization.

  • 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 Basic Computer Skills Test to be based on.

    File management
    Data entry
    Excel formulas
    Keyboard shortcuts
    Computer hardware
    Software applications
    Data processing
    Task prioritization
    System administration
    Networking concepts
    Accuracy and precision
    Excel functions
    Typing speed
    File organization
    Data analysis
    Following instructions
    Basic computer skills
    Keyboard skills
    Efficiency in software usage
    Network troubleshooting
    Data integrity
    Excel formatting
    Error handling
    Time management
    Software installation
    Computer peripherals
    Data validation
    File compression
    Internet browsing
    Keyboard layout
    System backup and recovery
    Data privacy and security
    Excel charts and graphs
    Typing accuracy
    Software updates
    Computer maintenance
    Excel sorting and filtering
    Data storage devices
    System updates
    Network protocols
    Data migration
    Keyboard ergonomics
    Excel pivot tables
    Typing techniques
    Software customization
    Computer virus prevention
    Data manipulation
    System optimization
    Network configuration
    Data backup
    Keyboard function keys
    Excel conditional formatting
    Typing practice
    Software licensing
    Computer troubleshooting
    Data visualization
    System documentation

What roles can I use the Basic Computer Skills Test for?

  • Data Entry Operator
  • Linux Administrator
  • Excel Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Shell Scripter
  • Data Analyst
  • Windows System Administrator

How is the Basic Computer Skills 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

  • Proficiency in database management systems
  • Ability to configure and maintain computer networks
  • Knowledge of advanced Excel functions like PivotTables and macros
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting
  • Ability to create and manage spreadsheets
  • Experience with data entry software and tools
  • In-depth understanding of computer security and data protection measures
  • Knowledge of system backup and recovery procedures
  • Experience with virtualization technologies
  • Ability to perform system performance optimization
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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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Basic Computer Skills 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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