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The Business Analyst Excel Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their proficiency in using Microsoft Excel for data analysis and visualization. The test assesses candidates on their knowledge of Excel formulas and functions, such as SUM, AVERAGE, and VLOOKUP, as well as their ability to create and modify Excel charts and graphs. It also evaluates their familiarity with Excel features, such as pivot tables, conditional formatting, and data validation, and their ability to use Excel for financial modeling and forecasting.

Covered skills:

  • Worksheet and Charts
  • Excel Functions
  • Pivot tables
  • Data visualization
  • Charts and graphs
  • Data filtering
  • Statistical analysis
  • SQL Basics
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Operators
  • Excel Formulas
  • Data analysis
  • Conditional formatting
  • Data manipulation
  • Lookup and reference functions
  • Macros and VBA
  • SQL CRUD Queries

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Business Analyst Excel Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Business Analysts



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Business Analyst Excel 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:

  • Proficient in business analysis techniques and methodologies
  • Ability to write SQL queries for data retrieval and manipulation
  • Skilled at interpreting and analyzing data to provide insights and recommendations
  • Strong critical thinking skills for problem-solving and decision-making
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel functions and formulas
  • Ability to create and manipulate pivot tables for data analysis
  • Proficient in data visualization using charts and graphs
  • Expertise in conditional formatting to highlight data patterns and trends
  • Knowledge of data manipulation techniques for cleaning and transforming data
  • Familiarity with lookup and reference functions for data integration
  • Ability to conduct statistical analysis for business forecasting
  • Experience in creating macros and using VBA for automating tasks
  • Understanding of SQL basics and CRUD queries
  • Logical reasoning skills for analyzing and evaluating business scenarios
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.

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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 Business Analyst Excel Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

PV of customer segments
Market Segmentation
ROI
CLV
Solve
A retail company is exploring new customer segments to increase sales. You are provided with the following data on three potential customer segments:

Segment A:

- Average annual revenue per customer: $500
- Average customer retention rate: 80%
- Average customer acquisition cost: $200
- Expected segment size: 2,000 customers

Segment B:

- Average annual revenue per customer: $750
- Average customer retention rate: 70%
- Average customer acquisition cost: $300
- Expected segment size: 1,500 customers

Segment C:

- Average annual revenue per customer: $1,000
- Average customer retention rate: 60%
- Average customer acquisition cost: $400
- Expected segment size: 1,000 customers
Assuming a 10% discount rate, which customer segment should the company target to maximize the return on investment? A target customer segment would have higher customer lifetime value (CLV). Note that CLV is calculated by using the following formula:

CLV = (Average Annual Revenue per Customer * Gross Margin %) * (Retention Rate / (1 + Discount Rate - Retention Rate)) - Customer Acquisition Cost

Easy

Supply Chain Management
Cost Reduction
Solve
A company is considering two options to optimize its supply chain and reduce costs. The following data has been provided for each option:

Option Alpha:

- Annual transportation cost reduction: $300,000
- Annual inventory carrying cost increase: $250,000
- One-time implementation cost: $100,000

Option Beta:

- Annual transportation cost reduction: $200,000
- Annual inventory carrying cost increase: $150,000
- One-time implementation cost: $50,000

As a business analyst, determine which option provides a higher net cost reduction over a 3-year period.
A: Option Alpha provides a higher net cost reduction.
B: Option Beta provides a higher net cost reduction.
C: Both options provide the same net cost reduction.
D: Neither option provides a net cost reduction.
E: The net cost reduction cannot be determined with the given data.

Medium

Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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How many rows does the following SQL query return?
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Medium

nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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Which of the following SQL commands will find the ‘nth highest Sales’ if it exists (returns null otherwise)?
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Medium

Select & IN
Nested queries
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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Which of the following SQL queries would return the year when neither a football or cricket winner was chosen?
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Medium

Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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What will be the first two tuples resulting from the following SQL command?
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Hard

With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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How many tuples does the following query return?
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Medium

Dividends
Financial Analysis
Percentage and Average Calculations
Solve
Consider the following line chart which shows the money invested by a company in production each year and the sales made by the company each year. If the pie chart shows the shareholding pattern of the company and the company gives 10% of the profit as dividends to its share holders then what is the average dividend received by retail investors from 2000 to 2004?
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Medium

Laptop Brands
Proportions and Percentages
Financial Reasoning
Solve
Given below is the list of laptop brands and their details in which some data is missing. If the cost price of Dell is 3/5 of the cost price of Lenovo, then what will be the %profit of Dell?
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Hard

Median
Trend Analysis
Statistical Reasoning
Solve
 Consider the following line chart which shows the sales of five different companies from 2000 to 2009. Which of the following companies has the maximum percentage increase in the median from 2000 to 2004 and 2005 to 2009.
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Medium

Claims for a new drug Xylanex
Critical Thinking
Evaluating Arguments
Identifying Assumptions
Solve
A pharmaceutical company claims that their new drug, Xylanex, is highly effective in treating a specific medical condition. They provide statistical data from a clinical trial to support their claim. However, a group of scientists has raised concerns about the validity of the study design and potential bias in the data collection process. They argue that the results may be inflated and not truly representative of the drug's effectiveness.

Which of the following assumptions is necessary to support the pharmaceutical company's claim?
A: The clinical trial participants were randomly selected and representative of the target population.
B: The scientists raising concerns have a conflict of interest and are biased against the pharmaceutical company.
C: The statistical analysis of the clinical trial data was conducted by independent experts.
D: The medical condition being treated by Xylanex is widespread and affects a large number of individuals.
E: The pharmaceutical company has a proven track record of developing effective drugs for similar medical conditions.

Medium

Emma's cafe business
Solve
Emma's cafe has been operating successfully for the last 6 years. Profits have been growing every year, with this year (2020) being their best year so far. As a thank you, Emma treated her staff to a meal at a Michelin star restaurant. 
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Below are 3 statements about Emma, her staff and her cafe. Can you help us decide whether the 3 statements are "True", "Probably True", "Insufficient Data to Say True or False", "Probably False", or "False".

1. Emma's staff members are happy.
2. Emma's cafe did well in 2016.
3. Emma is rich.

A: True
B: False
C: Probably True
D: Probably False
E: Insufficient Data

Medium

Ivory's new startup
Solve
Statement: Ivory started a new startup. We know for a fact that almost all startups fail within the first 2 years. 
Conclusion: Ivory's startup will fail.
Does the conclusion follow from the statement?

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
Solve
Some friends live in adjacent apartments in a building in Central Perk, New York. We want to write a function to search the apartment number by name. Which of the following functions should we use?
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Medium

Organization data
Data transformation
Solve
We have two Excel files with organization data. One file has Organization ID and Organization Name fields, whereas the second file has Organization ID, Organization Name and Country fields. We wrote a query to retrieve the data from both files. Here’s a sample of the data retrieved:
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We want to ensure Organization ID field is unique. Which of the following is the ideal solution that ensures Organization ID field is unique while retaining Country data?

A: Select the Organization ID and Country columns, and then click Keep Duplicates.
B: Select the Organization ID and Country columns, and then click Remove Duplicates.
C: Use Group BY function to group the rows by Organization ID. Specify output columns for Organization Name and Country using MAX operation.
D: Select Organization ID column and then click Remove Duplicates. Then specify output columns for Country using MAX operation.

Medium

Student scores
Data formatting
Solve
Here’s a sample Excel data source:
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Here’s the expected data format: 
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Which of the following is the correct way to transform the data from the query editor to achieve the result?

A: Columns to Select: Student Only
B: Columns to Select: Student and Student ID
C: Columns to Select: Primary and Secondary
D: Command to Use: Pivot Column
E: Command to Use: Reverse Rows
F: Command to Use: Unpivot Columns

Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor
Solve
We are looking to find the contact number of the only blood donor with blood group O-. Which function should we use to look up the correct contact number? Here's the documentation for VLOOKUP: =VLOOKUP(lookup value, range containing the lookup value, the column number in the range containing the return value, Approximate match (TRUE) or Exact match (FALSE)).
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A: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 3, TRUE)
B: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 3, FALSE)
C: =VLOOKUP("O-", D1:D10, 4)
D: =VLOOKUP("O-", D1:D10, 3)
E: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 4, TRUE)
F: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 4, FALSE)
G: =VLOOKUP("Kane", A1:E10, 4)
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

PV of customer segments
Market Segmentation
ROI
CLV

3 mins

Business Analysis
Solve

Easy

Supply Chain Management
Cost Reduction

2 mins

Business Analysis
Solve

Medium

Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY

2 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

Select & IN
Nested queries

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Hard

With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions

2 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

Dividends
Financial Analysis
Percentage and Average Calculations

3 mins

Data Interpretation
Solve

Medium

Laptop Brands
Proportions and Percentages
Financial Reasoning

2 mins

Data Interpretation
Solve

Hard

Median
Trend Analysis
Statistical Reasoning

3 mins

Data Interpretation
Solve

Medium

Claims for a new drug Xylanex
Critical Thinking
Evaluating Arguments
Identifying Assumptions

2 mins

Critical Thinking
Solve

Medium

Emma's cafe business

2 mins

Critical Thinking
Solve

Medium

Ivory's new startup

2 mins

Critical Thinking
Solve

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP

2 mins

Excel
Solve

Medium

Organization data
Data transformation

3 mins

Excel
Solve

Medium

Student scores
Data formatting

2 mins

Excel
Solve

Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor

2 mins

Excel
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
PV of customer segments
Market Segmentation
ROI
CLV
Business Analysis
Medium3 mins
Solve
Supply Chain Management
Cost Reduction
Business Analysis
Easy2 mins
Solve
Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY
SQL
Medium2 mins
Solve
nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
Select & IN
Nested queries
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions
SQL
Hard2 mins
Solve
Dividends
Financial Analysis
Percentage and Average Calculations
Data Interpretation
Medium3 mins
Solve
Laptop Brands
Proportions and Percentages
Financial Reasoning
Data Interpretation
Medium2 mins
Solve
Median
Trend Analysis
Statistical Reasoning
Data Interpretation
Hard3 mins
Solve
Claims for a new drug Xylanex
Critical Thinking
Evaluating Arguments
Identifying Assumptions
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins
Solve
Emma's cafe business
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins
Solve
Ivory's new startup
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins
Solve
MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
Organization data
Data transformation
Excel
Medium3 mins
Solve
Student scores
Data formatting
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
VLOOKUP blood donor
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
Reason #4

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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 Business Analyst Excel 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 Business Analyst Excel 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

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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

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About the Business Analyst Excel Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Business Analyst Excel Test?

The Business Analyst Excel 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:

  • Business analysis and data interpretation
  • SQL skills for data retrieval and manipulation
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Proficiency in Excel functions and formulas
  • Working knowledge of pivot tables
  • Ability to perform data analysis and visualization
  • Application of conditional formatting techniques
  • Creation and customization of charts and graphs
  • Data manipulation and filtering techniques
  • Understanding and utilization of lookup and reference functions

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 Business Analyst Excel Test?

  • Worksheet and Charts:

    This skill involves creating and managing worksheets in Excel, as well as organizing and presenting data visually using charts and graphs. It is important to measure this skill as it showcases the candidate's ability to effectively represent and analyze data in a visual format.

  • Operators:

    This skill involves using various operators, such as arithmetic, comparison, and logical operators, in Excel. It is necessary to measure this skill as it demonstrates the candidate's understanding of performing calculations and logical operations on data.

  • Excel Functions:

    This skill pertains to the utilization and understanding of Excel's built-in functions, which allow for efficient manipulation and analysis of data. Measuring this skill helps evaluate the candidate's ability to leverage Excel's functions to solve complex problems.

  • Excel Formulas:

    This skill involves the creation and application of formulas in Excel to perform calculations and automate processes. Assessing this skill is crucial as it demonstrates the candidate's aptitude for using formulas to derive meaningful insights from data.

  • Pivot tables:

    This skill entails creating, modifying, and analyzing pivot tables, which enable users to summarize and manipulate large amounts of data. Evaluating this skill helps assess the candidate's ability to quickly generate interactive reports and identify patterns within data.

  • Data analysis:

    This skill focuses on examining and interpreting data to discover useful information and make informed business decisions. Measuring this skill allows for evaluating the candidate's proficiency in accurately analyzing data and extracting valuable insights to support decision-making processes.

  • Data visualization:

    This skill encompasses the effective presentation and communication of data using visual elements, such as charts, graphs, and dashboards. Assessing this skill is important as it showcases the candidate's ability to clearly convey complex data in a visually appealing manner.

  • Conditional formatting:

    This skill involves applying formatting rules and conditions to Excel cells based on specific criteria. Measuring this skill helps determine the candidate's ability to highlight and emphasize important data points, making information easier to understand and interpret.

  • Data manipulation:

    This skill refers to the ability to perform various data manipulation tasks, such as sorting, filtering, and transforming data in Excel. Assessing this skill allows for evaluating the candidate's proficiency in efficiently managing and manipulating data to meet specific requirements.

  • Data filtering:

    This skill involves using Excel's filtering capabilities to extract and display specific subsets of data based on predefined criteria. Measuring this skill helps assess the candidate's ability to retrieve and analyze relevant data subsets, aiding decision-making processes.

  • Lookup and reference functions:

    This skill pertains to utilizing Excel's lookup and reference functions, such as VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH, to retrieve specific data from large datasets. Assessing this skill allows for evaluating the candidate's ability to accurately locate and retrieve relevant information from complex data structures.

  • Statistical analysis:

    This skill involves using various statistical functions and techniques in Excel to analyze and interpret data. Measuring this skill helps assess the candidate's ability to apply statistical concepts and methods to draw insights and support data-driven decision-making.

  • Macros and VBA:

    This skill encompasses the creation and automation of tasks using Excel macros and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Assessing this skill allows for evaluating the candidate's proficiency in streamlining processes and improving workflow efficiency through customized automation.

  • SQL Basics:

    This skill refers to the understanding of basic SQL concepts and syntax, allowing users to retrieve, manipulate, and analyze data from relational databases. Measuring this skill helps assess the candidate's ability to interact with SQL databases and perform fundamental SQL operations.

  • SQL CRUD Queries:

    This skill involves the ability to write and execute SQL queries for creating, reading, updating, and deleting data in relational databases. Assessing this skill allows for evaluating the candidate's competency in database management and data manipulation using SQL.

  • Logical Reasoning:

    This skill involves the ability to think logically, analyze problems, and derive conclusions based on given information. Measuring this skill helps assess the candidate's aptitude for logical thinking and problem-solving, which are essential for effectively utilizing Excel's functionalities to address real-world business challenges.

  • 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 Business Analyst Excel Test to be based on.

    Worksheet and Charts
    Operators
    Excel Functions
    Excel Formulas
    Pivot tables
    Data analysis
    Data visualization
    Conditional formatting
    Charts and graphs
    Data manipulation
    Data filtering
    Lookup and reference functions
    Statistical analysis
    Macros and VBA
    SQL Basics
    SQL CRUD Queries
    Logical Reasoning
    Database concepts
    Normalization
    Joins
    Group by
    Aggregation functions
    Subqueries
    Constraints
    Views
    Indexing
    Stored procedures
    Triggers
    Transaction management
    Normalization
    ER diagrams
    Data modeling
    Data integration
    Data validation
    Data cleansing
    Data transformation
    Data visualization techniques
    Dashboard creation
    Trend analysis
    Regression analysis
    Forecasting techniques
    Hypothesis testing
    Chart customization
    Sorting and filtering data
    Data slicing and dicing
    Data merging
    VLOOKUP
    HLOOKUP
    IF function
    SUMIF
    COUNTIF
    AVERAGEIF
    MATCH
    INDEX
    Nested functions
    Data summarization
    Data drill-down
    Data sampling
    Data profiling
    Data auditing
    Data governance
    Data privacy
    Data security
    Data backup and recovery
    Writing SQL queries
    Data manipulation in SQL
    Data extraction in SQL
    Data aggregation in SQL
    Joining tables in SQL
    Subqueries in SQL
    Conditional statements in SQL
    View creation in SQL
    Data export/import in SQL
    Normalization forms
    ER diagram symbols
    Database relationships
    Data redundancy
    Primary and foreign keys

What roles can I use the Business Analyst Excel Test for?

  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Junior Project Manager

How is the Business Analyst Excel 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

  • Statistical analysis of data
  • Macros and VBA automation
  • Foundational knowledge of SQL basics
  • Ability to write SQL CRUD queries
  • Logical reasoning and analytical thinking
  • Advanced worksheet and charts proficiency
  • Expertise in using operators in Excel
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Excel functions
  • Mastery in designing and implementing Excel formulas
  • Advanced skills in pivot tables and data analysis
  • Advanced data visualization using Excel charts and graphs
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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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Business Analyst Excel 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.

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