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The Critical Thinking Test for employment assesses a candidate's ability to recognize assumptions, identify inconsistencies in reasoning, evaluate arguments, predict possible outcomes of a decision and make an objective decision. This pre-employment critical thinking test is used by recruiters to screen candidates for roles that require strong decision making abilities.

Covered skills:

  • Aptitude
  • Lateral Thinking
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Problem-solving

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Critical Thinking Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Analysts

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Critical Thinking 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 think critically and analyze complex problems
  • Skilled in logical reasoning and making valid deductions
  • Proficient in lateral thinking and generating creative solutions
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to propose effective solutions
  • Excellent aptitude for understanding and interpreting data
  • Ability to identify patterns and make connections between different concepts
  • Capacity to evaluate arguments and identify flaws in reasoning
  • Strong analytical skills for assessing information and making informed decisions
  • Proficient in identifying assumptions and evaluating their validity
  • Ability to think critically under time constraints and make sound judgments
  • Aptitude for integrating information from multiple sources to develop cohesive insights
  • Skilled in evaluating evidence and drawing logical conclusions
  • Ability to think creatively and outside-the-box to solve complex problems
  • Proficient in analyzing situations from multiple perspectives to gain deeper insights
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 Critical Thinking Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


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


Emma's cafe business
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. 
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


Ivory's new startup
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?
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ Skill


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

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Critical Thinking


Emma's cafe business

2 mins

Critical Thinking


Ivory's new startup

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🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ SkillπŸ’ͺ DifficultyβŒ› Time
Claims for a new drug Xylanex
Critical Thinking
Evaluating Arguments
Identifying Assumptions
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins
Emma's cafe business
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins
Ivory's new startup
Critical Thinking
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!

Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Critical Thinking 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.

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Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Critical Thinking 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

Advanced Proctoring

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About the Critical Thinking Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Critical Thinking Test?

The Critical Thinking 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:

  • Aptitude for analyzing complex problems
  • Strong logical reasoning skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and make sound decisions
  • Proven track record in lateral thinking and creative problem-solving
  • Experience in applying analytical thinking to identify patterns and trends
  • Proficiency in evaluating information and drawing insightful conclusions
  • Familiarity with logical frameworks and their application
  • Ability to solve complex puzzles and riddles
  • Expertise in identifying and evaluating multiple solutions
  • Capability to assess risks and benefits in decision-making

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 Critical Thinking Test?

  • Aptitude

    Aptitude refers to a person's natural ability to comprehend and solve problems. In the context of this test, aptitude is measured to assess candidates' analytical and numerical reasoning skills, which are vital for roles requiring data analysis, critical decision-making, and problem-solving.

  • Logical Reasoning

    Logical reasoning is the ability to think logically and systematically, making sound judgments based on given facts and principles. Evaluating candidates' logical reasoning skills helps measure their ability to identify patterns, draw conclusions, and solve complex problems methodically.

  • Lateral Thinking

    Lateral thinking involves unconventional and innovative ways of solving problems by thinking outside the box. Assessing candidates' lateral thinking skills provides insight into their ability to approach challenges creatively, generate novel ideas, and find unique solutions that may not be immediately apparent.

  • Problem-solving

    Problem-solving is the process of identifying, analyzing, and resolving challenges or obstacles. In this test, measuring candidates' problem-solving skills enables recruiters to gauge their ability to identify problems, generate effective solutions, and apply critical thinking to overcome difficulties.

  • 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 Critical Thinking Test to be based on.

    Numerical Reasoning
    Diagrammatic Reasoning
    Verbal Reasoning
    Inductive Reasoning
    Deductive Reasoning
    Critical Reading
    Logical Analysis
    Pattern Recognition
    Data Interpretation
    Cognitive Skills
    Abstract Reasoning
    Cause and Effect
    Decision Making
    Problem Solving
    Visual Thinking
    Analytical Thinking
    Information Evaluation
    Argument Evaluation
    Conceptual Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Cognitive Flexibility
    Systematic Thinking
    Logical Extraction
    Sequential Reasoning
    Assumption Identification
    Supporting Evidence Analysis
    Inference Making
    Causal Reasoning
    Counterfactual Thinking
    Hypothetical Reasoning
    Concept Mapping
    Idea Generation
    Metacognitive Skills
    Reflective Thinking
    Problem Decomposition
    Algorithmic Thinking
    Analytical Judgment
    Logical Deduction
    Analyzing Complex Scenarios
    Synthesizing Information
    Imaginative Thinking
    Decision Making Models
    Visual Puzzle Solving
    Inductive Reasoning Patterns
    Analyzing Arguments
    Analogical Reasoning
    Drawing Inferences
    Critical Evaluation
    Cognitive Processes

What roles can I use the Critical Thinking Test for?

  • Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Graduate
  • Intern
  • Sales Representatives

How is the Critical Thinking 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

  • Competence in developing innovative and practical solutions
  • Proficiency in synthesizing information from various sources
  • Skill in recognizing and resolving inconsistencies and contradictions
  • Ability to evaluate and improve existing processes and methodologies
  • Capacity to analyze data and derive actionable insights
  • Experience in conducting root cause analysis
  • Knowledge of different problem-solving techniques and their applications
  • Expertise in formulating and testing hypotheses
  • Proficiency in identifying and mitigating potential biases
  • Skill in interpreting and presenting complex information
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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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Critical Thinking Hiring Test FAQs

What is a critical thinking test?

A critical thinking test evaluates a candidate's ability to assess arguments, identify key assumptions & take objective decisions. The test presents them with scenarios where they need to understand the given information and make logical decisions.

Is it recommended to use the critical thinking test to screen candidates?

Yes, the critical thinking test can be an effective tool to screen candidates. This test can help identify individuals who have the ability to think critically and logically, and who are able to make sound judgments. While the critical thinking test can be a helpful tool to screen candidates, it is not necessarily indicative of a person's ability to perform well in the position. There are many factors that contribute to a person's ability to think critically and logically, and the test should be used as one part of the hiring process.

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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