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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:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Aptitude
  • Lateral Thinking
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9 reasons why

Adaface Critical Thinking 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 crucial time by filtering out unqualified candidates.

Psychological research has found critical thinking tests to be highly valid predictors of future performance in work and education. Critical-thinking skills allow people to evaluate situations through reasoning to reach logical decisions.

Companies benefit from employees who think critically (as opposed to mechanically performing tasks) because these individuals use an independent mindset to seek ways to improve processes. Critical Thinking Tests are a widely used aptitude test for selecting candidates for graduate, professional, and managerial levels.

The critical thinking test screens candidates for the following skills:

  • Make correct inferences
  • Recognize assumptions
  • Make deductions
  • Come to conclusions based on given data
  • Interpret and evaluate arguments

The insights generated from this assessment can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for the role. Anti-cheating features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online. The critical thinking test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the technical skills to do well on the job.

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.

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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.

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?
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


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


Emma's cafe business
2 mins
Critical Thinking


Ivory's new startup
2 mins
Critical Thinking
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ 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.

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

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

What type of questions are included in the Critical Thinking Test

The questions included in the critical thinking test can vary, but they are often designed to assess a person's ability to reason, think logically, and make sound judgments. Mainly the questions require the candidates to do the following:

  • Identify the main conclusion of an argument
  • Identify the premises of an argument
  • Detect when an argument is based on false or unproven assumptions
  • Evaluate the strength of an argument
  • Draw logical conclusions from a set of given information
  • Analyze and critique a given argument

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

What topics are covered in the Critical Thinking Test?

Ability to solve different types of problems

Problem Solving

Ability to notice and retain all the intricate details


Ability to draw sound conclusions from the given information

Inference Assessment

Ability to determine whether the logic of the argument is sound or not

Evaluation of Arguments

Ability to determine whether the assumptions are correct or not

Recognizing Assumptions

Ability to draw insight from the given data

Statements & Conclusion
Data Interpretation
Critical Thinking
Logical Reasoning

Lateral thinking is a manner of solving problems using an indirect and creative approach via reasoning that is not immediately obvious.

Lateral Thinking
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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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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.

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.

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