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About the test:

The English (Proficient/C1) test evaluates a candidate's high-level proficiency in the English language at the C1 level of the CEFR framework. It assesses listening comprehension, reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, writing, and speaking skills.

Covered skills:

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing
  • Idioms
  • Literature
  • Current Events
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Speaking
  • Culture
  • History

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface English (Proficient/C1) Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Analysts

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The English (Proficient/C1) 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:

  • Ability to comprehend and understand spoken English
  • Ability to comprehend and understand written English
  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of vocabulary words
  • Understanding of the rules and principles of English grammar
  • Ability to write effectively and coherently in English
  • Proficiency in speaking and expressing oneself in English
  • Familiarity with various idiomatic expressions in English
  • Understanding of English-speaking cultures
  • Knowledge of English literature and its major works
  • Understanding of English history and its significance
  • Awareness of current events and their relevance
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 English (Proficient/C1) test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


Airline Operators
Four airline operators A, B, C and D operate on a popular route between 2 cities, Rome and Venice in Italy. Airline A wanted to increase the number of seats sold, so they reduced their fares for this route. Airlines B, C, D imitated this move immediately. The general belief is that the volume of air travel between Rome and Venice would increase as a result of this. Which of the following statements, if true, would add trust to the general belief?
A: All 4 airlines see increased profits.
B: Airlines start slashing rates for other routes as well.
C: A study shows that around 80% of air travel in Italy is company sponsored.
D: A study shows that air travellers in Italy are price sensitive.


Call Gurj Clooners
Folks should call Gurj Clooners if they want to:


Cigarette taxation regime
Cigarettes account for only 23% of tobacco consumption, and only 16% of 250 million tobacco consumers use cigarettes. However these 16% contribute 85% of the tax revenues to the Exchequer from the tobacco sector. The punitive cigarette taxation regime has kept the tax base narrow, and lowering taxes will expand this base. Which of these best bolsters the conclusion that lowering duties will expand the tax base?
A: The cigarette manufacturers’ association has decided to indulge in aggressive promotion.

B:  Cigarette manufacturers are lobbying for a reduction on duties.

C: There is a likelihood that tobacco consumers will shift to cigarette smoking if cigarette prices reduce.

D: An increase in duties on non-cigarette tobacco may lead to a shift in favor of cigarette smoking.

E: There is a likelihood that tobacco consumers will shift to cigarettes if cigarette prices reduce.

F: A decrease in duties on non-cigarette tobacco may lead to more tobacco consumers shifting to cigarettes. 

G: Cigarette smokers are becoming increasing aware of associated health risks.

H: Increased health warnings could reduce the tax base.


Reading Comprehension
This note informs Savannah that:

A: she can purchase new toys at a discounted rate.
B: the toy store has a new collection that she can purchase from now.
C: she can sell her used toys to the store.
D: she can get used and new toys in the ongoing sale at the store.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Airline Operators

2 mins



Call Gurj Clooners

2 mins



Cigarette taxation regime

2 mins



Reading Comprehension

2 mins

🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Airline Operators
Medium2 mins
Call Gurj Clooners
Medium2 mins
Cigarette taxation regime
Medium2 mins
Reading Comprehension
Easy2 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 English (Proficient/C1) 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 English (Proficient/C1) 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

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About the English (Proficient/C1) Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment English (Proficient/C1) test?

The English (Proficient/C1) 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:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in listening comprehension
  • Proven ability in reading comprehension
  • Strong vocabulary skills
  • In-depth knowledge of grammar
  • Effective writing skills
  • Confident speaking abilities
  • Fluency in idioms
  • Understanding of culture
  • Knowledge of literature
  • Understanding of history

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 English (Proficient/C1) test?

  • Listening Comprehension

    Listening Comprehension refers to the ability to understand and comprehend spoken language. It is a crucial skill to measure in this test as it assesses the candidate's ability to comprehend and interpret spoken information accurately and effectively.

  • Reading Comprehension

    Reading Comprehension involves understanding written texts and extracting relevant information. This skill is important to measure as it assesses the candidate's ability to comprehend and interpret various types of written materials, which is essential for effective communication and decision-making.

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary refers to the knowledge and understanding of words and their meanings. Measuring vocabulary in this test helps assess the candidate's ability to use a wide range of vocabulary accurately, which is crucial for effective communication and conveying meaning.

  • Grammar

    Grammar refers to the rules and structure of a language that govern the formation of sentences. Measuring grammar in this test allows evaluation of the candidate's ability to use appropriate grammatical structures, which is essential for clear and concise communication.

  • Writing

    Writing assesses the candidate's ability to express thoughts, ideas, and information clearly and coherently in written form. This skill is important to measure as it demonstrates the candidate's ability to convey information effectively and accurately through writing.

  • Speaking

    Speaking evaluates the candidate's ability to express ideas, opinions, and information verbally in a clear and articulate manner. Measuring speaking skills in this test is vital to assess the candidate's ability to communicate effectively in various contexts and situations.

  • Idioms

    Idioms are expressions peculiar to a particular language that may not be easily understood from their individual words. Measuring idioms in this test helps evaluate the candidate's understanding and appropriate usage of idiomatic expressions, which adds fluency and depth to their language abilities.

  • Culture

    Culture encompasses the customs, beliefs, practices, and social behavior of a particular group or society. Measuring culture in this test enables evaluation of the candidate's awareness and understanding of cultural aspects related to the English language, which is essential for effective cross-cultural communication.

  • Literature

    Literature refers to written works, including novels, poems, plays, etc., that are valued for their artistic or intellectual qualities. Measuring literature in this test allows assessment of the candidate's knowledge and understanding of English literature, which is important for a comprehensive understanding of the language and its rich literary tradition.

  • History

    History involves the study of past events and their impact on society. Measuring history in this test helps evaluate the candidate's knowledge and understanding of historical events related to the English language, which provides context and deeper insight into the language's development.

  • Current Events

    Current Events refers to recent or ongoing social, political, economic, or cultural events. Measuring current events in this test assesses the candidate's knowledge and awareness of current issues related to the English language, which reflects their ability to connect language skills with real-world contexts.

  • 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 English (Proficient/C1) test to be based on.

    Listening skills
    Understanding main ideas
    Vocabulary acquisition
    Word meaning
    Synonyms and antonyms
    Word families
    Prefixes and suffixes
    Sentence structure
    Verb tenses
    Subject-verb agreement
    Essay writing
    Email writing
    Letter writing
    Formal and informal writing
    Discussion and debate
    Small talk
    Idiomatic expressions
    Cultural customs and traditions
    Famous authors and their works
    Cultural movements and literary periods
    Major historical events
    Important figures in history
    Global events
    Political events
    Social issues
    Technological advancements
    Scientific discoveries
    Environmental concerns
    Economic trends
    Pop culture
    Film and television
    Music and art
    Sports and entertainment
    Literary genres
    Classic literature
    Shakespearean plays
    Short stories
    Contemporary literature
    Modern authors

What roles can I use the English (Proficient/C1) test for?

  • Analyst
  • Translator
  • Content Writer
  • Language Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Language Specialist

How is the English (Proficient/C1) 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

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex texts
  • Effective communication skills
  • Attention to detail in written work
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret spoken language
  • Knowledge of English language structures and rules
  • Ability to demonstrate language proficiency in a range of contexts
  • Effective use of language to convey information and ideas
  • Capability to adapt language use to different situations
  • Proficiency in understanding and using idiomatic expressions
  • Ability to understand the cultural nuances of language use
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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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English (Proficient/C1) 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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