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The English (Proficient/C2) test evaluates a candidate's high-level proficiency in the English language at the C2 level of the CEFR framework. It assesses vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Covered skills:

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening
  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Speaking

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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface English (Proficient/C2) Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Analysts

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The English (Proficient/C2) 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 demonstrate a strong understanding of advanced vocabulary and word usage
  • Proficient in applying complex grammatical structures and rules accurately
  • Capable of comprehending and analyzing challenging reading passages
  • Skilled in writing coherent and well-structured essays or articles
  • Able to understand and interpret spoken English in various contexts
  • Proficient in expressing thoughts and ideas fluently in spoken English
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/C2) test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


Airline Operators
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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.


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Cigarette taxation regime
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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
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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.
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Airline Operators

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Call Gurj Clooners

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Cigarette taxation regime

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Reading Comprehension

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🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Airline Operators
Medium2 mins
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Medium2 mins
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Cigarette taxation regime
Medium2 mins
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Reading Comprehension
Easy2 mins
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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

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Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment English (Proficient/C2) 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 English (Proficient/C2) 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 English (Proficient/C2) Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment English (Proficient/C2) test?

The English (Proficient/C2) 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:

  • Vocabulary mastery for effective communication
  • Grammar proficiency for accurate language usage
  • Reading comprehension to understand written materials
  • Writing skills for clear and concise communication
  • Listening comprehension for understanding spoken language
  • Speaking skills for effective verbal communication
  • Knowledge of idioms and phrasal verbs for fluent expression
  • Understanding of sentence structure and syntax
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex texts
  • Awareness of grammar rules and usage

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/C2) test?

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary refers to the knowledge and understanding of words and their meanings. This skill is measured in the test to assess the candidate's ability to effectively use a wide range of words and expressions, which is essential for clear and accurate communication.

  • Grammar

    Grammar encompasses the rules and structures that govern the use of language. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate the candidate's command over sentence formation, verb tenses, word order, and other grammatical aspects, as it is crucial for producing grammatically correct written and spoken English.

  • Reading Comprehension

    This skill assesses the candidate's ability to understand and interpret written English passages. By evaluating reading comprehension, the test measures the individual's aptitude for extracting information, inferring meaning, analyzing textual details, and drawing conclusions in English.

  • Writing

    Writing evaluates the candidate's ability to express their thoughts and ideas coherently and effectively in written form. Assessing this skill in the test provides insights into the individual's proficiency in organizing their thoughts, using appropriate vocabulary and grammar, and expressing themselves fluently in writing.

  • Listening

    Listening skills determine the candidate's ability to understand spoken English. By evaluating this skill in the test, recruiters can assess the candidate's proficiency in comprehending conversations, lectures, and other audio materials, which is imperative for effective communication and collaboration.

  • Speaking

    Speaking measures the candidate's ability to articulate and communicate thoughts, opinions, and information orally. This skill is assessed in the test to evaluate the individual's fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary usage, and ability to express themselves confidently and clearly.

  • 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/C2) test to be based on.

    Idioms and phrases
    Prefixes and suffixes
    Parts of speech
    Subject-verb agreement
    Sentence construction
    Paragraph organization
    Main idea and supporting details
    Fact vs opinion
    Critical thinking
    Narrative writing
    Descriptive writing
    Persuasive writing
    Formal vs informal language
    Listening for specific information
    Discussion skills
    Interview skills
    Interpretation of non-verbal cues
    Engaging in small talk
    Giving opinions
    Agreeing and disagreeing
    Asking for clarification
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What roles can I use the English (Proficient/C2) test for?

  • Analyst
  • English Language Teacher
  • Translator
  • Content Writer
  • Copy Editor
  • International Relations Specialist

How is the English (Proficient/C2) 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

  • Comprehension of nuanced meanings and vocabulary
  • Proficiency in written expression and grammar
  • Attention to detail in written work
  • Ability to summarize and synthesize information
  • Active listening skills and comprehension
  • Fluency in oral communication
  • Proper pronunciation and accent in spoken English
  • Ability to engage in meaningful conversations
  • Confidence in presenting and public speaking
  • Effective use of body language and non-verbal cues
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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/C2) 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

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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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