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About the test:

The English (Upper Intermediate/B2) test evaluates a candidate's proficiency in the English language at the B2 level of the CEFR framework. It assesses the candidate's understanding of verbs, grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing skills and speaking skills.

Covered skills:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing skills
  • Sentence structure
  • Culture and society
  • Listening comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Verb conjugation
  • Conversation

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface English (Upper Intermediate/B2) Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Analysts

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The English (Upper Intermediate/B2) 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 analyze complex written passages
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret spoken language in various contexts
  • Strong vocabulary skills to understand and use a wide range of words
  • Solid understanding of grammar rules and ability to apply them accurately
  • Effective writing skills to convey thoughts and ideas clearly
  • Proficient in verb conjugation for different tenses and forms
  • Ability to construct grammatically correct sentences
  • Skills in engaging in conversation and expressing ideas fluently
  • Knowledge of culture and society to understand cultural references and context
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 (Upper Intermediate/B2) 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 (Upper Intermediate/B2) 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 (Upper Intermediate/B2) 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 (Upper Intermediate/B2) Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment English (Upper Intermediate/B2) test?

The English (Upper Intermediate/B2) 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:

  • Reading comprehension and interpretation
  • Listening comprehension and active listening
  • Vocabulary acquisition and usage
  • Grammar rules and application
  • Writing skills and composition
  • Verb conjugation and usage
  • Sentence structure and syntax
  • Conversation skills and fluency
  • Understanding culture and society
  • Analyzing and evaluating literary texts

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 (Upper Intermediate/B2) test?

  • Reading comprehension

    Reading comprehension refers to the ability to understand written text, analyze its meaning, and make inferences from it. This skill is measured in the test to assess candidates' language proficiency and their ability to extract information from written materials, which is crucial in many academic and professional settings.

  • Listening comprehension

    Listening comprehension assesses candidates' ability to understand spoken language and extract relevant information. This skill is important as it reflects real-life situations where individuals need to comprehend spoken instructions, conversations, or presentations, and is essential for effective communication.

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary measures candidates' knowledge and understanding of words and their meanings. A strong vocabulary is key to effective communication, as it enables individuals to convey their ideas accurately and express themselves fluently in both spoken and written forms.

  • Grammar

    Grammar evaluates candidates' understanding of the structural rules and principles of a language, including syntax, morphology, and semantics. Accurate grammar usage is crucial as it ensures clarity, coherence, and precision in written and spoken communication.

  • Writing skills

    Writing skills assess candidates' ability to produce clear, coherent, and well-structured written texts. Good writing skills are essential for a wide range of professional positions that require concise and persuasive communication, such as reports, emails, or proposals.

  • Verb conjugation

    Verb conjugation measures candidates' knowledge and ability to use and manipulate verbs in different tenses, moods, and forms. Accurate verb conjugation is fundamental for expressing actions, states, and relationships in a grammatically correct manner.

  • Sentence structure

    Sentence structure assesses candidates' understanding of the arrangement and organization of words, phrases, and clauses within sentences. A solid understanding of sentence structure is essential for conveying meaning effectively and ensuring the coherence and clarity of written and spoken language.

  • Conversation

    Conversation evaluates candidates' ability to engage in oral communication and participate in discussions or dialogues. This skill is vital for effective interpersonal communication, as it requires active listening, appropriate responses, and the ability to express ideas clearly and fluently.

  • Culture and society

    Culture and society measures candidates' knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the target language. It assesses their awareness of customs, traditions, values, and societal norms, which is crucial for effective cross-cultural communication and understanding.

  • 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 (Upper Intermediate/B2) test to be based on.

    Text structure
    Context clues
    Listening for detail
    Synonyms and antonyms
    Idioms and expressions
    Phrasal verbs
    Word forms
    Sentence structure
    Subject-verb agreement
    Relative clauses
    Connectives and transition words
    Narrative writing
    Descriptive writing
    Argumentative writing
    Formal and informal writing
    Email writing
    Verb conjugation (present tense)
    Verb conjugation (past tense)
    Verb conjugation (future tense)
    Verb conjugation (perfect aspect)
    Verb conjugation (continuous aspect)
    Verb conjugation (passive voice)
    Basic sentence structure
    Complex sentence structure
    Question formation
    Negative sentence formation
    Greetings and introductions
    Small talk
    Asking for information
    Giving directions
    Making suggestions
    Disagreeing and expressing opinions
    Cultural customs and traditions
    Popular culture
    Social issues
    Food and dining
    Sports and leisure activities
    Travel and tourism
    Education system
    Business and economy
    Technology and innovation
    Environmental issues
    Political systems
    History and heritage
    Literature and arts
    Music and film
    Fashion and style
    Health and wellness

What roles can I use the English (Upper Intermediate/B2) test for?

  • Analyst
  • Language instructor
  • Translator
  • Content writer
  • Proofreader
  • Customer service representative

How is the English (Upper Intermediate/B2) 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

  • Making inferences and drawing conclusions
  • Identifying main ideas and supporting details
  • Recognizing tone and mood in written passages
  • Summarizing and paraphrasing written information
  • Identifying specific information from spoken passages
  • Recognizing tone and attitude in spoken conversations
  • Understanding idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs
  • Applying advanced grammar structures and rules
  • Crafting coherent and cohesive written arguments
  • Analyzing and critiquing cultural norms and practices
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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 (Upper Intermediate/B2) 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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