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The Excel & Data Interpretation Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates' ability to perform tasks such as data manipulation, statistical analysis, financial modeling, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Candidates may also be evaluated on their ability to interpret and draw insights from data, and to communicate their findings effectively through visualizations and reports.

Covered skills:

  • Basic Excel Formulas
  • Analyzing data in Excel using Pivots and Filters
  • Interpreting Graphs
  • Drawing inferences
  • Data Visualization
  • Excel Math Formulas
  • Visualizing data in Excel
  • Analyzing Tables
  • Analyzing Charts

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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Excel & Data Interpretation Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Data Analysts



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Excel & Data Interpretation 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:

  • Proficient in using basic Excel formulas
  • Strong understanding of Excel math formulas
  • Ability to analyze data in Excel using Pivots and Filters
  • Skilled in visualizing data in Excel
  • Proficient in interpreting graphs for data analysis
  • Ability to analyze tables and draw inferences
  • Strong understanding of analyzing charts in Excel
  • Proficient in data visualization techniques
  • Ability to interpret and make sense of data
  • Skilled in using various Excel features for data analysis
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 Excel & Data Interpretation Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
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Some friends live in adjacent apartments in a building in Central Perk, New York. We want to write a function to search the apartment number by name. Which of the following functions should we use?
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Medium

Organization data
Data transformation
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We have two Excel files with organization data. One file has Organization ID and Organization Name fields, whereas the second file has Organization ID, Organization Name and Country fields. We wrote a query to retrieve the data from both files. Here’s a sample of the data retrieved:
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We want to ensure Organization ID field is unique. Which of the following is the ideal solution that ensures Organization ID field is unique while retaining Country data?

A: Select the Organization ID and Country columns, and then click Keep Duplicates.
B: Select the Organization ID and Country columns, and then click Remove Duplicates.
C: Use Group BY function to group the rows by Organization ID. Specify output columns for Organization Name and Country using MAX operation.
D: Select Organization ID column and then click Remove Duplicates. Then specify output columns for Country using MAX operation.

Medium

Student scores
Data formatting
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Here’s a sample Excel data source:
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Here’s the expected data format: 
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Which of the following is the correct way to transform the data from the query editor to achieve the result?

A: Columns to Select: Student Only
B: Columns to Select: Student and Student ID
C: Columns to Select: Primary and Secondary
D: Command to Use: Pivot Column
E: Command to Use: Reverse Rows
F: Command to Use: Unpivot Columns

Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor
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We are looking to find the contact number of the only blood donor with blood group O-. Which function should we use to look up the correct contact number? Here's the documentation for VLOOKUP: =VLOOKUP(lookup value, range containing the lookup value, the column number in the range containing the return value, Approximate match (TRUE) or Exact match (FALSE)).
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A: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 3, TRUE)
B: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 3, FALSE)
C: =VLOOKUP("O-", D1:D10, 4)
D: =VLOOKUP("O-", D1:D10, 3)
E: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 4, TRUE)
F: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 4, FALSE)
G: =VLOOKUP("Kane", A1:E10, 4)

Medium

Dividends
Financial Analysis
Percentage and Average Calculations
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Consider the following line chart which shows the money invested by a company in production each year and the sales made by the company each year. If the pie chart shows the shareholding pattern of the company and the company gives 10% of the profit as dividends to its share holders then what is the average dividend received by retail investors from 2000 to 2004?
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Medium

Laptop Brands
Proportions and Percentages
Financial Reasoning
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Given below is the list of laptop brands and their details in which some data is missing. If the cost price of Dell is 3/5 of the cost price of Lenovo, then what will be the %profit of Dell?
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Hard

Median
Trend Analysis
Statistical Reasoning
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 Consider the following line chart which shows the sales of five different companies from 2000 to 2009. Which of the following companies has the maximum percentage increase in the median from 2000 to 2004 and 2005 to 2009.
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🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP

2 mins

Excel
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Medium

Organization data
Data transformation

3 mins

Excel
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Medium

Student scores
Data formatting

2 mins

Excel
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Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor

2 mins

Excel
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Medium

Dividends
Financial Analysis
Percentage and Average Calculations

3 mins

Data Interpretation
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Medium

Laptop Brands
Proportions and Percentages
Financial Reasoning

2 mins

Data Interpretation
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Hard

Median
Trend Analysis
Statistical Reasoning

3 mins

Data Interpretation
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🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
Excel
Medium2 mins
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Organization data
Data transformation
Excel
Medium3 mins
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Student scores
Data formatting
Excel
Medium2 mins
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VLOOKUP blood donor
Excel
Medium2 mins
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Dividends
Financial Analysis
Percentage and Average Calculations
Data Interpretation
Medium3 mins
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Laptop Brands
Proportions and Percentages
Financial Reasoning
Data Interpretation
Medium2 mins
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Median
Trend Analysis
Statistical Reasoning
Data Interpretation
Hard3 mins
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Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries
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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 Excel & Data Interpretation 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 Excel & Data Interpretation 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 Excel & Data Interpretation Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Excel & Data Interpretation Test?

The Excel & Data Interpretation 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:

  • Mastering basic Excel formulas
  • Understanding and applying advanced Excel math formulas
  • Analyzing data in Excel using Pivots and Filters
  • Visualizing data in Excel through charts and graphs
  • Interpreting graphs to draw conclusions
  • Analyzing tables to extract insights
  • Utilizing Excel's data visualization tools effectively
  • Applying statistical concepts and techniques to Excel data
  • Understanding and utilizing advanced Excel functions
  • Creating dynamic reports and dashboards in Excel

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 Excel & Data Interpretation Test?

  • Basic Excel Formulas

    This skill involves using built-in Excel functions to perform calculations and manipulate data. It is important to measure this skill as it forms the foundation for more advanced Excel operations and is a core requirement for most data analysis tasks.

  • Excel Math Formulas

    This skill focuses on using mathematical formulas in Excel to perform calculations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is crucial to measure this skill as it demonstrates the ability to perform basic numeracy operations within Excel, which is essential for working with numerical data.

  • Analyzing data in Excel using Pivots and Filters

    With this skill, individuals can analyze and summarize large datasets using Excel's pivot tables and filters. Measuring this skill allows recruiters to assess a candidate's proficiency in data manipulation and their ability to extract meaningful insights from complex datasets.

  • Visualizing data in Excel

    This skill involves presenting data in a visual format, such as charts or graphs, to facilitate better understanding and analysis. Evaluating this skill helps recruiters gauge a candidate's ability to effectively communicate data-driven insights and make information more accessible.

  • Interpreting Graphs

    This skill focuses on understanding and interpreting graphs and charts created using Excel. Assessing this skill provides recruiters with insights into a candidate's ability to extract insights from visual representations of data and draw informed conclusions.

  • Analyzing Tables

    This skill involves working with tabular data in Excel, including sorting, filtering, and performing calculations. Measuring this skill helps evaluate a candidate's ability to analyze structured data and spot patterns or trends within tables.

  • Drawing inferences

    This skill involves using data analysis techniques to draw conclusions or make predictions based on available information in Excel. Assessing this skill allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's ability to interpret data and make informed decisions based on the analyzed findings.

  • Analyzing Charts

    This skill focuses on examining and interpreting various types of charts created in Excel, such as bar charts, line charts, or pie charts. Evaluating this skill provides insights into a candidate's ability to analyze graphical representations of data and extract meaningful information.

  • Data Visualization

    This skill involves presenting data in a visually appealing and easy-to-understand manner using charts, graphs, or other visual elements. Measuring this skill ensures that candidates possess the ability to effectively communicate data insights and visually represent information for better decision-making.

  • 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 Excel & Data Interpretation Test to be based on.

    SUM function
    COUNT function
    AVERAGE function
    IF function
    VLOOKUP function
    PivotTables
    Filtering data
    Conditional formatting
    Charts
    Sparklines
    Data validation
    Data sorting
    Data filtering
    Data formatting
    Data analysis
    Data visualization
    Cell references
    Date functions
    Logical functions
    Text functions
    Statistical functions
    Lookup functions
    Chart types
    Chart formatting
    Graph interpretation
    Table analysis
    Table formatting
    Table functions
    Drawing conclusions
    Data trends
    Data patterns
    Data correlation
    Data comparison
    Data presentation
    Data interpretation
    Data manipulation
    Data exploration
    Data extraction
    Data summarization
    Data filtering
    Data grouping
    Data calculations
    Data reporting
    Data visualization tools
    Data analysis techniques
    Data visualization techniques
    Data interpretation techniques
    Data analysis best practices
    Excel shortcuts and tips
    Data input techniques
    Data formula auditing
    Data error handling
    Data quality assurance
    Data accuracy verification
    Data security measures
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What roles can I use the Excel & Data Interpretation Test for?

  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Entry Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Accountant
  • Marketing Analyst

How is the Excel & Data Interpretation 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

  • Leveraging conditional formatting and data validation in Excel
  • Performing trend analysis on Excel data
  • Using Excel's lookup and reference functions efficiently
  • Employing Excel's data analysis tools for decision making
  • Applying data cleansing techniques in Excel
  • Utilizing Excel's PivotTable and PivotChart features
  • Analyzing and interpreting Excel data for forecasting
  • Applying regression analysis to Excel data
  • Creating interactive data visualizations in Excel
  • Utilizing Excel's Power Query and Power Pivot capabilities
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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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Excel & Data Interpretation 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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