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The Excel SQL Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their proficiency in using Microsoft Excel and SQL for data analysis and reporting. The test assesses candidates' ability to query and analyze data using SQL, import and export data between Excel and SQL databases, and create and manage Excel reports and dashboards. The test focuses on data modeling, database design, data validation and normalization, SQL functions and procedures, data visualization, and data manipulation.

Covered skills:

  • Basic Excel formulas
  • Analyzing data using Pivots and Filters
  • SQL Joins and subqueries
  • Excel lookup formulas
  • SQL CRUD operations
  • SQL indexes and views

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

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



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Excel & SQL 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 use basic Excel formulas to perform calculations
  • Proficient in Excel lookup formulas to retrieve data from multiple sheets
  • Skilled in analyzing data using Pivots and Filters in Excel
  • Able to perform CRUD operations in SQL
  • Knowledgeable in SQL Joins and subqueries for data retrieval
  • Familiar with SQL indexes and views for performance optimization
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 & SQL Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
Solve
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
Solve
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
Solve
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
Solve
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

Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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How many rows does the following SQL query return?
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Medium

nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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Which of the following SQL commands will find the ‘nth highest Sales’ if it exists (returns null otherwise)?
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Medium

Select & IN
Nested queries
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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Which of the following SQL queries would return the year when neither a football or cricket winner was chosen?
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Medium

Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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What will be the first two tuples resulting from the following SQL command?
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Hard

With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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How many tuples does the following query return?
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🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP

2 mins

Excel
Solve

Medium

Organization data
Data transformation

3 mins

Excel
Solve

Medium

Student scores
Data formatting

2 mins

Excel
Solve

Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor

2 mins

Excel
Solve

Medium

Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY

2 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

Select & IN
Nested queries

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Hard

With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions

2 mins

SQL
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
Organization data
Data transformation
Excel
Medium3 mins
Solve
Student scores
Data formatting
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
VLOOKUP blood donor
Excel
Medium2 mins
Solve
Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY
SQL
Medium2 mins
Solve
nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
Select & IN
Nested queries
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions
SQL
Hard2 mins
Solve
Reason #4

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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

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Excel & SQL 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 Excel & SQL 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.

invite candidates
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.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


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About the Excel & SQL Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Excel & SQL Test?

The Excel & SQL 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:

  • Basic Excel formulas for data manipulation
  • Excel lookup formulas for retrieving specific information
  • Analyzing data using Pivots and Filters in Excel
  • Executing SQL CRUD operations for data management
  • Performing SQL Joins and subqueries for data extraction
  • Utilizing SQL indexes and views for optimization
  • Creating and modifying Excel spreadsheets effectively
  • Implementing complex Excel formulas for advanced calculations
  • Applying Excel conditional formatting and data validation
  • Using SQL functions for data manipulation

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 & SQL Test?

  • Basic Excel formulas

    This skill covers the fundamental formulas in Excel that allow users to perform calculations and manipulate data. It is important to measure this skill in the test as it forms the building blocks for more advanced Excel functions and data analysis.

  • Excel lookup formulas

    This skill involves using formulas in Excel to search for specific values in a data set and retrieve corresponding information. Measuring this skill in the test helps assess the candidate's ability to efficiently access and retrieve data from Excel spreadsheets.

  • Analyzing data using Pivots and Filters

    This skill focuses on the use of Excel's pivot tables and filtering capabilities to analyze and summarize large data sets. It is crucial to measure this skill in the test as it demonstrates the candidate's proficiency in performing data analysis tasks using Excel's powerful features.

  • SQL CRUD operations

    This skill involves creating, reading, updating, and deleting data in a relational database using SQL. It is essential to measure this skill in the test as it assesses the candidate's ability to interact with a database and perform basic data manipulation tasks.

  • SQL Joins and subqueries

    This skill encompasses the ability to combine data from multiple tables using SQL joins and utilize subqueries to retrieve specific information. Measuring this skill in the test is important as it evaluates the candidate's understanding of database relationships and their capability to write complex queries.

  • SQL indexes and views

    This skill involves creating indexes to optimize query performance and creating views for presenting data in a predefined format. Measuring this skill in the test is crucial as it assesses the candidate's knowledge of database optimization techniques and their ability to create efficient data presentation structures.

  • 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 & SQL Test to be based on.

    Basic formulas
    Lookup formulas
    Pivot tables
    Filters
    SQL CRUD operations
    SQL Joins
    SQL subqueries
    SQL indexes
    SQL views
    SUM function
    AVERAGE function
    COUNT function
    IF function
    VLOOKUP function
    HLOOKUP function
    INDEX function
    MATCH function
    OFFSET function
    Conditional formatting
    Sorting data
    Filtering data
    Slicers
    Consolidating data
    Grouping data
    Aggregating data
    Adding and deleting rows/columns
    Inserting and manipulating data with SQL
    Updating and deleting data with SQL
    Selecting specific columns with SQL
    Querying multiple tables with SQL
    Using subqueries in SQL
    Working with indexes in SQL
    Creating and managing views in SQL

What roles can I use the Excel & SQL Test for?

  • SQL Data Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Financial Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Business Analyst

How is the Excel & SQL 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

  • Advanced Excel formulas for complex data analysis
  • Optimizing Pivots and Filters in Excel for better performance
  • Designing and implementing efficient SQL database schema
  • Implementing SQL security measures for data protection
  • Writing SQL queries with multiple table joins for complex data retrieval
  • Utilizing SQL subqueries to solve advanced data problems
  • Evaluating and optimizing SQL query performance using indexes
  • Designing and creating SQL views for simplified data access
  • Applying advanced Excel formulas for forecasting and modeling
  • Utilizing Excel data analysis tools for insights and trends
  • Analyzing large datasets using SQL aggregation functions
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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 & SQL 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?

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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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