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About the test:

The Excel test uses scenario-based MCQ questions to evaluate a candidate's ability to work with large datasets in Excel, navigate multiple spreadsheets, use advanced formulas and create reports. The test screens for the ability to sort/filter data, analyze data using PivotTables, create dashboards using charts, provide forms for user inputs, and record/ modify/ write macros.

Covered skills:

  • Basic formulas (MATCH; INDEX)
  • Advanced formulas (IF; VLOOKUP; HLOOKUP)
  • Math formulas (SUM; MIN; AVG)
  • Data types
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

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



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

Microsoft Excel online assessment test is designed and validated by industry experts to help recruiters and hiring managers to assess the Excel skills of the candidate.

The Excel test screens candidates for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Usage for formulas like SUM, INDEX, IFERROR vs IF + ISERROR, INDIRECT and OFFSET
  • Using lookup formulas like VLOOKUP with MATCH
  • Advanced usage of the CELLS and RANGE objects
  • Leveraging data with Pivot tables and Pivot charts
  • Adding filters to report menus to narrow the records
  • Creating powerful calculations with Excel functions
  • Using relative, absolute, and mixed references
  • Using data tools like sorting, subtotaling and filtering
  • Using charts and graphs to represent tabular data
  • Data cleanup and transformations (removing duplicates, transposing, freezing)
  • Automation with macros
  • Dealing with errors
  • 3-Data Consolidation
  • Combo techniques for Data cleaning
Reason #2

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.

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.

Why we started Adaface ->
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.

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Excel 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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Options:

  • =MATCH(B2:B9,INDEX(D3,A2:A9,0))
  • =INDEX(MATCH(D3,A2:A9,0))
  • =INDEX(B2:B9,MATCH(A2:A9,0))
  • =INDEX(B2:B9,MATCH(D3,A2:A9,0))

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.

Options:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D

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

Options:

  • AD
  • AE
  • AF
  • BD
  • BE
  • BF
  • CD
  • CE
  • CF

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)

Options:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
  • G
🧐 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
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
MATCH INDEX LOOKUP
Excel
Medium2 minsSolve
Organization data
Data transformation
Excel
Medium3 minsSolve
Student scores
Data formatting
Excel
Medium2 minsSolve
VLOOKUP blood donor
Excel
Medium2 minsSolve
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

Brandon

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

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Excel 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.

Reason #6

Detailed scorecards & comparative results

Reason #7

Designed for elimination, not selection

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

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.

Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


How to evaluate advanced Excel skills

The questions will be based on advanced Excel topics:

  • Pivot Table tricks on calculating the automatic sum, count, percentage and generating grouped data headings
  • Utilize variable types: Constants, Static, Module-Level, Public, Private, 'Option Private Module', etc
  • Searching cells and strings with advanced pattern matching and comparison, LIKE operator and InStr functions
  • Establishing a forecasted income statement, balance sheet and cash flow
  • Using Date and Time mathematical functions to calculate duration, length and intervals
  • Triggering macros using worksheet and form controls (Buttons, Shapes, DropDowns, ListBoxes, Click Actions)
  • Sending data from one macro to another using ByRef and ByVal methods
  • Statistical functions for prediction and interference
  • Creating custom functions
  • Connecting to external data
  • Creating financial models
  • Programmatically modifying worksheets
  • Random number generators

What roles can I use the Excel Test for?

  • Data Analyst
  • Senior Data Analyst
  • Data Entry (Excel)
  • Business Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Senior Financial Analyst

What topics are covered in the Excel Test?

Data types
Basic formulas (MATCH; INDEX)
Math formulas (SUM; MIN; AVG; SUMIFS)
Advanced formulas (IF; VLOOKUP; HLOOKUP)
Analyzing data (Pivots; Filters;)
Visualizing data (Charts; Graphs)
Pivot Charts and Tables
Lookup & Reference
Conditional formatting
Data summarization
Data manipulation
Working with dates and times
Error handling
Inserting and formatting tables
Sparklines and data bars
3-Data Consolidation
Automation with macros
3-Data Consolidation
Formula-based conditional formatting
Forms and actions
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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.


85%
reduction in screening time

Excel Test FAQs

Can I evaluate Excel and SQL skills in the same test?

Yes. We support evaluating multiple skills in the same test. You can review our SQL test to get a sense of what kind of questions will be used to evaluate SQL.

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.

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
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser

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.

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