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About the test:

The MS SQL Server Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their proficiency in working with Microsoft SQL Server, a popular relational database management system. The test assesses candidates' ability to design and manage SQL databases, write SQL queries and stored procedures, and perform data modeling and optimization.

Covered skills:

  • MS SQL Server
  • Database Management
  • Normalization
  • Transactions
  • Triggers
  • SQL Querying
  • Indexes
  • Database Constraints
  • Stored Procedures
  • Views

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface MS SQL Server Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Database Administrators



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The MS SQL Server Online 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 MS SQL Server database management
  • Expertise in SQL Querying and optimization
  • Knowledge of Indexes and their impact on query performance
  • Understanding of Normalization principles in database design
  • Familiarity with Database Constraints and their enforcement
  • Ability to work with Transactions for data integrity
  • Experience in creating and managing Stored Procedures
  • Proficient in creating and utilizing Triggers for data manipulation
  • Understanding of Views and their role in database querying
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 MS SQL Server 2005/2008 Assessment Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

Backup Strategy
Backups
Troubleshooting
Solve
As a DBA, you receive an alert notifying you that the production database has gone offline due to a severe issue. Fortunately, you have a proper backup strategy in place. The backups are performed as follows:

1. Full database backup every Sunday at 2:00 AM.
2. Differential backup every day at 2:00 AM, except Sunday.
3. Transaction log backup every hour.
Today is Wednesday, and the failure occurred at 10:15 AM. You have the following backup files available:

1. Full backup: Full_Backup_Sun.bak taken on Sunday 2:00 AM.
2. Differential backups: Diff_Backup_Mon.bak, Diff_Backup_Tue.bak, Diff_Backup_Wed.bak taken at 2:00 AM on their respective days.
3. Transaction log backups: Hourly backups from Sunday 3:00 AM until Wednesday 10:00 AM, like TLog_Backup_Wed_09.bak, TLog_Backup_Wed_10.bak.
Given the RPO (Recovery Point Objective) of 15 minutes, which of the following sequences of restore operations would ensure minimal data loss?
A: Full_Backup_Sun.bak, Diff_Backup_Wed.bak, then all Transaction Log backups from Wednesday.

B: Full_Backup_Sun.bak, Diff_Backup_Tue.bak, then all Transaction Log backups from Tuesday and Wednesday.

C: Full_Backup_Sun.bak, Diff_Backup_Wed.bak, then Transaction Log backups from Wednesday 2:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

D: Full_Backup_Sun.bak, then all Transaction Log backups from Sunday to Wednesday 10:00 AM.

E: Full_Backup_Sun.bak, Diff_Backup_Mon.bak, Diff_Backup_Tue.bak, Diff_Backup_Wed.bak, then Transaction Log backups from Wednesday 2:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Medium

Optimizing Query Performance
Indexing
Join Optimization
Execution Plans
Solve
You are managing a SQL Server database for a large e-commerce platform. The database contains the following tables:
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Users often run a query to retrieve all orders from a specific date along with customer details and a breakdown of each order. Lately, this query has been performing poorly, especially on days with a high volume of orders.

Given this schema, which of the following changes would MOST LIKELY enhance the performance of this query?
A: Create a non-clustered index on Orders(OrderDate, OrderID) and a clustered index on OrderDetails(OrderID).
B: Create a clustered index on Orders(CustomerID, OrderDate) and a non-clustered index on OrderDetails(ProductName).
C: Increase the size of the OrderDetails(ProductName) column and add more RAM to the SQL Server machine.
D: Create a clustered index on Orders(OrderDate) and a non-clustered index on OrderDetails(OrderID, Quantity).
E: Partition the Orders table on OrderDate and create a non-clustered index on OrderDetails(DetailID, Price).

Medium

Transaction Isolation
Transaction Isolation Levels
Snapshot Isolation
Solve
You are managing a SQL Server instance that is experiencing performance degradation. After some analysis, you realize that the TempDB is under heavy stress due to numerous long-running transactions. Users have reported that some SELECT queries on a large table, named SalesData, are slower than expected.

You consider implementing Snapshot Isolation to mitigate blocking issues. You're aware that Snapshot Isolation uses TempDB to store row versions.

Given the situation, which combination of actions will help alleviate the stress on TempDB and enhance the performance of SELECT queries on SalesData?
A: Move TempDB to a faster storage subsystem and enable Snapshot Isolation for SalesData.
B: Increase the number of TempDB data files, shrink TempDB size, and enable Snapshot Isolation for the database.
C: Implement Read Committed Snapshot Isolation (RCSI) for the database and partition the SalesData table.
D: Reduce the TempDB size, implement table partitioning on SalesData, and enable Read Uncommitted isolation level for the SELECT queries.
E: Create a non-clustered index on frequently queried columns of SalesData and enable row versioning for the entire database.

Medium

Transaction Log Management
Performance Tuning
Log Management
Solve
You are a DBA at a large company managing an SQL Server database which is crucial for daily operations. The database is configured with the Full recovery model. The database is experiencing considerable transaction log growth during business hours, which is impacting the disk space and performance.

The following operations are performed on this database:

1. A large ETL process that runs every night, which transforms and loads data into several tables.
2. A data archiving job that runs every night, which removes old data from several tables.
3. Frequent read/write operations during the day as part of normal business operations.

Given this scenario, which of the following strategies could help manage the transaction log growth effectively?
A: Switch to the Simple recovery model.
B: Schedule frequent log backup and cleanups during business hours.
C: Shrink the transaction log file size during business hours.
D: Increase the database file size.

Medium

MS SQL: enterpriseDB, GROUP BY
Solve
The following T-SQL statements are run on enterpriseDB database:
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uamMembers with MemberPaid as 1 implies that the member payment is complete. We want to find number of paid users for each uamGroup. (If a uamGroup does not have any paid members, we want to have 0 as paid members count). Of the following T-SQL statements, what should we run to achieve this?
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Medium

MS SQL: Most recurring errors
Solve
Check out following MS SQL tables:
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We have a status monitoring page to display most recurring errors for each user. Here's the T-SQL statement to achieve this:
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How would you fill the empty blocks to finish the T-SQL statement from following options?
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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

Backup Strategy
Backups
Troubleshooting

3 mins

SQL Server
Solve

Medium

Optimizing Query Performance
Indexing
Join Optimization
Execution Plans

3 mins

SQL Server
Solve

Medium

Transaction Isolation
Transaction Isolation Levels
Snapshot Isolation

3 mins

SQL Server
Solve

Medium

Transaction Log Management
Performance Tuning
Log Management

3 mins

SQL Server
Solve

Medium

MS SQL: enterpriseDB, GROUP BY

4 mins

MS SQL
Solve

Medium

MS SQL: Most recurring errors

4 mins

MS SQL
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
Backup Strategy
Backups
Troubleshooting
SQL Server
Medium3 mins
Solve
Optimizing Query Performance
Indexing
Join Optimization
Execution Plans
SQL Server
Medium3 mins
Solve
Transaction Isolation
Transaction Isolation Levels
Snapshot Isolation
SQL Server
Medium3 mins
Solve
Transaction Log Management
Performance Tuning
Log Management
SQL Server
Medium3 mins
Solve
MS SQL: enterpriseDB, GROUP BY
MS SQL
Medium4 mins
Solve
MS SQL: Most recurring errors
MS SQL
Medium4 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!


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Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment MS SQL Server 2005/2008 Assessment 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 MS SQL Server 2005/2008 Assessment 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

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 MS SQL Server Assessment Test

Why you should use Pre-employment MS SQL Server Online Test?

The MS SQL Server 2005/2008 Assessment 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:

  • SQL querying including complex queries and optimization
  • Database management including creating, updating, and maintaining databases
  • Understanding and implementing database normalization techniques
  • Working with indexes to improve query performance
  • Implementing database constraints to ensure data integrity
  • Understanding and working with transactions for data consistency
  • Creating and managing stored procedures for data manipulation
  • Implementing triggers for automating database actions
  • Creating and managing views to provide simplified data access
  • Performance tuning and optimization for database operations

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 MS SQL Server Online Test?

  • MS SQL Server

    MS SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. It is used to store and retrieve data as requested by other software applications. This skill is measured in the test to assess candidates' proficiency in working with MS SQL Server, as it is a widely used database technology.

  • SQL Querying

    SQL Querying involves writing and executing queries to retrieve, manipulate, and manage data stored in a SQL database. It is an essential skill to measure in the test as it determines a candidate's ability to extract information efficiently from databases using structured query language.

  • Database Management

    Database Management involves administering, organizing, and controlling the various aspects of a database system. This skill is measured in the test to evaluate candidates' knowledge and competence in managing database components such as data storage, user access management, backup and recovery procedures, and performance optimization.

  • Indexes

    Indexes are data structures that improve the speed of data retrieval operations on database tables. Measuring a candidate's understanding of indexes in the test helps assess their ability to design and implement efficient database structures, ensuring faster data access for applications.

  • Normalization

    Normalization is the process of organizing data in a database to reduce duplication, increase data integrity, and improve overall efficiency. This skill is measured in the test to evaluate candidates' knowledge of database design principles and their ability to create well-structured, normalized databases.

  • Database Constraints

    Database Constraints are rules and restrictions applied to data in a database to maintain data integrity and consistency. Measuring this skill in the test helps assess candidates' familiarity with various types of constraints and their ability to enforce data validation rules within a database.

  • Transactions

    Transactions are sets of database operations that are treated as a single unit of work, ensuring data consistency and integrity. This skill is measured in the test to evaluate candidates' understanding of transaction control concepts, such as ensuring atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability in database operations.

  • Stored Procedures

    Stored Procedures are precompiled sets of SQL statements stored in a database and executed as a single unit. This skill is measured in the test to assess candidates' proficiency in creating, managing, and executing stored procedures for efficient and secure database operations.

  • Triggers

    Triggers are database objects that are automatically executed in response to specific data manipulation events. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate candidates' knowledge and ability to create triggers to enforce business rules, maintain data integrity, and automate tasks in a database system.

  • Views

    Views are virtual tables generated by queries that simplify data access by providing a logical representation of the underlying database tables. This skill is measured in the test to assess candidates' understanding of creating and utilizing views to simplify complex queries, improve performance, and enhance data security.

  • 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 MS SQL Server 2005/2008 Assessment Test to be based on.

    Database Design
    Table Creation
    Views
    Indexes
    Normalization
    Database Constraints
    SQL Querying
    Data Manipulation
    Transactions
    Stored Procedures
    Triggers
    Table Joins
    Subqueries
    Aggregate Functions
    Group By
    Having Clause
    Union Operator
    String Functions
    Date Functions
    Mathematical Functions
    Case Statement
    Data Types
    Database Backup and Restore
    Database Security
    Database Performance Tuning
    Query Optimization
    Entity-Relationship Model
    Entity-Relationship Diagrams
    Database Normal Forms
    Primary Key
    Foreign Key
    Unique Constraints
    Check Constraints
    Default Constraints
    Identity Column
    ACID Properties
    Isolation Levels
    Locking and Deadlocks
    Commit and Rollback
    Error Handling
    Database Triggers
    Instead Of Triggers
    After Triggers
    For Triggers
    DML Triggers
    DDL Triggers
    Nested Triggers
    Cursor
    Temporary Tables
    Dynamic SQL
    Table Variables
    User-Defined Functions
    Scalar Functions
    Inline Table-Valued Functions
    Multi-Statement Table-Valued Functions
    Views vs Stored Procedures
    Materialized Views
    Indexed Views
    Common Table Expressions
    Recursive CTE
    Window Functions
    Pivot and Unpivot
    Query Execution Plan
    Execution Plan Analysis
    Query Hints

What roles can I use the MS SQL Server Online Test for?

  • Database Administrator
  • SQL Developer
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Database Tester

How is the MS SQL Server Online 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

  • Designing and implementing database security measures
  • Working with backup and recovery procedures
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting database performance issues
  • Understanding and working with database replication
  • Understanding and implementing database mirroring
  • Experience in working with SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Designing and implementing data warehousing solutions
  • Migrating and upgrading database systems efficiently
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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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MS SQL Server 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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