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PHP Online Test

The PHP online test includes scenario-based MCQ questions to evaluate candidates on PHP fundamentals, structuring PHP code using Object-oriented programming techniques, Handling errors and exceptions, Server Side Caching Types & Schemes. The test has coding questions to evaluate hands-on PHP programming skills.

Customized Based On:

  • Experience/ difficulty level
  • Multiple skills in 1 assessment
  • Job description/ role requirements

Covered Topics:

PHP Fundamentals
HTML Form Handling
Using PHP built-in functions and writing custom functions
Using PHP Sessions
Error and Exception Handling
Connecting to databases and Creating/ Editing/ Fetching DB records.
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Sample PHP Online Test Questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this PHP Online Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Array Replace
What will the following PHP code output?
[0] => basappa
[1] => sarvepalli
[2] => zakir
[3] => venkata
[4] => fakhruddin

[0] => hidayatullah
[1] => sarvepalli
[2] => zakir
[3] => venkata
[4] => fakhruddin

[0] => fakhruddin
[1] => sarvepalli
[2] => zakir
[3] => venkata
[4] => hidayatullah

[0] => basappa
[1] => sarvepalli
[2] => zakir
[3] => venkata


PHPEasy2 min
Alter and Change
What does the following code output?


  • 6 6
  • 6 4
  • 6 2
  • 4 4
  • 2 2
  • 4 2
  • 4 6
  • 2 4
  • 2 6
PHPMedium2 min
What does the following code output?


  • ONE1A
  • TWO2B
  • ONE2C
  • ONE2B
  • 1A
  • 2B
  • 2A
  • 3B
  • ONEB
  • 1B
  • 3A
  • TWOC
PHPMedium2 min
Consider the following table data and PHP code. What is the result?


  • The database will return no rows
  • $row will be an array
  • $result will be empty
  • $result will be '[email protected]'
Database Connection
PHPMedium2 min

How to use the Adaface PHP Online Test

Start screening candidates within minutes with the ready-to-go PHP Online Test

1. Choose the most appropriate test for your role

2. Start inviting candidates to complete the assessment

3. Receive real time notifications and shortlist the best candidates

OR Customize the Adaface PHP Online Test according to your job description

1. Get a custom assessment from our library of 500+ skills within 48 hours

2. Start inviting candidates to complete the assesment

3. Receive real time notifications and shortlist the best candidates

Adaface PHP Online Test is trusted by enterprises worldwide

Morgan Stanley
SG Government
Ernst and Young
Optimum Solutions
United Nations
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About the Adaface PHP Assessment Test

Evaluate PHP technical and coding skills with Adaface skills assessment platform powered by an intelligent chatbot


Bug Fixing
Object-Oriented Programming (OOPs)
Classes and Objects
Inheritance and Polymorhism
Globals and scope
Functional Programming

Recommended Roles:

Core PHP Developer
Core PHP Programmer
Senior PHP Developer
Backend Developer
Laravel Developer
Full-stack Developer

Why You Should Use This PHP Online Assessment Test

The test screens candidates for the following on-the-job skills that hiring managers look for:

  • Ability to write reusable PHP code
  • Ease of using built-in functions and ability to write custom functions
  • Ability to implement an array of Web-based products using PHP, MySQL, Ajax, and JavaScript
  • Knowledge of SQL/NoSQL databases
  • Understanding of object-oriented PHP programming
  • Ability to code and use reusable and testable code in PHP
  • Using PHP Sessions in a more sophisticated way and passing information efficiently to different modules
  • Secure form validation using Regular Expressions
  • Handle errors and exceptions in PHP and display more or less error detail based on the environment

The insights generated from this assessment can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for the role. Anti-cheating features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online.

How do you customize the test for Senior PHP developers?

The questions for Senior developers will include advanced topics that can only be acquired through hands-on development and a few years of experience with PHP. Here are some of the topics that we assess for Senior PHP developers:

  • Understand how MVC frameworks work
  • Separate application code from presentation code. Organise your PHP code into models, views and controllers in an MVC framework
  • Storing data in a relational database and using this from PHP code
  • Integrating third-party code
  • Performance & Scaling
  • Browser Side Performance
  • Server-Side Caching Types & Schemes
  • Anonymous functions, Lambdas, and Closures
  • Advanced OOP (Namespaces, Inheritance, Interfaces & Abstract Classes, Traits, Class Reflection, Inheritance Scope & Late Static Binding, Overloading & Magic Methods)

How will the test be customized for Backend PHP developers?

The questions will include backend focused topics. It might include topics like-

  • Knowledge of Databases like SQL, MySQL
  • Creating databases, creating and manipulating data records, fetching and parsing data records through PHP code
  • Efficient server-side REST API programming
  • Efficient third-party code integration
  • Monitoring server performance and Handling server scaling
  • Server-Side Caching Types & Schemes

Distribution Of Test Scores

The actual score distribution will vary based on your candidate pipeline quality, but you should typically expect ~20% of the candidates to do well on Adaface assessments.

The score distribution for our assessments follow the normal curve. This is a good sign- standardized tests like SAT and GRE follow the normal distribution (bell curve).

Status quo assessments typically have the exact opposite of the bell curve (too many candidates getting close to 0, too many candidates getting close to 100 and too few candidates in the middle). This is typically because they focus on theoretical questions or trick questions, which are very binary in nature- either you know the trick/ theory or you don’t.

How Adaface Is Different

Adaface conversational assessments are reflective of on-the-job skills and see an 86% completion rate as compared to ~50% for traditional assessment platforms.



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PHP Online Test FAQs

Can I evaluate Laravel along with PHP?

Yes. We provide ready-to-go PHP + Laravel test where you can assess Laravel, PHP and coding skills in a single assessment.

We also provide customized assessments where we customize the assessment according to your job description.

Can I use this test for evaluating full-stack PHP engineers?

This test evaluates core PHP skills. We provide assessments where multiple full-stack skills can be evaluated in a single test. You can review the PHP full-stack engineer test for evaluating PHP, HTML/ CSS, SQL, JavaScript and coding skills. Additionally, you can get a customized assessment created to evaluate your job description's must-have skills.

What is a custom assessment?

Every role is different and requires a custom assessment to identify top candidates efficiently. Adaface subject matter experts understand your job description/ role requirements and pick the most relevant questions from our library of 10000+ questions to create a technical assessment that helps you find the qualified candidates in your candidate pipeline quickly. All custom assessments are set up based on the job description, role requirements, must-have skills, experience level and salary range within a maximum of 48 hours and you will get an email notification once it goes live.

Check out a sample assessment here (no credit card required).

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.

How is Adaface different from other assessment tools?

We believe that status quo tech assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate engineers because they focus on trick questions/ puzzles/ niche algorithms. We started Adaface to help companies find great engineers by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role. Read more about why we started Adaface.

Here's what's different with Adaface:

  • High quality non-googleable questions that test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge.
  • A friendly conversational assessment with a chatbot, instead of sending a "test" to a candidate. This translates to a higher completion rate. Adaface assessments (86% candidate completion rate), as opposed to traditional tests (40-50% candidate completion rate)
  • Customized assessments for 700+ skills at different experience levels.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagairism detection
  • Non-googleable questions
  • 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.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

The platform is completely self-serve, so here's one way to proceed:

  • You can sign up for free to get a feel for how it works.
  • The free trial includes one sample assessment (Java/ JavaScript) that you will find in your dashboard when you sign up. You can use it to review the quality of questions, and the candidate experience of a conversational test on Adaface.
  • To review the quality of questions, you can also review our public questions for 50+ skills here.
  • Once you're convinced that you want to try it out with real assessments and candidates, you can pick a plan according to your requirements.

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.

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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