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Pre-employment English Online Test

About the test:

The pre-employment English test evaluates a candidate’s ability to understand and communicate in business-level English. It focuses on Grammar, Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension to help recruiters identify candidates who have a strong command over the English language before an interview.

Covered skills:

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Skills
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Sentence Structure
  • Grammar
  • Listening Skills
  • Business English
  • Punctuation

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Pre-employment English Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Customer Service Representatives

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Pre-employment English 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:

  • Demonstrate a strong command of vocabulary
  • Apply proper grammar rules in written communication
  • Comprehend and analyze written passages effectively
  • Listen attentively and comprehend spoken language
  • Write clear and coherent responses
  • Use appropriate English terminology for business communication
  • Understand and use idiomatic expressions in context
  • Apply correct punctuation rules in written sentences
  • Construct grammatically correct and cohesive sentences
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 Pre-employment English Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


Airline Operators
Four airline operators A, B, C and D operate on a popular route between 2 cities, Rome and Venice in Italy. Airline A wanted to increase the number of seats sold, so they reduced their fares for this route. Airlines B, C, D imitated this move immediately. The general belief is that the volume of air travel between Rome and Venice would increase as a result of this. Which of the following statements, if true, would add trust to the general belief?
A: All 4 airlines see increased profits.
B: Airlines start slashing rates for other routes as well.
C: A study shows that around 80% of air travel in Italy is company sponsored.
D: A study shows that air travellers in Italy are price sensitive.


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Folks should call Gurj Clooners if they want to:


Cigarette taxation regime
Cigarettes account for only 23% of tobacco consumption, and only 16% of 250 million tobacco consumers use cigarettes. However these 16% contribute 85% of the tax revenues to the Exchequer from the tobacco sector. The punitive cigarette taxation regime has kept the tax base narrow, and lowering taxes will expand this base. Which of these best bolsters the conclusion that lowering duties will expand the tax base?
A: The cigarette manufacturers’ association has decided to indulge in aggressive promotion.

B:  Cigarette manufacturers are lobbying for a reduction on duties.

C: There is a likelihood that tobacco consumers will shift to cigarette smoking if cigarette prices reduce.

D: An increase in duties on non-cigarette tobacco may lead to a shift in favor of cigarette smoking.

E: There is a likelihood that tobacco consumers will shift to cigarettes if cigarette prices reduce.

F: A decrease in duties on non-cigarette tobacco may lead to more tobacco consumers shifting to cigarettes. 

G: Cigarette smokers are becoming increasing aware of associated health risks.

H: Increased health warnings could reduce the tax base.


Reading Comprehension
This note informs Savannah that:

A: she can purchase new toys at a discounted rate.
B: the toy store has a new collection that she can purchase from now.
C: she can sell her used toys to the store.
D: she can get used and new toys in the ongoing sale at the store.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Airline Operators

2 mins



Call Gurj Clooners

2 mins



Cigarette taxation regime

2 mins



Reading Comprehension

2 mins

🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Airline Operators
Medium2 mins
Call Gurj Clooners
Medium2 mins
Cigarette taxation regime
Medium2 mins
Reading Comprehension
Easy2 mins
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries

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 Pre-employment English 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 Pre-employment English 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 Pre-employment English Assessment Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Pre-employment English Online Test?

The Pre-employment English 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:

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Business English
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence Structure
  • Critical Thinking

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 Pre-employment English Online Test?

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary refers to a person's knowledge and understanding of words and their meanings in a language. It is an important skill to measure in this test as it provides insight into a candidate's ability to understand and use a wide range of words, enhancing their communication and comprehension skills.

  • Grammar

    Grammar encompasses the rules and structure that govern a language. Assessing grammar skills in this test allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's proficiency in using correct sentence structure, verb tenses, and the arrangement of words to ensure effective communication.

  • Reading Comprehension

    Reading comprehension is the ability to understand and interpret written texts. Measuring this skill in the test enables recruiters to gauge a candidate's ability to extract information, comprehend ideas, and draw valid conclusions from written passages, which is crucial for professional communication and understanding business-related texts.

  • Listening Skills

    Listening skills are essential for effective communication and understanding spoken language. Evaluating this skill in the test allows recruiters to assess a candidate's ability to comprehend and process information accurately from verbal communication, helping to ensure effective collaboration and interaction in the workplace.

  • Writing Skills

    Writing skills refer to the ability to convey ideas, thoughts, and information in a clear, organized, and coherent manner using written language. Measuring this skill in the test helps recruiters evaluate a candidate's proficiency in producing accurate and well-structured written communication, which is vital for professional correspondence and documentation.

  • Business English

    Business English refers to the specific vocabulary, phrases, and communication styles commonly used in the context of the business world. Assessing this skill in the test allows recruiters to determine a candidate's familiarity with the language and conventions of professional environments, which is essential for effective communication and integration within a business setting.

  • Idioms and Phrases

    Idioms and phrases are expressions that have figurative meanings different from the literal interpretation of their individual words. Incorporating this skill in the test helps recruiters grasp a candidate's understanding and ability to use idiomatic expressions, improving their communication skills and overall fluency in English.

  • Punctuation

    Punctuation refers to the use of marks or symbols to enhance clarity and meaning in written language. Evaluating this skill in the test enables recruiters to gauge a candidate's proficiency in applying correct punctuation techniques, ensuring their written communication is clear, organized, and grammatically correct.

  • Sentence Structure

    Sentence structure refers to the arrangement and combination of words to form grammatically correct and meaningful sentences. Measuring this skill in the test allows recruiters to assess a candidate's ability to construct coherent and well-structured sentences, which is essential for effective written communication in both personal and professional contexts.

  • 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 Pre-employment English Test to be based on.

    Word formation
    Contextual vocabulary
    Noun clauses
    Subject-verb agreement
    Main idea
    Text structure
    Listening for specific information
    Interpreting visual information
    Sentence writing
    Paragraph writing
    Email writing
    Report writing
    Telephone skills
    Negotiation skills
    Idioms in different contexts
    Adjective order
    Capitalization rules
    Comma usage
    Quotation marks
    Subject-verb-object order

What roles can I use the Pre-employment English Online Test for?

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Sales Representative
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Content Writer
  • Data Entry Specialist
  • Executive Assistant

How is the Pre-employment English 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

  • Contextual Understanding
  • Analytical Skills
  • Interpretation of Data
  • Inference and Drawing Conclusions
  • Synthesis of Ideas
  • Effective Communication
  • Attention to Detail
  • Information Retrieval
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
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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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Pre-employment English 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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