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Problem Solving Test

About the test:

The problem solving test evaluates a candidate's ability to understand instructions, analyze data and respond to complex problems or situations. The questions are designed to get insights into their problem solving, learning agility and coachability.

Covered skills:

  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Inductive Reasoning
See all covered skills

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Problem Solving Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Data Analysts



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Problem Solving test helps recruiters and hiring managers to 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 expensive engineering time by filtering out unqualified candidates.

The Adaface Problem Solving test screens candidates for the typical skills recruiters look for in a potential talent:

  • Ability to identify and evaluate problems
  • Proactively looking for solutions or replacements for the identified problem
  • Evaluating all the possible solutions and scenarios to reach the best solution for the problem at hand
  • The ability to execute the best solution

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. The Problem Solving test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the proper reasoning skills to do well on the job.

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.

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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.

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

🧐 Question

Medium

Badminton Players
Solve
A badminton coach was trying to put together a team of 4 players for a friendly badminton championship out of 7 players. R, S, T are the male players, and W, X, Y, Z are the female players. Note that all players have equal ability, and the team needs to have atleast 2 male players. While selecting the team we need to keep in mind that all 4 players should be able to play with each other. We also need to keep the following restrictions in mind:
- R cannot play with Y
- S cannot play with W
- T cannot play with Z
Which of the following are true:

A: S and Z cannot be in the team together.
B: T and Y cannot be in the team together.
C: T and X cannot be in the team together.

Medium

CID Agent
Coding Decoding
Solve
A code ("EIG AUC REO RAI COG") was sent to the criminal office by a CID agent named Batra.  However, four of the five words are fake, with only one containing the information. They also included a clue in the form of a sentence: "If I tell you any character of the code word, you will be able to tell how many vowels there are in the code word." Are you able to figure out what the code word is?
A: RAI 
B: EIG
C: AUC
D: REO
E: COG
F: None

Medium

Positive correlation
Solve
Myra is working on her thesis for which she created a scatter plot of the number of teachers and the number of college graduates for cities in Australia. She noticed a positive correlation. Which of these do you think is the probable explanation for this correlation?
A: Teachers encourage people to go to college, so an increase in the number of teachers leads to an increase in the number of college graduates. 

B: Some college graduates choose teaching as a profession after graduating, so an increase in the number of college graduates also leads to an increase in the number of teachers.

C: There are more college graduates and teachers in higher income cities, so income is a confounding variable here, make it difficult to prove causation between number of teachers and number of college graduates. 

D: Cities with a higher population have more teachers and more college graduates, so the correlation is due to a third variable (population of city).

E: The provided data is insufficient, so it is extremely difficult to establish the reason for the correlation.

F: Most college students choose non-teaching professions after graduating, which explains the correlation. 

G: In Australia, college students are encouraged by their teachers to choose teaching as a profession after graduating.

Medium

Dividends
Line Charts
Solve
Consider the following line chart which shows the money invested by a company in production each year and the sales made by the company each year. If the pie chart shows the shareholding pattern of the company and the company gives 10% of the profit as dividends to its share holders then what is the average dividend received by retail investors from 2000 to 2004?
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Medium

Laptop Brands
Missing data
Solve
Given below is the list of laptop brands and their details in which some data is missing. If the cost price of Dell is 3/5 of the cost price of Lenovo, then what will be the %profit of Dell?
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Medium

Median
Percentages
median
Solve
 Consider the following line chart which shows the sales of five different companies from 2000 to 2009. Which of the following companies has the maximum percentage increase in the median from 2000 to 2004 and 2005 to 2009.
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Hard

Assemble Triangle
Solve
Which of the following set of shapes can be assembled to create the shape displayed:
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Easy

Odd One Out
Solve
Shown below is a group of 4 objects, which might be rotated in different directions. One of the 4 objects is different from the other 3 in some way. Can you figure out which one?
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Medium

Four Blocks
Direction
Solve
The city has been divided into 4 blocks. Block 1 in the north and Block 4 in the east of the city.
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A postman, who delivers the letter in the city is standing at the intersection of the two lines. The postman travels the city in the following order:

1. North-West 20 steps
2. South-West 30 steps
3. South-East 40 steps
4. North-East 50 steps
5. North-West 15 steps 
Now, find the location where the postman is standing?
A: Block 3
B: Block 2
C: Block 4
D: Block 1
E: On the line intersecting Block 1 and Block 4
F: On the line intersecting Block 3 and Block 4

Medium

Missing element
Solve
Which of the following figures do you think would complete the pattern shown below?
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Hard

Missing element
Solve
Which of the following figures do you think would complete the pattern shown below?
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Medium

Emma's cafe business
Solve
Emma's cafe has been operating successfully for the last 6 years. Profits have been growing every year, with this year (2020) being their best year so far. As a thank you, Emma treated her staff to a meal at a Michelin star restaurant. Below are 3 statements about Emma, her staff and her cafe. Can you help us decide whether the 3 statements are "True", "Probably True", "Insufficient Data to Say True or False", "Probably False", or "False".
1. Emma's staff members are happy.
2. Emma's cafe did well in 2016.
3. Emma is rich.

A: True
B: False
C: Probably True
D: Probably False
E: Insufficient Data

Easy

Ivory's new startup
Solve
Statement: Ivory started a new startup. We know for a fact that almost all startups fail within the first 2 years. 
Conclusion: Ivory's startup will fail.
Does the conclusion follow from the statement?
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

Badminton Players
3 mins
Logical Reasoning
Solve

Medium

CID Agent
Coding Decoding
3 mins
Logical Reasoning
Solve

Medium

Positive correlation
2 mins
Logical Reasoning
Solve

Medium

Dividends
Line Charts
3 mins
Data Interpretation
Solve

Medium

Laptop Brands
Missing data
2 mins
Data Interpretation
Solve

Medium

Median
Percentages
median
3 mins
Data Interpretation
Solve

Hard

Assemble Triangle
2 mins
Spatial Reasoning
Solve

Easy

Odd One Out
2 mins
Spatial Reasoning
Solve

Medium

Four Blocks
Direction
2 mins
Spatial Reasoning
Solve

Medium

Missing element
2 mins
Ravens Progressive Matrices
Solve

Hard

Missing element
2 mins
Ravens Progressive Matrices
Solve

Medium

Emma's cafe business
2 mins
Critical Thinking
Solve

Easy

Ivory's new startup
2 mins
Critical Thinking
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Badminton Players
Logical Reasoning
Medium3 mins
Solve
CID Agent
Coding Decoding
Logical Reasoning
Medium3 mins
Solve
Positive correlation
Logical Reasoning
Medium2 mins
Solve
Dividends
Line Charts
Data Interpretation
Medium3 mins
Solve
Laptop Brands
Missing data
Data Interpretation
Medium2 mins
Solve
Median
Percentages
median
Data Interpretation
Medium3 mins
Solve
Assemble Triangle
Spatial Reasoning
Hard2 mins
Solve
Odd One Out
Spatial Reasoning
Easy2 mins
Solve
Four Blocks
Direction
Spatial Reasoning
Medium2 mins
Solve
Missing element
Ravens Progressive Matrices
Medium2 mins
Solve
Missing element
Ravens Progressive Matrices
Hard2 mins
Solve
Emma's cafe business
Critical Thinking
Medium2 mins
Solve
Ivory's new startup
Critical Thinking
Easy2 mins
Solve
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

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Problem Solving 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 #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Problem Solving 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 #7

Detailed scorecards & comparative results

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


Which Roles Can You Use This Problem Solving Test For

The Problem Solving Online test is designed to assess for entry-level roles as well as experienced roles.

  • Critical Thinking: The critical thinking questions are designed to evaluate the candidate’s ability to conceptualize and analyze problems by evaluating information in order to reach a meaningful conclusion.
  • Analytical Ability: The analytical ability questions are designed to assess the candidate’s ability to understand understand ambiguous or complex information from different perspectives to reach a conclusion.
  • Numerical Ability: The numerical ability questions are designed to test the candidate’s ability to perform basic arithmetic operations.

Importance of Problem Solving In The Workplace

Every employee in their professional life will encounter a demanding work environment that presents itself with simple and complex problems on a day-to-day basis. An employee's problem-solving skills not only impact their job performance but also the inter-personal relationships that they build in their professional career.

Jobs that require leadership skills such as that of a CEO and HR manager might require more problem-solving when compared to entry-level positions.

Some of the advantages of problem-solving skills include:

  • Employees with better problem solving skills tend to create a positive work culture and environment by analyzing the problem rather than blaming and complaining about their colleagues.
  • Problems in the task or job role can present as new learning oppurtunities that can open up a whole new world of possibilities for employees. Problems that can be fixed can become a rewarding experience for them as well as a source of supreme confidence.

What roles can I use the Problem Solving Test for?

  • Data Analyst
  • Graduates
  • Freshers
  • Managers
  • System Admin
  • Front-office roles
  • Computer Programmers

What topics are covered in the Problem Solving Test?

Analytical Thinking
Interpretation
Lateral Thinking
Vocabulary
Assertion & Reason
Guilford’s test of Divergent Thinking
Reading comprehension
Decision Making
Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
Drawing conclusions
Spatial Visualization
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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

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.

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.

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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