Problem Solving Test

Problem Solving Test

Evaluate aptitude, technical and coding skills with Adaface skills assessment platform powered with an intelligent chatbot

Evaluate aptitude, technical and coding skills with Adaface skills assessment platform powered with an intelligent chatbot

"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

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  • singapore-government
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Start using conversational Problem Solving Test for the most accurate and candidate friendly screening today

Start using conversational Problem Solving Test for the most accurate and candidate friendly screening today

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Customized assessments for every experience level

Customized assessments for every experience level

Customized by subject matter experts to cater to job roles for all experience levels (fresh grads to 8-10 years) within your organization.

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Higher test taking rate compared to traditional tests

Higher test taking rate compared to traditional tests

Adaface assessments have an average test taking rate of 86% as compared to an industry standard of 50%.

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Accurate evaluation using on-the-job, non-tricky questions

Accurate evaluation using on-the-job, non-tricky questions

Adaface assessments have relevant questions that test for on-the-job skills. We do not expect candidates to solve puzzles/ trick questions.

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Trusted by companies worldwide

Trusted by companies worldwide

"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."


- Human Resources Manager, Singapore Government

Everything you need to know about Problem Solving Test 👇

Everything you need to know about Problem Solving Test 👇

Adaface Problem Solving Test will be customized to accurately evaluate on-the-job skills required for your role. This assessment test is useful when you are hiring candidates for roles like - Graduates, Freshers, Managers, Data Analyst, System Admin, Front-office roles, Computer Programmers, Mechanical Engineers, Industrial Machinery Mechanics.

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Why You Should Use This Test

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.

Questions in this Test



Number of sections 3
Number of questions 30
Duration 60 minutes
Language English


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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Numerical Ability: The numerical ability questions are designed to test the candidate’s ability to perform basic arithmetic operations.
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About This Test

The Problem-Solving test will consist of ~30 MCQs crafted by experts. Use this Problem Solving Online Quiz to streamline your hiring process.

Here is a list of topics (only for reference, actual topics and questions for your custom assessment will be chosen by our subject-matter experts based on your job description/ ideal employee persona).

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

FAQs

What is Problem-Solving in respect to the workplace?

Problem Solving is a means of solving various problems that come up as a challenge in any job role or work environment. It helps in evaluating a candidate's to identify a problem in the workplace and the path taken to reach a solution.

How can candidates improve their Problem Solving skills?

Candidates can improve their Problem Solving skills evaluating the pros and cons of all possible alternatives to solve a problem.

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 what we do differently at Adaface here.

Do you have any anti-cheating features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  1. Web proctoring
  2. Webcam proctoring
  3. Plagairism detection
  4. Non-googleable questions
  5. Secure browser

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. As in an assessment is optimizing to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best developer for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 60%, 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 developer 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 Java developer roles for any experience level (unless the role is primarily a leadership/ non-programming role, we do not recommend you a use any automated assessments in that case).

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 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 an engineer. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment.

What is the cost for using the Problem Solving Test?

Please get in touch, we'll create a custom plan for you based on the number of assessments you need.

Can I get a free trial?

You can sign up for free and check out the platform here. The dashboard has a sample assessment for you to review the quality of questions and check out the candidate experience of a chat based assessment. Since our questions are premium, we are unable to share sample questions for a particular skill/ technology.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Check out our quick guide on requesting a custom assessment here.

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Score Distribution

You should 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 do I use this?

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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

Customize the test with multiple skills/ seniority levels according to your job description

Customize the test with multiple skills/ seniority levels according to your job description

1. Get a custom assessment from our library of 700+ skills within 48 hours

2. Start inviting candidates to complete the assesment

3. Receive real time notifications and shortlist the best candidates

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Why is problem-solving considered as an important skill 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 such as those that require leadership skills such as that of a CEO and HR manager require more problem-solving when compared to entry-level positions. Some of the advantages of problem-solving skills include:

  • Employees with higher problem solving skills tend to create a positive work culture and environment by analyzing the problem rather than blaming and  complaining with 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 Are Conversational Assessments

What Are Conversational Assessments

Conversational assessments are the most candidate friendly way to get insights into a candidate's on-the-job skills and suitability for a role, while providing for a delightful candidate experience. Candidates love conversational assessments because they are fast, intuitive and feel like an interview rather than a test.

traditional assessments cons

Tired of traditional assessments with trick questions and low completion rates?

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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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