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About the test:

The Software System Design Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their proficiency in designing software systems that meet functional and non-functional requirements. The test assesses candidates' ability to identify system requirements, choose appropriate architectures and design patterns, and create high-level design specifications. It focuses on database design, data modeling, system integration, security, performance optimization, and quality assurance.

Covered skills:

  • Vending Machine
  • Traffic Control System
  • URL Shortening Services
  • Limit Order Book
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface System Design Online Test is the most accurate way to shortlist System Designers

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Software System Design 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.

The Adaface Software System Design Online Test screens candidates for the typical skills recruiters look for System Designer roles:

  • Strong critical and analytical thinking
  • Knowledge of software and hardware
  • Understanding of information technology and computing systems

The insights generated from this assessment can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for System Designer roles. Anti-cheating features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online. The Software System Design Online Test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the skills to do well on the job.

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.

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.

Why we started Adaface ->
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 Software System Design Online Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


Session stickiness with ELB
Johnny Bravo is setting up a new e-commerce store for men's clothing. He set up session stickiness with ELB. But he does not want ELB to manage the cookie, he wants the application to manage the cookie. When the server instance, which is bound to a cookie, crashes what do you expect will happen?
A: ELB will throw an error due to cookie unavailability
B: The response will have a cookie but stickiness will be deleted
C: The session will be sticky and ELB will route requests to another server as ELB keeps replicating the Cookie
D: The session will not be sticky until a new cookie is inserted
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Session stickiness with ELB
2 mins
System Design
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Session stickiness with ELB
System Design
Medium2 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 Software System Design Online 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 Software System Design Online 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

About System Designer Roles

The process of designing the aspects of a system, such as the architecture, modules, and components, as well as the many interfaces of those components and the data that flows through that system, is known as system design.

A System Designer is the creator of the software systems that power a software. They are brought in early in the development process to analyse the scope and design of the software to set up the platforms that bring it to life.

Typical System Designer responsibilities include:

  • Researching and analyzing resources available in the market
  • Assembling all software and hardware required
  • Managing data entry and database assets
  • Producing prototypes, overseeing testing and implementing changes
  • Creating customized software
  • Iterating, polishing and balancing overall Software experience
  • Tuning and balancing data
  • Overseeing quality assurance process and implement changes

What roles can I use the Software System Design Online Test for?

  • System Designer
  • Software Designer

What topics are covered in the System Design Online Test?

Vending Machine
URL Shortening Services
Traffic Control System
Limit Order Book
System Performance
Load Balancing
TinyURL System
Search Engine
Shared Drive
Recommendation System
Leader Election Algorithm
API Rate Limiter
Networking Models
Network Protocols
Singapore government logo

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.

reduction in screening time


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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