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About the test:

The Technical aptitude test uses scenario-based multiple-choice questions to evaluate a candidate's general technical aptitude and problem-solving skills. The test covers topics such as basic computer concepts, programming fundamentals, data structures, time complexity, database management, networking and security, system administration, web development, and software engineering. Candidates are also evaluated on their ability to apply critical thinking, logical reasoning, and analytical skills to solve complex technical problems.

Covered skills:

  • Programming fundamentals
  • Algorithm Basics
  • Data Structures
  • Technical aptitude

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Technical Aptitude Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Computer Programmers

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Technical Aptitude 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:

  • Proficient in programming fundamentals
  • Ability to analyze and implement data structures
  • Strong understanding of algorithm basics
  • Capable of solving technical aptitude problems
  • Experience in efficient exception handling and error management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ES6 in JavaScript
  • Familiarity with IIFE (Immediately Invoked Function Expression) in JavaScript
  • Understanding of arrow functions in JavaScript
  • Competence in object-oriented programming (OOPs)
  • Proficiency in using Git for version control
  • Understanding of agile software development methodologies
  • Experience in efficient time complexity analysis
  • Capability of applying recursion and dynamic programming concepts
  • Ability to optimize code for better performance
  • Understanding of basic SQL for database interactions
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.

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.

How we design questions

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

🧐 Question


What does the following pseudo code print?


Fibonacci codes
Time Complexity
Pseudo Code
Here are three pseudocodes for calculating the Nth Fibonacci number. Which of the following statements about these codes are true?
A: Time complexity/efficiency of CODE 1, CODE 2, CODE 3 is the same.
B: CODE 2 is more space-efficient than CODE 3.
C: CODE 3 is more space-efficient than CODE 2.
D: CODE 2 is more time-efficient than CODE 1.
E: CODE 3 is more time-efficient than CODE 1.


Palindrome Test cases
Go through the following faulty palindrome detection pseudocode and test cases. For which of the test cases would the code return true?
A: a
B: aba
C: aaa
D: aac


Rewards Activities Order
Database Connection
A new popular app tracks the activities performed by its users and grants them rewards based on each individual's total activities performed in a year. This data is maintained in a database table (activitesinfo), with the following columns: userid, totalactivities, reward. This year, due to fundraising activity, the company has decided to further reward its users by enhancing the reward as per the following formula: If reward < = 4000, increase it by 2%, If 4000 < reward <= 8000, increase it by 4%, If reward > 8000, increase it by 6%.
The tech team has written three different scripts to calculate increment for each slab, each script is to run as a separate transaction. Here are the three scripts:
Script 1:
For users with reward <= 4000, set reward = reward * 1.02

Script 2:
For users with reward > 4000 and reward <= 8000, set reward = reward * 1.04

Script 3:
For users with reward > 8000, set reward = reward * 1.06
Each script is to be executed separately. Which of the following options will update the rewards as expected:
A: Execute Script 1 followed by Script 2 followed by Script 3
B: Execute Script 2 followed by Script 3; Script 1 running concurrently throughout
C: Execute Script 3 followed by Script 2; Script 1 running concurrently throughout
D: Execute Script 3 followed by Script 2 followed by Script 1
E: Execute Script 2 followed by Script 3 followed by Script 1
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ Skill



2 mins

Technical Aptitude


Fibonacci codes
Time Complexity
Pseudo Code

2 mins

Technical Aptitude


Palindrome Test cases

2 mins

Technical Aptitude


Rewards Activities Order
Database Connection

3 mins

Technical Aptitude
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ SkillπŸ’ͺ DifficultyβŒ› Time
Technical Aptitude
Medium2 mins
Fibonacci codes
Time Complexity
Pseudo Code
Technical Aptitude
Hard2 mins
Palindrome Test cases
Technical Aptitude
Hard2 mins
Rewards Activities Order
Database Connection
Technical Aptitude
Medium3 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 Technical Aptitude 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 Technical Aptitude 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 Technical Aptitude Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Technical Aptitude Test?

The Technical Aptitude 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:

  • Programming fundamentals including variables, data types, and control structures
  • Understanding and implementing basic data structures such as arrays, linked lists, and stacks
  • Knowledge of algorithm basics and their time and space complexity analysis
  • Ability to write clean and efficient code with proper error handling
  • Working with databases and SQL for data manipulation
  • Understanding of object-oriented programming concepts and principles
  • Familiarity with version control systems like Git
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language such as Java, Python, or C++

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 Technical Aptitude Test?

  • Programming Fundamentals

    Programming Fundamentals refers to the basic concepts and principles of writing computer programs. This includes knowledge of programming languages, variables, data types, control structures, and logical thinking. It is important to measure this skill in the test to assess a candidate's ability to write efficient and reliable code.

  • Data Structures

    Data Structures are the arrangements and organizations of data in a computer's memory. It involves understanding concepts like arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate a candidate's ability to efficiently store, manipulate, and retrieve data.

  • Algorithm Basics

    Algorithm Basics refer to the fundamental techniques and approaches used to solve computational problems. This includes understanding algorithms, analyzing their time and space complexity, and implementing efficient solutions. Measuring this skill in the test helps assess a candidate's logical and problem-solving abilities.

  • Technical Aptitude

    Technical Aptitude refers to the overall technical knowledge and understanding of various concepts and principles related to computer science. It includes the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical problem-solving, familiarity with industry practices, and awareness of current trends. Measuring this skill in the test provides insights into a candidate's overall technical competence.

  • 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 Technical Aptitude Test to be based on.

    Variables and data types
    Operators and expressions
    Control flow and loop structures
    Functions and procedures
    Arrays and linked lists
    Stacks and queues
    Trees and graphs
    Sorting and searching algorithms
    Time and space complexity analysis
    Recursion and backtracking
    Dynamic programming
    Bit manipulation
    Memory management
    Exception handling
    Debugging techniques
    Version control with Git
    Software development life cycle
    Agile methodologies
    Object-oriented programming
    Inheritance and polymorphism
    Encapsulation and abstraction
    Interfaces and abstract classes
    Singleton and factory patterns
    Functional programming concepts
    Data serialization and deserialization
    Handling JSON and XML data
    SQL basics and querying
    Database normalization
    Joins and subqueries
    Indexing and optimization
    ACID properties in databases
    Aggregation and grouping
    Transaction management
    Concurrency control
    RESTful APIs
    Web security best practices
    Browser developer tools
    DOM manipulation
    Asynchronous JavaScript
    AJAX and fetch API
    Event handling
    Regular expressions
    Error handling and debugging in JavaScript
    Promises and async/await
    Closures and lexical scope
    Prototypes and prototypal inheritance
    Higher-order functions and callbacks
    JSON Web Tokens (JWT)
    Unit testing frameworks
    Code refactoring techniques
    Code optimization and performance tuning
    Continuous integration/delivery
    Code documentation and commenting
    Software architecture principles

What roles can I use the Technical Aptitude Test for?

  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Junior Developer
  • Junior Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer (Fresher)

How is the Technical Aptitude 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

  • Understanding of common sorting and searching algorithms
  • Ability to analyze and optimize code for performance improvements
  • Knowledge of network protocols and communication principles
  • Experience in working with APIs and integrating third-party libraries
  • Understanding of software development life cycle and agile methodologies
  • Ability to write efficient and optimized SQL queries
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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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Technical Aptitude 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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