In this feature spotlight we’re going to take a look at creating tests with the Mix & Match Skills test builder.

Based on feedback, we brought in a new method for creating tests that simplifies the process while giving you more control and flexibility to be able to choose which specific skills and frameworks you want to test for. Watch the video above for more detail.

In this feature spotlight we’re going to take a look at the Insights sub-system within Evaluate.

Insights were released earlier this week, and there are two main business use cases for this.

  1. More accurate evaluation of candidates. Instead of relying on the score to tell you if a candidate has the skills to do the job, you can look at how they compare to all other candidates who have taken that test.
  2. It gives us a feedback mechanism to improve the quality of the tests that we offer by getting real-time feedback on whether tests and questions are at the right difficulty level for the target market

This is just the first release of our insights engine and we’ll be making updates to it in the coming months.

The evaluate team

In this feature spotlight we’re going to take a look at the auto-scoring code based questions. This was the top requested feature in our roadmap and allows you to test candidates real-world programming skills.

There were a few things that we specifically focused on

  1. We wanted to have quite a few smaller code questions in the tests we create, so we wanted to make sure that code questions could be created quickly and easily enough that you (the user) could make them yourself with a minimum of support
  2. We wanted to make sure that we supported a range of the most popular languages at launch to give us good coverage. At the moment we have support for Javascript, NodeJS, TypeScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, C, C++, C#, Java, Swift and Kotlin with quite a few more to come in the next few months
  3. We want to make sure the experience for candidates was simple so that the platform wouldn’t get in the way of them expressing their understanding and skills

We hope this brings you value. We’re working hard to make Evaluate the best code screening platform possible, and making it affordable for small tech startups.

If there’s anything that you’d like us to add to our roadmap, please make sure to message us or send an email to

The evaluate team

Principals / Overview

This article will outline the guiding principles for the creation of the screening tests that are available in evaluate. All of our tests are built with certain requirements:

Structure of a test

The following are the test creation guidelines. Tests should:

Sourcing tests

Whenever possible, we build these tests in-house. This helps to maintain consistency and quality standards. In cases where we don’t have the applicable skill set in-house, we source subject matter experts carefully using open source contributions, stackoverflow and recommendations.

Verifying tests

Before making tests available to the general public, we invite and get feedback from a minimum of 5 subject matter experts. Any questions that are controversial / confusing or that more than 3 of the reviewers got wrong are removed and replaced.

Closing notes

The above guidelines are geared towards making tests: