Guide to analyzing results

This guide illustrates the general steps of analyzing the results of your candidates.

Once your candidates complete their assessments, it's time to review and analyze the results. You can view who your top candidates are based on the averages shown on the main candidate page of the assessment, but TestGorilla's analysis tools go much deeper than that. This article is relevant to all users on all plans.

Approx. reading time 5 minutes

In this article

  1. Compare overall results
  2. Analyze individual results
  3. Sharing results
  4. Common questions

Compare overall results

By going to the My assessments tab and clicking on the assessment you want to analyze, you'll get a clear overview of the results for every candidate.

The assessment overview features a table that includes all of your candidate information. This table can be searched, filtered, and organized to allow you to compare results.

pink-1 Search for specific candidates by entering a full or partial name or email address.
pink-2 Select a scoring benchmark. % correct will display the raw score your candidate achieved. All others will display a percentile, compared against the other candidates within the benchmark. The default is All candidates.
pink-3 Set a minimum and maximum score to filter only the candidates within that range.
pink-4 Choose a stage — or multiple stages — to view only the relevant candidates. Setting a stage can help keep your candidates organized. See this guide for more information on stages.
pink-5 Filter by status. Only candidates of your chosen status will show; candidates who have completed the assessment, for example. This guide has more information about statuses.
pink-6 Sort by field. By default, the table is sorted by Score — highest to lowest. Click a column header to sort the table by that field, clicking again to change it between ascending and descending order.
pink-7 Select multiple candidates by checking the box next to their name. Bulk actions — like changing the hiring stage — can be completed for selected candidates.
pink-8 Click a candidate’s name to view their individual results.



Analyze individual results

The individual candidate results page gives you a clear overview of the assessment results for a candidate. The results for each assessment are grouped in seven key ways:


Candidate details
This section indicates the date the candidate was invited — and completed the assessment — along with details of any accommodations they have been granted. You can also see the source of their application.


Summary of test results
The displayed test result will depend on the scoring benchmark you are using — % correct will show the candidate’s raw score, while all others will display a percentile rank. We use All candidates as the default benchmark.

Clicking on the test will expand it to provide more information:

  • Multiple-choice tests use Harvey balls to display how a candidate performed in certain sections of the test. The more filled the Harvey ball is, the better their performance.  You can also see how long the candidate took to complete the test. The legend for Harvey balls is as follows:
  • Coding tests display the overall score achieved on the test and the time taken to complete it. Click the (Report) link to view a detailed report of the test.
  • Culture add survey is presented as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the closer a match they are to your company’s culture. The expanded view shows the score for each section of the survey. See this guide for further detail on culture add results.
  • Motivation test is also displayed as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the closer aligned your candidate’s motivations are to yours. The expanded view displays results for each section as color-coded circles. See this guide for further detail on Motivation test results.
  • Personality tests will display the categorized personality as the result. Clicking on it will give you a more detailed report. See this guide for more detail on personality tests.


Anti-cheating monitor
The anti-cheating monitor is used to flag events that could be — but are not necessarily — indicative of an attempt to cheat. Any flags in this section should be viewed critically; if the webcam is not enabled, this could simply mean that the candidate doesn’t have a webcam. We do not recommend rejecting or disqualifying candidates based solely on this information.s

Each monitor uses a green Yes or a red No to indicate its status. A red flag indicates something you may want to ask your candidate about.

You can cycle through snapshots using the slider bar below the images. Snapshots are taken every 30 seconds.

Our article Understanding anti-cheating measures contains full information about the measures we implement to reduce the risk of cheating.


Hiring stage
Updating the hiring stage allows you to keep track of the candidate’s progress on your recruitment journey. Indicate here that you have already evaluated them to prevent duplicated efforts. Update it again if they’re invited to an interview or hired!


Individual answers to custom questions
You can view and rate the candidate’s answers to each of your custom questions. Click the icon in the View answer column to view the answer in a popup window. 

In this window, you can rate the answer between 1 and 5 stars and leave notes for your colleagues.

See our Using custom questions article for a more detailed guide.


Individual answers to qualifying questions

The candidate results overview page includes a section for qualifying questions — if applicable — where you can view both the candidate’s answers and the correct answers to the questions. This allows you to see exactly which answers disqualified them from the assessment.

Our article about qualifying questions goes into further detail about how you can review these answers. 


Overall rating

Give your personal overall rating of the candidate based on your impressions and interactions with them so far using the stars at the bottom of the page. This star rating shows up on the main candidate results page as well.

This is your opportunity to share your thoughts about the candidate with your colleagues, as well as removing any memory bias — you are relying on your recorded opinion of the candidate rather than what you remember about them!


Sharing results

You can download both the individual results of a candidate and the assessment as a whole, to either keep on file or share with your colleagues. Our article on downloading and sharing results details this process in full.

You can also share a more summarized version of the results with the candidate — this contains only their test scores, not your notes or ratings of them. The Managing candidates article explains how you can do this, both individually and in bulk.

Common questions

How can I see a candidate’s answers to specific questions?
We keep the questions and their correct answers hidden to protect the integrity of our tests. This minimizes the risk of the test content being leaked online — testing is no use if the answers are easily accessible!

You can see the questions being asked by inviting yourself to take the assessment, but there is no way to see a candidate’s exact answers.

Why should I indicate who I’ve hired?
This is useful for both you and us. If you're hiring for a similar position in the future, it's helpful to be able to quickly check which candidates you hired in prior assessments. Humans tend to forget a lot, and having a quick way to reference your past hires can be handy.

For TestGorilla, it allows us to further improve the accuracy of our tests. We check in with you 3 months after the candidate is hired to see how they are working out. Matching their results with their actual job performance allows us to further refine our tests and provide better predictions for test recommendations. This leads to a better experience for everyone!