How can I create my own test?

You can create your own test(s) for candidates and include them in assessments right from your TestGorilla platform.

Using the TestGorilla platform, you can create your own automatically-scored test(s) to evaluate your candidates. Any tests you create will be available in your company account (but won't be included in our public test library) and can be combined in assessments with tests from our test library. 

This article walks you through the steps for creating your own test on the platform, provides resources for creating the contents of your test, and explains how to use your test in an assessment. 

How to create your own test

From your TestGorilla dashboard, navigate to the Tests tab in the top bar menu and then click on My company tests in the top right-hand corner. 

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Click on Create new test in the top right-hand corner

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The first step is to fill in your test's landing page. This will help you and others in your company know what the test is about and what roles to use it for. The landing page can only be seen by members of your TestGorilla account while creating assessments and will never be shown to candidates. 

Below you can see an example of a completed landing page from a test we created about our company. 

Once you fill in your landing page, the Questions tab will be enabled so you can start creating your questions. 

How to create the structure of your test

Once you navigate to the Questions tab, you'll see a message asking you to define the skill areas of your test. For simple tests, like the TestGorilla company test we've shared in the screenshot above, one skill area is enough. If you're testing a more complex topic, you can use more skill areas.

We'll explain more about how you can define skill areas and develop good questions for your test in the next section. 

Clicking on Define skill areas brings you to the main page of your test. 


In the screenshot above, you see that the default number of questions for a 10-minute test is 20. You can change that number to 15 or 25 from the drop-down menu that appears when you click on the number 20 in the top right-hand corner.

Tip: We recommend using 15 questions in a test, or 20 if your questions are brief and straightforward. Anything above that can be challenging for candidates to finish in the 10 minutes allotted.

Once you set the number of questions, you can click on each skill area to define it and remove skill areas you won't be using by clicking on the x at the end of the row.

You can ignore the Preview Questions area. We use that to show sample questions for the tests in our test library, and it doesn't apply for tests you create for your own use. 

When you define a skill area, you will see a button appear saying Add first question. You can use that to create the questions of your test. Once you add all the required questions, your test will be available to use. 

How to create the contents of your test

A good screening test doesn't simply ask candidates questions relevant to a topic, but it assesses their knowledge and abilities through a systematic evaluation that covers the topic comprehensively. 

To ensure your test covers its topic fully and evaluates candidates on the right skills, we recommend creating the contents of your test by following these steps: 

  1. Break down your test into skill areas: Every test is meant to test candidates for something specific. It’s important to take time to clarify what exactly you're trying to measure. This will form the foundation of your test.
  2. Break down each skill area into categories or specific skills: Each skill area tests candidates in a specific section of the overall scope of the test. It's important to define the specific skills or categories that each skill area covers. This will give you a framework for writing questions in the next step.
  3. Write questions for each skill: Your test's questions should only relate to the skill areas that you've defined in the previous step. Each question should address only one skill area. Another expert in your field should be able to read your questions and immediately understand which skill areas they relate to.

For more information on how to define the skill areas and skills of your test and write good questions, see the in-depth guide we've created for our testpreneurs here

Types of questions you can use for your test

The TestGorilla platform has four question types you can use in your test: 

  1. Multiple choice questions: In a multiple-choice question, a test-taker has to choose one right answer from a list of choices (often four). If designed well, multiple-choice questions have very good psychometric properties, meaning they can clearly distinguish good candidates from poor ones. This makes them the best question type for your tests in general
  2. Multiple response questions: Multiple-response questions offer a creative approach for testing certain skills. However, it can be more challenging for you to come up with the right balance of correct answers and wrong ones (distractor options) in your choice list. These questions are often less reliable than standard multiple-choice questions and should be used sparingly, though we do encourage you to include a few.
  3. True or false questions: True/false questions are a special case of multiple-choice questions. They allow for a faster response from the test-taker. You can use this type if you feel that some of your other questions take longer and you'd like to reduce the average response time of your questions. Test-takers have a 50% chance of guessing the right answer, and we advise to use this question type sparingly.
  4. Short text question: This question type should only be used for short answers expressed in specific words (and only those words). This question type works well for testing vocabulary and spelling in a language test, checking terminology (such as the name of a function or method in coding), and for questions that have only one specific answer.

For more information on the questions types available and how to use each one (with example), see the in-depth guide we've created for our testpreneurs here.

How to use your own test in an assessment

Once you create your own test, you can use it in any of your assessments along with tests from our test library (and other custom questions you may want to include). 

In the second step of creating an assessment, where you can select tests, click on the Test type field towards the top right-hand corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu choose My company tests. Then click Add on the test you wish to add to the assessment. You'll see the test appear in the test blocks at the top of the screen.

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