Business Analyst Test

Business analyst tests are designed to assess a candidates' aptitude in the skills necessary to work as a business analyst.

  • What is a business analyst test?

    A business analyst test assesses the essential on-the-job skills and expertise required for a business analyst position. This test can be used by companies in the early stages of the recruitment process to ensure the most qualified candidates are selected.

    The test asks a series of multiple-choice questions to evaluate a candidate's written communication abilities and technical knowledge, as well as their analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

    Performing well on this test demonstrates a candidate is able to understand and scrutinise business problems, and use that knowledge to suggest the best course of action to take.

About the Business Analyst Test

Business analysts bridge the gap between IT and business by analysing and extracting data, and using this to communicate strategic recommendations to business stakeholders so they can make more informed, data-driven decisions. This test assesses a candidate's proficiency in the skills required to function as a business analyst, to ensure you select the most suitable candidate for your position.

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  • Why should you use a business analyst test for recruiting?

    Naturally, you want to only shortlist the most suitable candidates for your business analyst position. But distinguishing between applicants based on their resume can be difficult, especially if they have a similar level of experience.

    A business analyst test solves this difficulty and can be easily administered to a large number of candidates to provide comparative data. This gives you more insight into the suitability of each candidate, creating a much more efficient hiring process.

    The test highlights a candidate's level of understanding of core business analyst principles and analytical tools, whilst also evaluating their data analysis, analytical reasoning, and critical thinking skills via hypothetical business problems.

    Applicants who best meet the requirements of the role can be shortlisted, while those who do not demonstrate the required level of proficiency can be excluded.

    A business analyst test could be useful for the following roles:

    • Junior Business Analyst
    • Senior Business Analyst
    • Business Process Analyst
    • Product Manager
    • Functional Analyst
    • Project Manager
    • System Analyst
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Results for the Business Analyst Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses business analyst skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable (e.g. Microsoft Excel), soft skills (e.g. leadership), aptitude (e.g. numerical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. integrity). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a business analyst were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our business analyst test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Business Analyst Test FAQs

How does a business analyst test work?

A business analyst test works by asking candidates multiple-choice questions based on common analytical tools, basic principles and hypothetical business problems, to gauge their level of expertise.

What are the key skills for a business analyst?

The key skills required to be successful in a business analyst role include:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Proficiency using relevant analytical tools
  • Problem-solving ability
What is the cost for Picked's business analyst test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

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Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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