What are Skills and Skill Tests?

Showing off your Skills is one of the best ways to stand out on Elance. We offer the opportunity to have your skills tested by taking one or more Elance Skill Tests. For instances in which a Skill Test is not available, you can still list a custom Skill on your Profile for prospective Clients to see.

To take an Elance Skill Test, log in to your account and follow the steps below:

  1. Hover over the Find Work tab in the top navigation bar.

  2. Click on the Freelancer Profile link.

  3. On your profile you will see the Skill Tests link on the left side.

  4. Click Edit.

  5. Click Add Skill Test(s) on the Edit Skill Tests page.

  6. Start typing the name of your skill or click the Browse All Skill Tests link.

  7. Once you’re finished, click Add Skill Test(s).  

  8. Click the Take Test link to the right of the skill for which you’d like to test.

  9. Click the green Take Test (it’s free) button.

  10. Answer your practice question, then click Begin Test.

Note:  The number of Skills that you can display is based on your Membership plan. Basic Members can display 10 Skills and Individual Freelancers can display 15 Skills.  Small and Large Company users can display 20 and 25 Skills, respectively.

Once you have completed a test, you will see the results on your Profile. When you choose to "display" the test score on your profile, the average mark of all test takers will be shown to indicate where you are compared to the average. If you score higher than 30% of all test takers, you will receive a special indicator next to your score bar (Top 20%, Top 10%, etc.).

For team accounts, the company Skills are the Skills that are approved by the administrator of the company account and are the Skills that the company markets to the potential employers on Elance. The administrator can follow the same steps listed above to edit the Skills on a team account. Members of the team can take any Skill Tests.

To view all available Skill Tests, click here.  

Frequently Asked Questions about Smarterer Tests

Q. With the new Smarterer tests, will my results from earlier tests still show on my profile?

A. Yes, until you take a Smarterer test for a skill, your existing test results will be displayed. However, if you choose to take a Smarterer test for a skill that you are already displaying on your profile then the best results will be displayed. So, if you performed better on the earlier version (non-Smarterer) of the test, those results will be displayed unless you choose otherwise.

Q. I took a test and now I’m getting contacted by Smarterer. Why am I being contacted?

A. By taking a Smarterer test, you are creating a user account with Smarterer and Smarterer may send you direct email. All Smarterer accounts created through taking a test on Elance are private by default, which means they are not publicly visible on the Smarterer community.  You can modify your notification and other Smarterer settings by logging into your Smarterer account. To login to your Smarterer account, visit http://smarterer.com/forgot_password. Use the email address you’ve registered with for your Elance account and click "request password." This will email you a direct login link. We are working on a more seamless login experience for your Smarterer account in the future. Having a Smarterer account allows you to display Smarterer test results wherever a Smarterer is enabled. Additionally, you can become an active contributor to the Smarterer community, contributing to new and existing tests they develop.

Frequently Asked Questions about Skills and Skill Tests

Q: Are Skill Tests free?

A: Yes, Skill Tests are free for all Freelancers.

Q. How can I best prepare for a Skill Test? Is there a way to know what to expect or to preview the questions that are included in a test?

A. Each test includes a test syllabus that indicates the duration, as well as, other important details around each test (e.g. content, prerequisite knowledge, etc.). This also includes a sample question to give you an idea of the types of questions each test will include. To maintain the integrity of test results, you will not have the option to "preview" the questions included in a Skill Test. However, there are ways to prepare yourself and increase your chances for success:

  • Review each Skill Test syllabus carefully, before you take the test to confirm your qualifications.

  • Visit Elance University where you can participate in online video courses to improve your Skills.  

Q. I started a test but the results aren't showing on my profile. How do I display the skill on my profile?

A. In order to pass the test and display the results in your profile, you will need to complete the test.

Q. Elance doesn't have a test available for my skill. How do I display this on my profile?

A. You can display a skill on your profile without taking a test. On the Skill Tests section of your profile, click Edit and type in your skill, selecting to display.

Q. I took a test but didn't score as well as I'd like. Can I display this on my profile without the test score?

A. If you have elected to take a test for your skill and you wish to display this skill on your profile, your test results will display. You cannot display a skill on your profile without the test results if you have previously taken a test for that skill.

Q. Can I delete my test results or retake a test for a different score?

A. If there are questions remaining on a test, tests can be taken again to improve your scores. However, note that your earlier results will not be reset. That is, your new results can improve or lower your test score. If you resume a test, the score you received on the most recent test will be displayed, even if it is lower than a previous score. Scores are updated when you retake or resume a test.

Q. I took a test and answered all the questions correctly. Why don't I show as ranking at the top of all test takers?

A. Your score corresponds to a percentile, representing how well you have answered compared to the whole curve of test takers. Test takers see easier and harder questions based on how they answer each one, so it is possible others have answered correctly on a harder version of the same test, thus ranking higher. New questions are added regularly. When the Improve Score link becomes active on your profile you can begin taking the test to try to improve your score.

Q. Why do I have more time to complete some questions over others?

A. The amount of time allotted to each question is defined by an algorithm that takes into account question length, complexity, the average adult reading speed and additional factors.

Q. I finished all the questions but want to improve my score. Can I take the test again?

A. New questions are added regularly. When the Improve Score link becomes active on your profile you can begin taking the test to try to improve your score.

Q. How do I set the display order of my skills?

A.  To set the display order of your skills, log in to your Elance account and follow the steps below:

  1. Mouse over Find Work tab in the top navigation bar.

  2. Click Freelancer Profile.

  3. Click Edit next to the Skill Section of your Profile Overview page.

  4. Drag and drop the skills to the order you want them displayed publicly.

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