Spring Test

The Spring framework - and the relevant extensions - are used to help build Java applications faster and more conveniently, and if you are looking for a Spring developer you need to be sure that they have the skills and the ability to apply their knowledge to the workplace.


What is a Spring test?

The Spring test is a multiple-choice online assessment that is used in the early stages of hiring a Spring architect to put the candidate through their paces and offer them the opportunity to demonstrate their level of competency.

In the Spring test, the candidate will answer a number of questions designed to show whether they have the knowledge and skill to be successful, as well as the ability to use those skills relevant to the needs of the role.

Tests like these are becoming more commonly used in the recruitment process for a number of roles because they provide unbiased data that separates candidates according to their ability and skill, so that better hiring decisions can be made.

About the Spring Test

The Spring test gives candidates the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand each of the facets of the Spring framework, and that they can use them appropriately. This test might be useful if you are looking for a Spring developer to help build Java applications that can interact with other frameworks, for example.

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Why should you use a Spring test?

When recruiting for developers, hiring teams might set requirements for certain qualifications (such as a degree in computer science) and relevant experience in using Spring - but when it comes to evaluating the level of skill that a candidate has, or whether they can use their knowledge in a relevant way, it can be difficult.

Paper sifts can only reveal so much about an individual, and even the best candidates might not be able to describe their ability appropriately on their resumes. Interviews are limited here too, and taking too many candidates through to the interview stage comes at a cost, both financially and in terms of time.

The Spring test can be used early in the recruitment process as a filtering tool. By asking relevant questions that a skilled Spring user will find easy to answer, the assessment results are a fast and reliable way to differentiate between seemingly identical candidates.

During the test, the potential Spring developer can show that they understand how to build Java applications using Spring, and that they understand the different functionality that the framework can provide - such as aspect-oriented programming, transaction management, and using the dependency injection container. They can also show their ability to test and fix bugs.

The candidate receives the test via an email link, and they are able to complete it in their own time, and their results are available to the recruitment team immediately.

For the recruitment team, the test is simple to administer to a large number of candidates at the same time, and this means that the Spring test is ideal to add early in the recruitment process. The results report will show which candidates have the right level of skill, and those that achieve over the predetermined benchmark are the ones that should be selected to move further in the hiring process.

View a sample report

Results for the Spring 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.

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How our test assesses Spring skills

In Neuroworx’s Spring test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions targeting an intermediate level of proficiency, from demonstrating knowledge about the framework to interpreting code to solve common issues.

The test is designed to indicate how well a candidate understands Spring based on a final test score, which can then be compared to the scores of other applicants.

The multiple-choice questions consist of one correct answer and two to four distractors. The distractors are mostly generic mistakes or misconceptions, which makes the test challenging and helps measure a candidate’s proficiency more accurately.

During the development process, the test was rigorously analyzed to maximize reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was created and tested by programmers and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying Spring 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 programmer has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of Spring proficiency and feels the test is of high quality.

Our programming tests are monitored to ensure they are up-to-date and optimized for performance.


Predictor of job success

Neuroworx 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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  • Fully accredited

    All our Spring tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

  • For all levels

    We offer Spring tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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  • Smart automations

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  • Instant results

    Receive candidate results in real-time so you can make decisions in hours, not days.


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  • Analytics dashboard

    Our full array of candidate performance metrics will provide actionable data on each of your candidates.

  • Candidate comparison

    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.


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Provides all the data and high-level metrics we need to make fast hiring decisions. Neuroworx has been particularly helpful in scaling our operations since we moved to remote working.

Greg, CEO, Reverse Media Group, Australia
Greg, CEO, Reverse Media Group, Australia

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

We used Neuroworx 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


Curated by our team of experts

Scientifically validated by psychometric specialists

  • Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists, psychometricians, and subject matter experts who work closely together to ensure each test is accurate and reliable.
  • Our subject matter experts are rigorously vetted and typically have several years of experience working in their industries and hold advanced credentials.

Spring Test FAQs

What is Spring used for?

The Spring framework as a whole is used as a tool to build Java applications, and it makes the whole process faster and more convenient because it contains tools that allow for configurable security protocols and database management.

Is Spring only for Java applications?

Spring is a Java framework, but it is not only usable for Java applications. One of the functions of Spring is to make integration with other frameworks and applications more simple and convenient.

What is the cost for Neuroworx's Spring test?

We believe in simple, transparent pricing. We operate monthly and annual subscriptions so you can pick the perfect plan for you. Don't worry if you're not sure: you can always upgrade or downgrade later, or speak to us to discuss the option of a custom-made plan to fit your needs. This is all you ever pay – no set-up or hidden fees.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, sign up (no credit card required) and we'll give you a 7-day trial completely free. You'll get unlimited access to create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you like. You can cancel any time and you won't be charged anything.

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