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Linkedin Skill Quiz – What It Is, Pass/Fail, Assessments, Badges & More

Have you noticed a new call to action button called “Take skill quiz” in the Skills and Endorsements area of your profile?  It looks like this:

take a skill quiz on Linkedin

If you haven’t, you probably will soon. According to Linkedin:

“We’re currently testing and evaluating this feature, which is not yet accessible to all Linkedin members. You may notice improvements or changes to the Skills & Endorsements section of your profile page.”

This is a major move by Linkedin

And it’s one you should not ignore. Linkedin is using their resources at Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda) to create pass/fail tests with adaptive questions for specific skills. If you pass the timed test and find yourself in the 70th percentile you receive a badge. If you fail, you can try once more in three months.

This is serious business and has a myriad of implications moving forward.

Documentation is sparse (and dynamic)

If your account isn’t eligible to take a skill quiz you won’t even see the full documentation on the Linkedin Assessment page (here). Since we have it here at Zeeko, let’s break it down.

comparing documentation when eligible or not

Which skills are eligible for a Skill Quiz using Linkedin Assessments?

Linkedin currently offers assessments for only 16 skills, but they’re working to make more available. Right now assessments are available for the following skills:

  • Bash
  • C#
  • C++
  • CSS
  • Eclipse
  • GIT
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • JSON
  • Maven
  • Microsoft Excel
  • MongoDB
  • Node.js
  • PHP
  • Objective0C
  • Ruby/Ruby on Rails”


Becoming eligible

If you have any of those skills, add them to the skills section of your profile. We haven’t found any documentation on when Linkedin views you as eligible to take a quiz, but we’re assuming it’s a combination of skills listed and endorsements.

Once eligible, you’ll see a notification that says “Your Skill Passed Linkedin Assessment.” There is a note saying passing assessment tests is helpful for recruiters (which it will be) – but it’ll be helpful for a much more broad audience as well.

Skill passsed linkedin assessment

Choosing your assessment (AKA skill quiz)

If you’re eligible to take the skill quiz, click the button that says “Take skill quiz” in the Skills/Endorsements section of your profile and you’ll be shown a list of skills eligible for testing. It will look like this:

Skill Assessment Screenshot on Linkedin

Review your test before starting

Once you select your assessment (MongoDB in the example below) you’ll be given a brief overview of topics the test covers, how many questions there are, if it’s timed or not, the percentile required to pass, and how long before you can try again if you fail.

A typical assessment consists of 15 to 20 multiple choice questions, where each question tests at least one concept or subskill. The questions are timed and must be completed in one session.


Starting a Linkedin Assessment skill quiz

Pass the test and get this badge

LInkedin Skill Quiz Badge

Skills are finally becoming reliable

How often do people endorse your skills but have never met you? All the time. Bots do skill endorsements. You can buy them. The number count next to your skill level has meant pretty much nothing – until now.

Experienced LinkedIn Learning instructors and authors write the questions in the skill quiz assessments. Peer reviewers regularly provide feedback to improve the content. And a computer-based methodology called adaptive testing is used to recognize your skill level and then adjust the questions you’re asked.

If you score in the 70th percentile or above, you’ll receive a passing score and be awarded a “badge”. You can choose whether you’d like to display this badge on your profile to represent that you’ve passed the assessment for that given skill. If you don’t pass an assessment for a given skill, you’ll be able to retake it one more time after three months. And because I know you’re wondering – the answer is no – failed tests are not displayed on your profile.

This re-imagination of skills is far more reliable than someone checking a box on your profile to endorse a skill.

Linkedin’s long game

Profit. Too broad? Linkedin wants to become a resource of reliable information that’s valuable enough for business to pay to access. That revenue happens in the form of paid accounts, job listings, and advertising.

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