I was recently asked to answer this question on Quora and it’s something I get asked quite a bit:
Do you have to take the skill tests on Upwork.com?
You don’t have to but I highly recommend you do. My answer below explains why. Upvote if you get value from it:
You have to take the “Upwork Readiness Test for Independent Contractors and Company Managers” test (as of when I joined).
Beyond that, you don’t have to take any of the other tests. And, while some of the other commenters are right that you can have success without taking any of the others, I recommend you do.
Here’s three reasons why…
1. Stack all the odds in your favor. All else equal… passing a test could be the difference between you and another freelancer. Sites like Upwork are very competitive so you want to make sure you have every advantage.
The key is to make sure the tests you take are…