Testapic is one platform you may see if you are looking to get into the bandwagon of testing apps and websites for money. It regards itself as a French leader in remote user testing. You frequently need to choose the English translation of the website when you navigate it. The videos about it on YouTube are also in French, making it a challenge to find a video with English translation. However, this article’s contents are all in English so you could conveniently learn more about Testapic. Read on.
Testapic provides its clients with narrated videos from real users who browse the interfaces of its clients’ products. Therefore, your job as a tester is to use the clients’ products and test respective interfaces. There will be a recording of all your activities so you could give valuable information to clients for improving their products.
Testapic has over 200 customers and some of them appear in the figure above. If you will become a Testapic Tester, you might work for these companies too.
The Testapic Panel
According to the details on the website, there are 267,994 users who could serve the needs of clients. These users could test the client’s products with over 30 different target criteria. The primary focus of each test is to provide top quality, authentic, honest and accurate information to clients. Thus, adhere to these attributes when you perform your test assignments.
However, Testapic guarantees that there is no professional respondent in its user panel. Its panel manager checks the information provided by testers while its algorithm helps spot any fake panelist. This could mean that even if you are an amateur at user testing, you may still apply to become a tester here.
Yet, it also discloses that to control how testers improve their skill levels, it carefully picks testers who will perform the tasks so as not to call on the same set of testers for various tests. Testapic claims that over 5,000 people register as testers each month so it can assure its clients that its panel always has new testers.
What could this possibly mean for you? I think this affects the number of assignments you will receive and ultimately on the amount of money you could earn.
From the image above, you read that a client could set or choose from over 30 tester criteria. These are the requirements you should meet to be part of the selected test panel. Meet the required demographic details like age, family situation, profession, gender, location, income, etc.
Testapic Tester Control Process
During registration, provide your personal information and Testapic verifies the details you provide.
Then, you will receive a skills test to complete so you can show your level of comprehension about interfaces. Again, Testapic will cross check the results of your test with the information you gave.
You will also need to complete a survey for verifying your information, to further purge out any false information. Moreover, Testapic randomly verifies user data after a user took the first test.It carefully controls the skills improvement of testers because it does not want its panel of testers to become specialists in testing interfaces. However, I think this is a futile effort from Testapic because you could join other similar platforms such as TestFairy, Beta Family, Usersense, Ubertesters, Testbirds, Testerwork, Usercrowd, Ferpection, Testingtime, Checkealos, Intuit, testIO, Enrollapp, Loop11, uTest, Intellizoom, Userbrain, Respondent, Whatusersdo, Validately, Userlytics, TryMyUI, Analysia, Userfeel and User Testing. If you do, you could perform other tests that will help improve your skills at using interfaces.
Status Of Employment
From the terms of tester agreement, you'll know the exact legal relationship between you and Testapic. As a tester, you could earn money from Testapic, but you are not among its employees. Testapic will not give you instructions or orders, but will inform you of the scenario and the modality of the tests. You are free to take on the tests or not, depending on what you feel or think you want to do. Testapic has no right to force you to complete tests on assignments you do not wish to take.
You should be an adult at least 18 years old to register as a tester. You should have a microphone for executing audio or video tests. You only need to write comments when you execute the survey test.
You must have a device of your own, such as a desktop computer or a laptop that can allow the downloading and installation of the Testapic app.
Testapic’s Google Chrome extension is required for all testers to download and install on their devices because this will allow recording the screen and the audio during tests. This is a plugin to the browser, so it means you should use Google Chrome.
What To Do During A Test
It is unnecessary to introduce yourself during a test. A simple hello at the beginning will do. Testapic even recommends anonymity.
While in a test, you may use the pause feature then resume it once you are ready.
There are instructions in each test that you should read thoroughly and follow consistently. You should comment on the user path you are taking and on the interaction you have with the app or website.
You sincerely have to state your opinion, regardless if it is negative or positive. Think about any recommendations you could proactively suggest for the improvement of the product and state this during the test.
How To Apply/Join
To register, go to https://usertesting.testapic.com/register/usertesting/eyJkYXRldGltZSI6MTU5MTI5MzA3MiwiY3VzdG9tZXIiOjI2NjB9NnhtJTI7I1VtR0Q2/0 .
Fill out the form where you need to provide your personal information. See the first part of the registration in the figure below.
You have other options for signing up. You may sign up alternatively via Facebook, Google or LinkedIn.
In the first part, you must provide first name, last name, gender, birth year (1902-2002), email address, city, postal code, country, and primary language. This is where you should also set the password.
The second part includes stating your marital status, socio-professional category, line of business or industry, net monthly income, and age/gender of children.
The third part includes information about your mobile and computer equipment. Thus, state what type of device you have and will use for the tests, and the operating system of your device.
The final and last part is about your internet usage. You should tell how much time you spend using the internet every day, how frequent you shop online, what social networks you use, if you download apps on your phone, if you use your phone to browse websites, if you have ever used QR codes, what phone features you use, and if you shopped online using your phone or tablet.
Once you finish your registration, you need to validate your email.
This is the part where you also need to install the Testapic app if you have not yet installed it on your device.
From Figure 3, you know that you could earn 5 to 20 euros per test. From the image below, you have additional information about tester’s remuneration at Testapic.
The pay rate for each test varies and you will know how much you will get for the test from the test proposal. You will get the payment for accepted test results within 30 days. You can request for a bank transfer of your payment once your account has a minimum of 28 euros. According to the tester’s agreement terms, you may get your money even if it is not within the minimum amount if your fund has not reached the 28 euros after 6 months. There is a mention of PayPal account transfer so you might also receive payment via this payment processing service.
It is possible that a customer will reject your test, so you will not receive your payment. The plausible causes of rejection include not reaching the level of quality that the customer expects from your work. The customer may also reject your test if you did not follow the instructions, have not executed all tasks or if you have shown that, you hastily finished the test.
Testers of apps and websites usually have a flexible work schedule. This means that he will only work when there is work or test available. He could even decide whether to take the test, depending on factors such as the rate of payment for that test.
However, if you take a test, dedicate an adequate amount of time to finish it. As mentioned earlier, the client could reject your test if he deems that you hurriedly finish your tasks.
The screenshot above shows that a test may last 15-20 minutes, on average. Thus, make sure you will focus on the completion of the test within this allotted time to make sure you can submit a quality test to the client.
There is no guarantee of receiving tests within a set duration (day, week or month). Therefore, it will be smart to check out other ways you could spend your free time. You may join other similar platforms mentioned above so that when one platform has no available test for you, it is possible you could have paid tests from other platforms. With this job, you cannot expect to receive enough money to spend on your basic needs so will spend only a reasonable amount of time checking your emails for possible test notifications.
Benefits / Bonus/ Increase/ Training Provided
I did not find any worth mentioning benefit from Testapic, except that it can diversify your list of usability testing platforms to join.
As I have said above, joining Testapic is probably a splendid idea if you want to add an entry to your list of platforms to join, which is not from the US. There is a possibility that it might offer a test that is not available elsewhere so you have a chance of earning extra money from it.