Test IO Review: Get Paid to Test, But…

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Test IO is one of the many companies that will pay you to test websites and apps.  I have mentioned this company before, but I wouldn’t say they are the most popular type of site if you’re looking for something like this.

They are 100% legitimate and they do pay, but the question is if it’s worth your time.

If you feel you’re good at finding bugs and/or errors or you have experience with user testing, then this could be a company to consider.  If not, you may struggle, but I wouldn’t deter you from signing up.  You’re not going to get rich, but I feel you can make a few dollars in your spare time.  Picture it as a way to use your skills to make a few extra bucks.  Just keep this in mind as you read this review.

Now, if you want to find out if Test IO is legit or you just want to find other ways to make money, particularly testing websites, then let’s see if this is worth your time.

Getting Started

To start testing websites, you will first have to create an account, either by signing up with your email or connecting your Google, LinkedIn or epam account.  It’s up to you how you sign up, but each option will take you to the same dashboard.

To qualify, you will have to be at least 18+ years old, but it doesn’t appear they restrict the service to any company.

After you provide them with a few details, such as your name, gender, and birthday, you can then access your dashboard, which will look something like this:

Before you even get started, you will have to complete a few courses before you’re even able to work on opportunities.  This will include a bug reproduction course as well as an exploratory testing course.  These courses can take up to 30 minutes to complete and you will not be compensated for your time.  However, if you don’t complete these courses, you will not be able to work on any jobs, as most invites will require that you complete these courses.

Again, you will have to invest almost 120+ minutes of your time to get into the system, which may not be worth it.

If you were to take these tests, it would give you an idea as to what you’re going to do once you start working on jobs.

The Tests

If you pass the tests, then you will be able to partake in three types of tests:  exploratory, usability, and test case testing.

Exploratory testing is the simplest option of them all, as you will just have to dive in and look for bugs.  That’s it.

For the usability tests, you will have to read a guide and then report improvements during your testing phase.  In some cases, you will have to talk aloud into your microphone to let the developers know your thoughts.  You will then have to answer a survey, which is all shared with the developers.

Lastly, the test case testing will provide some test cases, each consisting of a set number of tasks, in which you will go one by one, completing each one.

All of these tests will show up on your dashboard if you qualify and they will email them to you as well.  Just make sure you accept the invite as soon as you can as they do go fast.  Before you take these tests, you will always know what kind of test it is as well as what’s expected of you.

How many tests will you get?

This will all depend on your devices, but the company says you can get up to five a day on average.  Since the company isn’t big, I can’t find much, but you should get some tests.

Getting Paid

For every test you do, you will see a base payout rate before you even accept it.  In some cases, you could receive a bonus if you successfully submit a bug.   When your test is accepted, it will show in your balance.

Every 11th of the month, they will send out your payment via PayPal or direct bank transfer.  If you’re a non-EU member, then you can choose between Payoneer, Wise or PingPong.

How much can you make?

How much you earn will depend on the tests you qualify for as well as the bugs you find, but in some cases, you can earn up to $50 if you find lucrative bugs.

Other than that, most tests pay about $5 to $10.  This tends to be the average, but again, if you find lucrative bugs, you can make much more. This is why it’s important to pay close attention to the guides when starting.

Final Thoughts

5/10Overall, the potential seems to be great, but I don’t know if you want to invest two to three hours of your time in training that’s unpaid.  Even if you do this, there’s no guarantee you will see a ton of work or will there be a guarantee that you’re good at it.  These are all gambles.  Do you want to take that investment?

In the end, I think the potential is there if you can find bugs successfully, but I don’t think the training is worth it, at least to me, especially if you don’t have great testing skills.  If you do follow through, then maybe you can earn $50+ a month, maybe much more.  It just depends on a few factors.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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